October 16, 2017

MSA high school football games to watch: Week 7

Sixteen of the 25 MSA ranked teams play each other in Week 7's highly anticipated itinerary

Gonzaga (D.C.) was the only team to defeat DeMatha in 2015. On Saturday afternoon, the WCAC saga continues as the Eagles and Stags collide in the Nation's Capital. Photo taken by Evan Engelhard/MSA.

For eight public school teams in the state of Maryland, this week marks the halfway point in the season. Of the previous six weeks, no slate of games appear more significant than Week 7. Sixteen of the 25 MSA ranked teams are set to play each other Friday night and Saturday afternoon, prepping the stage for major playoff ramifications.

Our Game of the Week features a Prince Georges County and 4A South rivalry between No. 3 Wise and No. 14 Eleanor Roosevelt. The Pumas enter Friday night’s contest with a 14-game winning-streak that dates back to 2014, and are in prime position to capture their third Class 4A title in the last five years. Through six weeks, Wise (6-0) has pummeled their opposition by an average of 40.5 points per game.

The Raiders, on the other hand, have won five straight games by an average of 28.4 points since their season-opening loss to current-No. 23 Riverdale Baptist, 10-7.

Wise will be the favorite once again, but it’s good to remember that the Raiders were the only team to lead the Pumas at halftime in 2015. Wise took last year’s content, 41-6.

On Saturday, MSA will feature a WCAC contest between No. 1 DeMatha (7-0, 2-0 WCAC) and No. 6 Gonzaga (5-1, 2-0 WCAC). The Stags’ lone loss last year came against the Eagles on ESPN.  The two will square off at 2:00 pm on Saturday in the Nation’s Capital, putting their unblemished conference record on the line.

In Montgomery County, No. 19 Northwest (4-2) hosts No. 7 Quince Orchard (5-1) and No. 17 Blair (6-0) hosts No. 11 Sherwood (6-0), both at 6:30 pm. Quince Orchard won this meeting, 28-7, a year ago, but Northwest downed the Cougars in the Class 4A West regional final, 50-40.

Sherwood takes their high-powered offense (47.0 points per game) into Silver Spring on Friday night. According to MaxPreps, which only dates back to 2004, the Warriors have bested the Blazers for 17 straight years. Blair (37.1 points per game) arrays a stout offense looking to end the drought.

In Baltimore, No. 4 McDonogh (5-1) hosts No. 13 St. Frances Academy (5-1) in a highly regarded MIAA match-up. No. 8 Archbishop Spalding (5-1) hosts No. 23 Riverdale Baptist (5-2).

Class 2A runner-up from a year ago, No. 18 Walkersville (6-0), and hard-charging No. 21 Oakdale (6-0) clash in what is billed as Frederick County’s Game of the Year.

Follow along with MSA throughout the weekend for updates on the highly anticipated contests from around the state.

 

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 14 Eleanor Roosevelt (5-1) at No. 3 Wise (6-0), Friday at 7:00 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 3 Wise 34, No. 14 Eleanor Roosevelt 7

McFadden’s prediction: No. 3 Wise 28, No. 14 Eleanor Roosevelt 20

 

MSA FEATURED GAMES

No. 1 DeMatha (7-0) at No. 6 Gonzaga (5-1), Saturday at 2:00 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 1 DeMatha 39, No. 6 Gonzaga 21

McFadden’s prediction: No. 1 DeMatha 42, No. 6 Gonzaga 21

 

NOTABLE GAMES

No. 13 St. Frances Academy (5-1) at No. 4 McDonogh (5-1), Friday at 7:00 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 4 McDonogh 28, No. 13 St. Frances Academy 14

McFadden’s prediction: No. 4 McDonogh 17, No. 13 St. Frances Academy 14

No. 7 Quince Orchard (5-1) at No. 19 Northwest (4-2), Friday at 6:30 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 7 Quince Orchard 28, No. 19 Northwest 23

McFadden’s prediction: No. 7 Quince Orchard 21, No. 19 Northwest 20

No. 23 Riverdale Baptist (5-2) at No. 8 Archbishop Spalding (5-1), Friday at 7:00 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 8 Archbishop Spalding 39, No. 23 Riverdale Baptist 21

McFadden’s prediction: No. 8 Archbishop Spalding 35, No. 23 Riverdale Baptist 14

No. 11 Sherwood (6-0) at No. 17 Blair (6-0), Friday at 6:30 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 11 Sherwood 41, No. 17 Blair 28

McFadden’s prediction: No. 11 Sherwood 45, No. 17 Blair 35

No. 22 Bishop McNamara (3-4) at No. 15 Good Counsel (4-2), Saturday at 7:00 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 15 Good Counsel 31, No. 22 Bishop McNamara 21

McFadden’s prediction: No. 15 Good Counsel 24, No. 22 Bishop McNamara 21

No. 18 Walkersville (6-0) at No. 21 Oakdale (6-0), Friday at 7:00 pm

USA Today’s prediction: No. 21 Oakdale 25, No. 18 Walkersville 14

McFadden’s prediction: No. 21 Oakdale 28, No. 18 Walkersville 14

About Kyle McFadden 337 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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