1. James M Bennett (5-3, LW-1): No one expected Friday night to be pretty for the Clippers when the cream of the Bayside crop visited Wicomico Stadium. That being said, no one expected Bennett to play North Caroline as tough as they did either though. While the Bulldogs made several mistakes that the offense should have taken advantage of, it was a nice showing by the Clipper defense.
2. Parkside (5-3, LW-2): It was fortunate timing for the Rams to host ailing Stephen Decatur, jumping out to a big first half lead to hold onto the number two spot in the rankings. The defense still allowed more than it should have while the offense was a bit predictable — at this point in the season teams are what they are. A savage Kent Island awaits the Rams on Friday.
3. Stephen Decatur (3-5, LW-3): No team has faced more adversity this season after showing so much promise from the start. What looked like a playoff team is now being held together by Advil and Band-Aids, going on it’s fourth-string running back without much outside leaving quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner/wünderchild Darion McKenzie as the only weapon available.
4. Wicomico (2-6, LW-4): Gotta give it to the Tribe who played powerhouse Queen Anne’s solid in Centreville, able to put up 19 on a great defense until the Lions took over the second half. It’s unfortunate the offense has finally found it’s rhythm so late in the season, that’s what a difficult early season schedule will do. Wi-Hi should not overlook Easton this week for Bennett next.
5. Washington (1-7, LW-5): Nice to see the offensive weapons get out a bit against Cambridge last week, they’ve been there all season and finally showed it against good competition. The Colonel game on Friday will be interesting with CR looking to be a quick-strike offense early in the game, but the Jaguars may be able to hang if they can carry over last weeks success.
6. Snow Hill (0-8, LW-6): With only four teams ranked lower than Snow Hill on the Max Preps state power rankings, there’s no place to go but up for the once proud perennial state contender. While others are looking for a win, a touchdown would be a huge victory for the Eagles in the final two weeks of the season.