This Week's Football Games

October 07, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham


Francis Scott Key (1-3) at Boonsboro (4-0)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Eagles fell hard last week, 46-27, in what appeared to be a winnable game going in against Catoctin. Rebounding will be a huge task with undefeated Boonsboro -- 47-0 winners over Brunswick last Friday -- looking virtually unstoppable. The Key defense gave up the big play against Catoctin with Danny Whip rushing for close to 300 yards and four scores. Two of the scores were from 52 and 53 yards as the Cougars jumped out to a 27-0 first-half lead. The Eagles showed a lot of heart in trying to make a game of it after the bad first half. Running back Chris Richardson had another solid night, rushing for 83 yards and a score, along with a 55-yard touchdown catch. Boonsboro racked up 292 yards of total offense, while yielding only 40 last week against Brunswick. The Warriors like to keep it on the ground and have a lot of different weapons to work with behind a solid offensive line. Quarterback Jay Ruffner and back Mike Mercer both ran for two touchdowns and Jon Walters finished with 100 yards and a score.

Linganore (2-2) at Liberty (2-2)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Liberty ran into an effective game plan last week against a South Carroll team that was content on keeping things on the ground, chewing up time and keeping a potent Lions offense on the sidelines. South Carroll started things with a 17-play, 70-yard scoring drive that ate up more than eight minutes. It set the tone for a 26-6 Liberty loss. Linganore is not the powerhouse team it was a year ago, but is still very sound. After going with the run-and-shoot for the first three games and three quarters of last week's game against Frederick, it went back to power football in the fourth quarter to get past the Cadets. Duane Griffiths scored from 2 yards out and Justin Brown added two fourth-quarter field goals to give the Lancers a 19-8 win. The key to this week's game will come down to which team's offense spends more time on the field. A big question will be whether Linganore goes back to the run-and-shoot or tries to control the ball on the ground. Liberty came into last week's game averaging 27 points and well over 300 yards of total offense, mostly on the ground with backs Brandon Scarborough and Eric Cook.

South Carroll (3-1) at North Carroll (0-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll simply has too many weapons for an overmatched North Carroll team. The Cavs are coming off a 26-6 win over Liberty in their county opener, running the game plan without flaw. Quarterback Tom Luster is 23-of-31 on the season for 345 yards and three touchdowns. He opened the scoring for the Cavaliers with a 1-yard run last week. Tom Lapato is his favorite receiver. Last week, Lapato caught a 21-yard touchdown strike on fourth down just before the half. He also ran back an interception 36 yards for another score. Things don't appear to be getting any better for the Panthers, who dropped their 24th straight last week at Westminster, 41-0. One thing you can count on is they won't quit under second-year coach Bill Rumbaugh. Trailing, 14-0, midway through the second quarter last week, the Panthers were driving with the ball on the Westminster 40 before the Owls' defense clamped down.

Westminster (3-1) at Thomas Johnson (3-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Thomas Johnson presents a huge test for the Owls and first-year coach Tim Ebersole. Both teams are coming off comfortable wins with the Owls shutting out North Carroll, 41-0, and the Patriots pounding Jefferson, 45-10. Something has to give this week. The Owls go in with a balanced attack offensively led by quarterback Steve Mays, running back Eric Jones and receiver Justin Sholkoff. All had big parts in the Owls putting up 41 points against North Carroll. Jones ran for more than 100 yards and scored three times. Mays had two touchdown throws, including a 64-yarder to Sholkoff, who also returned a punt 69 yards for another score. Thomas Johnson gained 429 yards of total offense against Jefferson and also mixed the run with the pass. Mike Gusman, who ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns last week, leads the ground game. Quarterback Colby Cloude connected on all four of his passes for 116 yards -- including a 55-yard touchdown strike to Nathan Quay. The difference will come down to who can control the line of scrimmage. Both teams have solid lines on both sides of the ball.


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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