This Week's Football Games

October 14, 1994|By Glenn Graham

Tonight

Liberty (2-3) at Frederick (2-3)

Time: 7

Outlook: The Liberty Lions can hold their own with anyone when it comes to rushing. But they had to be impressed with the numbers Frederick's L.J. Jackson put up last week in the Cadets' 30-13 win over Calvert Hall. Jackson ran for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Overall he carried the ball 29 times for 256 yards and also had three two-point conversions. Count on a lot of groundwork tonight as Liberty counters with Brandon Scarborough, Bill Shaffer and Eric Cook -- all of whom average at least 5.5 yards a carry. The Lions had their share of miscues in last week's 20-8 loss to Linganore, but still had a chance to win until Linganore returned a last-minute interception for a score. Linganore is 2-0 in the Central Maryland Conference, while the Lions are 0-2.

Westminster (3-2) at Sherwood (4-1)

Time: 7

Outlook: The Owls go out of the Central Maryland Conference tonight when they travel to Montgomery County to face a solid Sherwood team. Turnovers and poor tackling were the difference in the Owls' 51-31 loss at Thomas Johnson last week. Westminster's first-year coach Tim Ebersole is looking forward to seeing how his team responds against Sherwood, which lost its first game last week to Gaithersburg. "They're a good football team," he said. "Offensively they do a lot of different things. In the past, they've played a wing-T and are still doing some of that, but also play out of the I. They also like to throw the ball some." Westminster also likes to mix it up offensively, with Eric Jones doing most of the running and quarterback Steve Mays looking for receiver Justin Sholkoff. Mays has thrown for 10 touchdowns, but also has eight interceptions -- both lead the county. Jones is the only running back in the county with more than 400 yards on the ground and Sholkoff's 19 catches and six touchdowns also are tops in the county.

Middletown (4-1) at Francis Scott Key (1-4)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Eagles will have their hands full with yet another strong Monocacy Valley Athletic League team in Middletown. Boonsboro (5-0) got off to a quick start against Key last week and didn't look back, winning 42-14. Tonight, the Eagles will try to shut down a balanced Middletown offense that scored 52 points last week against Catoctin. The big play continues to hurt the Eagles, who surrendered a 68-yard opening kickoff return against Boonsboro to set up its first score. Key running back Chris Richardson returned the second-half kickoff 79 yards for a score, but it only put a small dent in Boonsboro's 27-0 halftime lead. Richardson finished with 70 yards. Middletown is led by sophomore quarterback Matt Main, who completed eight of nine passes last week for 146 yards and two scores. The running game is led by Chris Moffatt and Pat Corbett.

Thomas Johnson (4-1) at North Carroll (0-5)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Panthers continue to struggle and it doesn't look any better tonight with Thomas Johnson coming to town. Shane Simantel's 25-yard touchdown throw to wide receiver Louis Smith was about the only bright spot in the Panthers' 41-7 loss to South Carroll. It came in the fourth quarter with the Panthers trailing 35-0. Thomas Johnson put up some impressive numbers against a Westminster team that was thought to be able to give it a little better go last Friday. The Patriots enjoyed a comfortable 31-7 halftime lead against the Owls before winning, 51-31. Mike Gusman rushed for 142 yards and two scores.

Linganore (3-2) at South Carroll (3-2)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The remainder of the South Carroll season will be one huge test and the first part comes tonight against Linganore. After it travels to Thomas Johnson and Damascus, it heads back home against Frederick before closing out the regular season at Westminster. First comes Linganore in what is shaping up to be the game of the week. Both teams come in at 2-0 in the Central Maryland Conference after solid wins. The Cavaliers ran past North Carroll, 41-7, with a 116-yard effort from Greg Mihalko. Linganore had to come back from an 8-6 halftime deficit to beat Liberty, 20-8. Duane Griffiths keyed the win with 153 yards on 32 rushes. He accounted for all three of the Lancers' touchdowns, two by run and one on an interception return. South Carroll also has big-play capability with quarterback Tom Luster throwing to wide-out Tom Lapato. All three of Luster's touchdown passes this season have gone to Lapato. At 3-2, Linganore appears more vulnerable this year than in years past. A late big play could be the difference.

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