Featured weekend football games

October 31, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Patapsco (4-4) at No. 5 Hereford (8-0)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: After last week's 28-6 victory at Randallstown, the Bulls overall, 6-0 against Baltimore County Class 1A-2A teams) can't afford a letdown against hard-hitting Patapsco. That's what happened to Patapsco in its upset loss last week to Loch Raven. With a top seed in Class 1A playoffs at stake here, the Bulls have to be ready.

Lake Clifton (5-3) vs. No. 12 Patterson (6-2)

When: Tonight, 7 at Utz Park

Outlook: Coach Roger Wrenn's Patterson (3-2 league) have won two straight since losing to Dunbar. The Clippers' arch-rival, the Lakers (2-3) were ranked No. 3 in the preseason, but are trying to end a three-game losing streak against City East division opponents. Patterson also can maintain its hold on the lead in the North region in its quest for the fourth seed in the Class 4A playoffs. Lake Clifton can take the region crown with a win.

No. 14 McDonogh (7-1) at Archbishop Spalding (5-3)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: McDonogh's Eagles have won seven straight since a season-opening 35-21 loss. The Eagles, third in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference last year, outscored their last two opponents, John Carroll and Gibbons, by a combined 77-15. Spalding, having one of its best football seasons in the school's history, is still in the hunt for a share of the MIAA B Conference crown at 4-1.

No. 3 Gilman (5-2) at St. Mary's (4-4)

When: Tomorrow, 1

Outlook: The Greyhounds can wrap up second in the MIAA A conference. They have beaten No. 4-ranked Calvert Hall and No. 13 Mount St. Joseph. St. Mary's, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, was hammered last week, 48-7, by Mount St. Joseph, ranked No. 2 in the preseason. The Greyhounds are holding out hope that Loyola could lose either of its remaining league games against St. Mary's or Calvert Hall.

McNamara (6-2) at No. 13 Mount St. Joseph (5-3)

When: Tomorrow, 2

Outlook: The Gaels romped at St. Mary's last week behind QB Andrew Michalowicz (108 rushing yards, three touchdowns, 171 passing, one touchdown). They take on a tougher opponent in Prince George's County's McNamara, led by Virginia-bound WR-DB James Johnson (6-2, 175), who leads the county in receptions (36 for 534 yards, five touchdowns) and interceptions (seven).

Georgetown Prep (6-2) at No. 1 Loyola (5-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2

Outlook: Loyola lost a controversial game last year at Georgetown Prep -- one during which coach Joe Brune was penalized for disputing a call. That game no doubt sticks in the memory of Dons players such as QB Brant Hall and OL-DL Blake Henry. Both teams beat St. Mary's. Behind QB Andrew Toussaint (958 passing yards, nine touchdowns), the Montgomery County team is dangerous. Last week, it led 14-0 in an eventual 36-21 loss to St. Albans, which also has beaten St. Mary's.

No. 7 Milford Mill (8-0) vs. No. 10 Eastern Tech (7-1)

When: Tomorrow, 7, at Dundalk Community College.

Outlook: Milford Mill (7-0 league) leads the Baltimore County Class 3A-4A League and boasts a 36-28 win over No. 9 Woodlawn (6-1), the only team to beat Eastern Tech (by 14-13). A victory here would give the Millers the title outright, but Eastern Tech (6-1) would like to force a three-way tie. In addition, the Millers hold the top seed in the Class 3A playoff standings, and Eastern Tech clings to a seventh seed, the second-to-last qualifying spot.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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