This week's key football games

November 12, 1993|By Lem Satterfield and John W. Stewart

Today

No. 12 Dunbar (8-2) vs. No. 4 Overlea (10-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Site: Dundalk Community College

Outlook: This 2A quarterfinal matches two of the area's fastest squads, with top seed Overlea's high-scoring Falcons (38.8 points a game) going against a No. 8 seed Poets' defense that has allowed just two opponents to score in double figures. Can Overlea C Mike Knoedler (6 feet 4, 265 pounds) outdo Dunbar DT-NG Derrick Player (6-5, 325), or can Dunbar RB Johnny Sawyer (1,102 yards, 14 touchdowns) and RB Kim Kent (727, five) out-gain the Falcons' Kenyon Crawford (1,212, 17) and Dan Brown (553, eight)? Poets S Sean Lipscomb (10 interceptions) and LB Tommy Polley (four interceptions) counter Overlea DB Shawnte Dukes (nine interceptions). Falcons QB Bernard Fitchette (903 passing yards with seven TDs, 586 rushing yards with seven TDs) will try to out-duel Dunbar's 6-7 QB Rodney Elliott (1,213 passing yards, four TDs).

Woodlawn (8-2) at Churchill (10-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Fred Shepherd, Churchill's 25th-year coach, goes for his third 4A state title. Eighth seed Woodlawn, under first-year coach Brian Scrivin, makes its eighth appearance and first since a first-round 1983 loss to Friendly. Top seed Churchill, from Montgomery County, is ranked fourth in the Washington area. It beat Woodlawn in the 1976 state semifinals and the 1977 state final and has QB Dra Dove (922 passing yards, six TDs), RB Naim Greene (1,249 rushing yards with nine TDs, 15 receptions for 159 yards and three TDs), RB Steve Fotiu (422 yards and seven TDs) and WR Bubka Sallah (21 receptions, 279 yards, four TDs). Woodlawn has QB Keion Carpenter (841 passing yards with 10 TDs, 469 rushing with five TDs), WR Alphonso Darby (18, 305, seven TDs), WR Carlton Wheeler (18, 297, five) and RB

Kevin Charles (519 yards, two TDs).

La Plata (9-1) at No. 9 C. Milton Wright (9-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: This will be a neighborhood conflict if only between rival coaches, because La Plata's Shawn Baker, who directed Havre de Grace powerhouses (two state championship teams) for eight years in the 1980s, and Wright's Steve Harward played on the same Bel Air High School team. Baker had gone to southern Maryland before Harward became head coach, so the two have not met on the field before; Baker was 8-0 against the Mustangs while in the county. This is the first playoff trip for La Plata, a Charles County school. Wright has won five straight regional crowns and reached the state 3A final in 1990. La Plata will try to counter Wright RB Jason Tharpe (22 TDs, 1,391 rushing yards) with Buster Coombs (10 TDs, 900 yards rushing). FB Emmanuel Hinton (La Plata) and Rich Juergenson (Wright) are solid blockers and runners. QB Mike Schmidt (Wright) and QB D'Angelo Hemsley (La Plata) are two-year starters with good arms. Wright has an edge in outscoring foes (29-6 against 25-12), but La Plata might be able to thwart the home team with size.

Kent County (9-1) at Joppatowne (7-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: These two appear fairly evenly matched. Each has speed at TB, Kent from Ralph Cruz, who averages 100 rushing yards a game, and Joppatowne from Andre Turner. Turner, spectacular on defense (106 tackles and a county-high eight interceptions) and special teams (six kicks returned for touchdowns -- five official and one called back), has been installed at tailback after former starter Alonzo McDowell moved to quarterback. This move was necessitated when regular Matt Berger had his collarbone broken at C. Milton Wright two weeks ago. Turner and LB Cable Miller (113 tackles) are among the defensive leaders. Turner, DB McDowell, and DB Chris Shape have combined for 15 interceptions. QB Eric Collyer missed two of Kent's past three games, returning in the second half against Easton (a 29-6 loss) last week. Behind him, junior running backs Dante Ward and Melvin Morton provide speed. WR Darius Waits (6-8, 225) led the Eastern Shore in receptions and touchdown receptions. The defensive leaders are linemen Jeron Jeffers (6-7, 275) and John Hyland (6-3, 255).

Tomorrow

No. 13 Howard (9-1) at No. 1 Poly (9-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: In this 3A state quarterfinal game, eighth seed Howard, which clinched its first Howard County crown since 1975, will see whether it can go "with the big boys," as coach John Quinn put it. Top seed Poly won the City League's 3A crown, 21-20, over then-No. 1 City. Poly emphasizes Greg Kyler (17 TDs on 984 rushing yards and 18 receptions for 260 yards). It also has QB Charles English (679 yards, 12 TDs), Arthur Peace (17 catches, 400 yards, five TDs) and RB Louie Randall (516 yards, eight TDs). Howard has speed with RB Guy Smith (1,066 rushing, 15 TDs), QB Dalawn Parrish (484 rushing with four TDs, 524 passing with six TDs) and WR Carlton Fox (20 receptions, 219 yards, three TDs).

No. 2 City (9-1) at Douglass-Prince George's (9-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

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