Meade, Arundel look to clinch football playoff berths tonight


November 03, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Two Anne Arundel County 4A football teams, Meade and Arundel, can clinch playoff berths tonight with road victories.

Meade plays its biggest game tonight since 1989 (7-3) against the man who was their coach that year.

It's also a very big game for North County coach Chuck Markiewicz whose Knights (5-3) play host to the No. 13 Mustangs (7-1) at 7 p.m.

Meade, currently fifth in the state playoff picture with 79 points, can clinch a berth in the 4A playoffs with a victory and that would end the Knights' slim hopes.

Defending state champion North County, 11th in the state with ** 56 points, has to defeat Meade and 3A Broadneck (2-6) for a chance at the playoffs.

Markiewicz coached Meade for two seasons before starting the North County program in 1990 and his Knights have won five in a row over his old team, outscoring the Mustangs, 120-37.

North County is worth 13 points to Meade -- eight for being 4A and five bonus points. Even before all the bonus points (one point for every victory by a team you beat) are tallied, Meade would have 92 points and that would clinch one of the eight berths.

Meade means 15 points to the Knights, which would give them 71 points before bonus points. It also would give the Knights a final 6-1 record in the county 4A League and a shot at a share of the county title depending on the outcome of Arundel (8-0, 5-0) at Meade (5-0) the final week.

No. 4 Arundel, currently the East Region leader and No. 1 seed in the state with 89.2 points, can seal its second straight playoff berth with a win at Annapolis (4-4) tonight.

The Panthers are worth 12 points to the Wildcats, who have a shot at gaining home field through the quarterfinals and semis by copping the top seed.

Region winners get automatic berths with the next four best teams per playoff points averages filling up the field.

Patterson (8-0) and Seneca Valley (8-0), the North and West leaders, respectively, have 86 points each, while South leader Largo (7-1) has 83.4 points.

Arundel nipped Annapolis, 13-12, last season, but the Wildcats appear to have a decided edge this season, outscoring their opponents, 230-94. Annapolis has outscored its foes, 132-115, and its inconsistent offense will be going against perhaps the county's best defense.

North County, normally the county's highest scoring team, has struggled offensively. The Knights are averaging 22.1 points while the Meade defense has yielded only 13.1 points with its offense scoring nearly 25 points a game.

Middle linebacker Wilson Rodriguez (80 unassisted tackles) and defensive backs Damion Moss (seven interceptions) and Willie Thomas (four interceptions) lead the Mustang defense.

Meade's Roman Harrison leads the county in rushing (1,370 yards) and has set a school record for touchdowns (17). Harrison needs 153 yards and seven points to break school records for rushing (1,522) and total points (116) set by Terry Evans in 1980.

Evans held the school record for touchdowns (16), which was tied by Jeff Allen in 1986.

Jihad Morris is coming off a 200-yard rushing game in a 28-26 win over Glen Burnie and hopes to put the Falcons (4-4) over .500 as they play host to Old Mill (2-6) tonight.

Also tonight, Glen Burnie (4-4) travels to Chesapeake (2-6); Northeast is at South River in a match-up of 3-5 teams, and Archbishop Spalding (2-7) visits Carver A & T (0-6).

In the lone afternoon contest at 3 p.m., Severn (6-2, 2-2) entertains Boys' Latin (6-2, 4-0). The Admirals, who won the MIAA B Conference title last year can be a spoiler because Boys' Latin enters the game tied with St. Paul's (8-0, 4-0) for first place.

Broadneck (2-6) has its homecoming in one of two games tomorrow. The Bruins welcome back their football alumni and the school's 1985 state champion girls soccer team at noon before taking on Southern (2-6) at 1 p.m.

St. Mary's (5-3, 2-1) will be out to keep second place in the MIAA A Conference behind top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (8-0, 4-0) as the Saints play host to Gilman (1-6, 1-2) at 2 p.m. at Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis. The Saints will be seeking to avenge last year's 35-0 loss to the Greyhounds.

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