It's All-Area Stock Watch time again when we put the area's top teams and players under a microscope to see who is Doin' Work by meeting or exceeding expectations and who is Falling Back by failing to live up to their individual hype or team ranking.
Doin' Work — Wise
Losing a player the caliber of senior RB Uriah Bethea might cripple some offenses, but the Pumas were able to tread water without him to keep pace with No. 8 Eleanor Roosevelt in Prince George's County play. With Bethea sidelined by a high ankle injury, junior Chase Powell stepped up with a pair of 100-yard efforts as Wise beat Bowie and Northwestern by a combined score of 51-22. Wise has a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch and with Bethea rounding back into his preseason All-Area form, look for this team to make a deep run in the postseason.
Falling Back — Urbana
It's hard to get a read on just how good the 2011 Urbana Hawks are. The team appeared to have things in order after a surprising opening-season loss to Westlake by outscoring Westminster and Century 85-14 to move to 2-1 on the fall. The roller coaster year continued, though, as they dropped the next two games to fall under .500. Last week's win at Thomas Johnson pulled Urbana's record to an even 3-3 with four games to play (three on the road). The road to a repeat in Class 4A will be tough, but having ESPN All-Area senior DL Colton Kmetz and senior QB Michael Spahr around should help elevate the play of the team down the stretch.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.