This Week's Key Football Games

October 14, 1994|By Lem Satterfield

Today

No. 2 Dunbar (4-0) at Northern (4-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Dunbar, which has outscored opponents 140-6 with three shutouts, takes on coach Ike Hemphill's vastly improved Northern squad, coming off last year's 0-10 season. Northern RB Robert Dukes has 424 yards and six touchdowns, QB Kalish Hicks has passed for 552 yards and two TDs, and WR Willie Brown (25 receptions, 397 yards, two TDs) ranks third among area receivers. Dunbar RB Reggie Boyce (5 feet 11, 192 pounds) and RB Alli Culpepper (5-10, 187) have combined for 1,110 yards and 10 TDs behind linemen Duane Green, Carl Carter and Shamai Butler, who average 6-3, 235. Dunbar ranks second in the race for the top eight 2A playoff spots, and leads in the 2A East Region. Northern ranks fifth in its 3A East Region and 15th overall in the playoff chase.

No. 4 Poly (4-1) at Lake Clifton (4-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: It's a matchup of two of the city's top runners, with Lake Clifton RB Kenny Williams (713 yards, five TDs) ranking fifth in the area, and Poly RB Randall Beaman (660, nine TDs) being ninth. This nonleague game jeopardizes the playoff hopes of the loser. Poly, last year's 3A state runner-up, ranks 10th in the race for the top-eight playoff slots and third in its East Region. Lake Clifton is second in the 4A North and ninth in the run for a top-eight spot.

No. 10 Severn (4-1) at Gibbons (2-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The two teams enter this Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference contest at 1-0 in the league. Severn, coming off a 48-6 rout of Spalding, has the area's top rusher in John Vereen (864 yards, 12 TDs) and do-everything specialist Dennard Melton (10 TDs). Gibbons, last year's co-champion with St. Paul's, relies on WR Corey Butts, a four-year starter who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard --. Gibbons began the year with a 39-0 win over Eastern Tech, but has lost two of its past three games, including a 59-6 hammering by No. 8 Mount St. Joseph.

Tomorrow

Loyola (2-1) at No. 3 McDonogh (4-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Loyola is coming off a big win over Malvern (Pa.) and boasts a 20-15 victory over Washington's St. John's. It's the MIAA A Conference opener for Loyola, but McDonogh is coming off a big league-opening win over No. 8 Mount St. Joseph. McDonogh QB Bobby Sabelhaus (4,837 career yards) is 641 yards shy of the state record.

No. 5 Gilman (3-1) at Calvert Hall (2-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Calvert Hall's Cardinals, ranked No. 12 in the preseason, have lost two straight heading into this MIAA A Conference opener. After losing its season opener to Gonzaga (6-0) of Washington, Gilman has outscored its last three opponents by 98-20. Calvert Hall looks to QB Nick Murro, while the Greyhounds rely on RB David Biddison, RB R.C. Kauffman and QB Lorne Smith.

Woodlawn (4-1) at Perry Hall (3-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This is a Baltimore County 3A-4A league matchup and a key in the race for the 4A state playoffs. Woodlawn (3-0 league), which has won four straight since losing its season opener to Westminster, is led by honorable-mention All-America QB-DB Keion Carpenter (550 passing yards, five TDs) and WR Carlton Wheeler (23 receptions, 298 yards, three TDs). Perry Hall (3-1 league), which has lost to Calvert Hall and league rival Randallstown, has RB Kamaul McCray (368 yards, five TDs). Woodlawn ranks third in its 4A North Region (10th in the chase for a top-eight berth). Perry Hall is fifth in the 4A North behind Edmondson, and 21st overall.

No. 9 St. Mary's (4-1) at No. 8 Mount St. Joe (4-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: This is the second MIAA A Conference game for both teams, with each coming off a league-opening loss. St. Mary's, boasting the area's second-leading rusher in Jason Lilly (849 yards, eight TDs), was hammered, 35-8, by No. 5 Gilman. Mount St. Joseph, whose RB Je'von Norris and RB Archie Wannamaker have been virtually unstoppable, lost to No. 3 McDonogh, 21-18.

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