Weekend football matchups

September 06, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Francis Scott Key (0-0) at North Carroll (0-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Key has dominated the long-standing rivalry of late, including last season's 36-0 win over the Panthers. The Eagles, who finished 5-5 in 1995, have a lot of new faces in the lineup -- including senior quarterback Brad Stonesifer. One mainstay is senior Bobby Bollinger, who will line up at tight end and middle linebacker. North Carroll has some speed in the offensive backfield and some size on the defensive line this year. Backs Adam Crowl, Rick Brown and Eric Etzel -- all juniors up from last year's 5-3 junior varsity -- join returning quarterback John Etzel in the Panthers backfield.

Glenelg (0-0) at South Carroll (0-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: After an uncharacteristic 2-8 season in 1995, coach Gene Brown and the Cavaliers are looking to make amends. It starts with the visiting Gladiators, a team that nipped them 21-20 early last season. The Cavaliers again will try to establish the running game and have a number of backs to carry the ball. They also will mix in the pass with junior Lee Windsor returning at quarterback. Most of the Cavaliers' problems last season came defensively and Brown is expecting to see vast improvement this year. Tonight's mission will be to shut down Glenelg senior running back Jeremy Lignelli, who rushed for 131 yards against the Cavs defense last season. John Davis is

Glenelg's third coach in three years.

Woodlawn (0-0) at Westminster (0-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: A new era begins at Westminster where Frank Mantinaos takes over as coach for Tim Ebersole. The Owls have plenty of work ahead of them after a 2-8 season in 1995. Mantinaos is counting on junior quarterback Billy Mays to run the option this season. The defense doesn't have any big-name performers back, but Mantinaos believes that could be a positive with all 11 players having to do their share. In last season's opener, the Owls came away with an 11-6 victory over Woodlawn and didn't win again until a season-finale against county rival South Carroll. Woodlawn, which finished 6-4 last year, is centered around junior quarterback Tavon Mason, who likes to throw to senior wide receiver Travis Reed.

No. 7 Liberty (0-0) at Centennial (0-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions have toughened up the early part of their schedule this year and it starts with Howard County foe Centennial, which finished at 5-5 last season. The Lions are coming off their best season ever at 8-2, including their first county title. Coming up with an encore seems tough, but the Lions have plenty of talent returning. Expect to see a lot of points again from the Lions' wing-T offense. The backfield returns quarterback Ryan Pagels and running backs Justin Barnowski and Josh Denning. Luke Vriezen also is back at tight end and will anchor the Lions' defense at linebacker along with handling the kicking chores. The Lions' starting four linemen on defense are all juniors up from last year's 6-1 JV. Centennial has six starters back, led by senior split end Jason Zolak and senior tailback

Scott Bross.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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