State quarterfinal football matchups

November 15, 1996|By Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley

No. 5 Lake Clifton (9-1) at No. 10 North County (9-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: James Monroe's No. 7 seed Lakers are in uncharted territory: Their first Class 4A playoffs, and their first run-and-shoot opponent in the No.2 seed Knights of Chuck Markiewicz (79-28 career), making their fifth appearance. North County won states in 1994. The Lakers defense of L Harry Blackwell (6-1, 330), DB Eric Thompson (six INTs) and DB-RB Darnell Pearsall (four INTs) has five shutouts. Knights' QB Mike Evans (2,736 yards, 29 TDs) targets WR Corey Wright (79 receptions, 969 yards, 13 TDs), All-Metro WR Chris Mangum (49, 413, six) and WR Antwan Chambers (42, 562, six). RB Kiki Ellis (1,069, nine TDs) has excellent speed.

Fort Hill (8-2) at No. 3 Aberdeen (10-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: The Harford County champion Eagles of coach Kevin Reilly (65-18 career), are in their first 2A playoffs since being eliminated by Dunbar in a '94 semifinal. The top-seed Eagles have RB E.J. Henderson (788 yards, nine TDs) and RB Tommie Mims (702, 12 TDs). QB Andy Gasdia has six TD passes, and, as DB, six INTs. No. 8 seed Fort Hill, in its 14th playoffs -- and fifth straight -- has lots of size. RBs Josh (1,633 yards, 22 touchdowns) and Rashad Page (800, eight) are 200-pound cousins. Fort Hill coach Mike Calhoun, went 12-0 for the title in '75, and was runner-up in '86 and '94.

Perryville (8-2) at No. 11 Hereford (10-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: The top-seed Bulls of second-year coach Steve Turnbaugh are the first Baltimore County school to host a Class 1A playoff game (all others were at either Catonsville or Dundalk CC's). No. 8 seed Perryville's first-year coach Jim Reynolds turned around a 3-7 program. Hereford has out-scored its opponents 332-to-50 behind RBs Jason Wingeart (726 yards, 13 touchdowns), Jason Murphy (766, 11) and Carl Yelton (13 touchdowns), and Ls Jason Shupert (245), Brian Bandurchin (250), Mike Miller (6-4, 270) and Jason DeLozier. Leading Perryville is RB Steve Clark (1,100 yards, 10 touchdowns) and TE Matt Roach (25 catches, seven touchdowns).

Thomas Johnson (8-2) vs. No. 15 Woodlawn (8-2)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Where: Catonsville CC

Outlook: The Warriors, tri-champs in Baltimore County's 3A-4A League, take on an annual Class 3A power. The Warriors will rely on QB-RB Tavon Mason (1,040 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns), DB Damon Adams (seven INTs) and OT-DT Davon Harris (6-2, 295). But they'll have to stop the Frederick club's option QB Randall Jones (940 rushing, 14 touchdowns), who runs things behind Ls Dave Flora (6-3, 320), Martin Lloyd (260) and Lorenzo ** Davis (6-1, 230).

Hickey (8-1) at Cambridge-SD (10-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Hickey coach Herb Lynch has led the No. 7 seed Bears to their second straight Class 1A playoff berth. RB-DBs Tyrell Henderson (12 touchdowns), David Walters (10 touchdowns) and Howard Weedon (10 touchdowns) lead the Bears. Weedon has nine INTs and Henderson, four. But in No. 2-seed Cambridge, Hickey is facing the defending Class 1A champ, winner of 21 straight games. DE-TE Antwan Lake (6-5, 235) is a three-year starter, and, with DL Dwayne Lake (220), his cousin, anchors a squad that has limited opponents to 5.3 points a game.

No. 9 Meade (8-2) at Seneca Valley (10-0)

When: Tonight, 7.30

Outlook: The Mustangs took the eighth and final seed drawing a trip to Montgomery county to face the state's top-ranked team accoording to AP. The Screaming Eagles own a record eight state championships, and boast the state's top regular season record (53-7) over the last six seasons. Meade has a a pair of 1,000 yard rushers in junior Tornardo Sharps (1,553 yards, 17 TDs) and senior Jess Barnes (1,003, 12). Coach Jerry Hartman, who is stepping down after this season, is taking Meade to a second straight trip to the playoffs (lost in semifinals last year) with an offensive line that averages over 250 pounds. Middle linebacker Danny Todd (6-2, 270), and down linemen George Houston (6-1, 260) and Greg Vaughn (6-1, 210) lead the defense that gave up 136 points in 10 games.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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