This weekend's featured football games

November 07, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Severna Park (3-6, 1-5) at No. 2 Annapolis (9-0, 6-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Game 39 in the 38th year of the county's oldest football rivalry has three-fold ramifications for the host Panthers. By winning, Annapolis can add the Anne Arundel Class 4A league title to its Class 4A East championship and become the 11th county team since 1960 to go undefeated in a regular season. A Severna Park upset would not only be stunning but could leave Annapolis as league co-champion with Meade (5-4, 5-1) -- if the Mustangs win their final game with Arundel. Severna Park leads the series 18-17-3 and has won the last four. Panthers coach Roy Brown is 2-6 against Severna Park, while counterpart Andy Borland is 12-13 but has won nine of the last 11. But Annapolis is averaging 31.8 points a game and boasts the county's third leading rusher, Albert Creek (1,037 yards, six touchdowns), not to mention the county's best offensive and defensive lines.

North County (3-6) at No. 11 Broadneck (8-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Before season play began, Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick said of this annual, final game: "It's been killing us." North County has won six in a row, outscoring the Bruins 185-56, including 33-0 last year. With their best chance to win since the first game in 1991, when North County won, 20-16, the Bruins can finish 9-1 but may not have enough points to qualify as an at-large team in the Class 3A playoffs. With the county's No. 2 rusher, junior Otis James (1,047 yards, four touchdowns) and freshman QB Mike Pfisterer, much-improved North County is capable of an upset.

South River (4-5, 1-1) at Southern (5-4, 1-1)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The winner takes second place, behind Broadneck (3-0), at 2-1 in the county Class 2A-3A league. If the last two years are any indication, the two teams should light up the scoreboard. South River won last year, 37-22; in 1995, Southern won, 42-34.

Arundel (5-4, 4-2) at Meade (5-4, 5-1)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Jerry Mears Trophy is at stake. Mears (129-68) coached at both schools before his death in 1988. Meade has taken the last two meetings, but Arundel leads the series, 12-9. Mustang running back Tanardo Sharps, who has averaged 233.8 yards a game in six league games, needs 113 to break the single-season rushing record (1,835) set by Severna Park's Gary Thall in 1964. Sharps is the 11th county player to score 20 touchdowns in a season.

Old Mill (6-3, 4-2) at Glen Burnie (1-8, 0-6)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Call this the "Retirees' Bowl." The 22nd renewal of this rivalry finds Old Mill's Pete Regala (68-83) as the retiring coach this year. Last year, Glen Burnie's Dave Rigot (88-121) announced his retirement, but decided to return. Will Regala be back? He says no. Will Rigot be back? Nobody knows. For certain, the visiting Patriots will run the ball with Toney Twitty (822 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Everett Anderson (620 yards, six touchdowns) and the Gophers' Davon Cruz (757 yards, eight touchdown passes) will be playing catch with Corey Jackson (26-for-357 yards, four touchdown catches).

Chesapeake (4-5) at Northeast (0-9)

When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Cougars can finish at .500 for the second year in a row and for the third time in coach Tom Kraning's 10 seasons. Eagles coach Steve Sweet, looking for that first win, gets credit for keeping spirits high in a very trying season.

Cardinal Gibbons (1-8, 1-5) at Severn (4-5, 3-3)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Dennard Melton plays the final game in his spectacular four-year varsity career at Severn. The Admirals' option quarterback, who already owns county and school records for career touchdowns (65) and career points (409), needs 76 more yards rushing to pass the school record of 3,342 by John Vereen (1992-94). With 94 yards, Melton would move into second place on the county's all-time rushing list. Melton goes in with 920 yards passing and 837 rushing and can become the first county QB to run and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season. Severn needs a win to end at .500.

St. Mary's (5-4, 1-2) at No. 3 Calvert Hall (7-1, 1-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: The host Cardinals still could share the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title with No. 1 Loyola (6-1, 2-0), which they play Thanksgiving Day. The Saints, coming off a 31-14 romp over No. 7 Gilman (5-3, 2-2), would like a winning season.

Archbishop Spalding (6-3, 4-2) at John Carroll (7-1, 5-1)

When: Tomorrow, noon

Outlook: One last chance for the Cavaliers to set a school record for wins in what is only the second winning season in their history. Also, with a victory Spalding would tie John Carroll for second place in the MIAA B Conference.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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