This Week's Football Games

September 30, 1994|By Glenn Graham

Tonight

Francis Scott Key (1-2) at Catoctin (1-2)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The teams are in similar predicaments, having lost two straight Monocacy Valley Athletic League games after winning their nonleague openers. Key made some things happen early last week against Smithsburg -- causing three turnovers -- but was unable to capitalize and eventually fell, 43-12. Running back Chris Richardson had a solid all-around effort, rushing for 62 yards, including a touchdown, and coming up with an interception and a 62-yard kickoff return. The Eagles' 12 points were the first surrendered by a previously undefeated Smithsburg team that shut out Catoctin, 38-0, the week before. Catoctin is led by four-year quarterback Gene Sweeney and receiver Shane Tiffany. The Cougars have been a run-and-shoot team in years past, but now are going to the run a lot more. "The two teams are almost having identical seasons with the two tough ones after season-opening wins," said Key coach Mike Coons. "Offensively, we need to get on track early and not make the mistakes we've been making. Four games into the season seems a little early, but this is a big game to both teams."

North Carroll (0-3) at Westminster (2-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: On paper, this one looks like a mismatch. The Owls are coming off a character-building 27-12 win over Meade, while the Panthers are just looking for positives in the midst of a 23-game losing streak. It all will start up front, where the Owls have a big edge in size on both sides of the ball. Westminster quarterback Steve Mays is coming off his best career effort, throwing for 108 yards and two touchdowns and running for another last week. The Owls' defense also had a big play when blitzing linebacker Chad Hastings came up with a fourth-quarter sack to keep Meade from rallying. Despite the Panthers' 55-13 loss at Centennial Saturday, they had some success offensively with a season-high 230-plus total yards. Running back Brian Yoakum had 56 yards on five carries and quarterback Shane Simantel threw for two touchdowns.

Liberty (2-1) at South Carroll (2-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: This one shapes up as one of the most entertaining county games of the season. A couple of very good offenses will get together in Winfield and the difference likely will be which team's defense can have the better day. South Carroll is coming off a 24-0 win over Glenelg last Friday, while Liberty ran off 24 unanswered points in the second half to roll past Spalding, 32-8. South Carroll has the more balanced attack with quarterback Tom Luster throwing to Tom Lapato (county-leading nine catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns) and a reliable running game led by Greg Mihalko. The Lions rely more on the run with the county's leading rusher, Brandon Scarborough (310 yards on 42 carries), and Eric Cook, who's averaging more than 10 yards a carry. "They've got a good offensive machine with a lot of weapons," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "We're going to have to keep the ball away from them and they are probably thinking they have to do the same against our offense." Liberty quarterback Ryan Pagels has completed only four passes, but each went for a touchdown in the Lions' loss to Atholton.

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