Football games

November 10, 1995

Tonight

Francis Scott Key (4-5) at Williamsport (2-7)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: After two straight tough losses, the Eagles will try to get back on the winning track to close out the season with a .500 mark. Last week, the Eagles had a 6-0 lead late against 7-2 Brunswick, before seeing the Railroaders come back with a touchdown to tie and another one in overtime to come away with a 12-6 win. Key quarterback Jordan Chiaruttini connected with David Norwood on an 84-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. Williamsport gave Monocacy Valley Athletic League rival Catoctin all it could handle last week before falling, 21-14, in Thurmont. All three Catoctin scores came off Williamsport turnovers. A handful of seniors have played a big role in turning the Key program around. Running back Cortney Woodyard (1,012 yards on 213 carries), Chiaruttini (55 of 145 for 874 yards and 11 TDs), Norwood (15 catches for 308 yards and 7 TDs), Scott Compton (341 yards of total offense and four TDs) and Bobby Bollinger (16 receptions, 241 yards and four TDs) will be hard to replace.

No. 9 Liberty (7-2) at North Carroll (1-8)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty still has a remote chance to qualify for the playoffs. "The numbers are possible," said Liberty coach Ken Johnson. "We need a Liberty win, losses from the two teams [Frederick Douglass and Atholton] in front of us and a lot of bonus points." Johnson and his Lions are focusing on the Panthers, who have played much better than their 1-8 record indicates. "You can definitely throw [their record] away," Johnson said. "They played well last week against a good Bethesda-Chevy Chase team and know they can stay with anyone on their schedule." Liberty dropped a tough 24-14 loss to Thomas Johnson last week. The Lions had a 14-12 lead in the third quarter disappear as a couple of late turnovers loomed large. Senior running back Bill Shaffer closes out an outstanding regular season. He leads the county with 1,552 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Panthers took a 15-14 lead at the half last week against undefeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase before falling, 33-22. Senior running backs Bryan Hall and Mike Green will close out fine high school careers along with wide-out Jason Gelb.

Westminster (1-8) at South Carroll (2-7)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: In recent years, the county title always came down to this game. That's not the case this year with both teams rebuilding. South Carroll had some chances in a 21-14 loss against Frederick, failing to convert on a first and goal at the Frederick five with the score tied late in the third quarter. Frederick then drove 97 yards for the deciding score. South Carroll coach Gene Brown said it was the best the Cavaliers have played, but pointed out the Cadets' offense had 64 snaps to the Cavaliers' 40. Senior running back Mike Chenoweth had another big night, rushing for 182 yards and scoring from 61 and 23 yards out. He needs 114 yards against the Owls tonight to reach 1,000 for the season. Senior linebacker Bryce Baker (88 tackles) has been the mainstay on the Cavaliers' defense. Westminster will look to end a disappointing season on a high note. The Owls take an eight-game losing streak into tonight's game. Last season, South Carroll senior quarterback Tom Luster threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Jeremy Esworthy late in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers a 27-21 win and the county title. Both of those players have graduated along with a handful of other players from both sides.

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