Featured weekend football games

September 26, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

No. 12 Dunbar (1-2) at

City (1-2)

When: Today, 3: 30

Outlook: Dunbar's Poets face City's Knights for the first time in the tenure of fifth-year Poets coach Stanley Mitchell (43-9 career), but neither team expected its playoff hopes to be in jeopardy this early. The Knights of coach George Petrides (129-83-1 career) boast All-Metro WR Warren Smith, second-team All-Metro WR-DB James Gee and linemen who averaged nearly 250 pounds. Dunbar has talented receivers Dahnel Singfield (second-team All-Metro), Chris Barnes (first-team All-City/County), Matheno Howell-Bey, QB Danelle Hale and LBs Kirk Williams and Jonathan Thomas (second-team All-City/County).

Perryville (2-1) at

Hickey (3-0)

When: Today, 3: 30

Outlook: Perryville beat Hickey, 20-6, last year en route to an 8-3 record and a playoff berth. Hickey, a third-year program that is led by QB Roland Brooks and RBs Calvin Thomas and Rodney Price, has outscored its opponents by a combined 125-21 (or about 42-7 per game). Hickey is 19-4 with two playoff appearances under coach Herb Lynch. Perryville RB Steve Clark rushed for 201 yards in last year's win over Hickey, and has 458 yards and four TDs so far. Perryville amassed 400 rushing yards in its season-opening 36-6 rout of Havre de Grace, and sandwiched last week's 41-0 rout of Sparrows Point around a loss to Elkton.

No. 6 Poly (2-1) vs.

No. 11 Patterson (3-0)

When: Tonight, 7, Utz Park.

Outlook: Poly coach Augie Waibel, tripped up by No. 5 Gilman, 17-13, last week, goes for career victory No. 260 against just 63 losses during this, his final season. The Clippers are coached by Roger Wrenn (158-79-2). Both teams have been efficient scorers, with the Engineers having hammered the opposition by a combined 92-17 with two shutouts, and the Clippers, by 96-6 with two shutouts.

No. 14 Calvert Hall (3-0) at

No. 15 Southern-AA (3-0)

When: Tonight, 7.

Outlook: After drubbing their first couple of opponents by a combined 72-9, Calvert Hall overcame City, 23-18, last week. QB Jason Bungori "Has shown great leadership," said Cardinals' coach Lou Eckerl. For the Bulldogs (3-7 last year), RBs Edmund Riggs (5-10, 210), Paul Brown (5-10, 210) and Crevante Washington (5-10, 200) have a combined 519 yards and 8 TDs behind L Chip Settle (6-4, 240), Ben Leitch (5-10, 250), Ross Wood (6-0, 220) and Steve Price (6-4, 240).

Randallstown (2-1) at

Owings Mills (3-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1.

NTC Outlook: These two programs are thriving under their first-year coaches. Randallstown's Bruce Strunk (14-9 career) left Northern become the Rams' fifth coach in six seasons. The former assistant to Augie Waibel (Poly) and Roger Wrenn (Patterson) has the Rams on a two-game winning streak since dropping their season-opener, 14-0, to Milford Mill, including last week's 51-6 blowout of Towson. After finishing at 4-6 last year, Owings Mills is on the verge of surpassing that total under Randy Pentz. The Eagles have scored 108 points while allowing just 21.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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