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October 24, 1997|By Rick Belz

Centennial (3-4) at River Hill (1-6)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Centennial shot itself in the foot with turnovers last week against Wilde Lake and must avoid the same pattern or risk losing to improved River Hill. The Eagles should have too much speed for the Hawks, however. Since losing two key linemen against Oakland Mills, the Eagles have lost three of their last four games and have struggled offensively. The Hawks are coming off their only victory, a 19-14 thriller against Mount Hebron in which QB Mike Schoonmaker completed 11 of 19 passes for 141 yards.

Glenelg (4-3) at Oakland Mills (4-3)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills eliminated one Class 1A rival from the playoffs last week with a 22-12 victory over Hammond and hopes do the same to another one this week. RB Vinnie Rubbo passed the 1,000-yard mark last week. What will make or break Glenelg, which staged a 20-point fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Atholton last week, 34-31, is its ability to throw. Glenelg coach John Davis likes his team to pass with QB Zach McQuigg (17 of 25 for 169 yards last week) and the Gladiators have been successful at it. Oakland Mills has had trouble defending against the pass, but Glenelg can also run with Kendall Stewart, so the Gladiators should present Oakland Mills with one of its toughest challenges. The winner will remain alive in the playoff hunt but not guaranteed a spot. Oakland Mills defeated Glenelg last season, 27-14.

Mount Hebron (1-6) at Howard (4-3)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Howard needs a victory to maintain its winning season. Mount Hebron is looking for its first league win. The Lions have lost two straight, including a 20-6 decision to Long Reach last week. The Vikings missed out on its best chance so far for a league win by losing to River Hill last week, 19-14. If they can contain Howard RB Gerald Smith (12 carries, 15 yards last week) as well as Long Reach did, then the Vikings may have a chance. Howard defeated Mount Hebron last season, 28-13.

Hammond (3-4) at Long Reach (6-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Former Hammond defensive coordinator Pete Hughes, now Long Reach's coach, faces Joe Russo's Bears with a playoff berth possibly at stake. Hammond was eliminated from the playoffs by Oakland Mills last week and has nothing left to lose. But Long Reach appears to have far too much speed and quickness for Hammond, as well as the county's second-stingiest defense.

Atholton (3-4) at 3 Wilde Lake (7-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton is coming off one of the toughest losses in school history, a 34-31 setback to Glenelg, which scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Wilde Lake continues to roll toward its second straight undefeated regular season following last week's win over Centennial.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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