Football quarterfinals

November 14, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Class 4A

Walbrook (7-2) at Suitland (10-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Warriors learned that they qualified for the Class 4A state playoffs and the No. 8 seed only after Oxon Hill had forfeited all of its games. Now they'll have to prove they belong. The Prince George's County champion Rams are making their first playoff appearance led by QB Freddie Thomas (998 yards, nine touchdowns), RB Germaine Bennett (1,096 yards, 14 touchdowns) and LB Keith Marshall (126 tackles, four sacks). Walbrook's defense, led by Terrence Hamlet (five sacks, four interceptions), has out-scored its last six opponents 224-12, with four shutouts.

Sherwood (9-1) at Lake Clifton (7-3)

Classification: 4A

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: For Sherwood of Montgomery County, the road to the last two Class 4A state titles has led through Baltimore City. Sherwood has routed Patterson the last two seasons and will be looking for a hat trick. So No. 4 seed Lake Clifton will need big efforts from players such as RB Darnell Pearsall (1,429, nine touchdowns, and a career 4,029, 28 touchdowns), WR Tavon Ervin (23 receptions, 542 yards, eight touchdowns) and DB-WR Eric Thompson (20, 426, six touchdowns, nine interceptions). No. 5 seed Sherwood's coach Bob Milloy has won a state-record eight state titles.

Class 3A

No. 5 Eastern Tech (9-1) at Thomas Johnson (9-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: No. 6 seed Eastern Tech travels to Frederick County for this Class 3A state quarterfinal, led by WR-S Anthony Lawston (eight touchdown receptions, seven interceptions), DL Ralph Henry (14 sacks) and QB Brian Nagle (1,270 passing yards, 17 touchdowns). The No. 3 seed Patriots are ranked No. 10 in Maryland by Associated Press and making their fifth straight playoff appearance. Thomas Johnson's only loss was by 39-21 to No. 1 Loyola.

No. 14 Aberdeen (9-1) vs No. 9 Woodlawn (9-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 at Catonsville CC.

Outlook: Harford County Tri-champ Aberdeen visits Baltimore County tri-champ Woodlawn in this Class 3A state quarterfinal. Each team boasts Division I prospects. No. 7 seed Aberdeen's LB-RB E.J. Henderson (1,127 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns) is being recruited by several major colleges, as are No. 2 seed Woodlawn's RB-DBs Tavon Mason (1,315 yards, 23 touchdowns) and Reggie Danage (1,212, 16 touchdowns).

No. 8 Milford Mill (9-1) at No. 4 Wilde Lake (10-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: These teams have met twice before in the playoffs, in 1985 and 1991, and four-time state champion Wilde Lake won both games. Wilde Lake, Howard County champs and East region champions, will run Danny Bayron (1,005 yards, 17 touchdowns) up the middle, Brandon Finney (964 yards) to the outside and pass with QB Derek Bell's (26-for-45, 697 yards, 10 touchdowns). No. 4 seed Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall is among the state's winningest coaches with 206 career victories. Wilde Lake has outscored its opposition 375-42 and has six shutouts. Special teams have figured prominently in Wilde Lake's success. Bell has a 34.5-yard punting average, and Johnson's average is 34.3 yards. Milford Mill is an explosive, big-play team that lost only to Woodlawn. The Millers, Baltimore County tri-champs with Woodlawn and Eastern Tech, will rely on QB-RB Richard Johnson (43-for-84, 639 yards, nine touchdowns), DB-WR David Boyd and LB John Rich.

Class 2A

Randallstown (8-2) at No. 12 Poly (9-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: No. 6 seed Randallstown's Bruce Strunk learned from the best as an assistant to Patterson's Roger Wrenn and No. 3 seed Poly's Augie Waibel. Now in Waibel's final year, Strunk, who helped the Rams reverse last year's 2-8 record, has to try and beat his former mentor in this quarterfinal during that mentor's retiring season. Randallstown is led by RB T.J. Stallings (over 1,374 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns). Waibel (279-74 over 35 seasons) tries to reach the state finals for the first time since being Class 3A runner-up in 1993.

No. 15 Dunbar (6-4) vs. Owings Mills (9-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Site: Catonsville Community College

Outlook: No. 7 seed Dunbar is making its fifth straight state playoff appearance, having won two state titles and reached the state semifinals four straight times. The Poets boast Thomas James (1,163 rushing yards, seven touchdowns), QB Denelle Hale (1,222 passing, six touchdowns, 711 rushing, seven touchdowns), DB Dahnel Singfield and DB Tyrell Henderson (nine interceptions each), WR Chris Barnes (29 catches, 659 yards, six touchdowns) and LB Kirk Williams (seven sacks). But the Poets, out to prove they are better than their record, face a talented Class 2A squad in No. 2 seed Owings Mills, whose only loss came by 24-22 against Randallstown. LB Tony Crawford (6-1, 200) has 10 sacks, DB Alex Gitomer (six interceptions) or RB-WR Marvin Reed (1,128 yards, 18 touchdowns, 26 receptions, 290 yards, six touchdowns) lead Owings Mills, with Reed being the area's top scorer.

Class 1A

Snow Hill (8-1) at No. 3 Hereford (10-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Top-seed Hereford faces perhaps its stiffest test of the season and must get past No. 8 seed Snow Hill -- a speedy, talented team from the Eastern Shore -- to reach the Class 1A state semifinals for the second straight season. Snow Hill (1-9 last year) is a program that "can bring it" defensively, said Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh. "Overall, our team speed is above average, and that's something we'll try to use to our advantage," said seventh-year coach Dave Hall, whose Eagles lost to Boonsboro in the 1994 state semifinals. "Our tactic on defense is to swarm, try to beat you to a spot." RB Kris Shockley (900 yards, 18 touchdowns) and QB Jason Ewell (25-for-54, 500 yards, four touchdowns) are the keys. "We'll have to mix things up, loosen things up," Hall said. "We returned 14 players from last year and haven't lacked in confidence."

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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