Football matchup

September 20, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Smithsburg (2-0) at Francis Scott Key (0-2)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: The Eagles are still looking to get on track after a 50-8 loss to Walkersville in their Monocacy Valley Athletic League opener last week. Walkersville piled up 300 yards on the ground against the Key defense and led 43-0 at halftime. The Eagles' offense punted five times in the first half and turned the ball over on their other two possessions. Key's only score came in the third quarter when quarterback Brad Stonesifer scored from two yards out. Last season, the Eagles dropped a 20-13 decision to the Leopards, unable to capitalize on a first-and-goal at the Smithsburg 2 in the final minute. They are coming off a 32-6 win over Catoctin.

Southern-AA (0-2) at Liberty (0-2)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: Despite their 0-2 start, the Lions showed last Friday they could play with anyone in the metro area -- giving new No. 1 Mount St. Joseph all the Gaels could handle before falling, 55-48, in the final minute. Senior backs Josh Denning and Justin Barnowski both rushed for more than 100 yards in the loss, and Joel Denning added two interceptions and 50 more rushing yards. Look for those guys to have continued success running against a Southern-AA defense that gave up 274 rushing yards in a loss to Severn last week. On defense, the Lions will be glad they won't have to deal with Mount St. Joseph running back Aaron Thompson, who rushed for 230 yards and seven touchdowns. They will focus on shutting down Southern-AA senior Ron Holland, a 6-foot, 180-pound back who runs behind a line that averages over 250 pounds.

North Carroll (2-0) at Lansdowne (1-1)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: With two wins this season, the Panthers have equaled their combinedwin total of the last three seasons under fourth-year coach Bill Rumbaugh. The success has come in convincing fashion, as they dominated for a second straight week, handling Patapsco, 33-6, behind the running of juniors Rick Brown and Chad Crowl. The two combined to gain 230 of the Panthers' 275 rushing yards. The Panthers also got a big play defensively from Shane Lettau, who returned an interception 48 yards for a score. Lansdowne shut out Richardson, 13-0, last week.

South Carroll (1-1) at Rockville (1-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: A last-minute touchdown by visiting Edmondson spoiled the Cavaliers' fine defensive effort last Friday. The Cavaliers took a 6-0 lead well into the fourth quarter before the visiting Redskins put together their first substantial drive, capped by quarterback David Bass' touchdown pass to tight end Desmond Stewart and a two-point run by Sam Scott with 37 seconds remaining. The 8-6 loss was a definite disappointment for the Cavs, but the vastly improved defense -- which has yielded only two touchdowns in the first two games -- is a positive factor to build on. The Cavaliers' offense made some things happen last week, but was unable to cash in. Rockville is coming off an overtime loss to Kennedy on Monday.

Westminster (2-0) at Douglass-PG (2-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: For the up-and-coming Owls under first-year coach Frank Mantinaos, tomorrow's visit to Prince George's County is an opportunity to gain instant respect. It will be a huge challenge. Last week, Douglass-PG knocked Dunbar out of the Baltimore metro poll's top spot with a 14-8 win, ending the Poets' 11-game winning streak. The Owls come in confident and rested following their 20-14 win at Severna Park last Thursday. The Owls came back from a two-touchdown deficit to beat the talented Falcons with a balanced attack led by senior QB Billy Mays, who completed six of eight passes for 87 yards and backs Dante Partlow, Brian Tozer and Corey LaPrade.

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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