Five county football games to watch this weekend

September 11, 1998|By Rick Belz

Centennial (1-0) at Howard (1-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Centennial must figure out a way to stop RB Gerald Smith, who scored four touchdowns last week in Howard's lopsided victory over Southwestern. Smith broke an 86-yard kickoff return for a TD and had a 46-yard TD run. Centennial rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat the Eastern Shore's J.M. Bennett and will need to show that kind of character again. RB Matt Deuchler carried 30 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 24 yards. Centennial defeated Howard last season, 41-22.

No. 9 Wilde Lake (0-1) at

Oakland Mills (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Defending Class 3A state champion Wilde Lake's playoff hopes depend on a victory. And Oakland Mills could go a long way toward achieving its Class 1A playoff hopes with a win. The Scorpions showed an unexpectedly successful passing game in last week's 34-19 victory over Elkton, as Scorpions QB T.J. Welsh completed eight of 11 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns and Tom Browne caught five passes. RB Vinnie Rubbo was expected to carry 25 to 30 times following his record-breaking 1,873-yard season but sprained an ankle in the second quarter against Elkton. Wilde Lake fumbled away its opener against Bel Air, 27-21, and must iron out the kinks of a rebuilding year. Wilde Lake has won the last two match-ups between the teams, but Oakland Mills won from 1993 through 1995.

Glenelg (0-1) at Hammond (0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Zach McQuigg threw four TD passes for Glenelg last week in a 47-26 loss to South Carroll, and Hammond will be hard-pressed to stop him. Glenelg must improve defensively, however, or it may allow Hammond's offense to come to life. The Bears scored only one TD while losing to Catoctin last week.

No. 10 Long Reach (1-0) at

River Hill (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: River Hill has a difficult task trying to defeat Long Reach in a battle of third-year schools. But the Hawks are improved, have lots of experience, and defeated Long Reach in one of two meetings in 1996. Jason Fawcett rushed 30 times for 142 yards, setting a River Hill record for yards per game last week. The Hawks controlled possession 75 percent of the time against Stephen Decatur by using a Delaware Wing T. As it did most of last season, Long Reach again had problems sustaining an offensive drive during its opening win against Montgomery Blair. The Lightning defeated River Hill last season, 26-6.

Atholton (1-0) at

Mount Hebron (0-1)

When: Tomorrow, 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Raiders lack depth but in their opener defeated a Northeast team also short on depth. RB Sean Aaron rushed 17 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. QB Neal Halloran completed five of six passes for 111 yards and one TD. TE Jack Giles caught three passes for 71 yards and one TD. Mount Hebron, a team that has struggled to win games for several years, lost its opener against Dundalk for first-year coach Larry Luthe, and hasn't defeated Atholton since 1986. Atholton defeated Mount Hebron last season, 27-0.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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