This Week's Football Games

October 01, 1993|By Bill Free

Tonight

Thomas Johnson (4-0) at Westminster (2-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Owls will find out just how far their program has advanced when they meet the unbeaten Patriots in an important Central Maryland Conference game. Thomas Johnson has shut out Oakland Mills, 16-0, and Jefferson County (W.Va.) High, 12-0, in its past two games. Westminster has won two straight to even its record, including a 24-0 victory over North Carroll last week. The first win came over 4A Meade of Anne Arundel County, a victory that looks even larger now that Meade defeated eighth-ranked Severna Park in overtime, 35-28. Westminster is led by the slick ball-handling and passing of junior QB Steve Mays (three touchdown passes and two touchdowns running) and the running of seniors Chris DeGasperi (48 rushes for 404 yards and two touchdowns) and Steve Kahler (29 rushes for 326 yards and three touchdowns). DeGasperi is averaging 8.4 yards a carry and Kahler 6.7 yards.

North Carroll (0-4) at South Carroll (3-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll should make life even more miserable for winless North Carroll tonight. The Cavaliers struck early and often last Friday night behind gifted RBs Greg Mihalko and Chris Lyerly to turn back Liberty, 28-14. Lyerly is tough up the middle, and Mihalko runs well to the outside. Mihalko has carried the ball 48 times for 314 yards and three touchdowns, and he had a dazzling 79-yard kickoff return for a score last week against Liberty. Lyerly has 53 rushes for 223 yards and one touchdown. North Carroll has scored only one touchdown in four games against what should have been the easier part of its schedule. Now comes South Carroll tonight and then Thomas Johnson, Linganore, Frederick and Bethesda-Chevy Chase before the traditional season-ending game against Liberty.

Liberty (0-4) at Linganore (3-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: First-year Liberty coach Ken Johnson certainly has not stood pat in an attempt to build a winning program for the Lions. He already has brought up sophomore QB Ryan Jones from the junior varsity and made him the starter. Johnson also has moved junior QB Darnell Brockington to defense. Brockington started at QB in the first game of the season before giving way to Jon Barnowski in the fourth quarter. Barnowski now is backing up Jones. The Lions have made things interesting in the fourth quarter lately, but still don't have any victories to show for it. Linganore is led by RB Joey Seetoo, who has rushed for 650 yards in four games, and K Justin Brown, who has three field goals and 11 extra points. The Lancers have beaten Frederick, Allegany and Oakland Mills, with their only loss coming to Seneca Valley, 14-6.

Boonsboro (3-1) at Francis Scott Key (1-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles are on a three-game losing streak since beating North Carroll in the opener. Last week's 22-17 loss to Catoctin was a tough one to take for coach Mike Coons. The Cougars beat Key on a 47-yard touchdown pass by Gene Sweeney with just 10 seconds left. Key was also hurt by some controversial pass-interference calls. Boonsboro has won three straight since losing its opener, 19-0, to Hedgesville (W.Va.) High, which is 4-0. The Hedgesville game was halted at halftime by lightning with Boonsboro trailing, 8-0, last Friday night and then completed on Saturday night. Boonsboro has swamped Catoctin, 34-6; shut out Brunswick, 16-0, and defeated South Hagerstown, 20-6. Boonsboro features a strong rushing game, with six running backs being used to average 200 yards a game.

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