4 ranked teams get early tests

SIDELINES

September 16, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Anne Arundel County's four ranked football teams face tough games this weekend with The Baltimore Sun's No. 3 North County playing the only road and Saturday game.

The Knights visit Crossland in Prince George's County for a 1:30 p.m. contest tomorrow. North County opened with a 28-18 triumph over another Prince George's team in Eleanor Roosevelt as senior Earl Sewell debuted at quarterback in the Knights' run-and-shoot by tossing three touchdown passes to Lamont Brown.

Crossland opened with a 24-3 victory over St. John's of D.C. The Cavs got two touchdowns from Robert Peacock who ran behind mammoth senior tackle Benjamin French, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds.

North County blanked Crossland, 22-0, last year to avenge a 28-0 loss to the Cavaliers in the 1992 state 4A semifinals.

No. 9 Annapolis plays its home opener at 7:30 tonight against Carroll County's much improved Westminster.

While Annapolis was running by Largo of Prince George's, 20-13, the Owls presented their new head coach, Tim Ebersole, with a 33-12 romp over Baltimore County's Woodlawn.

Westminster was riddled by Annapolis, 34-6, last year in the Owls' backyard, but the visitors are a different team under Ebersole. The Owls' offensive line averages 250 pounds a man and is led by 305-pound tackle Jim Stull and 6-5, 240-pound tight end Matt Mathias.

The overall Annapolis quickness and Westminster's lack of it could decide the game.

St. Mary's, ranked 11th in The Baltimore Sun poll, entertains South River in a nonleague game tonight at Anne Arundel Community College. The Saints took a 19-14 thriller over Pallotti last week with Jason Lilly carrying 24 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns while South River got hammered, 49-25, at home by Lackey of Charles County.

The Saints blanked the Seahawks, 17-0, last year.

Down in Harwood, No. 14 Southern could find itself in a real dogfight when John Vereen and Severn School come calling. Vereen rambled for four touchdowns and 224 yards in the Admirals' season-opening 29-11 win at Bullis Prep.

Southern outlasted Howard County's Hammond, 32-28, as Bobby Procopio scored three touchdowns and ran for more than yards. Bulldog fans could be in for another such high-scoring treat tonight with the Admirals hoping to avenge last year's 34-0 loss.

Severna Park, Broadneck and Chesapeake, all of whom opened with impressive victories last week, also have tough games. Severna Park won't have as easy a time as did it last week in a 50-12 romp over Queen Anne's when it visits Charles County's Thomas Stone.

Falcons coach Andy Borland was out of school most of this week after pulling a hamstring in a sideline collision last week but is expected to be back with the Falcons.

Revenge and a season-opening 20-12 loss to Frederick Douglass of Prince George's will have the Cougars all revved up.

Thomas Stone's defense is led by returning All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference senior linebacker Joe Estep who just might key on Falcon speedster Mark Frye, who scored three touchdowns last week.

Broadneck visits Glen Burnie in a match-up of two contrasting teams. The only similarity was a 20-0 score with the run-and-shoot Bruins triumphant over Old Mill, and run-run (only three passes) Glen Burnie a loser to DuVal of Prince George's.

Last year the Bruins blanked Old Mill, 13-0, only to get zonked by the Gophers, 33-14, in game two after Glen Burnie had lost 13-6 to DuVal.

Calvert Hall, ranked 12th by The Baltimore Sun after presenting former Orchard Beach resident Lou Eckerl a 32-18 coaching debut win over Perry Hall, visits Old Mill tonight. Calvert Hall defeated Old Mill, 21-7, last season.

Chesapeake's season of great expectations started with a 32-20 victory at Owings Mills in Baltimore County last week, and the Cougars are home tonight against Montgomery's Rockville.

Rockville, a 24-13 loser to Chesapeake last fall, dropped a rather surprising 16-0 decision to Montgomery Blair last week. It's surprising because the Rams return 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback Martin Mills, who threw for 1,112 yards and 13 touchdowns in only eight games last season.

Three other county teams, humbled a week ago, could be in for more of the same tonight while Arundel, a 21-7 victor over Northern of Calvert County, should win its second straight on the Eastern Shore over Queen Anne's (50-12 loser to Severna Park).

After being manhandled 35-0 by The Washington Post's eighth-ranked Laurel, Meade plays host to Sherwood tonight. While the Montgomery County school is somewhat of a stranger to the Fort Meade area, its quarterback is not.

Pat Cilento, who transferred from Arundel to Sherwood this year, debuted last week with a 62-yard touchdown pass in a 33-0 rout of Walt Whitman.

Archbishop Spalding (1-1) is back home at old Brooklyn Park High tonight after traveling to Frederick County last week and losing 20-0 to Catoctin. The Cavs play host to John Carroll, a 42-14 loser to Bishop Walsh of Cumberland.

Northeast coach Bart Rader is hoping a road trip to St. Paul's in Baltimore County for a 3:30 p.m. game today will get his Eagles going. The Eagles dropped their home opener to Atholton, 27-5, last week while St. Paul's, a 42-0 winner over Northeast last year, opened with a 27-12 triumph over Hereford.

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