This Week's Football Games

October 29, 1993|By Rick Belz

Tomorrow

Howard (7-1) at Wilde Lake (4-4)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Howard needs to win its last two games to clinch a Class 3A playoff spot and its first county championship since 1975. The Lions are tied for first place with Hammond, which also has a 4-1 league record. Wilde Lake, three-time defending Class 1A state champions, needs a win to keep its Class 1A playoffs hopes alive. The only time Howard has beaten Wilde Lake during coach John Quinn's eight-year tenure was in 1987. Both teams have balanced attacks. Howard features the running of Guy Smith (733 yards, 96 carries, 11 touchdowns) and the passing of Dalawn Parrish (40 of 79 for 450 yards, five touchdowns); Parrish also has run for 420 yards and five touchdowns. Wilde Lake features the running of Mike Green (643 yards, 130 carries) and the passing of Seth Willingham (54 of 105 for 872 yards, 10 touchdowns). Wilde Lake has made critical mistakes late in all four of its losses. Howard has forced 30 turnovers.

Mount Hebron (2-6) at Centennial (3-5)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Centennial has lost four straight after upsetting Howard in the league opener. The Eagles are led by a strong offensive line and RB Don Culbreth, who has 816 yards on 150 carries, but they've suffered from defensive errors. Mount Hebron has lost to all five league opponents, being outscored 201-38.

Oakland Mills (4-4) at Atholton (5-3)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills can share the county championship if the Scorpions win their final two games and Howard and Hammond each lose once. Last week's overtime win at Wilde Lake ranks as one of Oakland Mills' biggest in years. The Scorpions' leading rusher is Jake Daft, with 600 yards on 78 carries. QB Chad Fekel has completed 51 of 95 for 651 yards and seven touchdowns. The Scorpions run a lot of counters and throw short passes out of their wing-T. Atholton operates a run-and-shoot that features the passing of Jason Albert, who has completed 67 of 133 passes for 849 yards and 10 touchdowns. RB Carlando Love has 539 yards and seven touchdowns on 97 carries. Matt Treese has 27 pass receptions and Tony Stewart 18. Atholton has three league losses and is out of the playoff picture.

Hammond (6-2) at Glenelg (6-2)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Whichever team loses likely will drop out of the playoff picture. Hammond has just one league loss and is hoping for its first county championship. Glenelg, with two league losses, has a chance at sharing the county title if Hammond and Howard falter. Hammond has four shutouts and the league's best dTC defense, led by LB Jimmy Jackson (112 tackles), DT Justin Lavis and NG Jim Weston (67 tackles). Offensively the Bears have a super weapon in Tim Spruill, who missed the first four games for academic reasons; he had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 52-yard touchdown pass and and 44-yard run that set up a score last week against Centennial. RB John White also looked good last week, as the Bears' attack shows signs of breaking out. Glenelg RB James McKenney leads the league with 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns on 163 carries. Gladiators QB Sean Lookingbill has completed 41 of 91 passes for 681 yards and eight touchdowns. Steve Carroll has caught 20 passes for 131 yards and four touchdowns. The Gladiators have made just 13 turnovers -- six against Howard and three against Wilde Lake. Hammond, however, has made 32 turnovers.

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