This Week's Football Games

October 28, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham

Tonight

Francis Scott Key (1-6) at South Hagerstown (3-4)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Eagles are still looking for their first Monocacy Valley Athletic League win and also are trying to snap a six-game losing streak. Running back Chris Richardson enjoyed another banner day last week, rushing for 199 yards and scoring three touchdowns against North Hagerstown, but it wasn't enough. The Hubs jumped all over the Eagles, taking a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and owning a 35-7 edge at halftime. South Hagerstown is coming off a 14-6 win over Catoctin and is looking to get back to the .500 mark. Earlier in the season, the Eagles suffered a 46-27 setback against Catoctin. Key has fallen behind early in a lot of games and simply can't afford to do the same against South Hagerstown. Richardson and running back Cortney Woodyard -- both averaging five-plus yards a carry -- could be a factor in the second half if the Eagles can stay close.

Westminster (4-3) at Liberty (3-4)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Owls are coming off a character-building, 21-15 overtime win over Frederick, while the Lions continued to put up the big numbers with a 44-6 rout of Einstein. Both teams are coming off superb defensive efforts, but this game should be about offense. The Lions have racked up 90 points in their last two games, but only have one win to show for it. Two weeks ago, they lost a 56-46 decision to Frederick, which could only muster 15 points against the Westminster defense. The Lions' offense is led by running backs Brandon Scarborough (600 yards) and Bill Shaffer (nine touchdowns). The Owls have a similar attack with quarterback Steve Mays (12 touchdown throws), wide receiver Justin Sholkoff (county-leading 22 catches) and running back Eric Jones (county-leading 632 yards rushing).

North Carroll (0-7) at Frederick (3-4)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Panthers are up against another strong Central Maryland Conference foe in Frederick, which is still smarting from last week's overtime loss to Westminster. North Carroll was unable to get on track against Linganore last week, falling behind, 28-0, at the half before eventually surrendering, 35-0. Frederick running back L.J. Jackson will be the Panthers' main concern. In his last three games, he's accumulated 744 rushing yards with six touchdowns. He had a modest night against Westminster by his recent standards, finishing with 190 yards and no touchdowns. The Shane Simantel-to-Louis Smith hookup has been productive for the Panthers. Smith has caught 16 Simantel passes for 175 yards.

South Carroll (4-3) at Damascus (6-1)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Cavaliers are coming off a 48-0 loss to Thomas Johnson and must pick up the pieces against one of the state's best in Damascus. The Hornets suffered their first loss last week, a 19-15 heart-breaker to state power Allegany. After one of its finest defensive efforts in years in a 7-0 loss to Linganore, South Carroll allowed more than 550 yards of total offense last Friday against the potent Patriots. It was also the second straight week the Cavaliers' offense has left its defense out to dry -- providing no points or rest. The defense will have another tall order this week trying to shut down Damascus senior quarterback Kevin Thompson, who's thrown a Montgomery County-leading 12 touchdowns. Thompson, a 6-6, 200-pound two-year starter, is headed for Penn State next fall. The Cavaliers' offense will try and get back on track led by quarterback Tom Luster, receiver Tom Lapato and running back Greg Mihalko.

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