Weekend featured football games

November 07, 1997|By Rick Belz

Centennial (5-4) at Glenelg (4-5)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Centennial has a three-game winning streak against Glenelg, including a 13-0 triumph last season. Eagles running back Keith Williams (980 yards) should eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this week. The Gladiators want to get back on track and finish at .500 after losing to Long Reach last week, 28-7. Gladiators QB Zack McQuigg has passed for 1,010 yards and completed 83 of 160. This game should be close.

Oakland Mills (6-3) at Mount Hebron (1-8)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Oakland Mills needs to win to clinch a Class 1A playoff spot and is a heavy favorite to do so. Vinnie Rubbo rushed 47 times for 354 yards in last week's 45-29 victory against Howard. Both marks are believed to be county records. If he had not lost 122 yards because of four penalties, he would have broken the state record of 411 yards in one game set by Ryan Davis of Catonsville in 1996. Rubbo is the area's second-leading rusher with 1,594 yards which have been good for 18 touchdowns. Mount Hebron has lost eight straight games. The Scorpions have won three straight games. Oakland Mills defeated Mount Hebron last season, 52-0.

River Hill (1-8) at Hammond (4-4)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: River Hill has beaten only Mount Hebron but has played much better football the second half of the season and lost to Atholton last week, 13-2. Hammond coach Joe Russo can never be sure which Hammond team will show up, the one that defeated Howard, Centennial and Long Reach, or the one that played poorly in losses to Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake. If the latter team shows up, River Hill might even pull an upset. The Bears defeated River Hill last season, 41-15.

Howard (5-4) at Wilde Lake (9-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Despite having clinched the county title with its unbeaten record, Wilde Lake still needs to win to make the Class 3A playoffs. Howard lost a thriller to Oakland Mills last week, 45-29, and because of its potent offense, which averages 30 points, is capable of hanging close to the Wildecats. But Howard must toughen up its defense. Wilde Lake's top rusher, Danny Bayron, has 935 yards and 16 touchdowns. Brandon Finney has 838 yards and 14 touchdowns. QB Derek Bell has completed 24 of 43 for 538 yards. Howard's Gerald Smith has 1,157 yards rushing. Wilde Lake, which has five shutouts, defeated Howard last season, 28-0.

Long Reach (7-2) at Atholton (4-5)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton is down to 18 players and limping toward the finish line after barely defeating River Hill last week, 13-2. The Raiders will have to play extremely well to upset multi-talented Long Reach, which downed Glenelg last week, 28-7. The Lightning needs a victory to make the Class 2A playoffs. Atholton defeated Long Reach last season, 34-0.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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