This Week's Football Games

October 21, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham

Tonight

South Carroll (4-2) at Thomas Johnson (5-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Despite some costly second-half turnovers and a number of key penalties, South Carroll played Linganore down to the wire last week before a last-minute score gave the visiting Lancers a 7-0 win. The Cavaliers' defense stood tall throughout and will need a similar effort tonight against a potent Thomas Johnson attack. South Carroll's offense will simply need to be on the field more than it was last week. The usually reliable unit didn't capitalize on some early chances against Linganore and then turned the ball over three times in the second half -- leaving the defense out on the field for nearly 20 minutes after intermission. The Patriots cruised to a 44-14 win over North Carroll, but have shown they can be scored on. The Panthers had a six-play scoring drive in the second quarter to get within 15-6 against the Patriots, which earlier in the season yielded 31 points in a win against Westminster. The Cavaliers' offense should get back on track this week with quarterback Tom Luster throwing to Tom Lapato, and Greg Mihalko doing most of the running. Most of the defense's attention will be directed toward stopping a solid Thomas Johnson ground game led by Mike Gusman.

Frederick (3-3) at Westminster (3-3)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: This week, it's Westminster's turn to try and shut down Frederick running back L.J. Jackson. Two weeks ago, Jackson ran for 256 yards and two scores in a win over Calvert Hall, and against Liberty last week, he ran for 298 yards and four scores to lead the Cadets to a 56-46 win. Shutting down Jackson will be the prime concern for the Owls, who are coming off a 33-14 loss at Sherwood. Thomas Johnson ran for 325 yards against the Westminster defense a couple of weeks ago, but the Patriots have a number of runners they rely on. Keeping Jackson off the field is the simplest way to contain him. To do so, Westminster's offense will have to mix it up, with its big offensive line opening holes for running back Eric Jones and giving quarterback Steve Mays time to throw to receiver Justin Sholkoff. Getting on top early will be a key; Liberty's 46 points against the Frederick defense shows it can be scored on. The Owls' offense also must be efficient, with turnovers at a minimum.

Linganore (4-2) at North Carroll (0-6)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: When a team is struggling, it's important to try and find the positives from week to week. That's what the Panthers are looking to do now. Last week's 44-14 loss to Central Maryland Conference power Thomas Johnson is a good example. The Panthers had a six-play scoring drive in the second quarter to get within 15-6 of the Patriots. They had 13 first downs, with Bryan Cutair leading the way with 80-plus yards on 20 carries. The North Carroll defense also had its moments with a big third-quarter stand that concluded with a quarterback sack on fourth down. Linganore is coming off a difficult 7-0 win at South Carroll. The defense did a great job containing a versatile South Carroll offense, while the offense didn't get on track until a late fourth-quarter score. Running back Duane Griffiths -- 106 yards last week -- is the go-to guy in the backfield. Quarterback Doug Wallace also is capable of the big play. On a key third-and-10 during the winning drive last week, he found Chris Moran along the right sideline for a 23-yard gain to give the Lancers first-and-goal at the South Carroll 9.

Einstein (3-3) at Liberty (2-4)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: It's not often a team can put up 46 points and 430 yards of total offense and still come out on the losing end. That's what the Lions have to rebound from after their 56-46 loss to Frederick last week. Trailing 44-24 after three quarters, the Lions rallied to cut the deficit to 50-46 with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it wasn't enough. Bill Shaffer scored three touchdowns in the loss, including a 90-yard kickoff return. The Lions' defense surrendered 298 yards and four touchdowns to Frederick running back L.J. Jackson. This week, the defense will look to contain Einstein back Cedric Armstrong, who's third in Montgomery County in rushing with 414 yards. Back Richie Baskin-Tate leads the team with five touchdowns. After starting the season 3-1, Einstein has lost two straight, including last week's 14-2 setback to Rockville. Sam Amato anchors the defense at his middle linebacker spot.

Tomorrow

Francis Scott Key (1-5) at North Hagerstown (1-5)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are having their share of problems in the tough Monocacy Valley Athletic League. Only North Hagerstown has a win in the MVAL -- a 36-21 victory over Brunswick on Sept. 16. After opening the season with a win over county foe North Carroll, the Eagles have lost five straight league games. Giving up the big play and an inability to score on sustained drives cost the Eagles in their 34-0 loss to Middletown. The Eagles racked up 250 yards against the Middletown defense, but had nothing to show for it. Running back Chris Richardson continued to shine with 135 of those yards, including a 58-yard gain on a pass from quarterback J.T. Chiaruttini. The Eagles' defense allowed 340 yards to the Middletown offense, including a 45-yard run and 61-yard pass completion that both went for scores. North Hagerstown is coming off a 32-22 loss to Catoctin, a team that beat Key, 46-27, earlier in the season. The Hubs got two touchdown throws from quarterback Ben Grantham.

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