MERVO (1-2) AT NO. 7 PATTERSON (3-0) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
* Outlook: Mervo (1-1 in the league) was supposed to be a contender in the MSA B Conference this season, but last week it lost to Northwestern 20-0. This may be the Mustangs' last chance to live up to their preseason billing. Patterson (1-0 in the league) has emerged as the favorite in the conference. The Clippers rank fourth in the area in scoring (30.0 points per game). Quarterback Buddy Edmond has passed for 488 yards and three touchdowns. William Rosenberger has rushed for 279 yards and five TDs. Defensive backs Avon Paul and Ronny Green key a defense that has allowed just 35 points.
NORTHWESTERN (2-0) AT EDMONDSON (2-0) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
* Outlook: These teams currently lead the B Conference with 2-0 league records. Northwestern has knocked off Dunbar and Mervo behind sophomore Kevin Ruff, who has rushed for 286 yards and four TDs. Edmondson is off to its best start under fifth-year coach James James and is looking for its first winning season since he arrived in 1987. QB Maurice Blanding has passed for 221 yards and two TDs. Antwan Barmer has rushed for 254 yards and three TDs and safety Clarence Holliday is tied for the area lead in interceptions with four.
GLEN BURNIE (3-1) AT NO. 16 SEVERNA PARK (2-2) Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
* Outlook: The host Falcons' record is deceiving, with losses to High Point (22-14), the Washington area's top-ranked team, and No. 2 Old Mill (17-14). Severna Park's offense is led by QB Tim Bowerman, who threw three TD passes last week, and RB John Jennings, who has rushed 64 times for 399 yards and four TDs. Glen Burnie has been led by RB Alphonse Generette (88 carries, 544 yards, seven TDs) and linebacker John Spencer. Glen Burnie and Severna Park are 2-1 in Anne Arundel County's 4A league.
NO. 19 NORTH COUNTY (3-1) AT NO. 2 OLD MILL (4-0) Time: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
* Outlook: Old Mill and Annapolis lead Anne Arundel County's 4A league with 3-0 records. North County is tied with four other teams for third at 2-1. Old Mill's defense, led by S Rufus Beard, will be tested by North County's run-and-shoot offense, which has come alive since QB Eric Howard replaced Reggie Moore two games ago. Howard has passed for 385 yards and two TDs. His favorite receivers are Damon Martin (18 catches, 286 yards, two TDs) and Troy Ross (15, 223, 3). LB Anthony Walker heads a defense that must contend with the biggest, fastest opponent North County will face this season. Old Mill's Harold Peters has run 53 times for 419 yards and five TDs.
SOUTH RIVER (3-1) VS. NO. 6 RANDALLSTOWN (3-1) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Site: Catonsville Community College
* Outlook: This is a non-league meeting of state Class 3A schools that could meet later in the state playoffs. Randallstown is trying to bounce back from its first loss after 16 straight victories. Perry Hall stunned the Rams, 16-7, last week. Donte Boyd leads the Rams with 422 yards rushing and four TDs. Linemen Bob Schmaldienst and Jaron Hairston and LB Trevor Perkins lead a South River defense that has allowed only 17 points in four games.
NO. 13 GILMAN (3-0) AT NO. 3 CALVERT HALL (3-0) Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.
* Outlook: Gilman began the season with talk of rebuilding but the Greyhounds sit atop the A Conference with a 3-0 record. Calvert Hall, City and Loyola all follow at 1-0. Gilman's offense hasn't been overpowering but the defense -- led by LB Victor Carter-Bey and linemen Samy Mir, Eric Walser, James Guyton and Biff Byun -- ranks second in the area (2.0 points per game). Calvert Hall has bounced back from last season's 4-6 injury-filled season. The Cardinals are led by QB Luther Alexander, who missed all but one game last season with an injury. He has passed for 140 yards and two TDs and run for 102 yards and two TDs. Willie Harcum has run for 290 yards and Ivan Dow has run for 210 yards and a touchdown. The defense, led by LB Mickey Lippy, DE Sean Mackney and CB Lloyd Shifflett, has allowed just 29 points.
HOWARD (4-0) AT NO. 1 WILDE LAKE (4-0) Time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
* Outlook: It has been a long time since Howard was unbeaten this late in the season. The Lions get a true test against Wilde Lake, which ranks among the area's top 15 in offense (23.8) and defense (6.8). The Wildecats are coming off a 21-0 win over arch-rival Oakland Mills. Damon Hamlin has rushed for 337 yards and five TDs and Andre Martin has 12 catches for 177 yards. LBs Brent Guyton and Nate Casella lead the defense. An opportunistic defense, which has allowed just six points all season, has been the key for Howard. Linemen Bill Terry, Donnie Eaton and Mark McFadden, LBs Adam Eldridge and Dave Jones and S Kirk Wise are the leaders. McFadden has recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes. Wise has scored on a 70-yard punt return and a 60-yard interception, and Jones has a TD on a 55-yard interception.
NO. 8 POLY (1-1) AT NO. 11 LOYOLA (1-1-1) Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.