This Week's Football Games

October 07, 1994|By Rick Belz

Tonight

No. 14 Centennial (4-0) at No. 13 Howard (3-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: This is the most anticipated game of the season so far. The Eagles handed defending county champion Howard its sole regular-season defeat last season, 18-15. Centennial averages 38 points per game while allowing 10. The Eagles have created 13 turnovers and made only five. Centennial normally runs out of an I-formation but can show a double tight end, a double wide receiver or motion. With center Andy Frank, guards Jeff Conner, John Coles and Mike McLaine and tackles John O'Connor and Aaron Perkins, the line is big and strong and has allowed RB Robbie Hauff to rush 85 times for 722 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has one touchdown on a pass reception and one on an interception return and leads the Baltimore area in scoring with 90 points. QB Brian Dowell has completed 25-of-38 for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Dowell has four targets: Hauff (six catches, 93 yards, one TD), TE Kevin O'Connor (10 catches, 191 yards, one TD), F Dominic Dinisio (six catches, 134 yards, two TDs) and SE Kevin Heywood (five catches, 74 yards). Centennial has won only one county championship (1980) and had only three winning seasons so the Eagles are hungry for respect. Howard averages 31 points and allows 10. The Lions' only loss was to Frederick, 20-14. They'll need another big game from All-American QB DaLawn Parrish who has 31 rushes for 253 yards and five touchdowns, and has completed 30-of-57 passes for 446 yards and five touchdowns. Howard RB Corey Curtis has quietly put together a strong season, rushing 67 times for 431 yards. And Howard WR Rachid Shafer has burned defensive secondaries with his speed, catching 13 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. Shafer also has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns of 90 and 85 yards. Howard has made only two turnovers but has been plagued by penalties -- nearly 100 yards in each of its first three games.

Tomorrow

Oakland Mills (3-2) at Atholton (4-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills is favored to win because the Scorpions have played the tougher schedule, losing to Thomas Johnson and Linganore in respectable efforts. RB Jake Daft leads the team offensively with 535 yards rushing on 78 attempts. He has five touchdowns. QB Irving Conwell has completed 27-of-51 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. He's thrown one interception. Sam Smith has caught 13 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Oakland Mills defeated archrival Wilde Lake last week, 27-7, sacking the Wilde Lake QB six times in the second half. Atholton lost FB Jon Sanford to a sprained ankle last week while losing to Hammond, 26-7. The Raiders had 275 yards total offense against Hammond, but QB Jamie Burford threw four interceptions and fumbled once. Burford completed 11-of-20 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Sanford rushed five times for 70 yards and caught two passes for 33 yards before he was injured in the second quarter. Atholton RB Ricky Trott rushed 17 times for 78 yards. Oakland Mills defeated Atholton, 28-7, last season.

Hammond (3-1) at Wilde Lake (1-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: Despite two key injuries, Hammond is favored to win on the strength of QB Tim Spruill who set a school record for the longest run last week against Atholton -- 91 yards. Spruill is the quickest, hardest-to-hit player in the league. He has rushed 25 times for 398 yards and five touchdowns and has passed an area-high 94 times with 46 completions for 571 yards and five touchdowns. He is also the area's third-leading punter with a 39.4 average for five punts. The Bears are led defensively by Jimmy Weston, who played a dominant game against Atholton last week. Hammond lost lineman Joe Cullen (sprained knee) and RB Josh Zillmer (separated shoulder) during last week's rTC game. Wilde Lake has played well defensively but struggled offensively. Oakland Mills recorded six QB sacks against Wilde Lake in the second half last week. Hammond defeated Wilde Lake, 16-14, last season.

Mount Hebron (0-4) at Glenelg (1-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: Glenelg has talent but is young. Its defense needs to play better and its offense needs to finish off drives with touchdowns. QB Sean Lookingbill had a 17-for-31 passing day for 163 yards in a 27-7 loss against Howard last week. He has completed 39-of-77 for 467 yards and two touchdowns this season. Glenelg went to a shotgun after falling behind early to Howard. Lookingbill had four passes dropped, including three for possible touchdowns. RB Mike Deming has 188 yards rushing. Doug Gasch has 13 pass receptions and Brian Frederick has nine. Mount Hebron is coming off a 33-2 loss to Centennial. The Vikings lost to Glenelg, 33-7, last season.

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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