This weekend's featured football games

October 09, 1997|By Rick Belz

Atholton (3-2) at Centennial (2-3)

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are banged up. Atholton took a 36-3 whipping from Oakland Mills last week and leading RB Lamar Porter missed the second half with a shoulder injury. Centennial was trounced by Hammond, 38-12, and is still missing two injured offensive linemen. A third lineman was ejected last week and can't play this week. Atholton won last season's match-up, 28-18.

Glenelg (2-3) at Mount Hebron (1-4)

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Outlook: The Gladiators hung tough with league-leading Wilde Lake in the first half before losing, 47-15, last week. They should get back on the winning track against Mount Hebron, which has scored just one touchdown in four league games and lost last week to Long Reach, 55-0. Last season Glenelg defeated the Vikings, 23-12.

Oakland Mills (3-2) at Long Reach (4-1)

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Outlook: This game is crucial to both teams. Oakland Mills can't afford another loss if it hopes to make the Class 1A playoffs. Long Reach needs to win to make the Class 2A playoffs. Neighborhood bragging rights also are at stake. The more physical Scorpions will try to pound Long Reach with 185-pound tailback Vinnie Rubbo and 6-foot-4, 220-pound fullback Gregg Kellett. Rubbo had 198 yards and five touchdowns last week in a 36-3 rout of Atholton. The quicker Lightning will counter with speedy RB Chris Smith and bruising Devin Conwell, who rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday's 55-0 rout of Mount Hebron. Last season Long Reach defeated Oakland Mills, 21-7.

River Hill (0-5) at Wilde Lake (5-0)

When: 3 p.m.

Outlook: This apparent mismatch features a Wilde Lake team that has outscored its opponents 190-22. The Wildecats have the top offense and top defense in the league. "We're going to just try and not get anyone injured so we'll be healthy for our next game against Mount Hebron," Hawks coach Don Van Deusen said. Wilde Lake has won 16 straight league games. The Wildecats defeated River Hill last season, 53-0.

Howard (4-1) at Hammond (2-3)

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Outlook: With both teams coming off solid wins, this game could go either way. Howard has the better offense because of RB Gerald Smith (695 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns) and WR JaBraille Jackson, who caught six passes and scored three touchdowns last week. Hammond QB Antwaun Oliver completed five of eight passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns last week. Howard QB John LaRoche completed six of 12 for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Hammond RB Randy Curtin rushed for 122 yards and Howard's Smith for 135 last week. Last season Hammond defeated Howard, 17-7.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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