Football matchups

September 27, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

No. 12 Gilman (3-0) at No. 5 Poly (3-0)

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: These traditional powers come off their worst seasons ever. Poly (4-6 last year) signaled its return in a season-opening -- 28-13 victory that ended No. 10 Patterson's 22-game regular-season win streak. Gilman (2-7 last year) has avenged losses to Boys' Latin, 11-0, and Bladensburg, 28-0. Poly coach Augie Waibel (255-57) is Maryland's third-winningest active coach behind Smithsburg's Carroll Reid (281) and Gaithersburg's John Harvill (269). Gilman's Sherm Bristow is (98-41-2).

St. Paul's (2-0) at McDonogh (3-0)

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: McDonogh, down from the A Conference, plays host to the defending MIAA B Conference champs. The Eagles (1-0 league) have outscored opponents by 72-0 and boast one of the area's best two-way linemen in Lance Clelland (6 feet 6, 270 pounds). St. Paul's (0-0 league) had a bye last week. The Crusaders returned just two starters, but led by QB Conor Gill have outscored the opposition 61-19.

Southwestern (2-1) at Northern (3-0)

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Northern (2-0 league), coached by Bruce Strunk, enters this city Class 4A clash having outscored opponents 86-0. Eight defensive players returned from last year's 5-5 squad, including FS Jeff Blackwell, LB Vernon Spriggs, DT Wayne Jiggetts, DB Mike Scott and DE Ramon Gray. Southwestern (1-1 league) was upended, 20-14, by Douglass last week. WR Chris Hailey (18 receptions, 279 yards, seven touchdowns) leads the Sabers.

Fallston (3-0) at C. Milton Wright (1-2)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: Ranked No. 3 in the preseason, the eight-time defending Harford County champion Mustangs (1-0 league) are off to an unusually bad start, despite returning 17 starters. Coach Steve Harward (84-19 over 11 years) has reached the playoffs eight straight times but could miss them with another loss. The Cougars (2-0 league) were 3-0 last year when got hammered, 35-3, by the Mustangs. Fallston has outscored opponents on average by 42-14.6; the Mustangs have been outscored, 26.6 to 16.6.

Woodlawn (2-1) at Eastern Tech (3-0)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: Having returned 12 starters, Eastern surpassed last year's 2-8 effort with last week's county Class 3A-4A opening 35-0 rout of Dundalk. QB Rodney Pearce (1,538 yards and five touchdowns last year) and WR Anthony Lawston (43 receptions, 925 yards and four touchdowns) lead Eastern. Woodlawn (2-0 league), a 13-12 loser to Westminster in its season opener, has shut out Kenwood (44-0) and Dulaney (13-0). QB Tavon Mason (326 rushing yards, three touchdowns) leads Woodlawn.

Edmondson (2-1) at No. 7 Mount St. Joseph (2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Redskins, of coach Pete Pompey (159-72), lost, 27-16, last week to Potomac-Prince George's, last year's Class 2A state runner-up. Mount St. Joseph was routed, 58-20, by DeMatha last week. Gaels' QB Lucas Phillips (5,009 career passing yards, 282 completions, 43 touchdowns) is 817 yards off the state passing yardage record and 71 off the completions record.

Dulaney (2-1) at No. 15 Perry Hall (3-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Dulaney (1-1 league) tries to rebound from last week's 13-0 league loss to Woodlawn against Class 3A-4A league rival Perry Hall (2-0 league), which has outscored its opposition, 31.6 to 4.6.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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