This Week's Football Games

October 14, 1994|By Rick Belz


Hammond (3-2) at Centennial (4-1)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off losses. Wilde Lake defeated Hammond, 21-14, on a touchdown with 19 seconds left. Howard defeated Centennial, 35-7, as the Eagles made four turnovers. Hammond could not stop Wilde Lake's running game (380 yards). Centennial QB Brian Dowell had a poor day (4-for-16) passing. Dowell previously had completed 25 of 38. Centennial must run the football at Hammond. In Robbie Hauff the Eagles have the county's leading rusher (107 carries, 831 yards) and the area's leading scorer (16 touchdowns). Hammond is not a team you want to throw against. Hammond DB Tim Spruill has five interceptions for 157 yards and one touchdown. Hammond must find a way to spring QB Spruill loose. Wilde Lake held him to 54 yards rushing and 22 yards passing by playing seven defensive backs. Hammond had the ball for only five plays in the first half. It has scored six defensive touchdowns in the last three weeks. Hammond defeated Centennial, 20-0, last season.

Wilde Lake (2-3) at No. 7 Howard (4-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off especially satisfying victories. The Wildecats upset Hammond, 21-14. The Lions crushed previously unbeaten Centennial, 35-7. Wilde Lake established a consistent offense for the first time by rushing for -- 380 yards from a wishbone behind QB Tony Jackson, RB Dain Lewis (162 yards) and RB Alan Anderson (102 yards). Against Centennial QB DaLawn Parrish again headed Howard's offense, completing nine of 17 passes for 107 yards and rushing nine times for 84 yards. Corey Curtis rushed 16 times for 84 yards. He's rushed for 515 yards. Howard's defense forced crucial mistakes, recovering three fumbles. Parrish had a big interception. Wilde Lake is hoping that an upset can turn its season around and put it in the title chase. Howard has outscored its opponents, 158-48; Wilde Lake has been outscored, 95-69. Defending county champion Howard defeated the Wildecats, 18-6, last season.

Oakland Mills (3-2) at Glenelg (2-3)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off lopsided victories. Oakland Mills blanked Atholton, 28-0. Glenelg overpowered Mount Hebron, 31-6. The Scorpions are led offensively by RB Jake Daft, who gained 127 yards rushing and 53 yards receiving last week and has 671 yards rushing overall. QB Irving Conwell completed eight of 10 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Atholton. RB Fardan Carter had 65 yards rushing and 59 yards receiving. The speed-driven Scorpions think they have a good shot at winning at the county title. But they can't afford another game like last week's with 12 penalties for 110 yards. Glenelg is young and struggling and lacks speed. Both its victories were against winless teams -- North Carroll and Mount Hebron. Senior QB Sean Lookingbill is an excellent passer who completed eight of 14 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown last week. He has completed 57 of an area-high 119 passes for 614 yards. WR Brian Frederick has caught 19 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns. WR Doug Gasch has caught 16 passes for 194 yards. RB Jeremy Lignelli scored two touchdowns last week. Oakland Mills defeated Glenelg, 22-6, a year ago.

Atholton (3-2) at Mount Hebron (0-5)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton has lost two straight league contests after winning its three nonleague games, but hopes to rebound against Mount Hebron. Leading Atholton rusher Ricky Trott was held in check by Oakland Mills but has 495 yards on 87 carries. QB Jamie Burford has completed 28 of 68 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns. Eddie Chang has caught 10 passes for 186 yards. Mount Hebron is coming off a 33-6 loss to Glenelg and has been outscored, 121-22. The Vikings lost to Atholton, 35-13, last season.

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