Football matchups

September 20, 1996|By Rick Belz

No. 13 Centennial (2-0) at No. 12 Wilde Lake (2-0)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles are riding a wave, having beaten two good teams, Liberty and Oakland Mills, with final-minute touchdowns. Liberty was ranked No. 7 and Oakland Mills was a two-time defending county champ that had won 14 straight league games. To defeat Wilde Lake, impressive 21-7 winners over Atholton last week, and the odds-on favorite to capture this season's county title, the Eagles' offensive line must provide pass protection for QB Ryan Gielen, who completed 10 of 23 for 213 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Eagles' defense must contain Wilde Lake RB Dain Lewis, who has scored six touchdowns and rushed 36 times for 317 yards. Lewis is also a dominant tackler and dangerous pass rusher. Wilde Lake's defense must contain Eagles receivers Jason Zolak (eight catches, 234 yards) and Chip Harrison (seven catches, 149 yards). Centennial has never defeated Wilde Lake, officially. The Eagles won 3-0 in 1981, but forfeited because of an ineligible player. Wilde Lake won last season, 33-7.

Atholton (0-2) at Glenelg (0-2)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton may be the Baltimore area's best 0-2 team, and the Raiders should break into the win column this week. Atholton's Lavar Macon (12 carries, 98 yards) had a 72-yard touchdown run against Wilde Lake and is an impressive linebacker. Glenelg lacks depth and cannot match Atholton's ZTC speed. The Gladiators have struggled offensively, scoring scored just 14 points in two games. Atholton defeated Glenelg last season, 40-0.

Hammond (1-1) at River Hill (0-2)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Hammond's Keith Eldridge produced 86 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in last week's victory over Glenelg. And for the second straight week, Hammond scored on a long kickoff return, this time by Jerry Oliver. First-year River Hill lost to Howard 39-6 last week and has scored just two touchdowns this season. Part of the problem is the Hawks' poor rushing game; part is the inability of their receivers to hold on to Beau Pich's passes.

Howard (1-1) at Mount Hebron (2-0)

When: Tomorrow: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Sophomore Myron Jones rushed 14 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Howard's 39-6 victory over River Hill last week. Anthony Haywood added 102 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Howard had 437 yards rushing from the wing-T. Mount Hebron's defense shut down Long Reach last week in a 9-3 victory, but the Vikings will need a better offensive showing against the Lions. The Vikings also need to eliminate mistakes. They lost four fumbles, including two on kicks last week. Howard defeated Mount Hebron last season, 7-6.

Long Reach (1-1) at Oakland Mills (0-2)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills is coming off a stunning 30-29 loss to Centennial, which scored the winning touchdown with 40 seconds left after trailing 29-7 late in the third quarter. The loss broke a 14-game league winning streak by the Scorpions, who had won two straight county titles and had not lost to Centennial since 1984.

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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