Featured weekend football games

October 03, 1997

River Hill (0-4) at Howard (3-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Not many teams that have surrendered 112 points in four games can say they have a winning record. But Howard's Lions are averaging 32.5 points offensively. Sophomore RB Gerald Smith has 11 touchdowns. Last week, RB Bre Morrison scored twice and E JaBraille Jackson once as Howard nipped Glenelg, 33-31. Only Wilde Lake among county teams has scored more than the Lions' 130 points. Can River Hill stop Howard's offense? Not likely. The Hawks are giving up 30 points a game. Last year, Howard defeated River Hill, 39-6.

No. 13 Wilde Lake (4-0) at

Glenelg (2-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Wilde Lake has outscored its opposition 143-22. That includes shutouts of Oakland Mills and Mount Hebron and makes the Wildecats the league's top offense and top defense. Glenelg's offense can score, but its defense gives up 20 points a game. Unless that defense improves suddenly, Wilde Lake should prevail. The Wildecats defeated Glenelg last season, 42-0.

Centennial (2-2) at Hammond (1-3)

When: Tomorrow: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Centennial offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Tom Fisher both have knee injuries and are not expected to play. With them out last week, the Eagles had no running game and were shut out by Long Reach. Hammond has lost three heart-breaker, each by one touchdown, and has allowed just 14 points a game. The Bears just can't get their offense into high gear. Centennial defeated Hammond last season, 14-7.

Mount Hebron (1-3) at

Long Reach (3-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: In three league games, Mount Hebron has scored only one one touchdown and allowed nearly 30 points a game. Long Reach is No. 2 in defense in the county and over the past two games has averaged 27 points offensively. Only Wilde Lake has beaten the Lightning. Long Reach has simplified its pro-set offense and could score big this week. Last season, the Vikings upset Long Reach, 9-3.

Atholton (3-1) at

Oakland Mills (2-2)

When: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are 2-1 and tied for second place in the league. The Scorpions traditionally give Atholton a hard time, as evidenced by their 18-0 victory over the Raiders last season in what was one of Atholton's worst efforts. Atholton, an 18-12 winner over Hammond last week, is a Cinderella team so far, and Oakland Mills takes great pleasure in knocking off such teams, especially at Oakland Mills.

Rick Belz

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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