It’s really sad to see how folks around here don’t understand that requiring landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers will result in fewer Section 8 residents in Dundalk and Essex, because now they’ll be spread around the county. Do people actually believe it was landlords in Dundalk who were rejecting Section 8 vouchers? Think!

And ... we’re in the last week of the football regular season. Already. Man, those nine weeks seem to have gone fast.

Dundalk, thanks to a four-game winning streak after a 1-3 start, has locked up a playoff berth in the Class 3A North Region and can clinch the third seed with a victory over Perry Hall in the regular-season finale.

The Owls (5-3) are in third place in the region, behind Mervo (8-0) and Franklin (6-2).

Behind Dundalk are a horde of 4-4 squads — Kenwood, Towson, City, Woodlawn, Edgewood and C. Milton Wright – battling to see which one of them doesn’t make the eight-team playoff field and who can avoid the seventh and eighth seeds that mean facing Mervo and Franklin in the first round.

Patapsco, 3-5, is in 12th place in the region and will not make the playoffs. But the Patriots will have a 10th game scheduled for next week.

It might actually be better for Dundalk to drop to the fourth seed. As fourth seed, they would likely — barring upsets — draw Mervo in the second round.

Having the third seed means getting second-seeded Franklin in the second round. The Owls have lost six straight to the Indians, and they haven’t been close.

Getting past the second round means reaching the state quarterfinal round, where the remaining eight teams will be re-seeded.

The West Region, as usual, is loaded, with Linganore (7-1), Damascus (6-2), South Hagerstown (7-1) and Rockville (6-2).

Huntingtown (8-0) is the only other undefeated team in Class 3A. One-loss teams include Oxon Hill and River Hill,

Franklin, the defending state champion, has two losses but they were against private school powers McDonogh and Mount. St. Joseph.

Which means the Indians are so confident, they scheduled two likely losses and didn’t mind possibly not having the home field in the second round of the playoffs and getting a lower seed in the quarterfinal round.

Sparrows Point (2-6) is in ninth place in the Class 2A North playoffs. The Pointers need to win at Hereford (5-30 this week and get a loss from Digital Harbor (3-5).

Yeah, it’s a long shot.

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