1996 All-Baltimore City/County football teams State semifinal games

November 22, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

No. 3 Dunbar (9-2) at

Westlake (11-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Fourth-seed Dunbar travels to Waldorf to play top-seed Westlake, which averages more than 350 yards out of a wing-T and has out-scored opponents, 380-67. The Poets answer with All-Metro RB Ali Culpepper (1,118 yards, 14 touchdowns) and QB Denelle Hale (600 rushing yards, five touchdowns; 1,186 passing yards, seven touchdowns). The Poets need big games from RB-DB Carlrome Randle (854 yards, six touchdowns), RB-LB Jason Boyce (554, three touchdowns) and Jonathan Thomas (432, three).

Kent (10-1) at

No. 9 Hereford (11-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Top-seed Hereford became Baltimore County's first school to host a Class 1A football state quarterfinal last week and plays host to No. 5 seed Kent, winner of nine straight, which has the state's top rusher, Bruce Green (2,132 yards, 29 touchdowns). To keep pace, Hereford will need to play solid defense and control the ball with RBs Wingeart (788 yards, 14 touchdowns), Jason Murphy (902 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Carl Yelton (16 touchdowns).

No. 2 Lake Clifton (10-1) at

Roosevelt-PG

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: The seventh-seed Lakers, coming off last week's 58-30 rout of 1994 Class 4A state champ North County, face third-seed Roosevelt-PG, which last week bounced neighborhood rival Oxon Hill. Lake Clifton RB Darnell Pearsall (1,322 yards, 12 touchdowns) is in his second straight 1,000-yard season. He had a career-high 242 yards and three touchdowns last week. The Lakers' defense, anchored by NG Robert Gross (15 sacks), has five shutouts. The Raiders' defense has allowed just 6.3 points with four shutouts. Roosevelt, winner of 10 straight, has size in the line and at linebacker. QB Lafayette Merchant is a solid runner and passer (eight touchdowns).

Fort Hill (9-2) vs.

No. 4 City (9-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m., at Poly.

Outlook: Fourth-seed City faces the Sentinels of coach Mike Calhoun, who ripped then-No. 3 Aberdeen, 32-7, last week. Fort Hill, in Cumberland, has 210-pound RB Josh Page, who rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns against Aberdeen. The Sentinels lost last year's semifinal at home to Potomac-PG, last year's Class 2A state runner-up, which City edged last week, 26-22. Fort Hill brought nearly 2,000 red-and-white clad fans to Aberdeen and should be equally vocal this week.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Baltimore City/County football team was selected by staff writer Lem Satterfield after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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