Prep Football

November 22, 1990

Today's games

No. 8 Loyola (6-2)

vs. Calvert Hall (3-6)

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 10 a.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Series: Loyola leads, 32-30-8.

Outlook: There is not much on the line as far as the MSA A Conference standings are concerned. Even with a win, Loyola (5-2 league record) can finish no better than second, depending on the outcome of the Poly-City game. Even if Calvert Hall wins, the Cardinals can finish no higher than sixth. Still, Loyola will enjoy its first winning season since 1987. The Dons' biggest victory was a 10-0 upset of then-top-ranked Poly. Loyola lost to Gilman and City, and the City loss stunned the Dons and cost them a share of the title. RB Brad Hoag (843 yards, 9 TDs) has been the key performer for Loyola. Calvert Hall did not score in four of its first six games and stumbled to a 2-4 start. But the Cardinals have come on late, winning two of their past three, including a 29-8 upset of then-No. 11 City in their previous game. QB Brian Healy passed for one TD and ran for another in that victory. Last year, Loyola upset Calvert Hall, 15-12.

No. 2 Poly (8-1) vs. No. 19 City (5-4) Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

TV: Ch. 44 (United Cable of Baltimore)

Series: Poly leads, 49-46-3.

Outlook: A Poly victory would give the Engineers a tie with Gilman for the MSA A Conference title. This Poly team is not as powerful on offense as last year's team, which averaged more than 30 points a game. Defense has been the key for the Engineers, who have shut out four opponents and allowed just 29 points all season. The defensive leaders are DL Jelani Rucker, Deron Young and Steve Jones, LBs Derrick Odoms and Chris Robertson and DBs Antwain Smith, Lennard Marcus and Tony Jenkins. The offense, which relies mainly on the run, has come on in the past three games, as the Engineers have outscored their opponents, 93-6. RB Frank Johnson has run for 812 yards and 8 TDs. The Engineers do not throw as much as they did last season, but QB Albert Tyler is capable. He has completed 37 of 76 for 678 yards and 6 TDs. SE Kevin Crosby is his top receiver, with 20 catches for 372 yards. Regardless of what City does, this will be the Knights' worst finish since they returned to the A Conference two years ago. City has relied on the running of David Rodgers (985 yards, 8 TDs) behind the blocking of C/DL Ernest Rhoney, the area's top lineman. City's defense has not played poorly this season, allowing 79 points and registering three shutouts. LB DeBrandon Jews has been a solid contributor.

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