Featured football games this weekend

October 09, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

No. 3 Annapolis (5-0, 2-0) at North County (1-4, 0-3)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Panthers seniors, many of whom are three-year varsity starters, have never tasted victory over North County. The host Knights have won the last four games, including last fall's game, 33-7. North County is 4-2 lifetime vs. Annapolis, dropping the first two meetings in 1991 and 1992. Quite obviously, it's payback time for the Panthers, who are off to their best start ever in Roy Brown's nine seasons. Annapolis sets up the pass with its running attack, led by Albert Creek, the county's second-leading rusher with 543 yards and four touchdowns. Creek is a threat, but not the Panthers' only weapon. When QB Peter Ludlam throws to the likes of Donnell Foote (five touchdowns) and S. J. Womack (three touchdowns), Annapolis is a threat to score from anywhere. Ludlam is averaging 16.5 yards a completion. North County has given up an average of 27.8 points a game and tonight faces the county's best offense, averaging nearly 27.

Severna Park (3-2, 1-1) at Meade (2-3, 2-0)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The host Mustangs have won two in a row with the county's leading rusher, Tanardo Sharps (782 yards, six touchdowns), running wild. The Falcons have been on a yo-yo and need this one to make a run in the county Class 4A race. For the sixth time in his two-year career, Sharps topped 200 yards, running for 254 and two touchdowns in last week's 32-12 rout of North County. Severna Park lost 28-19 at Old Mill. Meade is not as big up front as Old Mill but should still exert pressure on Falcons' QB Greg Korwek. Severna Park's defense is average at best, so the Falcons have to outscore their opponents, which in this case with Sharps may not be easy to do. A sidelight to this game is Meade's rookie coach, Mark Frye, who coached the Falcons JV for several years. Many on the Falcons varsity played for him.

Old Mill (3-2, 1-1) at Chesapeake (3-2, 2-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Two more of the county's most improved teams meet in Lake Shore tonight. Old Mill is coming off a 28-19 victory over Severna Park, and Chesapeake won its second league game by 28-7 over Glen Burnie (1-4, 0-2). It's a big game for both in terms of a shot at the county title and possible playoff berth.

St. Alban's (4-1) at No. 7 St. Mary's (3-2)

When: Tomorrow, 7

Where: Anne Arundel Community College

Outlook: Prospects of a third straight loss face the Saints, who have lost to Georgetown Prep and Loyola the last two weeks. The D.C.-area visitors are averaging nearly 30 points a game, and St. Mary's is expected to be without defensive catalyst Rob Hoffman. An All-Metro lineman, Hoffman was injured in the Loyola loss.

Severn (1-4) at Archbishop Spalding (4-1)

When: Tomorrow, 7: 30

Outlook: Upstart Spalding, off to the best start in school history, hasn't beaten Severn since 1987. That season was the only winning campaign (6-4) Spalding has had in 12 years. Rookie coach John Moscato is predicting a victory over the Admirals. "We expect to beat them and McDonogh in our conference [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B]," said the coach.

Southern-Harwood (3-2) at Surrattsville (4-1)

When: Today, 4

Outlook: Coming off two straight losses, including last week's 45-7 defeat at the hands of Prince Georges County's Douglass (3-2), the Bulldogs can't catch a break. This week's foe from P.G. is 4-1, and its QB, Wesley Windsor, is a threat running and passing. Coach Russ Meyer's Southern squad needs to regroup in preparation for its county Class 2A-3A league opener in two weeks.

No. 7 Calvert Hall (5-0) at South River (2-3)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: This might be a good time for the Class 2A Seahawks to be getting the unbeaten Cardinals from the MIAA A Conference. Calvert Hall is on an emotional high after its big 28-21 victory over No. 8 Mount St. Joseph (3-2) and could be ripe for an upset. South River got back in the win column last week with a 53-6 triumph over Parkside (0-5) on the Eastern Shore, snapping a three-game skid. Being ripe aside, two other factors favor South River. The Hawks are home in Edgewater and should better rested. The Hall's game was last Saturday; South River played Friday.

Patuxent (0-5) at Northeast (0-5)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: The worst thing that could happen to these two teams would be a tie after overtime. Somebody has to win this one, and the host Eagles hope they are the ones against this first-year Calvert County team. Northeast has been outscored, 190-28 in five games, including last week's 33-16 loss at Fallston in Harford County. If it's any consolation for the Eagles, Patuxent has been outscored 140-40. This may be the Eagles' last chance to win this season.

Laurel (0-5) at Broadneck (4-1)

When: Saturday, 7: 30

Outlook: The Class 3A Bruins are on a roll after ripping Queen Anne's for the second straight year, 42-0. Led by QB Jonas Weatherbie, who has thrown for 706 yards and eight touchdowns, the Bruins' offense has been outstanding, averaging 36.4 points a game. Their defense has only been tested twice, knocking off very good Old Mill, 34-6, but losing to Arundel, 27-17. Despite being winless, Laurel is capable offensively as evidenced by losses to Severna Park by 43-37 and by 48-22 to High Point. It's hard to believe playing an 0-5 team can be a test, but it is.

Glen Burnie (1-4, 0-2) at Arundel (2-3, 1-1)

When: Saturday, 7: 30

Outlook: Coach Bill Zucco plans to start freshman Paul D'Imperio at QB in place of injured senior Jason Carter. Carter hit his throwing hand on a helmet in last week's 28-8 loss to No. 3 Annapolis. Zucco is concerned about the Gophers' offense, led by QB Davon Cruz (659 yards, six touchdowns passing, and 320 yards, six touchdowns rushing).

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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