Labor Day weekend is behind us, meaning it's time to go back to school.
That also means it's time to start thinking about the fall high school sports season.
Let's start with football, where four of the five county high school teams will open their season at home this Friday.
The lone intracounty matchup features North Carroll visiting Francis Scott Key.
Both teams had rough seasons a year ago (North Carroll was 1-9 and Key was 0-10) and a win early in the season would do wonders for either team.
Both teams will be looking to control the ball on the ground offensively, with North Carroll relying on senior running backs Ronnie Miller and Jason Small.
Key will go to senior Norman Jones, who has been converted to fullback this season after playing up frontoffensively last season.
The Liberty Lions (4-6 last year) will open at home against Glenelg, Howard County; South Carroll Cavaliers (4-6) will entertain Wilde Lake, Howard County, and the Westminster Owls (7-3 and defending co-champions of the Central Maryland Conference) will take on Woodlawn, Baltimore County, at home. All games are slated for 7:30 p.m.
The only other high school action to take place this week will feature the Westminster High golf team, which will take on Waynesboro, Pa., 4 p.m. tomorrow at Wakefield Valley Golf Coursein Westminster.
Guy Stull and Jeff Ibex will debut as Westminsterco-coaches, replacing Dave Brown.
In other sports action this week:
* Western Maryland College will kick off its fall sports schedule starting tonight, when the women's volleyball team travels to Goucher College in Towson, Baltimore County, for a 7 p.m. match. Last year, the Green Terrors won the Middle Atlantic Conference southwest section with an overall record of 33-8 and a section record of 5-0.
The women's soccer team will compete in the Haverford (Pa.) College Soccer Tournament Saturday and Sunday. The Green Terrors (4-7-1 a year ago, 1-4 in the MAC western division) will first battle the host team, slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.
The men's and women's cross country team will run in the Essex Community College Invitational beginning 9a.m. Saturday in Baltimore County. The men finished the season last year with a 3-8 mark while the women went 5-6.
The field hockey team will open up its season at home against Messiah (Pa.) College. Game time is slated for 11 a.m. They finished last season with a 6-5-2 record overall, 2-3 in the MAC southwest section.
* Mount Airy and Westminster will try to bounce back from Sunday losses in Mason DixonSoccer League action.
Mount Airy will be looking for its first win of the year when it plays host to defending champion Middletown, Frederick County. Mount Airy dropped to 0-2 on the year with a 6-0 lossat Walkersville, Frederick County, Sunday.
Middletown upped its mark to 2-0 with a 2-1 win over Clear Spring, Washington County.
Westminster (1-1) will try to get back on the winning track when they entertain Walkersville (2-0). Westminster dropped a 2-0 decision Sunday to Williamsport, Washington County.
Westminster is led by forward Ed DeVincent, who has three goals and three assists on the year.
North Carroll (0-1) will travel to Clear Spring (0-2) after a bye inweek two.
All games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
* Be sure to look for The Carroll County Sun's Fall Sports 1991 guide, appearing Sunday, which will preview the cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, volleyball and golf teams at Francis Scott Key, Liberty, North Carroll, South Carroll, Westminster and Carroll Christian high schools, along with Western Maryland College.