Weekend featured football games

October 24, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Chesapeake (4-3, 3-2) at Meade (3-4, 3-1)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Chesapeake's hard-hitting defense, which is giving up only 12.1 points a game, faces the area's top runner. Tanardo Sharps leads the county in rushing with 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns. Sharps now has 31 touchdowns in his two-year career and is within six of the school record of 37 set by Kenny Walker, 1990-93. Sharps has rushed for 900 yards and nine touchdowns in his last four games (all league), has a shot at the Meade career touchdown mark and the county record for season rushing yards with three games left. Severna Park's Gary Thall ran for 1,835 in 1964. Sharps ran for 221 yards in a 34-7 romp over Chesapeake last season. The visiting Cougars, a 6-0 victor over offense-minded Severna Park last week, are hoping to clinch at least a .500 season.

Glen Burnie (1-6, 0-4) at Annapolis (7-0, 4-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The numbers tell the story. No. 2 Annapolis is averaging points and giving up only 9.8 a game, both Class 4A county league-leading stats. In contrast, Glen Burnie has been scoring an average of 13.1 points and yielding 31.1, the lowest numbers in the 4A league. Annapolis QB Peter Ludlam (27-for-50, 446 yards, 11 touchdown passes) is masterfully directing an arsenal as the Panthers continue on their trek to becoming the 11th county team to go unbeaten in regular season.

St. Paul's (2-4, 2-2) at Archbishop Spalding (5-2, 3-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Spalding can tie the school record (six) for wins in a season set in 1987 (6-4) and stay in the hunt for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title with a victory. The next win also assures the Cavaliers of only its second winning season in 14 years. Spalding got a 21-yard touchdown run by Brian Smith to nip Archbishop Curley (2-5, 0-5) last week. Senior linebacker Alan Creveling continues stand out for the Cavaliers.

South River (3-4, 0-0) at No. 12 Broadneck (6-1, 1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Winning their final three games is almost a must for the 12th-ranked, Class 3A Bruins to earn their first ever playoff berth. This is the same position the Bruins were in last year when nemesis South River started a season-ending, three-game losing streak for Broadneck with a 21-7 victory. South River has dominated this series that began in 1983, going 10-2. Broadneck did not defeat the Seahawks until 1993 (28-20) and again in 1995 (14-7). There is every indication this is finally the Bruins' year with high percentage-passer Jonas Weatherbie (57-for-86, .663, one interception, 11 touchdown passes and 920 yards) and overlooked RB Martel Threadgill (634 yards, five touchdowns).

Old Mill (5-2, 3-1) at North County (2-5, 1-4)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: These two teams have reversed roles with the visiting Patriots gunning for their first playoff berth since 1991. North County is in the unfamiliar position of not having a chance at postseason and for the first time can be a spoiler. Old Mill has to avoid looking ahead to next week and a possible showdown with No. 2 Annapolis. North County is showing signs of recovery after a 20-0 triumph over Glen Burnie last week. The Pats scored an impressive 28-6 victory over Arundel with Toney Twitty running for 160 yards and a touchdown (76 run) on 18 carries and QB Craig Hall tossing three touchdown passes.

Severna Park (3-4, 1-3) at Arundel (3-4, 2-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Before the season started, this looked to be a huge game, but both teams are in danger of having losing seasons. Severna Park has not had a losing fall under coach Andy Borland since 1985 (2-8). This is not a typical Falcon defense, and the offense has been injury-plagued. This year's Falcons have outscored their foes by only 131 to 127. Until sophomore DB Dennis Cantwell picked off a pair last week in a 6-0 loss to Chesapeake, Severna Park did not have an interception. Arundel has not had a losing season since coach Bill Zucco's first year in 1992 (3-7) and the Wildcats went to the playoffs in 1994 (8-3) and 1995 (10-1). This year's edition can't seem to establish consistency.

Severn (3-4, 2-2) at Archbishop Curley (2-5, 0-5)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Dennard Melton takes county career records of 60 touchdowns and 379 points to East Baltimore with the Admirals seeking their third straight MIAA B Conference victory.

Mount St. Joseph (4-3, 0-2) vs. St. Mary's (4-3, 0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Where: Anne Arundel Community College.

Outlook: The host Saints can salvage a disappointing season with a run at the MIAA A Conference title, beginning with the Gaels tomorrow. RB-LB Ernie Listman (542 yards rushing, eight touchdowns) continues to stand out.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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