This week's football schedule overhauled

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September 12, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Because of Hurricane Fran's remnants and a Jewish holiday, week No. 2 of the high-school football season has had a major overhaul.

Only two of eight games involving county teams that were originally scheduled for today will be played, with the others rescheduled. That's mainly to allow a day or two of extra rest for teams forced to play last Saturday or Monday because of nasty Fran.

Thus, most county teams are back to playing on their accustomed Friday. But because Rosh Hashana begins at sundown tomorrow, all but one of the seven games -- Eastern Tech (1-0) at Archbishop Spalding (1-1) at 7: 30 -- are at night. The rest are afternoon affairs.

Tonight's games

No. 9 Arundel is home at 7: 30 p.m. against Northern of Calvert County, a 21-18 winner over unranked Severna Park.

Arundel, ranked No. 8 in The Sun's preseason poll, dropped its opener, 34-18, at Caesar Rodney in Delaware.

Coach Bill Zucco's Wildcats need a victory over Northern, a team Arundel beat 12-0 last year on the way to a perfect 10-0 regular season. This one should come down to the pass vs. the run.

The Cats' passing duo of Erik Lipton to Joe Parker will have to outscore the Patriots' running attack, which is sparked by junior tailback Cee Harris.

Harris ran for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in the first half Saturday to give Northern a 21-0 lead that held up for the 21-18 victory over Severna Park. Harris, only about 5-foot-6, has muscular legs and is a 4.5 runner who doesn't give opponents much of a target to hit because he is so short and quick. He also is a basketball point guard.

Arundel is rebuilding most ofits defense and is missing a couple starters who will be back next week after academic probation.

Severna Park entertains Westminster (1-0) at 7: 30 p.m., and the Falcons' coach, Andy Borland, is hoping the inspired play he got from his defense in the second half against Northern will carry over against an Owls' team the Falcons handled 32-14 on the road last year.

Under new head coach Frank Mantinaos, formerly of Thomas Stone, Westminster opened with a 13-12 win over Woodlawn, despite seven turnovers.

Tomorrow's schedule

No. 3 North County is among nine county teams playing tomorrow, and the Knights journey to Prince George's County again.

Last week, the Knights opened with an impressive 26-23 victory at Eleanor Roosevelt, and at 2: 45 p.m. tomorrow will be in Temple Hills to face Crossland.

With only three returning starters, Crossland was routed, 33-6, in its opener by Parkdale, a school more noted for basketball.

Crossland is 3-1 vs. the Knights and has taken the last two meetings, 21-0 last year and 14-9 in the Knights' Class 4A state championship season in 1994. North County first met Crossland (now Class 3A) in the '92 state semifinals and was routed 28-0. The regular-season series commenced the following year, and the Knights rolled, 22-0.

Meade, No. 13 in the preseason poll but a 15-6 loser at Laurel, hopes to get even at home at 3: 30 p.m.tomorrow against Baltimore's Mervo. Mervo surprised the Mustangs, 16-12, last year, but lost this season's opener 22-6 to Forest Park.

Class 4A Chesapeake (2-0) hosts Class 2A South River, a 42-0 loser to Lackey of Charles County, 3: 45 p.m. tomorrow. The Cougars hammered Baltimore Southern, 44-0, last week and will be out to avenge last year's 18-3 loss to South River, in which the losers suffered "fumble-itis" inside the 15.

Class 3A Broadneck visits Class 4A Glen Burnie at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Broadneck opened with a 24-6 win over Old Mill and the Gophers ran over Queen Anne's, 33-6. Glen Burnie took last year's meeting, 32-7.

Completing tomorrow'sschedule: Northeast (1-0) at St. Paul's (1-0), 3: 30 p.m.; and Severn (0-0-1) at Southern-Harwood (0-1), 4 p.m.

Saturday matchups

No. 4 St. Mary's (1-0) visits second-year school Harford Tech (0-1) at 1: 30 p.m. Saturday without Rashi Reed, but it shouldn't matter (Tech routed 38-6 by Mount Hebron). Reed didn't play in last week's 21-0 win over Pallotti because of a kidney stone, but is expected back next week.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Old Mill (0-1) is at Calvert, of Calvert county (0-1).

Monday football

Annapolis is playing a second straight Monday, at 3: 45 p.m. at Bladensburg in Prince George's County. The Panthers are coming off a heartbreaking 32-28 loss to No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, in which junior Albert Creek ran for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

"Bladensburg has some big-time hitters and their loss wasn't as bad it looks, " said Panthers coach Roy Brown of Bladensburg's 31-0 loss to Georgetown Prep. "They [Bladensburg] beat themselves with turnovers."

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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