This weekend's featured football games

October 17, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Archbishop Spalding (4-2, 2-1) at Archbishop Curley (2-4, 0-4)

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers are looking to bounce back in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference play with a win over the Friars. Upstart Spalding, gunning for only its second winning season, had its bubble burst by Severn, 20-9, last week. Spalding has conference games left with the two teams it trails -- McDonogh (5-1, 4-0) and John Carroll (5-0, 3-0).

North County (1-5, 0-4) at Glen Burnie (1-5, 0-3)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: This may be the last chance for these struggling teams to win a county Class 4A league game. With each giving up at least 31 points a game, the game should be entertaining despite the teams' records.

Easton (2-4) at Southern-Harwood (3-3)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The host Bulldogs have lost three in a row, including last week's 25-0 rout by Surrattsville (5-1). They need a win desperately to go into Class 2A-3A league play on a positive note next week.

Patuxent (1-5) at South River (2-4)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Calvert County visitors won their first by 31-14 over Northeast last week, while the Seahawks were hammered 32-12 by No. 3 Calvert Hall (6-0). South River coach Dave Summey (88-99-1) hopes to avoid becoming the county's fourth football coach to lose 100 games.

Meade (3-3, 3-0) at No. 2 Annapolis (6-0, 3-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Call this the game of the week, with the rampaging Panthers hosting the defending county Class 4A champion Mustangs. Both teams are unbeaten in league play, and this game could very well settle the county championship. Annapolis is on a path to become the 11th county team to go undefeated in the regular season. For Meade, though, this is must-win game to have an outside shot at the playoffs. The balance of the Annapolis offense is formidable, but in the last couple weeks, the Mustangs have improved. First-year Meade coach Mark Frye inserted junior Andrew Smith at QB and moved three-year starter Malwan Johnson to wide receiver. Add the county's leading rusher, Tanardo Sharps (982 yards, eight touchdowns), and the Mustangs have a pretty potent offense. On the other side, the Panthers have the county's second-leading rusher in Albert Creek (723 yards, six touchdowns) and the county's most productive passer in QB Peter Ludlam, who has completed 26 passes in 47 attempts for a county-leading 11 passing touchdowns. On the receiving end are dangerous S. J. Womack (seven catches, five touchdowns) and Donnell Foote (11 grabs, five touchdowns). Meade has been vulnerable to the pass, and XTC neither its offensive nor defensive lines match up well with the Panthers in size or experience. Juniors Eric Toney and Jack Brooks also have contributed at linebacker to a defensive unit that is giving up a county-best eight points a game. Meade won last year, 33-13.

Chesapeake (3-3, 2-2) at Severna Park (3-3, 1-2)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Cougars have been playing sound defense (14.1 points surrendered a game) but can't score (15.3 point average) points while the Falcons can't stop anybody. Severna Park has been averaging 21.8 points a game but giving up 20.2. Injuries have plagued coach Andy Borland's Falcons and turned passer Greg Korwek (county-leading 937 yards passing) into a running QB. With tailback Charles Robinson out a third straight week with turf toe and all-purpose back Josh Cornett leaving at halftime with a concussion, Korwek was forced to run 12 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 27-18 loss at Meade. Cornett and Robinson will likely go against the Cougars. Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning, in his 10th season, has his sights on his first winning season. The Cougars last beat the Falcons in 1984. Severna Park has won 10 in a row in the series and is 14-1 overall.

Arundel (3-3, 2-1) at Old Mill (4-2, 2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

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