Football quarterfinals

November 14, 1997|By Rick Belz

Class 3A

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

Middletown (9-1) at Long Reach (8-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Middletown's only loss was to Thomas Johnson, 18-17. Second-year Long Reach, the South region champ making its first playoff appearance, lost to Wilde Lake, 35-13, and to Hammond, 21-7. Middletown is a physical team that runs an I-formation offense and mixes pass and run. The Knights score 40 points and allow just five points per game. Long Reach's strength is its defense, which allows 8.8 points per game and has three shutouts. Long Reach is a big-play team, and Willy Bhatia (27 receptions for 406 yards and six touchdowns) and Chris Smith (eight catches, 240 yards, six touchdowns) are their big-play athletes. RB Devin Conwell (789 yards) leads the team in rushing. QB Gregg Matusewitch has completed 61 of 131 passes for 911 yards and 15 touchdowns. The winner will play the winner of Fort Hill/Rockville in the semifinal.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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