Football matchups

September 12, 1996|By Rick Belz

River Hill (0-1) at

Howard (0-1)

When: Today, 2: 45 p.m.

Outlook: Lack of blocking caused River Hill's run-and-shoot offense to fizzle in its opening loss to Long Reach, 22-6. Hawks QB Beau Pich, the county's best passer, completed two of 14 and was the team's leading rusher with 33 yards on four carries. Howard also showed holes on its offensive line in a 14-0 loss to Southwestern. The Lions should hold the edge because of their experience.

Long Reach (1-0) at

Mount Hebron (1-0)

When: Today, 2: 45 p.m.

Outlook: Long Reach has a potent offense out of the wing-T and can control the ball with its power-I. The Lightning had 375 yards rushing and 135 yards passing in its 22-6 win over River Hill. Mount Hebron swamped a weak Harford Tech team, 38-6, by scoring five touchdowns on the ground and returning a punt 35 yards for a score. Does Mount Hebron have enough quickness to stop a very quick Long Reach team? And, will Long Reach's young line be able to stop Mount Hebron's ground game?

Wilde Lake (1-0) at

Atholton (0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2: 45 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton's Keith Jefferson returned a kickoff 80 yards

for a touchdown, but he had a 75-yard touchdown catch called back due to a penalty, and Atholton fumbled just before crossing the goal line in a disappointing 14-7 loss to Northeast last week. The Raiders were unable to stop the Eagles' ground game. That poor defensive effort doesn't bode well for this week, because Wilde Lake runs a potent wishbone. In a 29-7 win over St. Stephens last week, Wildecats TB Dain Lewis carried 16 times, gained 136 yards and scored three touchdowns. QB Derrick Bell completed six of seven passes for 101 yards and three touchdowns. Wilde Lake, the favorite to win the county league this season, is eager to avenge last season's 14-13 loss to Atholton, the first time the Raiders had beaten the Wildecats in 17 years.

Oakland Mills (0-1) at

Centennial (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 2: 45 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills played poorly in a 33-6 loss to Aberdeen Monday. The Scorpions' lack of blocking led to a weak rushing game and a non-existent passing game out of a wing-T formation. Oakland Mills' sloppy tackling enabled Aberdeen to rack up 389 total yards. Centennial played well in its 20-17 upset of Liberty. Scott Bross rushed 11 times for 66 yards and made nine tackles. And the Eagles' defense effectively checked a potent wing-T attack.

Glenelg (0-1) at

Hammond (0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2: 45 p.m.

Outlook: Hammond's special teams fumbled three times, including one that set up Dundalk's winning touchdown in a 20-16 loss. Keith Eldridge led the Bears with 93 yards rushing on seven carries. QB Josh Zillmer returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score, threw one TD pass and rushed four times for 61 yards. The Bears' defense needs improvement. Glenelg lacks depth, and the hard-working Gladiators simply wore down late in a 15-6 loss to South Carroll.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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