Start of league play heats up 4A race

SIDELINES

September 30, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

This week the Class 4A Anne Arundel County football teams get into league play and No. 4 North County (2-1) might be facing the toughest opponent among the county's big three.

Glen Burnie (2-1) provides the opposition for tomorrow's 1 p.m. inaugural homecoming at North County's new stadium, Death Valley.

No. 11 Annapolis (2-1) and Severna Park (2-1), the other members of the county's big three, take on foes with losing records tonight. Old Mill (1-2) visits Annapolis and Meade (0-3) plays host to Severna Park.

Glen Burnie came into this season with high hopes and the warnings of other county coaches that the Gophers could be a dark horse in the 4A race. After dropping their season opener to DuVal of Prince George's, 20-0, the Gophers came back to beat (2-1) Broadneck, 26-14, and (0-3) Queen Anne's, 26-0.

Starting quarterback Jermaine Smith is back at the helm for the Gophers after recovering from a broken thumb sustained on the first day of practice. Smith tossed a touchdown pass and had an interception in last week's romp over Queen Anne's.

North County christened its new digs with a 35-0 rout of Chesapeake (1-2) as Topper Ellis gained 255 yards and scored )) three touchdowns on 14 carries.

North County defeated Glen Burnie in 1992 by 47-14 and 28-14 last season. Obviously, Glen Burnie would like to end the Knights' streak and establish itself as a legitimate contender.

Old Mill's losing record doesn't have Annapolis coach Roy Brown chalking up a win before the game is played. The Panthers are coming off a 26-6 loss to No. 10 Mount St. Joseph (3-0) in which the Panthers rolled up nearly 300 yards of offense but had little to show for it because of seven turnovers.

Coach Pete Regala welcomed back a host of Patriots from academic probation, and Old Mill got its first win by 21-12 over Bowie last week. With the returnees, Brown knows Old Mill will be no pushover despite his team's 35-7 romp over the Patriots last year.

Severna Park got back last year's 35-28 overtime loss to Meade by forfeit (ineligible player), but the visiting Falcons want to win on the field. Coach Andy Borland is looking for his Falcons, who are playing their third straight on the road, to regroup at Meade tonight after a 16-13 loss at Springbrook (3-0) in Montgomery County.

Also, tonight in the Class 4A circuit, two teams at the crossroads meet in Lake Shore as Chesapeake (1-2) plays host to Arundel (2-1).

Chesapeake is still picking up the pieces from its 35-point loss to North County, while Arundel hopes to recover from its 10-7 loss to Broadneck (2-1). The Bruins won on Jason Smith's option pass to Sasan Sattari that covered 98 yards for the game-winner with 1:48 left.

Class 3A Broadneck is idle this weekend and will play only nine games because of a scheduling mix-up with Calvert Hall.

In other games tonight, No. 9 St. Mary's and Southern (2-1) visit Charles County teams while South River (1-2), Northeast (1-2) and Archbishop Spalding (1-3) are home.

The Saints are at first-year varsity Westlake in Waldorf in a match-up of 3-0 teams. Southern travels to always tough Lackey (2-1). Southern junior back Bobby Procopio (76 carries for 417 yards) is looking for his fourth straight 100-yard game as Southern hopes to prevent Lackey from avenging last year's 19-7 loss.

Coming off its initial win of the year, by 12-6 over Bladensburg (1-2), South River entertains high-scoring Einstein (2-1).

Northeast won its first by 34-14 over Patapsco (1-2) last week and is facing another Baltimore County foe in Dulaney (2-1), a team it beat, 30-6, a year ago.

Coming off a 32-8 loss at Liberty (2-1) in Carroll County, Spalding has a good chance for its second win when it plays host to Carver A & T of Baltimore County at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Park-Lindale.

A Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association cross-conference game at 2 p.m. at Severn (2-1) tomorrow completes the 10-game county schedule with the B Conference Admirals playing No. 12 Calvert Hall (2-0).

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