Football games

September 29, 1995|By GLENN P. GRAHAM

Tonight

Catoctin (2-1) at Francis Scott Key (1-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Just like last season, Key coach Mike Coons finds tonight's game against Catoctin pivotal. He's hoping not to see the same result as last year when the Cougars had an easy time at home against Key. Again this year, the Eagles go into the game with a 1-2 mark after playing well the past two weeks but losing to a couple of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League powers -- Walkersville and Smithsburg. Last week's 20-13 loss to defending Class 1A state champ Smithsburg was particularly tough with the Eagles having the ball first-and-goal at the 2 in the final minute and coming up empty. "Emotionally they're handling it really well. It hurt them, but this is the kind of team that will use it to their advantage," he said. There are a lot of similarities between these two rising teams in the MVAL with the Catoctin program looking to be a little bit ahead after its 5-5 1994 season and the good start this year. Defensively, Coons said Catoctin looks very big and quick on the line, a combination that concerns him. Key tailback Cortney Woodyard will need to get around the corner for the Eagles to move the ball. After a slow start last week, Key quarterback J.T. Chiaruttini finished with 11 completions for 169 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown to Dave Norwood.

South Carroll (1-2) at No. 14 Liberty (3-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The neighborhood rivalry has taken on a different look this season. South Carroll coach Gene Brown declares his Cavaliers the underdog with the Lions yet to be stopped or even slightly sidetracked so far this season. In the past few years, this game has been a preliminary for the South Carroll-Westminster season finale that has decided the county crown -- not this year with the Lions on a serious roll. Last week, they overwhelmed a previously unbeaten Mount Hebron team, 49-6, behind a 328-yard, three-touchdown rushing effort from Bill Shaffer. One thing that's been overlooked with the Lions' offense putting up such staggering numbers is the team's much-improved defense. That could be the difference tonight. In South Carroll's win last season, the Cavalier offense controlled the ball and kept the Liberty offense on the sideline. Liberty coach Ken Johnson expects the Cavaliers to try and do the same this time around. "We're taking the position that they're still the big school up the street," he said. "In the past, they've come right at us with their power game and that's been successful for them and I'm expecting them to do the same. They're a good, strong physical team." The Cavaliers will be looking to rebound from a 21-20 loss at Glenelg last week and are healthier this week with the return of running back Mike Chenoweth and others. "[Liberty] doesn't have too many weaknesses," Brown said. "It's going to be a tough one for us."

Westminster (1-2) at North Carroll (0-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

nTC Outlook: For a while this series has been lopsided with Westminster simply having too much firepower for North Carroll. The gap could close some tonight with North Carroll improving with every game and Westminster still trying to find its identity with a new nucleus. The Panthers came up on the short end of a 20-6 decision to Centennial last week, but stayed close and played their best all-around game of the season. North Carroll coach Bill Rumbaugh is finding more and more positive things to build on each week. The Panthers were a plus-two in turnovers last week and had a good mix on offense with Bryan Hall running for more than 100 yards and Jason Gelb receiving for 100 yards and a score. They spent a good part of last week's game in Centennial territory but only had six points to show for it. 'N Westminster couldn't stop a run-happy Frederick Douglas team in a 38-8 loss last Friday. Offensively, quarterback Billy Mays had a big second half throwing the ball and finished with 160 yards and one touchdown. The Owls rushed for only 10 yards last week.

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