Football games to watch this weekend

September 11, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

No. 12 City (1-0) at Forest Park (1-0)

When: 3: 30 p.m. today

Outlook: City, defending co-champ of Baltimore City's East Division, struggled in its season-opening 12-6 win at unranked Woodlawn. But it did get a touchdown pass from second-team All-Metro WR Bryant Johnson, a preseason All-American in The National Recruiting Advisor. Class 1A Forest Park hopes to claim Baltimore's West Division crown and gained big playoff points with last week's 28-6 rout of Class 4A Mervo. It was the 102nd career win for the Foresters' Obie Barnes, who will use this game as a barometer of a team that returns eight starters.

No. 15 McDonogh (0-0) at St. Paul's (1-0)

When: 3: 45 p.m. today

Outlook: The McDonogh Eagles return 11 starters from last year's squad, which dethroned Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rival St. Paul's with an 8-0 league record. The Crusaders lost their opener last fall, starting a 3-6 season that was disappointing after having gone 19-0 the previous two years. This early season showdown could go a long way toward determining the MIAA B Conference champ.

Woodlawn (0-1) vs. No. 5 Eastern Tech (1-0)

Where: Middle River Middle School

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: With All-Metro WR Anthony Lawston and preseason All-Region RB Ray Jones, Eastern Tech had plenty of star-power entering last weekend's 13-6 overtime win over No. 13-ranked Aberdeen. But the Mavericks required the last-second heroics of Steve Lawston to win. In this battle of defending Baltimore County Class 3A-4A league tri-champs, the Mavericks face a team that got an 80-yard kickoff return by RB Cameron Ross and nearly toppled Baltimore City East Division champ City last week. Another early-season showdown -- won by Woodlawn last year, 14-13 -- which could determine the county's champion.

North Carroll (1-0) at Hereford (1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The defending Class 1A state champion Hereford Bulls narrowly defeated the Panthers from Carroll County last season. And in their first game last week, the Bulls -- who lost 18 starters to graduation -- had to overcome a 16-0 deficit for a 33-16 win over Towson. That was Hereford's 14th straight win and 25th in 26 games. High-scoring North Carroll, led by fleet-footed RB Randy Suter, comes off a 42-20 rout of Francis Scott Key.

Fallston (0-1) at No. 8 Bel Air (1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Bel Air stunned defending Class 3A state champion Wilde Lake, 27-21, last weekend to move into the rankings both for The Sun and the state (ranked No. 20). The Bobcats now try to make it two in a row against Harford County rival Fallston, which demonstrated a potent running game in last week's 13-0 loss to No. 6 Poly.

Douglass-Prince George's (1-0) at No. 3 Dunbar (1-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Dunbar, ranked No. 14 in the state, reversed a loss of a year ago with last week's 22-19 upset of then-No. 2 Mount St. Joseph but in Douglass, faces a team that two years ago defeated the Poets at home, when the Poets were ranked No. 1. The wishbone-oriented visitors threw no passes last weekend in racking up 417 rushing yards in 49-0 rout of Leonardtown. RB Dwayne Vincent (201 yards, two touchdowns) and RB Vance Smith (82 yards, three touchdowns) led the way for Douglass, ranked No. 19 in the state. Douglass QB Greg Spriggs has capable targets in wide receivers Eric Garrison (6-4, 200) and Chris Glass (6-4, 215). Dunbar got two touchdowns from second-team All-Metro Chris Barnes and another from second-team All-Metro Tyrel Henderson last week. The Poets have a 4-1 series lead over Douglass, a Class 3A school.

No. 11 Milford Mill (0-1) at Perry Hall (1-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This Baltimore County Class 3A-4A clash pits Perry Hall against a team that gave the Gators one of their three shutout losses last fall. Perry Hall's RB Marquis Dwarte, a 4.5-runner at 40 yards who can bench-press 315 pounds, had four touchdowns and 190 yards behind a massive offensive line in last week's rout of Overlea. Milford, last year's county tri-champ with Eastern Tech and Woodlawn, has QB Richard Johnson and RB Tyrone Gholston -- both speedsters -- but lost its opener to Randallstown last week.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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