With high school football already a week into the season, it's time for the rest of the fall sports schedule to swing into full gear.
The most interesting matchup of the week should be in cross country, where South Carroll and Francis Scott Key will be running in the Smithsburg Invitational in Washington County Saturday morning.
All Carroll eyes will be on senior standout Jim Clarius, who transferred from South Carroll to Key this summer, and will be running against his old teammates for the first time. The addition of Clarius gives the Eagles' boys squad a good shot at claiming the Class 1A state title.
Francis Scott Key will open its cross country season at Liberty 4 p.m. today.
In other upcoming events:
* Another key intra-county matchup this week appears to be in girls soccer, where North Carroll will get an early test at home against South Carroll on Friday.
Both teams had winning 1990 seasons, but were overshadowed by Liberty in the county race. North Carroll will be trying to improveon last year's 1-3-3 record in the county. Game time is around 7 p.m.
* In boys soccer, Liberty (10-2 a year ago) opens up its season at Glenelg, Howard County, 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Lions return 12 seniors to last year's squad that won the Central Maryland Conference and went undefeated in the county race.
South Carroll may be one ofthe county teams to give Liberty a run for its money, and the Cavaliers open their season at Hammond, Howard County, 3:45 p.m. today.
South Carroll coach Charles Fazenbaker has a strong group of veteransback from last year's 6-4-2 team, led by senior striker Tim Jenkins,who won the county scoring title last year with six goals and two assists.
A pair of county field hockey teams will open their seasonsat home this week. Liberty takes on Wilde Lake, Howard County, at 7:30 tonight and Key takes on Atholton, Howard County, 7:30 tomorrow.
* The Western Maryland College football team opens its season at home against Albright 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Green Terrors surprised everybody in the Centennial Football Conference a year ago, finishing 5-2 in conference play, one-half game behind champion Dickinson (5-1-1). It was the first winning season in nine years at Western Maryland.
This year, the Green Terrors will be trying to prove last season was no fluke.
Senior tailback Eric Frees leads Western Maryland offensively. He needs less than 500 yards to pass former Navy greatNapoleon McCallum to become the top collegiate ground-gainer in state history.
In high school football, Westminster will try to bounceback from last week's upset loss to Woodlawn, Baltimore County, by taking on Quince Orchard, Montgomery County, at home. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Liberty, which opened with a 14-6 home win over Glenelg, will try to remain unbeaten when entertaining Atholton; North Carroll, 26-7 winners over Francis Scott Key, will travel to Howard; Francis Scott key will open its Monocacy Valley Athletic League schedule by visiting Walkersville, Frederick County. All games are 7:30 p.m. Friday.
South Carroll will try to get on the winning track 1 p.m. Saturday at Centennial, Howard County. The Cavaliers lost their opener to defending state Class 2A champion Wilde Lake, 20-12, last Friday.
* WMC has more than football on tap.
The volleyball team will participate in the Gettysburg (Pa.) Invitational this weekend. Thursday, they have a home contest against Susquehanna, starting 7 p.m.
The cross country team will run in the Montgomery Community College-Rockville Invitational slated for 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
In its season opener last Saturday at the Essex Community College Invitational,the women took fourth in the eight-team field while the men finishedfifth out of eight.
First-year field hockey coach Tricia Muneses will be looking for her first victory when the Green Terrors play host to College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, 4 p.m. tomorrow.
Defending Middle Atlantic Conference champion Messiah spoiled Muneses' debut Saturday, blanking the Terrors, 4-0.
The men's soccer team opens itsseason today at home against York (Pa.) College. The Terrors finished 9-8-1 last season, but look to improve on their 1-3-1 MAC record.
The women visit Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre, Pa., 1 p.m. Saturday.