This week's football games

November 12, 1993|By Rick Belz


Wilde Lake (5-5) at Boonsboro (9-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Seventh seed Wilde Lake is coming off a 41-0 win over Centennial in which the Wildecats unveiled a run-and-shoot offense that gained 513 yards. QB Seth Willingham completed 14 of 20 passes for a career-high 353 yards and four touchdowns. Willingham has completed 76 of 140 for 1,294 yards and 14 TDs. RB Mike Green had 120 yards against Centennial and has 863 yards for the season. Second seed Boonsboro, from Washington County, runs a wing-T that features two power running backs, neither of whom has great speed. Boonsboro's special teams are excellent with a good punter and field-goal kicker. The Warriors' defensive backfield is strong against the run. Wilde Lake must pass to the flanks, spread the defense and keep it guessing. Boonsboro will have to be ready to defend run-and-shoot and the wishbone. Seven Boonsboro starters play both ways. The teams never have met. Wilde Lake is shooting for its fourth straight state Class 1A championship.


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

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions, seeded eighth, hope to use speed and defense to upset top-seeded Poly. The Engineers try to control the ball with a grind-it-out power-I offense. They have a quick, aggressive defense that pursues well and a huge offensive line that gives Howard coach John Quinn some concern. Poly's top running back is Greg Kyler, who caught a 24-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds left to beat No. 2 City last week. Howard's offense is led by RB Guy Smith, who has 1,066 yards and 15 touchdowns on 136 carries. QB Dalawn Parrish has 484 yards and six TDs on 69 carries and has completed 45 of 89 passes for 524 yards and six TDs. He also has five interceptions as a defensive back. The team is 14-1 since he became its quarterback last season. Howard has outscored its opponents 269-69. The Lions have returned three punts for TDs. Field position will be crucial. The Lions' Andy Holloway, who kicked a 46-yard field goal last week, averages 52 yards on kickoffs and 39.2 yards on punts. Howard's leading receivers are Carlton Fox (20 catches for 219 yards and three TDs) and Brian Bush (17 receptions for 215 yards and three TDs).

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