If the football season ended today, teams from Marshwood High School and York would be playoff dance partners again, meeting in the 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal in the Class B South.

Both teams have split four games and have the exact same Crabtree Index rating. Both have also had seasons marked by inconsistency.

Marshwood heads to winless Gorham Friday on an uptick after its defense stifled Leavitt in a 31-6 win last week, one that had a layer of desperation hanging over it.

“I think everyone here was ready to go and do what was necessary to win,” said senior tight end/linebacker Holden Jackman. “I think that’s going to give us a good boost to the rest of the season.”

With games against contenders Kennebunk (4-0) and Falmouth (3-1), as well as rival York still on tap, the Hawks will be able to have a large say in where they finish.

“Well, we’ve got four games left,” said coach Alex Rotsko. “We play Gorham this week and then down the stretch we’ll have three pretty tough games. … That will determine where we end up and where we’ll start out in the playoffs.”

York’s immediate task is markedly tougher. It travels to unbeaten Biddeford (4-0) on Friday on the heels of a one-sided road loss to another unbeaten, Kennebunk.

After missing the playoffs with a 2-6 record last year, a rarity in coach Randy Small’s two-decade tenure, the Wildcats, first and foremost, want to make sure they get in. Eight of 12 teams in Class B South make the postseason.

“Three wins will make it interesting, four wins will get you in,” Small told Seacoast Media Group.

Marshwood dropped down to Class B for the 2012 season and three times — in 2013, ‘14 and ‘15 — has faced York in the playoffs, winning each time: twice in the regional championship and once in the semifinals.

But any chance for a fourth meeting last year evaporated when York was eliminated from contention on the final night of the season.

“It hurts the program because we missed a year of being in the playoffs,” said Small. “Just being in the playoffs is a great experience, but it’s also great for the kids to understand what it’s all about; not making it last year set us back a little; hopefully, we can reverse the fortunes this year.”

They meet again

St. Thomas Aquinas will be healthier heading into its big game at unbeaten Windham on Saturday, but will still be missing starting quarterback Shawn DeKorne due to injury.

The Saints (3-1) suffered their first loss in two years at Kennett last week, 14-9. Down 14-3 at halftime, they played well on defense in the second half and got one score back, but their final possession was a three-and-out that included two sacks of back-up quarterback Dan Evans.

“I think the injuries just caught up to us a little bit,” said STA coach Eric Cumba. “We had to play some young kids in some spots and Kennett had a great game plan; they forced us to do some things that made us uncomfortable. It took us a long time to get going offensively.”

Cumba said he expects to have lineman Will Stinson, tight end Zac Carberry and cornerback Cade Baussman back at Windham (4-0), as well as valuable receiver/safety Tim Bouchard, who left the Kennett game with an injury.

Saturday’s game is being billed a rematch of the last two Division II championships, with the Saints winning last year and the Jaguars in 2014. But Cumba said his players — most of whom didn’t start in either game — aren’t treating it that way.”

“No, and I think (Windham) will say the same thing,” he said. “It’s two different teams and a different year. I’m sure there will be some buzz as we get closer to it, but it’s going to be 2016 St. Thomas against 2016 Windham.”

Bouncing back

Winnacunnet will be looking for quarterback Patrick MacDougall to play a second straight strong game as it tries to get back on the winning track at Nashua North on Saturday.

After going 0-for-9 with two interceptions in a 22-6 loss to Portsmouth, MacDougall — and several of his teammates — bounced back in last week’s 31-28 loss to Exeter. The junior signal caller was 13-of-20 for 175 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Evan Welch, Logan Keene and John Ferrelli.

“He played much better,” Winnacunnet coach Ron Auffant told Seacoast Media Group.”His fundamentals, his footwork, everything was better. He really played well and he knew that he had to play better.”

Even with the calendar yet to reach October, the Warriors (1-3) have put themselves in a must-win situation. Saturday’s game at Stellos Stadium (2:30 p.m.) is doubly important, as North (3-1) could be one of the teams Winnacunnet — whose October schedule gets friendlier -- ends up battling for a playoff spot in Division I.