Elkton-Southern already winner 3-2 teams matched in tonight's game

SIDELINES

October 09, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

Call this a pigskin weekend when the rich should get richer and the poor get poorer in Anne Arundel County. That's if the teams play up to their records.

Only one of the 11 games on this weekend's schedule pits two winning teams, Elkton of Cecil County at Southern, at 7:30 tonight in Harwood, where both teams kick off at 3-2.

Seven of this weekend's games match winning teams against losing teams, and the other three pit losing and .500 teams. The Baltimore Sun's 15th-ranked Severn School (5-0) is visiting .500 Boys' Latin (2-2) in Baltimore at 3:45 this afternoon.

Coach Buck Gardner's Dawgs of Southern are coming off a loss, but it was an impressive loss. Southern dropped a 19-14 decision to perennial state 3A champion McDonough (4-1) of Charles County.

"Believe it or not, even though we lost, it was one of the best games I've ever seen Southern play in the 29 years I've been at the school," said assistant coach Al Hunt.

Tonight, Southern hopes to improve its record to 4-2 with a victory over Elkton, a club that played sixth-ranked C. Milton Wright (5-0) of Harford County tough before it lost, 13-0, last week.

Severn puts its undefeated mark on the line in Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference action against Boys' Latin, which the Admirals whipped, 28-6, a year ago. Last week, Severn routed Southwestern (2-2), 40-6.

Because Southwestern edged Boys' Latin, 18-13, the week before, coach Jim Doyle's biggest concern today will be to make sure his Admirals bear down and don't take the Lakers lightly.

Southwestern plays host to Archbishop Spalding (1-3) at 3:45 p.m. today, with both teams picking up the pieces after being zapped. Spalding was beaten by St. Mary's, 48-0, last week.

St. Mary's (3-2) visits Douglass (1-2) of Baltimore at 3:45 today, and the Ducks were beaten, 36-6, by the Saints last year. Archbishop Curley (0-3) of East Baltimore is the only club that Douglass has beaten (8-6) while being blown out twice by identical 34-0 scores by Dunbar (4-0) and 14th-ranked St. Paul's (4-0).

In the lone game matching losing teams, Arundel (0-5) visits Queen Anne's (2-3). The Lions are coming off a 17-14 loss to Broadneck.

Coach Bill Zucco's winless Wildcats are due and could be facing the Lions at the right time. Queen Anne's has lost three in a row since its 19-16 upset of Severna Park.

In contrast, Severna Park (3-2) has gotten its act together since that loss to Queen Anne's and has reeled off three wins in a row, including last week's hard-earned, 24-12 victory over Glen Burnie (2-3).

The Falcons relied on the passing of quarterback Tim Bowerman (7-for-9 for 141 yards and two touchdowns, plus running for another) to pull out the Glen Burnie game. Severna Park visits slumping Meade at 7 tonight.

With star running back Kenny Walker and two other players not suiting up last week, the Mustangs (1-4) of coach Hayse $H Henderson were beaten, 35-8, by Chesapeake (2-3).

"Those players were suspended for a game because of a disciplinary problem," said Henderson, who now has his squad back up to 24 players. "They will be back this week, including Walker, but they will not start against Severna Park. The absence of those people and the numbers have had nothing to do with our start. Our kids just have not been hungry enough."

Meade has dropped two in a row after it beat Queen Anne's, 18-10.

Glen Burnie hung tough with Severna Park, outscoring the Falcons 6-3 in the second half before bowing by 12 points. The Gophers visit streaking and ninth-ranked Annapolis (4-1).

Coach Roy Brown's Panthers, who defeated the Gophers, 26-8, last year, have been on a roll since dropping their opener to Randallstown, 19-18.

Annapolis stopped Arundel, 51-6, last week and has scored 76 points in its past two games. Only pass-happy North County has scored more than Annapolis this year, 160-150, while the Gophers have scored only 51 points.

North County (4-1) plays host to much-improved Chesapeake (2-3) at 7 tonight. No doubt the visiting Cougars are very concerned about the 12th-ranked Knights' prolific air attack, led by senior quarterback Eric Howard who has thrown for 1,168 yards and 14 touchdowns halfway through the season.

Howard has a minor injury (left ankle) and may see action only if backup quarterback Justin Rice needs help.

Knights receivers Damon Martin and Mike Quarles have combined for 58 receptions, which is more than the total for most county teams.

In Edgewater, the 10th-ranked Seahawks of South River (4-1) have to play a game they probably would be better off not playing. Baltimore County's Lansdowne (0-5) comes calling for a 7 p.m. contest.

Lansdowne has a serious numbers problem and had to forfeit its first three games before being shut out , 22-0, by Dundalk (4-1) and ripped, 47-8, by Eastern Vo-Tech (3-2).

Northeast (3-2) doesn't have to worry about a competitive foe when it plays host to Harford County visitor Fallston (2-3) at 7 tonight in Pasadena. The Eagles took a 12-8 squeaker over Fallston last year and can expect another tough one.

Fallston took Joppatowne (5-0) to the edge before it lost, 28-26, in OT last week. Such a high-scoring game is not likely in this one because of the Eagles' deliberate style.

Last week, in a tough, 21-8 loss to Cambridge-South Dorchester (5-0) on the Eastern Shore, Northeast held the ball for nearly 10 minutes on its scoring drive. Opposing teams don't get much of an opportunity to score when somebody does that.

Just one game is scheduled Saturday (1 p.m.), when Broadneck (3-2) comes off its own 17-14 Homecoming victory, hoping to spoil Homecoming at Old Mill (1-4). The Patriots were routed by North County, 53-7, last week.

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