This weekend's featured football games

September 19, 1997|By Rick Belz

Atholton (2-0) at Howard (1-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton entered the season with low expectations but scored another convincing victory last week, 28-0, over Mount Hebron. RBs Sean Aaron (116 yards) and Lamar Porter (114 yards) paced the offense last week while the defense held the Vikings to 41 yards. They will have their hands full trying to control Lions RB Gerard Smith and WR JaBraille Jackson. Howard was thumped by Centennial last week, 41-22, and the Lions need to shore up their defense against the run. Atholton defeated Howard 21-7 last season.

Centennial (2-0) at

Oakland Mills (0-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: After ripping Howard 41-22 last week, the Eagles have to be feeling good about their chances against Oakland Mills, which has been shut out two straight weeks. Until last season's 30-29 Eagles victory over the Scorpions, however, Oakland Mills has dominated Centennial. If the Eagles move the ball on the ground the way they did last week, when RB Keith Williams had 148 yards, they should win. Oakland Mills, which made four turnovers last week, displayed an inconsistent offense.

Hammond (0-2) at

Mount Hebron (1-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Bears have suffered two heartbreaking losses but have a good shot at cracking the win column this week against Mount Hebron, which managed only 41 yards against Atholton in a 28-0 loss. Hammond defeated Mount Hebron 21-14 last season.

Glenelg (1-1) at River Hill (0-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Gladiators rallied from a 15-0 deficit to defeat Hammond 20-15 last week, a win that gave the Gladiators a big lift. Chip Harmon's two touchdowns and 98 yards rushing led the Gladiators. Second-year River Hill will be the underdog, but if the Hawks special team plays better than last week and the team, overall, can avoid giving up big plays, then they could keep this close. This game has the chance to develop into a fierce neighborhood rivalry.

No. 13 Wilde Lake (2-0) at

Long Reach (2-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall could realize his 200th career victory in this battle of unbeatens. The Wildecats blanked Oakland Mills, 35-0, behind Brandon Finney's 114 yards rushing. Second-year Long Reach is loaded with talent but has struggled offensively this season. The Lightning has the speed capable of producing big scoring plays, as they showed in last week's 26-6 win over River Hill. And for the near future, Long Reach seems situated to become Wilde Lake's chief football rival, replacing a now under-enrolled Oakland Mills.

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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