Here's a quick pop pass through the county high school football weekend.
Annapolis (1-1) at North County (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, to be telecast noon Saturday on TCI Cable Vision of Annapolis, Channel 19:
It was in the second half of this match-up a year ago that Eric Howard stepped in and took the reins as quarterback of The Sun's No. 6-ranked run-and-shoot Knights. Unfortunately, for Howard and the Knights, they got hammered, 33-7, that night in the Cap City.
Despite the lopsided loss, North County coach Chuck Markiewicz found a silver lining, citing the fact that he had found a quarterback and that his team had played well in the second half. From that point on, Howard led the Knights to six wins in their last seven regular-season games to make the Class 4A playoffs.
An encore playoff appearance was the Knights' goal coming into 1992, and with Howard, the fastest gun in the county pulling the trigger in the team's pass-crazy offense, the club is off to a 2-0 start and anxious for this game.
On the other side, The Sun's 13th-ranked Panthers pummeled Meade, 28-0, last week after being upset by Randallstown, 18-16, in the season opener. Coach Roy Brown's team came into this season hoping to regain playoff form, and this game could go a long way toward determing who makes it to postseason play.
The big question is can the young Annapolis defense keep the Knights' glue-fingered receivers Damon Martin and Mike Quarles out of the end zone? And if it stops the pass, can it stop running back Frankie Brown?
SG Severna Park (0-2) at Old Mill (0-2), 7 p.m. Friday: This game pits
two teams who have been used to being in the contender's role the last few years, but the loser can all but write off a shot at postseason.
The Falcons limp into Old Mill and hope to gut this one out. Coach Andy Borland has lost three starters for at least several weeks in All-County defensive back Sean Miller (knee injury), strong safety Chris Care (knee) and sophomore running back/safety Mark Frye (compound fracture of a pinky finger).
Chesapeake (1-1) at Glen Burnie (0-2), 7 p.m. Friday: The visiting Cougars very easily could have been 2-0 after a narrow 21-14 loss to Queen Anne's and a 23-10 upset of Old Mill. As is usually the case at Glen Burnie, the Gophers can't score, and they will have to keep Brandon Steinheim out of the end zone to have a shot in this one.
Arundel (0-2) at Broadneck (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Wildcats' rookie coach Bill Zucco got ripped, 39-6, by one of his former Arundel coaching buddies in Chuck Markiewicz of North County last week and now faces another former coaching partner in Broadneck's Jeff Herrick.
Zuke and the Cats can expect another air show. The Knights lit it up with 38 passes last week and Broadneck's Alan Hartman guides a similar run-and-shoot.
Meade (0-2) at Queen Anne's (2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Only 11 guys can play at a time, but a squad of just 19 players makes it pretty rough going in Class 4A Region IV. That's the dilemma of visiting Meade as it crosses the Bay Bridge to visit the Lions' den where the home team is off to a great start.
South River (2-0) at Linganore (2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday: This should be a whale of a football game if you like defense. Host Linganore took a 14-7 decision in Edgewater a year ago on the way to the state Class 3A championship and this one is in Frederick County tomorrow night.
South River head coach Dave Summey and his staff know that playoff teams win tough road games.
Calvert Hall (0-1) vs. St. Mary's (1-1) at Anne Arundel Community College, 7 p.m. Friday: This could be a disaster or an unforgettable night if the host Saints could pull off the major upset.
St. Mary's coach Brad Best is hoping that the difference in playing a Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference schedule is not like night and day as opposed to the A Conference schedule the Hall from Towson plays.
Northeast (1-1) at Mount Hebron (1-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday: Coach Bart Rader's Eagles visit Howard County to face a foe they thrashed, 30-12, a year ago.
The Eagles are coming off a 20-6 victory over Archbishop Spalding.
Perryville (1-1) at Severn (2-0), 2 p.m. Saturday: You can just imagine how much adrenalin will be pumping through the veins of the Admirals' star running back Jamand Mack, who missed most of last season with a broken leg, as Severn plays its '92 home opener. The Admirals should be pumped for their Class 1A foe from Cecil County.
Southern (1-1) at Wilde Lake (2-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday: A year ago, Coach Buck Gardner's Dawgs gave the eventual state 1A champion Wildecats all they could handle before bowing, 27-15, in the waning moments in Harwood.
Playing in Howard County and with The Sun's third-ranked Wildecats owning the metro area's longest winning streak (28) such an effort may be extremely difficult to duplicate.