Eagles find themselves unbeaten, breaking record 21-game losing streak

SPORTS THIS WEEK; County sports events through Tuesday

September 09, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

As the high school football season enters its second week on Friday, take a good look at who is the only unbeaten team in the county. That's right, the Francis Scott Key Eagles.

The Eagles will open their home schedule Friday night against Monocacy Valley Athletic League foe Walkersville with a 1-0 record.

The rest of the high school fall schedule, along with a heavy Western Maryland College slate, will swing into full gear this week.

But first to the Eagles, who should come out sky high against Walkersville after their 15-7 win against the North Carroll Panthers -- the team's first win of the '90s, which snapped a school-record 21-game losing streak.

"It was obviously a big win for us," said Key coach Mike Coons. "The kids played very well on defense and got the ball in the end zone when they needed to.

"Walkersville's going to be a load for us, and we're going to have our work cut out for us. We're going to have to play errorless football and stand our ground defensively. During the stretch of the game, there will be opportunities offensively, which we'll have to take advantage of."

The four other high school football teams will try to rebound after opening-season losses.

The Westminster Owls, 48-6 losers at home against Woodlawn last Friday, will travel to Quince Orchard Friday; the Panthers will be at home Friday against Howard; the Liberty Lions, shut out by Glenelg, 17-0 last Saturday, remain on the road this Saturday afternoon at Atholton; and the South Carroll Cavaliers, which lost at Wilde Lake, 28-7, Saturday in head coach Gene Brown's debut, will play host to Centennial Friday night.

In other games this week:

* The Western Maryland College football team opens its season under the lights at Albright Saturday night.

The Green Terrors return 19 starters from last year's 5-5 team and should get a big boost with the return of junior running back Rob Johnson.

Johnson, a North Carroll grad, left the school after two successful seasons in which he gained 2,100 all-purpose yards.

Paul McCord, a junior who transferred from the University of Delaware last year, will start at quarterback, while nose tackle sophomore Adam Gregori will lead the defense.

The men's soccer team will get a tough early test this weekend competing in the Roanoke (Va.) Tournament.

The Green Terrors, which finished 11-6-1 last season in Coach Matt Robinson's third season, will battle Greensboro (N.C.) College and host Roanoke -- both mentioned in the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America Div. III south region preseason poll.

Elsewhere, the WMC volleyball team has a tough stretch this week traveling at Susquehanna tomorrow before competing in the Gettysburg (Pa.) Tournament over the weekend.

The field hockey team will try to bounce back from last Saturday's 1-0 season-opening loss against Messiah traveling to Notre Dame tomorrow, while the women's soccer team will open Saturday at home against Wilkes College.

* The rest of the high school fall schedule will get started in a big way this week and early next with a number of key intra-county contests.

The newly formed Liberty golf team will get its feet wet tomorrow at Westminster.

Liberty will be guided by Coach Cliff Trone, a Sykesville resident who was a golf pro at Downs Yacht and Country Club in Annapolis from 1971-1978.

The South Carroll girls soccer team will open up on the road tonight against Francis Scott Key and then travel to North Carroll tomorrow.

Tomorrow's match at North Carroll will pit two of the most dangerous attackers in the county with Cavs' Amber Clutter (14 goals last season) battling the Panthers' senior striker Ashlee Douglas (15 goals).

In boys soccer, Francis Scott Key will get the first crack at defending county champ Liberty when the two teams square off next Tuesday in Eldersburg. South Carroll will play host to Westminster, which some county coaches feel is the team to beat this year, on Monday.

A pair of first-year coaches will get right in the thick of the competitive county field hockey battlegrounds with North Carroll traveling to Liberty on Monday and Francis Scott Key at home against Class 4A state champ Westminster Tuesday.

The Panthers will be under the direction of Denean Powelson, who starred at North Carroll in the mid-80s when the team lost only twice in three years.

Francis Scott Key and new coach Mindy Wagner should have their hands full against powerful Westminster. Wagner replaces former coach Marie Wilson, who stepped down last season after 21 years at the helm.

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