This week's football playoffs

November 19, 1993|By Lem Satterfield and John W. Stewart

Tonight

No. 5 Dunbar (9-2) at No. 3 Southern-AA (10-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Two solid 2A teams meet in a state semifinal. Eighth-seeded Dunbar lost to No. 1 Poly, 12-6, and former No. 14 Forest Park, 20-12. The Poets are coming off of last week's 22-10 win over then-No. 4 Overlea, have scored 238 points and allowed 71 -- with only three teams scoring in double figures. Southern's only loss was 22-16 to the Douglass-Prince George's squad that last week stopped No. 4 City, 30-18. Fifth-seeded Southern makes its first playoff appearance, and its victory total is a school record. The Bulldogs have five shutouts and averaged 36.6 points entering last week's 14-12 win over Prince George's County's Potomac, behind RB Corey Contee (1,037 yards, 15 TDs), RB Jason Poknis (628, six) and RB Jamar Mullen (617, 15). Southern faces a defense of OL-DL Derrick Player (6 feet 5, 325 pounds), S Sean Lipscomb (11 interceptions, 65 tackles), Johnny Sawyer (seven, 54), Tommy Polley (five, 78) and Nate Brown (80 tackles). Dunbar's offense features 6-7 QB Rodney Elliott (1,273 passing yards, eight TDs), RB Sawyer (1,205 rushing yards, 15 TDs), RB Kim Kent (787, five), WR Lipscomb (38 catches, 672 yards) and Polley (25, 428, two). Southern's defense is led by Joe Kadjeski (60 tackles) and has allowed just 79 points.

Watkins Mill (9-2) vs. No. 8 Perry Hall (10-1)

Time: 7:30

Site: Dundalk Community College

Outlook: It's the 4A state semifinal. Third-seed Perry Hall edged No. 10 Patterson, 30-28, last week. Watkins Mill of Montgomery County, ranked No. 11 in the Washington area, defeated North County, 30-6, last week for coach Ken Brace's 100th career victory. The Gators are led by RB Mark Franklin (972 rushing yards, 18 TDs) and RB/WR Mandel Marsh (748 rushing yards, six TDs, 15 receptions, 347 yards, three TDs). Watkins Mill, whose losses were 7-6 to top-seeded Churchill (11-0) and 21-14 to defending 3A champ Seneca Valley (9-2), is anchored defensively by Duane Manson (100 tackles, 39 solo) and Chris Edwards (114, 44, seven sacks). Its defense allows an average of 6.0 points. Offensively, it has RB/WR Manson (682 rushing yards, 96 receiving yards, 11 TDs).

Joppatowne (8-3) at Beall (11-0)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: This is a matchup of the Nos. 1 and 4 seeds in Class 1A. Joppatowne, which thwarted Kent County, 21-19, in the first round, features speed, a rapidly improving quarterback and an aggressive defense. Juniors RB Andre Turner and RB Lewis McKisset, plus QB Alonzo McDowell, can run away from people. McDowell continues to improve after replacing injured regular Matt Berger. Senior Cable Miller is the defensive leader (123 tackles), along with DB Turner and DL Avion Epps. Although finding a way to win has become a trademark, the Mariners appear outmanned (they dressed 25 for Kent County) and overmatched. Beall has scored a school-record 416 points and allowed 63 (42 by the first-team defense), with a big line (230-pound average) controlling both sides of the ball. It uses a run-oriented offense, although QB Jason Feag

ley throws well enough to keep teams off-balance. The team has thrown 42 times for seven TDs and an average of 29 yards a catch. On defense, the Mountaineers of Frostburg limited first-round foe Milford Mill to minus-21 yards rushing in a 50-0 win, and have given up just 631 yards in 11 games.

Tomorrow

No. 7 C. Milton Wright (10-1) at No. 1 Poly (10-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Top-seed Poly vanquished 13th-ranked Howard County champ Howard, 28-6, last week and takes aim at Harford County's champ, C. M. Wright. The Mustangs, who last week edged La Plata of Charles County, 25-24, in overtime, have the area's top rusher and scorer in RB Jason Tharpe (1,489 yards, 22 TDs) plus RB Rich Juergensen (586, nine), QB Mike Schmidt (873 passing, nine TDs), WR Duane Fisher (29 catches, 486 yards, six TDs) and WR Eric McEvoy (12, 114, three). Poly's defense has OL-DL Sebastian Smothers (30 tackles), LB Rashaad Kitchen (26), LB Zack Jeffers (38) and DB Robert Maddox (six interceptions). Poly RB Greg Kyler (1,113 rushing yards, 260 receiving) averages 11.5 carries, 9.6 yards and 2.1 TDs. Poly also has RB Louie Randall (603 yards, eight TDs) and RTC TE Arthur Peace (23 receptions, 481 yards, five TDs) and QB Charles English (679 passing, 12 TDs). DB Jeff Judy (153 tackles), LB Gavin Snyder (102) and OL-DL Don Behler (83) anchor the Mustangs' defense.

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