The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference will have six teams participating when the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association region playoffs begin Friday.
Six of the 15 UCBAC teams reached the playoffs this year after four qualified last year. It's the most teams to reach the region playoffs from the Harford-Cecil league since a record seven teams made the postseason in 2006.
Aberdeen and Perryville reached the postseason for the first time since 2004. Fallston and Patterson Mill are playoff-bound for the second straight year. North Harford is playing for the third straight November, while Havre de Grace has been in the playoffs every year since 2006.
Here is the breakdown, including one semifinal matchup of local rivals, and the potential for two final showdowns of UCBAC foes:
CLASS 1A EAST
- No. 4 Havre de Grace (4-6) visits No. 1 Perryville (10-0). The winner plays the winner of No. 3 Snow Hill (6-4) at No. 2 Cambridge-South Dorchester (7-3).
CLASS 2A EAST
- No. 3 Fallston (9-1) visits No. 2 Wicomico (9-1).
- No. 4 Patterson Mill (9-1) visits No. 1 Kent Island (9-1).
CLASS 3A NORTH
- No. 1 North Harford (8-2) hosts No. 4 Digital Harbor (7-3).
- No. 2 Aberdeen (8-2) hosts No. 3 Franklin (7-3).
For more on the statewide football playoffs, visit MPSSAA.org.
Here is a breakdown of UCBAC programs to qualify for the playoffs by season since 2003:
|YEAR||PLAYOFF TEAMS FROM UCBAC|
|2003||Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood, Elkton, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne
|2004||Aberdeen, Bel Air, Joppatowne, Perryville, Rising Sun|
|2005||Elkton, Joppatowne, North Harford, Rising Sun|
|2006||Bo Manor, Edgewood, Elkton, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne, North Harford, Rising Sun|
|2007||Elkton, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne (later forfeited), North Harford|
|2008||Bo Manor, Elkton, Fallston, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne|
|2009||Bo Manor, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne, North Harford|
|2010||Bo Manor, Fallston, Havre de Grace, North Harford, Patterson Mill|
|2011||Aberdeen, Fallston, Havre de Grace, North Harford, Patterson Mill, Perryville|
BOLD — State Champion
Aberdeen (2A) and Joppatowne (1A) won state titles in 2003. No Harford County team has done so since.
Havre de Grace advanced to the Class 1A title game last year, losing to Dunbar.