Walkersville (1-0) at Francis Scott Key (1-0)
Outlook: Coming off a solid 17-0 win at North Carroll last Friday, the Eagles get into their Monocacy Valley Athletic League schedule tonight against a Walkersville team that coach Mike Coons said might be as good a team as they will see all season. "We had a decent week of practice and are looking forward to seeing how we stack up against one of the best teams in our league," Coons said. "Traditionally, [Walkersville] likes to get out early and horrify us into making mistakes. Last year 10 minutes ZTC in, we were tossing punt snaps over our heads. We feel we're a much better team this year and hopefully they'll look up at the scoreboard in the middle of the second quarter and will still be in a game. That will change their thinking some." Eagles running back Cortney Woodyard ran for 166 yards and one touchdown last week in the absence of regular Chris Richardson, who will return to the lineup tonight. The Eagles will be without fullback Scott Compton, who banged up a knee against North Carroll. The Key defense limited the Panthers to five first downs and 78 yards of total offense. Last week, Walkersville quarterback Chris Abbott threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-6 win against North Harford. Walkersville defeated Key, 41-6, last year.
Centennial (1-0) at South Carroll (1-0)
Outlook: The Cavaliers are guaranteed a tougher game this week against Centennial after coming away with a 35-7 win over Wilde Lake in their opener Saturday afternoon. Centennial was equally impressive in its season debut, handling Catonsville, 40-12, last Friday. A 29-point first half made things easy for the Cavaliers. Tom Lapato caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Tom Luster on their first drive and later returned one of his two interceptions back 45 yards for another score. The Cavaliers defense scored two touchdowns in forcing five Wilde Lake turnovers. South Carroll coach Gene Brown knows things won't come that easy against Centennial. "They're a pretty good team. They have good size and don't make a lot of mistakes," he said. "We're hoping to use our speed and turn [running back Greg] Mihalko loose, but they have a pretty sound defense." Mihalko carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards and a score against Wilde Lake. The Cavaliers' defense will have to pay a lot of attention to Centennial back Robbie Hauff, who rushed for 172 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns against Catonsville. Centennial gained 373 yards on offense, all but 90 coming via the run.
Westminster (1-0) at Annapolis (1-0)
Outlook: You can't ask for a better debut from first-year coach Tim Ebersole and his Westminster Owls than their 33-12 win over Woodlawn last Friday. The Owls were clicking on all cylinders and it started up front where they dominated both sides of the line. Ebersole said control of the lines will again be the key when they travel down to Annapolis to take on the No. 10 Panthers, who opened the season with a 20-13 win over a very good Largo team from Prince George's County. "It's going to be a great challenge," Ebersole said. "They have a very good football team that is well coached. I know they have two good running backs we're going to have to contain and a very aggressive defense." The Westminster offensive line, which averages 250 pounds, opened holes that enabled senior running back Eric Jones to score on two 10-yard runs along with catching a 29-yard touchdown pass from Steve Mays. The Owls' defense will have its hands full with an Annapolis line led by second-team All-Metro center Beau Watkins.
Glenelg (0-1) at North Carroll (0-1)
Outlook: North Carroll stayed close with Francis Scott Key for a half last week -- trailing 3-0 at intermission -- before running out of gas in falling 17-0. The Panthers held the Key running game to 55 yards in the first half, but gave up 217 in the second half. The Panthers have several two-way players and that was a definite factor. Offensively, they must improve on the 78 yards of total offense they produced last week. Bryan Cutair ran for 34 yards on nine carries and quarterback Shane Simantel campleted three of 11 passes for 29 yards. Defensively, the Panthers will have to shut down Glenelg running back Mike Deming, who rushed for 139 yards on 32 carries with two short touchdown runs in the Gladiators' 22-14 loss to Liberty Saturday. They're also not afraid to throw the ball with quarterback Sean Lookingbill, who completed three passes for 47 yards on the Gladiators' second scoring drive.
Liberty (1-0) at Atholton (1-0)
Outlook: The Lions will return to Howard County where they opened the season with a 22-14 win against Glenelg Saturday. The win matches their total output of a year ago and coach Ken Johnson believes more should come this season with a solid running game that piled up 230 yards on 32 carries last week. Quarterback Ryan Pagels started things with a 65-yard keeper on the Lions' first offensive play. Running backs Brandon Scarborough and Terry Rheubottom are more accustomed to handling the rushing chores; they added 60 and 51 yards respectively. Scarborough led Carroll County in rushing last year with 796 yards, and Rheubottom wasn't far behind with 651 yards. Atholton counters with quarterback Jamie Burford and a potent passing game. He threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns in its 27-5 win over Northeast last Friday.