Featured weekend football games

September 26, 1997|By John W. Stewart

Liberty (0-3) at Urbana (3-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: It doesn't get any easier for Liberty, which has given up 42 points in each of its last two games (Mount St. Joseph and Georgetown Prep). Joel Denning continues as the team's top rusher and receiver. Urbana, a third-year program playing its first varsity season under ex-Linganore coach Sam Carruthers, has 116 points in three games, with nine players scoring.

Linganore (2-1)

at South Carroll (1-2)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: The South Carroll defense has yielded no more than three touchdowns in any game, a county best. Lee Windsor switched from QB to WR last week, and replacement John Luster had 11 completions, two for touchdowns and one to Windsor on a 71-yard play. Linganore built a 41-16 lead in a 41-30 win over Dunbar last week, and running back Mike Cleveland registered 270 yards and four touchdowns. He now has run for more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns.

North Carroll (1-2)

at Frederick (0-3)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: North Carroll, which has won in overtime and lost two in the final 2 minutes, 20 seconds, will be trying to get its extra-points team in sync. Of 10 chances, there have been two completed passes and eight misses (three kicks, three runs, two passes). Three "pony" running backs (none bigger than 5-foot-9, 175 pounds) have accounted for all but one of the team's touchdowns. Frederick uses Marcus Boyd as a running back/WR and tries to get the ball to him any way possible. The team has yet to hold an opponent to fewer than 30 points.

Thomas Johnson (2-1)

at Westminster (1-2)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Westminster, victimized by three long gainers in last week's 35-32 loss at Old Mill, will be looking for an effort similar to its last home game, a 21-15 decision over Severna Park. Against a team that had given up touchdowns grudgingly, Old Mill struck from 66 yards, 75 yards, and 40 yards, the last two in the fourth quarter to wipe out a 26-22 lead. TJ comes in off a 39-21 loss at Loyola, with LeRoy Ambush (four touchdowns) and Mike Briscoe (three touchdowns) two-way threats. They are the top running backs, and also the leading tacklers.

Smithsburg (0-3)

at Francis Scott Key (1-2)

When: Tomorrow, 7: 30

Outlook: Key will be looking for more of the offense it got last

week when its 54 points against North Hagerstown doubled its output of the first two games. Running back Jason Zinkand rushed for more than 200 yards vs. NH, and he and WR Kevin DeCarlo have combined for six of the Eagles' 11 touchdowns. Smithsburg is 0-3 for the first time since 1982.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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