Panthers, Owls look to notch first win

SPORTS THIS WEEK. Sports events around Carroll County through Sunday

September 23, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Something has to give Friday night when the North Carroll Panthers visit the Westminster Owls.

Both football teams are at 0-3 and in dire need of a win.

The Owls have been outscored, 119-14, in their first three games, the latest a 35-0 home loss to Springbrook. The Panthers haven't been quite as bad, being outscored 58-15, but their season-opening loss at home was Francis Scott Key's first win of the '90s.

Someone is going to get well on Friday.

The Owls will rely on senior running back Gabe Zepp on offense. Against Springbrook, Zepp rushed for 54 yards on 18 carries.

The Panthers will try to recharge their offense after failing to put any points on the board in a 20-2 loss at Centennial Saturday.

Look for a lot of offense in the other county game, with Liberty looking for its first win at South Carroll (2-1) Friday night.

The visiting Lions (0-3) have shown offensive potential, scoring 42 points in their last two losses, but haven't been able to stop anyone on defense.

That could mean another big night from South Carroll senior running back Mike Dodd, who carried the ball 42 times for 168 yards in the Cavs' 14-0 win against Glenelg last Friday.

That wasn't the best effort of the season for the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder. The week before, he ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Centennial.

In other sports this week:

* The Western Maryland College football team will try to make it three in a row Saturday when it visits Ursinus College Saturday.

The Green Terrors exploded with 24 unanswered points in the second half to beat Gettysburg, 38-13, last Saturday.

Western Maryland will try to make it five in a row against Ursinus. The Green Terrors lead the season series 12-3-1.

* All five county teams will be competing in the Westminster Invitational cross country meet today.

Twenty-one boys and 20 girls teams will compete.

The Westminster boys, led by Jim Holford, will be in the hunt once again -- they've finished second for six straight years.

Last year's winner Glenelg will be in contention along with C. Milton Wright, which brings defending individual champion Brian Harris with it, and Old Mill.

Dulaney's Amanda White ran away with the girls individual title last year and should have an easier time this year, making the Lions the favorite.

Joy Bullock (Westminster) and Shannon Hugg (Francis Scott Key) are the top county runners, and either could finish second.

* It will be Frederick County vs. Carroll County in boys soccer action on Thursday, as four matches will feature Carroll schools going up against Frederick counterparts.

In Central Maryland Conference action, Liberty travels to Frederick, South Carroll plays host to Linganore and Westminster is at Thomas Johnson. In Monocacy Valley Athletic League play, Francis Scott Key plays host to Middletown.

* The big match in field hockey will take place early next week when South Carroll heads to Westminster Monday. Both won state titles last season -- Westminster in 4A and South Carroll 3A -- and both entered this week at 2-0.

The Owls are led by senior Nicole Batten, who scored the lone goal in the 1-0 state championship win against Severna Park.

Seniors Patti Duffy, Kim Post and junior Tracie Didio are the Cavaliers scoring threats up front; senior Natalie Walker anchors the defense.

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