This Week's Key Football Games

November 04, 1994|By Lem Satterfield and John W. Stewart

Today

No. 1 Patterson at Forest Park (4-3)

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Outlook: Patterson (133-75-2) leads its 4A North Region. Forest Park, despite its record, has a slim chance to reach the playoffs with victories over its final three opponents. Patterson's Ryan Lewis leads area scorers with 24 touchdowns and ranks fourth among area rushers. QB Willie McGirt (734 passing yards, nine TDs, 640 rushing yards, seven TDs) targets Tim Horky and Carnest Peele, who have combined for 30 receptions and eight TDs. Aaron Thompson leads Forest Park's rushing attack, but faces L Tyrone Bailey (278 pounds), LB Joe Mechlinski, LB Duane Simmons and LB Wendell Collins.

Edmondson (6-2) at No. 7 City (7-1)

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Outlook: Edmondson was shut out in its only losses, by No. 1 Patterson, 34-0, in its season-opener, and by 20-0 against Cambridge. But the Redskins, who went 0-10 last year, own a 20-14 upset victory over then-No. 8 Lake Clifton. Edmondson has RB Corey Brown (719 rushing yards, four TDs), RB David Merritte (562, six TDs) and RB Samuel Scott (504, three TDs). TE-LB Charles Wilson (15 receptions, 104 yards, one TD) and FB-LB Brian Moss tackle best for the Redskins, who are second in the 4A North Region and are two spots from making the eight-team 4A state playoff field. For City, which ranks second in 3A East Region and is two spots from the eight-team field, RB Taber Small (992 yards, 11 TDs), RB Damian Beane (689, 10 TDs), WR Kevin Griffin (14, 186, five TDs) and WR Warren Smith (13, 181, 1) work behind L Eddie Hooper and L Jonathan Jones.

C. Milton Wright (7-1) at Joppatowne (6-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: No. 12 C. Milton Wright has won six in a row, and Joppatowne, five of its last six. Wright has run for 235 of its 281 per-game yardage averages (Rich Juergenson and Todd Behler have 70 per cent of the total, plus 11 TDs), and Joppatowne has the top passing team in the county, averaging 106 yards on the throwing of QB Matt Berger (852 yards, nine TDs). His primary receiver is Alonzo McDowell (17 for 420 yards, five TDs). The visitors' defense gives up averages of 99 yards rushing, 68 passing, compared to the Mariners' 185 rushing, 50 passing. The home team should test Wright's defense with speedsters Lewis McKisset, Lamar Williams, Andre Turner, and McDowell -- who have accounted for 25 of the team's 30 touchdowns.

Northern (5-3) at Lake Clifton (5-3)

Time: 2:45 p.m.

Outlook: Northern (0-10 last year) has lost to No. 2 Dunbar, No. 3 Poly, and No. 7 City. The Lakers have lost to Edmondson, No. 1 Patterson and by 30-14 to No. 3 Poly, a 31-0 winner over Northern. Led by RB Kenny Williams, WR Terril Lowery and quarterbacks Greate White and Louis Fennell, the Lakers are trying to equal last year's 7-3 record. WR Willie Brown (37 receptions, 537 yards, six TDs) -- the area's fourth-leading receiver -- RB Robert Dukes (759 rushing yards, eight TDs) and Kalish Hicks (705 passing yards, four TDs) bolster Northern, which had its first 2-0 start since going 9-0 three years ago.

Tomorrow

No. 4 McDonogh (6-2) at No. 8 Gilman (5-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: This MIAA A Conference season finale is the 79th

meeting between teams that are 3-1 in the league. Gilman leads the series, 45-28-5. The winner of this game clinches at least a tie for the league title. Each team has clutch receivers with McDonogh's WR-DB Dennis Badham (51 receptions, 535 yards, nine TDs), WR-DB Dwayne Stukes and WR-DB Jason Taylor and Gilman's WR-DB James McIntyre (28, 590, nine). McDonogh has 6-6, 225-pound QB Bobby Sabelhaus (a state-record 5,611 career yards, 49 career TDs), and Gilman has 6-4, 175-pound QB Lorne Smith (803 passing yards, 12 TDs) this year. McDonogh should get another test from RB R.C. Kauffman (883 yards, six TDs) and David Biddison (nine TDs), who run behind L Alex

Mueller (6-5, 260) and David Payne (6-2, 280).

No. 6 Mount St. Joseph (7-1) at No. 9 Loyola (4-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Mount St. Joseph (3-1 in the MIAA league) can clinch a tie for the league title with the McDonogh-Gilman winner -- this after being 3-7 last year. Loyola (2-1 league) must win here as well as in its Thanksgiving Day finale against Calvert Hall to clinch a tie. Gaels QB Lucas Phillips (1,627 passing yards, 16 TDs) ranks second behind McDonogh's Sabelhaus (1,778, 16 TDs). RB Je'von Norris (1016 yards, 17 TDs) and RB Archie Wannamaker (992, 14) rank eighth and 10th, respectively, among area rushers, and WR Danny Rosewag (29 receptions, 677 yards, 10 TDs) ranks second in receiving yardage and sixth in receptions. For Loyola, RB Scott Brown (1,058 yards, 11 TDs) ranks seventh among area rushers, and QB Brian Nicholas has 602 passing yards for seven TDs. Expect Loyola coach Joe Brune, whose line is huge behind Ian Hunt, to employ a possession ground game.

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