Rushing of Satchell is running up Northwestern's victory count

October 08, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Northwestern's football team is on a hot streak.

The Wildcats of coach Leroy McKenzie won their third straight game, 32-12, over City West Division rival Carver. Running back Leroy Satchell rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns, as well as three two-point conversions, raising his season totals to 584 yards and seven touchdowns on 81 carries.

Northwestern (3-2 overall, 3-0 league) plays host to another West Division opponent this Friday in Forest Park (3-2, 2-0), with a victory all but wrapping up the division title. The Wildcats' only losses have been to No. 2 Lake Clifton, 14-6, and No. 12 Patterson, 22-6.

Indians can clinch

Franklin's 14th-ranked girls soccer team can clinch its division title and a spot in the Baltimore County championship with a victory at Dulaney Tuesday.

Led by All-Metro midfielder Sara Gustafson (18 goals, 5 assists) and striker Missy Farrell (9G, 4A), the Indians (8-1-1) have outscored the opposition, 46-5.

Keeper Candice Doten has 80 saves and six shutouts. She has received plenty of help from defenders Lindsay Sproul, Kristin Miller and Rocky MacDonald, as well as Gustafson and Kim Hunt.

With yesterday's 4-0 win over Owings Mills, the Indians have won six straight since dropping a 1-0 contest to No. 5 Mercy. They remain the only team unbeaten in Baltimore County's Division I at 6-0. The Lions and Loch Raven are tied for second at 4-1.

If the Indians can get past the Lions Tuesday, they would win the division even if they lost their final game to Eastern Tech.

However, Dulaney has been a hurdle Franklin has never jumped. Last year, the Indians lost, 1-0.

"It's a challenge for the kids," said Indians coach George Wagner. "We came close last year and we certainly want to play them the best we can."

Doves on top again

At the beginning of the season, Western coach Paul Plott thought his team's string of four straight city girls soccer championships would be coming to an end.

With a roster that includes 12 underclassmen, Plott figured the streak was history. The Doves, however, have other ideas.

After Monday's 4-2 victory over City, the Doves improved to 6-0-1.

"Some kids have really stepped up," said Plott. "When I first saw the team I thought, 'We are slow,' but when they got on the field, they went bananas."

The Doves defense -- Rachel Ball, Jennifer Johns, Autumn Wilkins, Christina Mayo and goalie Diana Boyce -- has allowed only four goals all season.

Dietra Moore leads in scoring with 11 goals and four assists while Jamaica Wood is the central cog at center back. Wood, a sophomore, began the season at stopper but moved to the middle.

Faustina Dadson also has had a terrific season (6G, 3A). Dadson, a left wing and part time goalie, had never played soccer until Plott talked into trying out after spotting her last spring on the softball diamond.

Stoking the fire

First-year coach Bruce Strunk seems to have Randallstown's football team blazing toward a showdown with No. 9 Hereford (5-0). Since a season-opening, 14-0 loss to Milford Mill of the Baltimore County 3A-3A Division, Randallstown -- a 1A-2A program -- has won four straight games.

Running back T.J. Stallings tops area rushers with 877 yards, and ranks second among area scorers with 14 touchdowns.

Still learning

First-year McDonogh coach Steve Nichols, whose No. 2 Eagles dropped Monday's 3-1 MIAA A boys soccer game against No. 1 Calvert Hall, was a midfielder for Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich's 1985 MSA championship team before graduating from Boys' Latin in 1987.

McDonogh entered Monday's game with a 2-1-1 record against the Cardinals in their previous four meetings, having swept the Cardinals under then-coach Bill Seal when the seniors on this year's teams were sophomores, and having tied them at McDonogh last year.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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