Arundel gets a chance to move on up

SIDELINES

October 07, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Arundel gets a chance to step up in class tonight when it plays host to No. 4 North County in a Class 4A matchup of 3-1 football teams.

The Wildcats upset the Knights, 20-14, last season on the way to a 6-4 campaign and their first winning season since 1985. It was the only county loss suffered by the county champion Knights.

A victory tonight by the Wildcats would move them from winning team status to contender status. Coach Bill Zucco believes his team is ready for the elevation.

"We're going to have to throw the ball to beat them," said the third-year head coach. "And of course, we will have to contain their run-and-shoot."

North County coach Chuck Markiewicz was able to hide his run-and-shoot in the second half last week of a 20-14 victory over Glen Burnie. In order to not show too much to Arundel and other county coaches watching, Markiewicz employed the option.

But the run-and-shoot likely will be back in gear tonight, with the Knights out to prove that the Wildcats did not discover a way to stop them last year.

Arundel cornerback Mike McKnight will be all over one of the Knights' top receivers, most likely Lou Brown, who has a county-leading 23 receptions for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Just two weeks ago, McKnight held Broadneck's Jason Smith (17 receptions, 289 yards) to one catch.

Cory Wright (nine receptions, 204 yards, one touchdown) could be a key receiver if McKnight shuts down Brown.

A couple other factors could be whether North County's two-platoon system wears down the Wildcats, who don't have as much depth, and Arundel's punishing style.

"It's definitely an advantage when you play as many people as we do," said Markiewicz. "We're playing 17 to 18 on defense and have a separate offensive unit, which often takes its toll on other teams."

Markiewicz hopes, though, that the Wildcats' hard hitting doesn't take its toll on his team. Arundel has not only beaten three teams but punished them with its vicious tackling.

As Zucco likes to say: "We will hit you." But North County also takes pride in such aggressiveness, which is why this should be a great game tonight.

In other Class 4A League action tonight, No. 10 Annapolis (3-1) travels to Glen Burnie (2-2) and Severna Park (3-1) plays host to Chesapeake (1-3).

The Panthers rolled over Glen Burnie, 34-8, last year for its fourth straight over the Gophers, but Annapolis coach Roy Brown is cautious. He will never forget his first season as head coach when his Panthers lost, 11-0, at Glen Burnie in 1989.

Annapolis escaped with a lackluster 6-3 triumph over Old Mill last week and Brown has to be concerned about his offense, which scored only six points the week before in a 26-6 loss to No. 9 Mount St. Joseph.

Severna Park routed Chesapeake, 35-14, last fall and has outscored the Cougars, 165-59, in the last five meetings. The Falcons have to avoid looking ahead to next week's showdown at North County.

With Northeast (2-2) idle and four games set for tomorrow, there are only two other county games scheduled for tonight.

Southern (2-2) plays host to Douglass (1-3) of Prince George's and needs to bounce back from last week's 28-13 loss to Lackey (3-1) of Charles County, while South River (1-3) travels to the Eastern Shore to play at James M. Bennett.

Douglass was routed by Friendly, 30-8, and Bennett was hammered by Elkton, 41-0, last week, which is encouraging for Southern and South River.

The biggest Saturday game finds No. 8 St. Mary's (4-0) visiting No. 6 Gilman (2-1) at 1 p.m. in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference showdown.

It's the first MIAA league game for both teams and the host Greyhounds were a preseason favorite to challenge McDonogh, with the Saints close behind and Mount St. Joseph coming on.

A strong game by running back Jason Lilly could be crucial for the Saints in keeping the ball away from Gilman, a 42-3 winner over Good Counsel (2-3) last week.

Homecoming is planned at Old Mill and Broadneck tomorrow and both teams play host to winless clubs. Meade (0-4) visits Old Mill (1-3) in a Class 4A League game while Broadneck (2-1) entertains Queen Anne's (0-4).

The first Old Mill Patriots' Hall of Fame induction will take place at halftime. Five former athletes -- Jalene Chase, Mickey Stoffel, Chuck Sturm, Ralph Spry and Bob Golliday (who will be inducted posthumously) -- will be honored.

The Bruins, who had a week off due to a scheduling mix-up with Calvert Hall, will conduct a noon reception at Lawrence Knight Stadium for former football players, then kick off with the Lions from the Eastern Shore.

Broadneck took its last outing two weeks ago by 10-7 over Arundel on a last-minute 98-yard touchdown.

No. 11 Severn (3-1) entertains Archbishop Spalding (2-3) at noon in the first MIAA B Conference game for both. The Admirals are coming off a 49-20 romp over Calvert Hall (2-1) of the A Conference.

TOP 15 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Team (record), This week, Next week

1. Patterson (4-0), Northwestern, today, 3:30, Carver

2. Dunbar (3-0), Southwestern, today, 3:30, at Northern

McDonogh (3-1), Mt. St. Joe, tomorrow, 1, Loyola

4. North County (3-1), at Arundel, tonight, 7:30, Severna Park

5. Poly (3-1), at Douglass, today, 3:30, at Lake Clifton

6. Gilman (2-1), St. Mary's, tomorrow, 1, at Calvert Hall

7. City (4-0), Forest Park, today, 3:30, Southern-BC

St. Mary's (4-0), at Gilman, tomorrow, 1, at Mt. St. Joe

9. Mt. St. Joe (4-0), at McDonogh, tomorrow, 1, St. Mary's

10. Annapolis (3-1), at Glen Burnie, tonight, 7, at Meade

11. Severn (3-1), Spalding, tomorrow, 12, at Gibbons

Aberdeen (4-0), at Havre de Grace, tonight, 6:45, Joppatowne

13. Howard (3-1), Centennial, tonight, 7:30, Oakland Mills

Centennial (4-0), at Howard, tonight, 7:30, at Wilde Lake

15. Randallstown (3-1), C.M. Wright at CCC, tonight, 7:30, Dundalk

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