Featured weekend football games

October 03, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Dunbar (1-3) at

No. 6 Poly (2-0)

When: Today, 3: 30

Outlook: A loss for Dunbar likely would force the Poets to miss the playoffs for the first time in coach Stanley Mitchell's five-year tenure. Under Mitchell (43-10 career), the Poets have reached the state semifinals four times and won two state titles. Poly coach Augie Waibel, going after career victory No. 276, is 1-3 against Mitchell's teams, including last year's 20-14 double-overtime loss. Poly comes off last week's 15-14 win over No. 11 Patterson, and Dunbar, ranked No. 6 in the preseason, lost, 20-18, to No. 14 City.

Severn (1-3) at

McDonogh (3-1)

When: Today, 3: 30

Outlook: Severn (0-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic

Association B Conference) is led by All-Metro QB-DB Dennard Melton, who has rushed for 336 yards and four touchdowns and an Anne Arundel County record 52 career touchdowns (2,754 career yards). But McDonogh (2-0) has out-scored its opponents, 73-7, with two shutouts in its victories, including last week's 35-7 rout of two-time defending MIAA B champion St. Paul's. The Eagles have won three straight since a season-opening loss to Penn Charter (Pa.).

No. 12 Calvert Hall (4-0) at

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (3-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1

Outlook: Entering this MIAA A Conference opener for both teams, Calvert Hall has been routed for two years straight by coach Mike Working's Gaels. Mount St. Joseph's only loss came against DeMatha of Hyattsville, ranked No. 3 in the state, but in its victories, the Gaels' have out-scored opponents, 135-47. Calvert Hall hammered then-No. 15 Southern-Anne Arundel, 43-26, last week. The Associated Press ranks St. Joe 14th in Maryland.

Eastern Tech (3-1) at

Catonsville (3-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2

Outlook: Entering this Baltimore County 3A-4A League contest, Eastern Tech (2-1 league) is led by WR Anthony Lawston (17 receptions, 349 yards, five touchdowns). Catonsville (3-0 league) banks on junior RB Dwayne Thornton (581 rushing yards, six touchdowns), so it's the Mavericks' air attack vs. the Comets' ground game. The Mavericks "play a nice run-and-shoot," said Comets coach Warren Como.

No. 4 Loyola (1-1) at

No. 1 St. Mary's (3-1)

When: Tomorrow, 7

Outlook: It's the MIAA A Conference opener for both teams. St. Mary's, ranked No. 16 in the state, is led by All-Metro WR-LB Rob Hoffman (16 receptions, 299 yards, two touchdowns), RB-WR Ernie Listman (351 rushing yards, four touchdowns; eight receptions, 128 yards, two touchdowns), RB Eric Pickett (301, three touchdowns) and QB Ryan Metzbower (588 passing yards, five touchdowns). The Loyola Dons, ranked No. 18 in the state, come off a 39-21 win over Thomas Johnson of Frederick, which was ranked No. 11 in the state. In that game, QB Brant Hall had 117 passing yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more. RB Kyle Bell had 178 yards and two TDs against TJ.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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