Featured weekend football games

October 31, 1997|By Rick Belz

Oakland Mills (5-3) at Howard (5-3)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: This game features the league's top two running backs, Oakland Mills' Vinnie Rubbo (1,231 yards) and Howard's Gerald Smith (1,051 yards). Pitted against one another will be an Oakland Mills defense that rations 12 points per game and a Howard offense that averages 30. In its last six games, Oakland Mills' defense played even better, giving up just seven points per game. Howard's defense is no match, giving up 23.3 points per game. The Scorpions have added incentive, because they can still make the Class 1A playoffs. They are coming off a 28-0 win over Glenelg. Oakland Mills defeated Howard last season, 18-8.

Long Reach (6-2) at Glenelg (4-4)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Long Reach needs to rebound from last week's 21-7 loss to Hammond, but Glenelg has proven to be a tough opponent this season. The Gladiators can rally late, as they did in beating Hammond and Atholton. Glenelg has a balanced offense, and if it can avoid mistakes, it has a chance at an upset because Long Reach's offense, as it has much of the season, sputtered again last week. And the Lightning's strength, defense, also was below-average. Glenelg defeated Long Reach last season, 32-21.

Mount Hebron (1-7) at Centennial (4-4)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: These schools are rivals, so throw out the records. The Eagles need another good day from running back Keith Williams, who had 175 yards last week in a 28-13 win over River Hill. The Vikings were clobbered by Howard 47-13 last week but two weeks ago lost to River Hill by only 19-14. Mount Hebron is hungry for its first league win. Last season, Centennial defeated the Vikings, 33-20.

Atholton (3-5) at River Hill (1-7)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Former Atholton coach Don Van Deusen takes his second-year Hawks against his former assistant coach, Kevin Kelly, and River Hill has a chance to pick up a victory. Atholton lost a lot of players to River Hill when that school opened and is now plagued by too few players and too many injuries. River Hill has depth. And the Raiders may still be hurting from a 40-0 defeat by Wilde Lake last week. River Hill capitalized on some Centennial mistakes before losing 28-13 last week. Alex Leaf recovered his fifth fumble for the Hawks. Mike Kelley made 20 unassisted tackles and had eight assists, and Jason Fawcett made 17 tackles and had six assists. A year ago, Atholton defeated River Hill, 43-0.

Wilde Lake (8-0) at Hammond (4-4)

When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Outlook: Hammond could have a 7-1 record but let games against Chopticon, Glenelg and Atholton slip away. The Bears vindicated themselves last week by upsetting then No. 15-ranked Long Reach, 21-7, and would turn even more heads by defeating Wilde Lake. Wilde Lake's defense has allowed just 42 points and has four shutouts. The Wildecats are scoring 38.8 points per game and have won 17 straight league games. Wilde Lake defeated Hammond last season, 47-7.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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