Football games to watch this weekend

September 18, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

Arundel (0-2) at

No. 11 Broadneck (2-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: This is the county game of the week. The winless Class 4A Wildcats have taken the last three games in this series against Class 3A Broadneck. But Arundel's hard-hitting defense will have to contain Bruins RB Martel Threadgill, who already has six touchdowns. Threadgill ran for 107 yards in last year's 27-17 loss, but did not score. This is a "must win" for Arundel, 6-5 in the 11-year series with the Bruins, if it is to make a serious playoff run.

Frederick (0-2) at Annapolis (0-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Experience over youth is the main reason the host Panthers are not 2-0. Annapolis lost 29-20 to Largo (2-0) and in overtime, 13-6, to Paint Branch (1-1), a case of an inexperienced team playing on the road. Coach Roy Brown's Panthers welcome their first home game against a team they ripped, 41-18, last season. Frederick has given up 110 points in its two games, and a likely Annapolis victory could be the remedy for the start of the Panthers' Class 4A league schedule next week.

Oxon Hill (0-2) at Meade (1-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: If the Mustangs prevail, they will start next week's county Class 4A league with an edge, at 2-1, over the other two contenders, Annapolis and Arundel, who are likely to be 1-2 at best. With county Class 4A teams knocking each other off in the regular season, often the first three non-league games determine who goes to postseason from the East region. Oxon Hill is not the team it was a year ago, and Meade's team speed, led by QB Andrew Smith and RBs Richard Redwood and David Manley, should bring victory.

Old Mill (1-1) at

Westminster (2-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The Patriots are playing not only for themselves but for all county hopefuls in the Class 4A East region. Host Westminster is in the same region and has wins over Class 4A North County (48-35) and Severna Park (21-6). A win over Old Mill would give the Owls quite an edge in the playoff race. Old Mill is the last county team the Owls will play before getting into their Carroll County league. Rookie coach Mike Marcus, who got his first win last week by 53-6 over Class 2A Northeast, needs a big game from QB Craig Hall and his Dave Kim-led defense. Old Mill was a 35-32 victor over the Owls last fall.

Severna Park (1-1) at

C. Milton Wright (2-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The Falcons have gone from Andy Borland's power-I to new coach J.P. Hines' wing-T, but the philosophy is the same: Treat the pass like a plague. The Falcons have thrown only 23 times in two games, including 3-for-9 for 39 yards against Westminster in a 21-6 loss last week. North County QB Mike Pfisterer put it up 31 times, completing 16 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-35 loss to Westminster the week before. This week, the Falcons face a very good Harford County team, one of Severna Park's four wins last season by 21-15.

Chesapeake (0-2) at

North County (0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This game matches two teams that opened with optimism but are now desperate to win. Each has very good running backs -- Otis James at North County and Justin McCarthy for Chesapeake -- and passers, the visitors' Beau Danton and the Knights' Mike Pfisterer. Chesapeake posted its first win in seven tries by 26-14 over the Knights last fall.

Urbana (2-0) at

South River (2-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: After defeating two struggling teams in Glen Burnie (9-6) and Chesapeake (13-8), the Class 2A Seahawks host Frederick area team that has put up 60 points in its first two games. Urbana hammered the Hawks, 40-13, last year.

Gwynn Park (0-2) at

Glen Burnie (0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Rookie coach Brad Wilson should get his first win against this Prince George's County foe. The Gophers' 26-13 win over Gwynn Park was their only win in 1997.

North Carroll (1-1) at

Southern-Harwood (0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This is the second of five straight home games and six overall for the Bulldogs, who need to take advantage of their schedule. Southern's sputtering offense (19 points in two games) has to get going against an improved North Carroll team the Bulldogs defeated, 27-14, last year.

Northeast (0-2) at

Hereford (2-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The Eagles, who have lost 13 straight, and visit the defending state Class 1A champ tonight, a team that embarrassed them, 63-0, last year in Pasadena.

St. Mary's (0-1) at

St. Paul's (1-1)

When: 4 today

Outlook: If their opener, a 31-6 loss at Episcopal in Alexandria, Va., last week was any indication, this could be get-even time for the Crusaders, who were ripped 27-0 by St. Mary's last year.

Archbishop Spalding (1-1) at

Patuxent (2-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: After picking up the pieces of their 35-0 loss to The Sun's No. 2-ranked Calvert Hall, the Cavaliers look to win on the road over a team they nipped 14-13 last year.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

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