Week 8 of the high school football season in Frederick County did not offer many surprises. There weren’t even that many close games.
Linganore (8-0) routed Westminster on the road. Oakdale (7-1) did the same to Thomas Johnson (3-5). Walkersville (6-2) had little trouble with visiting Brunswick (0-8), and Tuscarora (5-3) easily handled Watkins Mill.
The most competitive game in the area was Urbana’s 14-10 home win over Middletown (4-4) that saw the Hawks (4-4) overcome a 10-point deficit in the second half. Despite being knocked out of the playoff chase, Urbana continues to fight hard. It’s completely scaled down its offense to essentially a two-man version of the read option. Either junior Elijah Atkins or sophomore Gage Dickens will likely carry the ball on just about play, and the Hawks are making it work. The victory over Middletown was their third in their last four games.
This week, Urbana heads into the first meeting in school history with Catoctin (4-4), which snapped a three-game losing and scoreless streak last Friday with a 36-20 victory over Sparrows Point.
The playoff picture across the county has really been whittled down to a three-team race. Linganore, Oakdale and Walkersville will likely be Frederick County’s only representatives in the upcoming postseason. Middletown had a decent chance in the Class 2A West race until it picked up its fourth loss at Urbana. Now, the Knights are real long-shots. They must win their final two games and hope for some serious help.
The same could be said for Tuscarora. The Titans were still very much a part of the 3A West playoff chase until back-to-back losses to South Hagerstown and Urbana likely sunk their chances. Urbana, which was 1-3 at one point, has always been too far back in the pack to have a real shot.
On the private school front, Maryland School for the Deaf routed visiting Cesar Chavez, 38-6, and St. John’s Catholic Prep improved to 7-0-1 with a 46-14 win over Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. The Vikings are still the heavy favorites to win the MIAA C Conference championship. That includes the regular-season title and the conference championship game on Nov. 14 at Archbishop Spalding in Baltimore.