Football matchups

November 01, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Francis Scott Key (2-6) at Brunswick (2-6)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: The Eagles kept it close against South Hagerstown last week, but Donnie Wright, the Rebels' senior tailback, rushed for 180 yards and touchdowns in each half to control the clock and help beat Key, 21-13. The Eagles got a big play from their special team -- Scott Glover returned a kickoff 85 yards, the Eagles' only first-half points. South Hagerstown had a 21-7 lead when Key quarterback Brad Stonesifer found tight end Kevin DeCarlo for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter. DeCarlo has 19 catches and three touchdowns. Last season, Brunswick won, 12-6, in overtime.

Liberty (4-4) at Thomas Johnson (6-2)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: The Lions could make things interesting in the Central Maryland Conference with a win over first-place Thomas Johnson, which comes into the game 4-0 in league play. After trailing 21-20 at the half against Westminster last Thursday, the Lions broke loose for 30 second-half points in a 50-27 win. The Lions piled up 350 yards on the ground and 23 first downs, led by Scott Carr's 135 yards. The Liberty defense also did its share, forcing eight fumbles. Running back Josh Denning has 765 yards rushing this season; his 12 touchdowns ties him with Westminster's Dante Partlow for the county lead.

North Carroll (5-3) at Bethesda-Chevey Chase (3-5)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: This has been an interesting game in recent years. In 1994, the Panthers ended a county-high 28-game losing streak with a 20-19 overtime win against the Barons. Last season, the Barons came in at 7-0 and left with a 33-22 win after the Panthers led 15-14 at the half. Now, the Panthers try to end a three-game slide after starting the season 5-0. A non-Central Maryland Conference foe is a welcome sight for the Panthers, whose losses have come against the three Frederick County schools -- Thomas Johnson, Linganore and Frederick. The Barons are coming off a 15-12 win over Walter Johnson. North Carroll junior back Adam Crowl needs 110 yards to reach 1,000 this season.

Frederick (5-3) at South Carroll (1-7)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: South Carroll's schedule seems to have no breaks. Tonight, it's back to the Central Maryland Conference grind against a dangerous Frederick team. The Cadets can't be looking past the Cavaliers, who won't quit under coach Gene Brown. The Cavaliers were overmatched by a powerful 7-1 Damascus team last week. They did gain 250 yards against the Hornets in a 48-13 loss. Junior quarterback Lee Windsor threw two touchdown passes to the county's top receiver Shaun O'Neill (26 catches, 440 yards, five touchdowns). Frederick is 3-1 in the CMC; its only league loss was to Westminster.

Linganore (5-3) at Westminster (4-4)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: The Owls continue to have fumbling problems, and it cost them in last week's 50-27 loss to Liberty. With a 21-20 lead at the half, the Owls fumbled on the first play of each of their first two possessions of the second half to provide the Lions with the boost they needed. They'll need a turnover-free game to stay close to Linganore. Senior tailback Dante Partlow has 1,211 yards on 127 carries with 12 touchdowns in the Owls' option offense. Linganore's lines are large, and the Lancers have a balanced attack.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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