Football previews

October 03, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Severn (1-3) at McDonogh (3-1)

When: Today, 3: 45

Outlook: These teams match up well, with neither very big. But lTC the visiting Admirals have three straight losses and the host Eagles have been winning. Severn dropped its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference opener by 26-19 to John Carroll (3-0, 1-0), and McDonogh notched its second conference win by 35-7 over St. Paul's (0-3, 0-1).

Severna Park (3-1) at

Old Mill (2-2)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: This should be a high-scoring affair with the visitors averaging 28.3 points a game and Old Mill 24. Severna Park QB Greg Korwek leads the metro area in passing with 755 yards (36-for-69) and eight touchdowns (second in metro). Charles Robinson is the county's second leading rusher with 467 yards and four touchdowns. Josh Cornett, who is dangerous returning kicks, also has caught 11 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Old Mill, a 21-6 loser to Severna Park last year, is one of the county's most improved teams with Everett Anderson yards and five touchdowns rushing) running behind a huge offensive line. The Patriots own a 35-32 victory over Westminster, the only team to defeat Severna Park (21-15 score).

Meade (1-3) at North County (1-3)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: Last fall, on the way to the Class 4A playoffs, the host Knights were humbled by Tanardo Sharps (243 yards and five touchdowns rushing) and the Mustangs, 40-21, for their only league loss. Sharps is back, and the Knights are in regression, undergoing the worst start in their eight-year history. Meade has its worst start since 1994's 0-4, but the 'stangs, with a 21-20 victory over Old Mill, could be on the start of a winning streak.

Glen Burnie (1-3) at

Chesapeake (2-2)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: The Gophers are scoring points with QB Davon Cruz throwing for five touchdowns and running for six more, but this week they face a very good defensive team in the host Cougars. Led by linebacker Charles Owens, the Cougars have been in every game. Chesapeake has taken the last two meetings and outscored the Gophers, 71-13 in those games.

Cardinal Gibbons (1-3) at

Archbishop Spalding (3-1)

When: Tonight, 6

Outlook: Shooting for only their second winning season in the Severn school's 14-year football history, the Cavaliers have emerged as the MIAA B Conference sleeper. Spalding is coming off just its second ever win over Boys' Latin (1-3, 0-1) by 25-6 and, for a change, the Cavs have a team to cheer about for homecoming.

Northeast (0-4) at Fallston (1-3)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: It would seem that the Eagles have their best shot at presenting rookie coach Steve Sweet his first win. However, the Cougars seem to have the Eagles' number. Fallston has won the last five over Northeast (Eagles last won 12-8 in 1991), including last year, 30-14. Northeast has been outscored a county-worst 157-12.

No. 15 Arundel (2-2) at

No. 7 Annapolis (4-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: After dropping its first two, Arundel dealt Broadneck (3-1) its first loss and last week,hammered North County (34-12). The seventh-ranked Panthers have outscored four opponents, 105-34. The visiting Wildcats have relied on a strong running attack featuring Anthony Dennis (262 yards) and Domenic Greco (242 yards), and a hard-hitting defense. Albert Creek leads the Annapolis, averaging 9.1 yards a carry for 428 yards and four touchdowns. Annapolis' do-it-all Donnell Foote has run for 150 yards, caught nine passes for 140 yards and five touchdowns, averaged 36.7 yards on his punts and is second in the county in scoring with six touchdowns and 40 points. Arundel QB Pete Ludlam has thrown for six touchdowns in 15 completions while the Cats' Jason Carter has completed 13 passes, three for touchdowns. Arundel has taken the last three meetings.

South River (1-3) at

Parkside (0-4)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: After being embarrassed 40-13 by Frederick's Urbana, a team with no seniors, the Seahawks played better last week in a 35-20 loss to No. 9 Aberdeen (4-0). While Aberdeen may be over-rated, the Seahawks gained some confidence and the trip to Salisbury should bring a positive result against the winless Eastern Shore team.

Broadneck (3-1) at

Queen Anne's (1-3)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30

Outlook: The Bruins take their aerial show, which features the Jonas Weatherbie-to-Lehrman Dotson passing duo, across the Bay Bridge for a likely fourth win. Dotson is Anne Arundel County's leading scorer with seven touchdowns and 42 points, and his team paces the county in scoring with 140 points, an average of 35 an outing. Broadneck buried the Lions, 42-0, last fall.

Southern (3-1) at

Douglass-PG (2-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30

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