Football matchups

September 27, 1996|By Rick Belz

Hammond (2-1) at Howard (2-1)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: Myron Jones and Anthony Haywood each have rushed for more than 100 yards in Howard's last two games, and that's obviously a winning formula becausethe Lions have won both. Jabraille Jackson caught two touchdown passes in last week's 28-13 win over Mount Hebron. And Ja-Bre Morrison made a key interception and key pass reception. Hammond also has experienced success offensively. The Bears have returned a kickoff for a touchdown in each of their games. Keith Eldridge rushed five times for 114 yards in a 41-15 victory over River Hill last week. Jerry Oliver gained 85 yards on four carries. And Randy Curtain had 58 yards on 12 carries. Hammond's defense needs to show improvement, however, and must stop Howard's running game. Hammond defeated Howard last season, 10-0.

Oakland Mills (0-3) at Atholton (1-2)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills had six turnovers last week, making a total of 11 in the past two games. The 21-7 loss last week to Long Reach, a first-year school with no senior class, was one of the biggest disappointments in Scorpions history. Atholton is a team that hasn't clicked into high gear, despite a 39-0 victory over Glenelg last week. Lavar Macon rushed eight times for 98 yards and scored three touchdowns, including an 80-yard opening kickoff return. Oakland Mills has won the last three meetings by a combined score of 84-13.

Glenelg (0-3) at Long Reach (2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Turnovers may be big. Glenelg made four turnovers in its 39-0 loss to Atholton. Long Reach took advantage of six Oakland Mills turnovers to score a 21-7 upset over the two-time defending county champion, a result that has made newcomer Long Reach the talk of the town. Glenelg's lack of speed also could prove to be a decisive factor against a fleet-footed Lightning squad that has shown a lot of chutzpah despite its youth.

River Hill (0-3) at Centennial (2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Centennial seems to be a prohibitive favorite in this game after defeating both Liberty and Oakland Mills in the final minute, and then playing competitively with Wilde Lake last week. The Eagles have excellent speed and can run or throw, a combination that could create problems for a first-year River Hill defense that, at best, has average speed. River Hill's receivers also have had problems hanging on to QB Beau Pich's passes.

Wilde Lake (3-0) at Mount Hebron (2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Vikings will be hard-pressed to stay with the senior-laden Wildecats, who always seem to make the big play this season. Wildecats RB Dain Lewis has three straight 100-plus games. And he and Tony Jackson have delivered some punishing defensive hits. Mount Hebron is improved, but lost to Wilde Lake, 36-12, last season.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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