High school football scene heats up this weekend


September 19, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

We have the renewal of two of Anne Arundel County's top rivalries, the first Class 4A league game, and much more in prep football this weekend.

St. Mary's and Severn have each won five times in their rivalry since 1987 and get back at it at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Severn.

This classic has been spiced by Dennard Melton's career touchdown chase. Severn's option quarterback is tied for the career record (51).

Top-ranked St. Mary's (2-0) has won four of the last five meetings, including last year's, by 27-12 at Anne Arundel Community College. Severn (1-1) won four in a row from 1988 through 1991 before the Saints took the next three.

Melton has been a factor in this match-up since his freshman year. St. Mary's overcame four touchdowns by Melton in 1994 to survive with a 39-30 decision but fell victim by 15-14 in 1995 on Melton's late 78-yard dash.

Last year, Melton ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to give the Admirals a 12-0 lead at halftime but was held to just 21 yards rushing and no points in the second half while the Saints scored 27 unanswered points.

Melton was 0-for-6 with one interception passing, but that's a facet of his game that has improved this season through the urging of coach John Beckman.

After completing just 12 of 45 passes for 283 yards last season, Melton has completed 9 of 19 for 167 yards and two touchdowns (last week in a tough 14-12 loss at Beall in Frostburg) in his first two games.

In two games, the Saints have outscored their opponents, 58-8. Rob Hoffman, Ernie Listman and Alex Krutha led a charge that totaled nine sacks in a 27-0 romp over St. Paul's last week.

Today's games

Broadneck (2-0) at Arundel (0-2): These rivals also have gone 5-5 since 1987, but their current records could be deceiving.

Broadneck has rolled over a pair of Class 4A foes in Old Mill (34-6) and Glen Burnie (44-13). The host Wildcats have dropped two tough games by 14-13 to Northern-Calvert and 18-0 to defending Class 4A state champion Sherwood.

Arundel has taken the last two against Broadneck, 13-3 last year and 32-7 in 1995. Broadneck took a four-game winning streak into the series in 1995 and is 5-3 against the Wildcats under Jeff Herrick, who played for Arundel coach Bill Zucco.

Zucco is 2-3 in the series since becoming head coach in 1992. His Wildcats must win in Class 4A playoff terms.

The 4A Wildcats have outscored the 3A Bruins 187-121 in the series' 10 years. When Arundel wins, it's usually big -- four times by two touchdowns or more. The Bruins have won by a touchdown or less four times.

If this one goes down to the wire, give the edge to the Bruins with place-kicker Brooks Barnard a lock from 30 yards and in. Game time: 7: 30 p.m.

North County (1-1) at Chesapeake (1-1): The host Cougars claimed their first victory over the Knights last year, by forfeit, after losing their sixth straight to the Knights, 40-8.

This is the season's first Class 4A league game, and if prior results hold up, Chesapeake could be in for a long night. The Knights have outscored the Cougars 213-69 (counting last year) in their six meetings.

But the Cougars are improved and expect to get a few ineligible players back this week. Chesapeake is coming off a 16-6 victory over South River, and North County will attempt to rebound from an embarrassing 47-0 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt. Game time: 7: 30 p.m.

No. 9 Annapolis (2-0) at Frederick (0-2): Roy Brown's Panthers will be out to post the school's first 3-0 start since 1987's 5-0 start under the late Al Laramore. In his ninth season since succeeding Laramore, Brown has never had a 3-0 start. Game time: 7 p.m.

Southern (2-0) at North Carroll (1-1): The turn-around Bulldogs, who have started the last two seasons at 0-3, are after their first 3-0 start since 1993 under Buck Gardner. Third-year coach Russ Meyers has Southern on the move. Game time: 7 p.m.

No. 8 Hereford (2-0) at Northeast (0-2): Coach Steve Sweet's wait for that first win continues. Game time: 7 p.m.

C. Milton Wright (1-1) at Severna Park (1-1): After a disappointing 21-15 loss at Westminster, the Falcons and Charles Robinson, the county's leading rusher (45-for-299), welcome home sweet home. Game time: 7: 30 p.m.

Westminster (1-1) at Old Mill (1-1): The Class 4A Pats had to play a Class 2A team in Northeast to get a win (38-0). Game time: 7: 30 p.m.

Patuxent (0-2) at Archbishop Spalding (1-1): Rookie coach John Moscato notched his first (58-0 over Chesapeake-BC) last week. Start of a winning streak over this Calvert County club? Game time: 7: 30 p.m.

South River (1-1) at Urbana (0-2): Dave Summey's Seahawks hope to get well after their loss to Chesapeake with a long haul to this relatively new Frederick school. Game time: 7 p.m.

Tomorrow's games

No. 15 Meade (0-2) at Oxon Hill (1-1): A must-win for the Mustangs if they are to have a chance at a third straight playoff appearance. Game matches two of the state's top runners in Meade's Tanardo Sharps and Oxon Hill's Walter Cross. Game time: 1: 30 p.m.

Glen Burnie (0-2) at Gwynn Park (1-0): The Gophers can't get it together, whether they run or pass. Game time: 2 p.m.

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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