This Week's Football Games

October 08, 1993|By Rick Belz

Tomorrow

Wilde Lake (3-2) at Hammond (3-2)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: This is a make-or-break game for Hammond, and to beat the Wildecats the Bears must play consistently on offense. The Bears have made 17 turnovers -- 10 interceptions and seven fumbles -- and average just 7.2 points. RB Tim Spruill, a big-play threat, played his first game for Hammond last week and had 78 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 49-yard run. He also intercepted a pass. Defensively, Hammond coach Joe Russo is confident despite the loss of star LB John White to a broken collarbone. The Bears have allowed just 15 points in their past four games, and one of those touchdowns was set up by a fumble at the Bears' 12-yard line. Led by LB Jimmy Jackson, who made 13 tackles and recovered a fumble, the Bears held Howard to just 54 yards last week but lost, 8-7. Wilde Lake averages 21 points and comes off a big 14-0 win over Glenelg. RB Mike Green has 327 yards on 66 carries. RB Allan Anderson has 220 yards on 48 carries. QB Seth Willingham has completed 33 of 56 passes for 579 yards and six touchdowns. Anderson has eight caches for 83 yards. Jermaine Sutton has seven catches for 125 yards. And Tarkese MacDonald has four catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns. Mark Davis leads Wilde Lake's defense with 31 solo tackles and 34 assists. Mike Green has 26 solo tackles, six assists and five sacks. He has blocked three passes, two punts and one point-after kick, and 17 of his tackles have been made behind the line of scrimmage. Field position played a large role in last week's victory, and Sutton is averaging 39.2 yards for 18 punts. Wilde Lake has two straight shutouts in league play.

Centennial (3-2) at Oakland Mills (2-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: This is a must-win game for the Eagles, who were upset last week by Atholton, 14-7. Centennial will try to grind out yardage up the middle with RB Don Culbreth, who has 478 yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries. Centennial's line is bigger than Oakland Mills' line. The Scorpions must rely on their superior quickness and hope for some big plays. The Scorpions run both an I-formation and a wing-T. But whatever coach Ken Hovet decides to use this week, Centennial must stop RB Damian Smith, who scored three touchdowns and had his first 100-yard rushing game this season in last week's 42-18 win over Mount Hebron. Another Scorpions threat is RB Jake Daft, who has 392 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries. QB Chad Fekel has completed 26 of 43 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns. This is Oakland Mills' homecoming game.

Howard (4-1) at Glenelg (4-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: This shapes up on paper as a defensive struggle, dTC because the Lions have allowed only 37 points this season and the Gladiators have allowed only 46. But both teams have potent offensive weapons. Howard RB Guy Smith has 456 yards and eight touchdowns on 51 carries. But he injured his shoulder in last week's 8-7 win over Hammond and might not

be 100 percent. Glenelg RB James McKenney has 611 yards on 106 carries. Gladiators QB Sean Lookingbill has completed 25 of 50 passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns. Lions QB Dalawn Parrish is capable of breaking a big play at any time, as is WR Carlton Fox. Glenelg must control the line of scrimmage and prevent Howard from using its superior speed. The Gladiators also must avoid turnovers, something they've done well this season. They've made only six. Howard's defense frequently has created scoring opportunities, as it did last week with Seth Eldridge's fumble recovery at Hammond's 12-yard line that led to the winning fourth-quarter touchdown.

Mount Hebron (2-3) at Atholton (4-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Vikings allowed 91 points in their past two games and go against a run-and-shoot Atholton offense that has scored 87 points in five games. Last season Atholton beat the Vikings, 21-19. But last season Atholton won only three games. Raiders RB Carlando Love has 365 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 57 carries. Raiders QB Jason Albert has completed 49 of 91 passes for 631 yards and seven touchdowns. The Raiders were 14-7 upset winners over Centennial last week. RB Charles Kosh leads the Vikings with 328 yards on 38 carries. Mount Hebron's Leonard Frieson caught six passes last week for 111 yards.

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