County's 4A teams get down to business tonight

SIDELINES

September 27, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's opening night in the county Class 4A league, and tomorrow, No. 3 St. Mary's (3-0) puts its unbeaten mark on the line at Georgetown Prep (3-0).

Second-ranked North County (3-0) humbled Chesapeake, 40-8, last week to technically open the Class 4A league, but this week, all eight teams in the league play for the first time this season.

Tonight's 4A action

Glen Burnie (1-2) has the unenviable task of visiting explosive North County 7 p.m. in Ferndale. The Knights amassed a state-record 631 yards of total offense in the romp over Chesapeake while the Gophers were losing to Northern (2-1) of Calvert County, 21-16.

Glen Burnie has never beaten North County. The Knights have taken five straight, outscoring the Gophers 137-56, including last year's 35-8 romp.

Quarterback Mike Evans, who transferred from Glen Burnie two years ago, gets his first start against his old team. Evans is coming off a state-record 404 passing yards, bringing his three-game total to a gaudy 1,028 yards with 13 touchdown passes.

One of Evans' favorite targets, Corey Wright, set state single-game records for pass receptions (13) and yards (238) last week. He also leads the metro area with 27 receptions for 412 yards and six touchdowns.

Known for its run-oriented wing-T, Glen Burnie has a passing game of its own with the return of quarterback Lenny Holmes. Holmes, who was academically ineligible the first two games, completed 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last week.

Meade is the site at 7 p.m. for an important game for the Mustangs and Severna Park. Both teams, projected to be Class 4A playoff contenders this season, are 1-2.

The Mustangs, with running back Tornardo Sharpes (378 yards, three touchdowns), and the Falcons, with the speedy Amiel Morris (252 yards, two touchdowns), are at a crossroads.

Meade won last year, 26-19.

In Lake Shore at 7: 30 p.m., Chesapeake could be in for another missile attack, as No. 8 Arundel (2-1) calls with quarterback Erik Lipton (506 yards, five touchdowns) and his passing posse.

Annapolis (2-1), cracked The Sun's Top 15 this week at No. 14 and plays host to Old Mill (2-1), 7: 30 p.m. to complete the Class 4A slate. The Panthers won two games in five days last week, edging (1-2) Bladensburg, 7-6, on Monday and blowing out (1-2) Fairmont Heights, 40-6, on Friday.

Coach Roy Brown is getting outstanding play from his veteran offensive line, which has enabled running back Albert Creek to take the county lead in rushing with 465 yards and four touchdowns.

Old Mill, with two wins in a row over a pair of 0-3 teams in Calvert and Queen Anne's, gets the real story on their team tonight.

Other games tonight

South River (2-1) takes its two-game winning streak into Harford County's No. 8 ranked Aberdeen (3-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff among Class 2A teams. Aberdeen won last year's meeting, 24-13, but the Seahawks, with Tom McCaffrey (256 yards rushing) anchoring the defense, hope to get even.

Wheaton's Class 3A Albert Einstein (1-2) visits Class 2A Northeast (2-1) and the Eagles' "three yards and a cloud of dust" twins, Tyrone Eaton and Rob Evans, in Pasadena at 7 p.m. Eaton and Evans have combined for 617 yards and seven touchdowns rushing and remember well last year's 34-0 spanking they took from the Titans.

At 7: 30 p.m., much-improved Archbishop Spalding (2-2) plays host to Baltimore's Boys' Latin (1-2) in the league opener for both in the MIAA B Conference. The visiting Lakers haven't scored since the first week.

Saturday's games

Coming off its 27-12 victory over rival Severn, No. 3 St. Mary's travels to Rockville for a 1: 30 p.m. meeting with Georgetown Prep. The Little Hoyas are ranked No. 14 by The Washington Post and own the Baltimore-D.C. area's longest winning streak (15).

Georgetown Prep is the kind of opponent the Saints need to play before opening the MIAA A Conference at No. 6 Loyola (1-1) next week.

Severn (1-1-1) opens in the MIAA B Conference at 2 p.m. at home vs. John Carroll (1-2).

Broadneck (2-1) visits Dundalk (1-2) in a Class 3A contest at 1 p.m. The Baltimore County Owls were one of only two teams the Bruins beat last season. If last week's 16-3 loss to Arundel is any indication, the Bruins are on the way back.

Finally, Southern's Bulldogs (0-3) should notch their first win in a trip across the Bay Bridge to Queen Anne's (0-3), which has been outscored 88-15.

Southern has played one of the area's toughest schedules, losing to Douglass-PG (3-0), Severn (1-1-1) and Liberty (1-2).

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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