Featured weekend football games

October 31, 1997|By John W. Stewart

South Carroll (3-5) at Urbana (4-4)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: One of three county teams with a chance at .500, South Carroll can reflect on what might have been, having lost games by one, three, and five points. Runners Jason Tourangeau and Mike Muller have combined for nearly 1,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and wide receiver Lee Windsor shares the county receptions lead with 27. In the last two weeks, sophomore quarterback Zach Mills has accounted for all four Urbana touchdowns, running for one and passing for one against Westminster, and passing to Greg Hill for two against Thomas Johnson, when he threw for 233 yards. Urbana, a third-year school in its first year of varsity football, has lost four of its last five after starting with three wins.

Francis Scott Key (3-5) at Catoctin (4-4)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Key needs a win to have a chance at .500. Jason Zinkand is second in the county in rushing (709 yards) and scoring (62 points) and four of tight end Kevin DeCarlo's 13 receptions have gone for touchdowns. Catoctin's last three games (a win and two losses) have been decided by eight or fewer points. Last week at Walkersville, the home team broke a tie late in the fourth quarter to win, 22-15. QB Chad Wiley directs an attack that features running back Chad Dewees and runner/receiver Michael Irvine.

North Carroll (2-6) at Thomas Johnson (7-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: With senior running backs Adam Crowl and Rick Brown, and sophomore back/receiver Steve Suter operating behind quarterback Eric Etzel and a solid offensive line, North Carroll has been able to score at least three touchdowns in six of its eight games. However, turnovers and defensive woes have worked against the Panthers. Crowl's 226 yards in a win at Westminster last week sent him past the 1,000-yard level (1,047) for the second straight year and eclipsed his previous high (1,016). Thomas Johnson is rolling through another season virtually unchecked. It has stretched its Central Maryland Conference winning streak to 31 games and has outscored its last three opponents by an average of 31 points. Seniors Mike Briscoe and Kris Derwin and junior Leroy Ambush head a corps of runners. These three, plus quarterback Ricky Roberts, combined for 305 rushing yards and three touchdowns in last week's 40-13 win over Urbana.

Westminster (3-5) at Liberty (1-7)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Westminster, looking to bounce back after losing to North Carroll last week, 28-19, and aiming for a .500 year, features junior running back Billy Arnold (784 yards, seven touchdowns) and wide receiver Novell Washington (27 receptions, 355 yards, 2 touchdowns) to go with quarterback Chad Hayes, who has accounted for more than 1,000 yards running and passing. The defense has had its problems, and only two opponents have been held to fewer than 20 points. The average is 26, a number Liberty has exceeded twice. Liberty's only win was against Urbana, and the Lions lost two other games by two points each. Liberty counts on running backs Joel Denning (senior) and Calvin Stacey (junior) with a combined 1,200 rushing yards.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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