Football quarterfinals

November 14, 1997|By Lem Satterfield, Pat O'Malley , Rick Belz | Lem Satterfield, Pat O'Malley,Rick Belz

Class 4A

High Point (8-2) at No. 6 Annapolis (9-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Former Southern-Harwood star, coach Dale Castro, who was an All-American place kicker at Maryland, makes his first playoff trip to Anne Arundel County in his eight years as High Point coach. Castro's No. 6 seeded Eagles' only two losses came by 33-13 to top-seeded Suitland and by 28-14 to the original No. 8 seed Oxon Hill (forfeited their wins). The Eagles boast a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Ken Austin and Kiber Duncan and QB Darrell Morton has thrown for nearly 4,000 yards in his three-year varsity career. Morton directs an offense that is averaging 25.2 points. Linebacker Phil Pinkney anchors an Eagles' defense that gave up 12.6 points per game in regular season and will face an Annapolis offense that is averaging 30.1 points an outing. QB Peter Ludlam has thrown 16 touchdown passes with S.J. Womack catching 10 of them in the Panthers' run-oriented offense. Albert Creek leads all Panther rushers with 1,062 yards and six touchdowns. Donnell Foote, who has scored nine touchdowns running and receiving, is the leading tackler on a defensive unit that is giving up only 10.9 points a game. Annapolis is making an Anne Arundel County record ninth playoff appearance.

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, ranked No. 10 in Maryland by Associated Press and making their fifth straight playoff appearance, run the wing-T with RB Leroy Ambush (6-1, 190) and FB-LB Mike Briscoe (5-11, 205), and QB Ricky Roberts (851 rushing, nine touchdowns). Ambush (848, 10 touchdowns) and Briscoe (746, six touchdowns) are a major reason the Patriots have scored 348 points. 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 who were listed among the nation's best in The National Recruiting Advisor. 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. 10 Broadneck (9-1) at Friendly (9-1)

When: Tonight, 7: 30 p.m.

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