Football preview

November 03, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham

Tonight

Francis Scott Key (4-4)

at Brunswick (6-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook:The Eagles' offense stalled at an inopportune time last week against a big and talented South Hagerstown defense. The 9-8 loss put the Eagles back to .500 with another talented Monocacy Valley Athletic League team, Brunswick, waiting in the wings tonight. The Railroaders are atop the Class 1A South region with 52 points, while Key dropped to sixth in the same region with 34 points. Time of possession and field position were the big factors in the Eagles' loss last week. They also turned the ball over three times to none for the Rebels. Brunswick likes to run the ball and eat up the clock with backs Chad Krammer, Phil Wise and Beau Mercer sharing the load.

Thomas Johnson (7-1)

at No. 11 Liberty (7-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, get in the thick of the Central Maryland Conference race and, more importantly, earn respect with CMC power Thomas Johnson coming to town tonight. Liberty had an easy time in a win against Westminster last Thursday while Thomas Johnson is coming off a 15-13 win Friday against Linganore, the only team to beat the Lions. The Lions turned the ball over six times in the 28-7 loss at Linganore, something they can't afford to do against the Patriots. The running game, with Bill Shaffer, Josh Denning and Justin Barnowski, has been marching up and down the field with the Patriots relying on versatile quarterback Randell Jones.

Bethesda-CC (8-0)

at North Carroll (1-7)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Bethesda-CC has caught everyone by surprise, going undefeated after a 3-7 season in 1994. The last time it lost came last season against the Panthers, who scored in the closing minute to come away with a 20-19 win and snap a long losing streak of their own. Last week, the Panthers had a 15-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter against Frederick before falling, 28-15. Bryan Hall ran for two touchdowns to lead the Panther attack. Bethesda-CC has 22 seniors led by halfback Dustin Hodgson (950 yards, 15 TDs) and a strong defensive line led by Joe King and Jason Watson.

South Carroll (2-6)

at Frederick (3-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are suffering through uncharacteristic subpar seasons and this game will come down to which one wants it more. Control of the line of scrimmage will be the key and there will be plenty of running. South Carroll's Mike Chenoweth ran for 175 yards Monday in a loss to Damascus. Alton McCallum has been Frederick's featured running back. Last week, he had touchdown runs of 32 and 35 yards in the fourth quarter as the Cadets had to come from behind in a 28-15 win at North Carroll. He finished the night with 160 yards on 25 carries.

Westminster (1-7)

at Linganore (7-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Linganore is coming off its first loss -- a 15-13 heart-breaker to fellow Central Maryland Conference power Thomas Johnson -- while Westminster hasn't won since the first week. That spells mismatch. The Lancers should come out in a not-so-friendly manner and a young Owl team will likely pay the price. Last week, the Owls' defense was overmatched by a big-play Liberty offense that pounded out 468 yards of total offense. One bright spot for the Owls in the 44-7 loss was a 75-yard kick return for a touchdown by Brooks Wagner. The big task for the Owl defense will be containing Linganore running back Jerit Siedor.

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