This Week's Football Games

November 11, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham

Tonight

South Carroll (4-5) at Westminster (5-4)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Once again, the Carroll County title will be decided in the season's final week. It will be Westminster looking to defend the crown this year against a South Carroll team that should come out hungry. Last season, the Owls went down to South Carroll and beat the Cavaliers for bragging rights in the county. South Carroll would like to return the favor in hopes of achieving a .500 season. After a 4-1 start, the Cavaliers have dropped their last four largely due to an inconsistent offense. An effective drive early on could do wonders for the Cavaliers, who have a balanced attack with Greg Mihalko (650 yards) handling most of the running chores and quarterback Tom Luster looking to end Tom Lapato (15-yard average on 28 catches). The Owls are coming off a tough 24-16 loss to Linganore. They boast the county's top rusher in Eric Jones (854 yards) and receiver and scorer in Justin Sholkoff (30 catches for 560 yards, 74 points including nine TDs).

Williamsport (3-6) at Francis Scott Key (2-7)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: Coming off a 12-0 victory at Smithsburg, Key now goes up against a Williamsport team that also has had its share of problems. Defense was the obvious story in Key's shutout win. The Eagles allowed 64 yards of total offense and three first downs. The Eagles did all their scoring in the first half. Quarterback J.T. Chiaruttini found Scott Compton across the middle and the fullback did the rest, breaking a couple of tackles before scoring 52 yards later. Chris Richardson, who gained 76 yards on 17 carries, scored the Eagles' second touchdown on a 4-yard run with under a minute left in the half. Richardson ranks third in Carroll County in rushing (780 yards) and scoring (eight touchdowns, five extra points for 53 points).

North Carroll (1-8) at Liberty (3-6)

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Panthers' season was made last Friday when they ended their 28-game losing streak with a 20-19 overtime win at Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Winning two straight seems a lot to ask, but the Panthers, who showed they aren't a team that lets up, should come in with a great deal of enthusiasm. The Lions' potent offense was shut down last week against Central Maryland Conference champ Thomas Johnson. Their 34-6 loss kept them winless in the CMC at 0-5. Tonight's game will come down to how well the Panthers can deal with the Lions' running game, led by Brandon Scarborough's 845 yards. Thomas Johnson limited the Lions to 125 yards on the ground -- a rarity this season. North Carroll's Mike Green did his share of running in last week's win, scoring on a 10-yard sweep in overtime and finishing with 113 yards. The Panthers' special teams and defense also came up with some big plays. The clincher came on BCC's overtime series when Chad Crowl deflected a pass to deny a two-point conversion.

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