Top county teams in double showdown

SIDELINES

October 14, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Up to this point of the football season, you have to call tonight's No. 14 Severna Park (4-1) at No. 15 North County (3-2) the Game of the Year in Anne Arundel County.

The co-Game of the Year is at No. 13 Arundel (4-1), where the Wildcats play host to Glen Burnie (3-2). Four of the county's top five 4A teams meet tonight while the fifth, Annapolis (3-2), visits Meade (1-4).

Southern (2A) and Broadneck (3A) also face key games while St. Mary's and Severn play Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association matchups in Baltimore.

Severna Park gets a chance to put an end to North County's dominance over the last three seasons while the Knights desperately need a win to stay in the hunt for a fourth straight playoff berth.

In somewhat quiet fashion, the Falcons have put together a season that has them in position of controlling their own destiny for the state playoffs and county championship. Severna Park's only defeat was a 16-13 loss to Montgomery County's Springbrook (5-0), ranked No. 17 by the Washington Post.

The Falcons play four of the county's top five 4A teams in their last five games. With a running back like Mark Frye and a linebacker like Jermond Davenport, they've got horsepower on both sides of the ball.

Frye leads the county in scoring with 12 touchdowns and Davenport has anchored a defense that has yielded only 62 points. Severna Park has outscored its opponents, 163-62, including last week's 35-0 victory over Chesapeake (1-4) in which Frye scored three times.

North County was stunned by Arundel's 28 first-half points last week and dropped a 28-14 decision to the Wildcats. It was the second straight season that Arundel had beaten the Knights, who have a streak of their own against Severna Park.

This will be the fourth time in North County's five-year existence (38-11) that the two schools have met, with the Knights taking all three -- 29-20 (1993), 48-19 (1992) and 28-20 (1991).

Severna Park needs to contain the Knights' passing and big-play ability.

It will be interesting to see if Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz changes quarterbacks from senior Earl Sewell to junior Maurice Bowie this week in hopes of lighting a fire under his team.

After its major upset of North County a year ago, Arundel went into Glen Burnie and got blanked, 20-0. Arundel last won in 1991 by 21-20, the season before Bill Zucco took over as coach.

"We've had a lot of trouble with Glen Burnie since I took over as head coach and they've got a really good football team, but we won't let down like we did last year after the North County game," said Zucco.

These are two of the better hitting teams in the metro area, which should make it an exciting game. However, Glen Burnie will be missing its top defensive player, senior linebacker Jay Sponaugle, who has been suspended for this week.

Annapolis is coming off a 32-7 loss to Glen Burnie while Meade got its first win last week by 20-0 over Old Mill (1-4). The Panthers have struggled offensively, scoring 19 points in their past three games (1-2).

Southern (3-2), which visits Elkton (4-1) in Cecil County tonight, is in a must-win situation if it wants to return to the state 2A playoffs. It's the Elks' homecoming and they will be out to avenge last year's 38-17 loss.

"If we get past Elkton, we should go 8-2 by playing up to our ability and make the playoffs again," said Southern assistant coach Pete Medhurst.

"Elkton is very pass creative and we need to keep the ball away from them. We saw a lot when we scouted them and should be ready. We need to cut down on penalties."

Southern defeated Douglass (1-4) of Prince George's, 19-6, last week despite 112 yards in penalties.

Broadneck (3-1) hopes to keep its Class 3A playoff hopes alive when it visits Class 4A Laurel (3-2) at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Laurel was ranked No. 9 in the Washington Post preseason Top 20 but has since tumbled from grace.

A Bruins' victory could be worth not only 4A points but bonus points because Laurel should win a few more games. Broadneck has the disadvantage of playing only nine games.

No. 9 St. Mary's (4-1, 0-1) and No. 10 Severn (4-1, 1-0) play tough games on the road. The Saints visit No. 8 Mount St. Joseph (4-1, 0-1) at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow while the Admirals travel to Cardinal Gibbons (2-2, 1-0) tonight.

St. Mary's was ripped, 35-8, by No. 5 Gilman (3-1) last week while St. Joe dropped a 21-18 decision to No. 3 McDonogh. The Gaels are led by sophomore quarterback Lucas Phillips and will be out to avenge last year's 7-0 loss.

Archbishop Spalding (2-4, 0-1) visits St. Paul's (4-1, 1-0) in the MIAA B Conference at 3:30 p.m. today.

Completing the schedule tonight are: Old Mill (1-4) at Chesapeake (1-4); LaPlata (4-1) at South River (2-3) and Fallston (3-2) at Northeast (2-2).

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