Today Mervo (1-2) at No. 7 Patterson (3-0) Time: 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Mervo (1-1 in the league) was supposed to be a contender in the B Conference this season but last week Northwestern beat the Mustangs, 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). QB Buddy Edmond has passed for 488 yards and 3 TDs. RB William Rosenberger has rushed for 279 yards and 5 TDs. DBs Avon Paul and Ronny Green lead a defense that has allowed just 35 points.
Northwestern (2-0) at Edmondson (2-0) Time: 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: These teams lead the B Conference with 2-0 league records. Northwestern has knocked off Dunbar and Mervo behind sophomore RB Kevin Ruff, who has rushed for 286 yards and 4 TDs. Edmondson is off to its best start under fifth-year coach James James and looking for its first winning season since his first season, 1987. QB Maurice Blanding has passed for 221 yards and 2 TDs. Antwan Barmer has rushed for 254 yards and 3 TDs, and S Clarence Holliday is tied with 4 others for the area lead in interceptions with 4.
South River (3-1) vs. No. 6 Randallstown (3-1) Time: 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 4 TDs. DL Bob Schmaldienst, DE Jaron Hairston and LB Trevor Perkins lead a South River defense that has allowed just 17 points in 4 games.
Glen Burnie (3-1) at No. 16 Severna Park (2-2) Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: The host Falcons have lost only 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 3 TD passes last week, and RB John Jennings, who has rushed 64 times for 399 yards and 4 TDs. Glen Burnie has been led by RB Alphonse Generette (88 carries, 544 yards, 7 TDs) and LB 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: 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 4 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 2 games ago. Howard has passed for 385 yards and 2 TDs. His favorite receivers are Damon Martin (18 catches, 286 yards, 2 TDs) and Troy Ross (15 catches, 223 yards, 3 TDs). 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 5 TDs.
No. 13 Gilman (3-0) at No. 3 Calvert Hall (3-0)
Time: 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, DL Samy Mir, DL Eric Walser, DL James Guyton and DL Biff Byun, ranks second in the area (2.0). 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 1 game last season with an injury. He has passed for 140 yards and 2 TDs and run for 102 yards and 2 TDs. Willie Harcum has run for 290 yards, and Ivan Dow has run for 210 yards and 1 TD. 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: 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: It has been a long time since Howard was unbeaten this late in the season. Wilde Lake 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 archrival Oakland Mills. Damon Hamlin has rushed for 337 yards and 5 TDs, and Andre Martin has 12 catches for 177 yards. LB Brent Guyton and LB Nate Casella lead the defense. An opportunistic defense, which has allowed just 6 points all season, has been the key for Howard. DL Bill Terry, DL Donnie Eaton, DL Mark McFadden, LB Adam Eldridge, LB Dave Jones and S Kirk Wise are the leaders. McFadden has recovered 3 fumbles and intercepted 2 passes. Wise has scored on a 70-yard punt return and a 60-yard interception, and Jones
returned an interception 55 yards for a score.
8 Poly (1-1) at No. 11 Loyola (1-1-1)
Time: 2 p.m.
Outlook: Loyola and Poly were the preseason favorites in the A Conference, but both have gotten off to slow starts. Loyola tied with St. John's (D.C.) in its opener, lost its next game to Gonzaga and struggled to get past winless Mount St. Joseph, 11-8, last week. Poly lost its season opener to Cardinal Gibbons, 9-6, and led Northern by only 14-6 after 3 quarters last week, before winning, 21-6. Brad Hoag has led Loyola with 267 yards rushing. Poly's defense has matched the offense with 2 TDs. Last week, Steve Logan and Tramont Evans each returned interceptions for scores. Poly SE Ian Smith has caught 2 TD passes.