Football games to watch this weekend

September 11, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Middletown (1-0) at

Francis Scott Key (0-1)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: Key got early touchdowns from Andy Jenkins and Jason Richardson before being run over, 42-20, by North Carroll last week. Senior QB Jenkins complemented a rushing game with 10 pass completions, including four apiece by Clint Parrish and Justin Merson, who combined for almost 100 yards. Chris Lagunas scored the other TD on a 90-yard kickoff return. However, the defense gave up 500 yards of total offense and now must stop a Middletown team that whipped Thomas Johnson, 33-14. Aside from yielding two long TD plays, a 68-yard run and a 70-yard pass play, Middletown's defense stopped TJ. Offensively, the Knights divided their 330 total yards fairly evenly. The aptly named Nathan Rushing ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Josh Lucas passed for two more. Coach Tim Ambrose was pleased with Lucas's efforts but declared the team still has to rush the ball to win.

Liberty (0-1) at

Allegany (1-0)

Time: Tomorrow, 6

Outlook: In calling around, looking for opponents, coaches Ken Johnson (Liberty) and Tim Kane discovered they had a mutual open date to set up this first football meeting between the two schools. It will be as strong a mental test as a physical one for Liberty, which saw its 7-7 tie and a possible overtime disappear when Boonsboro capitalized on a fumble recovery inside the Lions' 5-yard line, and scored the winning TD with less than two minutes left. Some halftime changes helped Liberty's defensive line dominate the second half, limiting the home team to 20 yards after it had racked up 145 in the first half. Senior RB Calvin Stacey scored Liberty's touchdown on an 88-yard run in the second quarter and ended with 15 carries for 172 yards. As though Liberty did not face enough problems on the road, now it meets an Allegany team going for the 500th victory in school history, which dates to 1926. The Western Maryland team got No. 499 with a 35-6 win over Jefferson. FB Dave Oydelotte was the workhorse, as the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior carried 28 times for 216 yards. A backup on offense last year, he is a two-year defensive starter at nose guard. Jefferson avoided a shutout with a score against Allegany's reserves. Last year, Kane's first as head coach, Allegany went 9-1, losing only to arch-rival (and eventual state Class 2A champion) Fort Hill, then lost to Beall in the Class 1A playoffs.

North Carroll (1-0) at

Hereford (1-0)

Time: Tonight, 7

Outlook: The 42 points achieved against Francis Scott Key last week (a 42-20 victory) were the most by the Panthers in 18 games, dating to a 48-6 win over Lansdowne two years ago. This week has the look of a much closer game, similar last year's, when Hereford drove 73 yards for the winning touchdown (27-20) with little more than two minutes left. Against Key, junior RB Steve Suter ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns, and three others each rushed for more than 75 yards. This week, the defense will need to show more effort similar to that displayed in a goal-line stand just before halftime and in a solid second half. For Hereford, senior RB Reg Cavender, who ran for 600 yards last year, helped his team subdue Towson, 33-16. The Bulls gave up two first-quarter scores, then ran off five of their own, including two by Cavender, one on a run and one on a pass reception. Hereford lost 18 starters, including seven who were first or second team All-Metro, from a state Class 1A championship squad, but there is a good group up from an 8-1 JV team.

South Carroll (1-0) at

Southern-AA (0-1)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: South Carroll opened with a win over Glenelg for the third straight year, beating the Howard County entry, 47-28. The Cavaliers scored on their first five possessions and finished with more than 300 rushing yards and 112 passing yards. Clark Griffin led the runners with 112 yards and Mike Muller had 69 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback John Luster completed seven (of eight) passes to four receivers. Southern, coached by Russ Meyers, was 5-5 a year ago, and opened with an 18-12 loss to Queen Anne's. Senior QB Randy Salisbury is back for a third year as leader of the Bulldogs' wishbone offense, and the key backs are Pat Dowling, who ran for more than 100 yards and scored once in the opening loss; Antwon Jones and Bryan Armstrong. Senior tackles Steve Price (6-4, 275) and Ben Leitch (5-8, 260) are two-way mainstays in the line. "We're going to be better defensively, more aggressive," says fourth-year coach Meyers. Last year, Southern defeated South Carroll, 12-7.

Westminster (1-0) at

Severna Park (1-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Westminster has won the last two meetings, 20-14 and 21-15, and is coming off a 48-35 triumph over North County, the most points scored by a Westminster team since 1988. Working behind strong line play, senior RB Billy Arnold had 208 rushing yards, and junior QB Scott Carnegie completed eight passes, three for touchdowns. Sophomore WR Jemal Smalls scored four times -- two receptions, an interception, and a kickoff return. A strong defensive effort helped boost the Owls to a 41-13 halftime lead. At Laurel, Severna Park won, 19-15, rallying for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Dan Seger. Defensively, the top player is linebacker David Wagner (6-2, 205). The Falcons, 4-6 a year ago, have a new coach, only their third since the school opened in 1960. J.P. Hines, defensive coordinator at Arundel last year, succeeds retired Andy Borland, who left after 35 years at the school, the last 25 as coach.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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