Football matchups

September 12, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

Gilman (1-0) at

No. 14 Boys Latin (1-0)

When: Today, 3: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Boys' Latin won this matchup last year, 20-0, which helped send Gilman of the MIAA A Conference toward one of theworst seasons in its history (2-7), and the Lakers (7-3) of the MIAA B to one of their best. The Lakers return the bulk of their team, led by QB Aaron Vercollone, RB-WR Ryan Mollett and RB Jason Leneau. Coach Drew Haugh's Lakers, last week, avenged a season-opening loss to St. James, 35-0. Gilman, coached by Sherm Bristow, is coming off last weekend's 51-3 rout of Haverford (Pa.). Gilman has 15 starters back, including RB-S John-Allen Sykes and RB-DB Brad Cornes.

Dundalk (1-0) at

Dulaney (1-0)

When: Today, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Dundalk reversed last year's loss to Hammond in its initial game, as did Baltimore County 3A/4A League-rival Dulaney, coming off last week's 20-10 victory over Calvert Hall after having trailed, 10-0. QB Cliff Berger was the Lions' leader against Calvert Hall, going 11-for-13 for 141 yards and two TDs. The Owls have nine starters back from a team that went 3-7 last year.

Douglass-PG (1-0) at

No. 1 Dunbar (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 3 p.m.

Outlook: The two-time state champion Poets won last year's game at Douglass, 28-6, but the visitors from Prince George's County return most of that team. Dunbar's All-Metro RB Ali Culpepper and RB Carlrome Randle each scored twice in a season-opening 56-0 rout of Randallstown, but coach Stan Mitchell still has some questions concerning his inexperienced linemen. Those questions should be addressed against Douglass, coached by Tom Glynn, whose top linemen are Jerome Washington (6 feet 1, 240 pounds) and Greg Coker (6-0, 200). RBs Alex Coleman, Harold Lewis and Ahkim McFadden (6-1, 205) run out of a powerful wishbone that wears on opponents. Coleman scored twice and Lewis and McFadden once each in last week's season-opening 30-9 romp over Southern-AA.

No. 6 City (1-0) at

Forest Park (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 3: 30 p.m.

Outlook: City won this 2A league battle last year, 27-24. City, coached by George Petrides (120-78-1), comes off a 44-7 hammering of then-No. 3 C. Milton Wright. Forest Park took an impressive 22-6 decision over Mervo. City's three-pronged running game, which scored five rushing TDs against C. Milton ** Wright, is led by veteran starting linemen Quantay Johnson, Chris Perkins, Carl Hebron, Logan Davidson, Rick Holloway and Chris Ekeueme. Forest Park, coached by Obie Barnes (93-88-5), relies on gritty play and gimmickry. RB Sharif Small, twin brother of City RB Taber, can throw the option pass. WR Eugene Redfern caught two TDs last week.

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (1-0) at

Liberty (0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Gaels, two-time MIAA A Conference champs, got 232-yard, four-TD effort from Forest Park transfer Aaron Thompson to turn back Annapolis, 32-28, last week. But its inexperienced defense had trouble stopping the run -- something the Lions do extremely well with RBs Justin Barnowski and Josh Denning each coming off near-1,000 yard seasons. Liberty's three-year starting QB Ryan Pagels operates out of the wing-T. However, Liberty, which scouted the Annapolis game, was ranked No. 6 in the preseason and is trying to right itself after having been upended, 20-17, by unheralded Centennial. Mount St. Joseph's highly recruited QB Lucas Phillips has 4,609 career passing yards (1,217 off the state passing yardage record) and 262 career completions (91 off the state record). Phillips has 41 career TD passes.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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