Football games

September 12, 1997|By John W. Stewart

Today

Francis Scott Key (0-1)

at Middletown (0-1)

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Key QB Tony Mallardi passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and RB Jason Zinkand ran for 161 yards, but that was not enough to overcome five turnovers in a 26-20 overtime loss to visiting North Carroll last week. Middletown opened at Thomas Johnson, losing to the Frederick school, 18-17. The Knights are led by QB Jason Lucas, who completed 9-for-19 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and RB Lee Guy.

No. 9 Hereford (1-0)

at North Carroll (1-0)

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Senior RB Rick Brown (77 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) bailed out North Carroll in last week's opening 26-20 overtime win over Francis Scott Key, running for a late fourth-quarter touchdown and catching a two-point pass from QB Eric Etzel that forced the extra session. There, he ran six yards for the winning touchdown. Hereford RBs Jason Wingeart (135 yards, two touchdowns) and Jason Murphy (110, one touchdown) had big efforts in the Bulls' opening 56-20 victory over Towson, the team's 11th straight regular-season win. The visitors will mirror the Panthers, as both run the wing-T on offense and have similar defenses. Each has two good running backs, and, in the case of Hereford, it has not faced as talented a backfield since losing to Milford Mill, 38-14, two years ago.

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (1-0)

at Liberty (0-1)

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty, which bracketed touchdowns around a 26-point spree by Centennial last week, is a decided underdog against the Gaels, who defeated Dunbar in their opener, 38-26. Against Centennial, the Lions rushed 56 times and passed nine, completing three. Joel Denning ran for 102 yards, and Tres Johnson and Carl Lowery scored the touchdowns. QB Andy Michalowicz and RB Greg Jones were the leaders, as St. Joe built a 27-6 cushion against Dunbar. Michalowicz ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third, and the 5-foot-5, 165-pound Jones, working behind a big, solid line, ran for 171 yards.

Southern-Harwood (1-0)

at South Carroll (1-0)

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll started with a 28-7 win over Glenelg and now runs into Southern, which ripped Queen Anne's, 40-16. Jason Tourangeau rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in South Carroll's victory, and a tough defensive unit limited Glenelg to 77 total yards, in an assault that featured five sacks. Southern is looking for its first winning season in three years. Junior quarterback Randy Salisbury directed a wishbone and spread offense that featured an inside power game against the Eastern Shore school. The top three backs weigh 195-210 pounds. The defense is solid, with depth at linebacker.

Severna Park (1-0)

at Westminster (0-1)

Time: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster, which will recognize 50 years of football in pre-game and halftime ceremonies, was stung by two first-quarter touchdowns in last week's 21-0 loss at North County. Ryan Fisher provided a bright spot for the Owls with 99 rushing yards, but the team struggled on offense. A defense which gave up nearly 400 yards of offense should be better this week -- and will have to be against Severna Park. The Falcons had three big touchdown strikes in beating Laurel, 43-37. The Falcons have size and speed but not their usual numbers.

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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