Oakland Mills (0-1) atNo. 15 Wilde Lake (1-0)When...

September 12, 1997|By Rick Belz

Oakland Mills (0-1) at

No. 15 Wilde Lake (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: This fierce rivalry usually is the last game of the regular season but has moved forward in the schedule. The Wildecats are favored to win the county title because of their speed. Oakland Mills lacks speed but has some noteworthy brawn. The Scorps dropped a 19-0 opener to No. 11 Aberdeen. Wilde Lake, behind the rushing of Brandon Finney (seven carries, 105 yards, three touchdowns) and Dan Bayron (13 carries, 77 yards) and the passing of QB Derek Bell (3-for-3, 44 yards, one touchdown), walloped Franklin, 34-6. Wilde Lake blasted the Scorpions last season, 27-3.

Howard (1-0) at Centennial (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions, minus their top offensive lineman, Brian Carey who was injured, outscored Southwestern, 49-20. Five touchdowns by breakaway threat Gerald Smith, who also scored on two punt returns, made the difference. Anthony Aceves had three interceptions. Howard knocked Centennial out of the playoffs with a 22-7 upset victory last season, so the Eagles, who are expected to contend for the county title this season, will be looking for revenge. Centennial whipped Liberty last week, 26-13, on several big plays, including touchdown runs of 47 and 77 yards by Keith Williams (14 carries, 137 yards). Centennial, a quick team, scored three touchdowns within a three-minute stretch of the second half, including a 57-yard interception return by Drew Enstice.

River Hill (0-1) at

Long Reach (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: In a battle of second-year schools, Long Reach, considered a county title contender, should win this one easily but won't forget the last game of last season when River Hill upset the Lightning, 24-21. That was River Hill's only victory of the season. Except for Willy Bhatia's five pass receptions, Long Reach had little to brag about in its opening 6-0 victory over Blair. River Hill fell to Stephen Decatur, 28-14, despite the efforts of QB Mike Schoonmaker who completed 12 of 22 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown, and Robert Jay (six carries, 76 yards) and Eric McCoy (13 carries, 76 yards). Mike Kelley made 10 tackles and Jason Fawcette nine. River Hill must cut down on turnovers and contain Long Reach's speed and big-play offense.

Mount Hebron (1-0) at

Atholton (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are expected to struggle against the better teams this season. Atholton gets the edge in this game. Mount Hebron, with its West Coast offense, wore down Dundalk 18-6 last week, as QB Jason Morrisey completed six of 10 passes for 80 yards and Jerry Hicks ran for 78 yards. Atholton avenged last season's loss to Northeast with a 21-6 victory. Wade Zancan made eight solo tackles and five assists, recovered a fumble and made one sack. QB Ryan Lambert ran 10 times for 71 yards and completed four of eight passes for 88 yards. Atholton (three fumbles last week) must avoid turnovers and control the ball. The Vikings must contain Lambert on rollouts. Atholton defeated Mount Hebron last season, 34-14.

Hammond (0-1) at Glenelg (0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Neither team has much speed. Glenelg had trouble generating offense and was sloppy in its tackling in last week's 28-7 loss to South Carroll. But Kendall Stewart had two interceptions, a fumble recovery and seven tackles. Hammond controlled the ball most of the game but lost to Chopticon, 12-7. The Bears fumbled from the 1-yard line and lost another touchdown on a dropped pass in the end zone. If the Bears can pass consistently, they should win. Hammond defeated Glenelg, last season.

lTC Pub Date: 9/12/97

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