Carroll County football games to watch this weekend

September 18, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Episcopal (1-0) at Liberty (0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Liberty comes home after two road games to face Episcopal School, from Alexandria, Va., a late schedule addition. The Lions lost to Boonsboro on a late score in a game they otherwise controlled, and to perennial Cumberland power Allegany. Episcopal defeated St. Mary's, of Annapolis, last Saturday, 31-6, as QB Bryson Spinner passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third.

North Carroll (1-1) at

Southern-AA (0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: North Carroll, which beat Francis Scott Key in its opener, had trouble with Hereford for the second straight year last week, losing 21-12. Junior RB Steve Suter is among the county leaders in touchdowns (five), rushing yardage (332), and pass receptions and yardage (five for 100). Southern, which won last year, 27-24, opened this season with losses to Queen Anne's and South Carroll but is expecting strong play from third-year QB Randy Salisbury and RBs Pat Dowling and Antwon Jones.

Rockville (1-1) at

South Carroll (2-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: South Carroll lost three games last year it was in position to win but got back at one of those teams with a 28-7 win at Southern-AA last week. This is another get-even game. The Cavaliers defense against Southern was a definite improvement over the opener, a 47-28 win against Glenelg. Offensively, the new starting linemen has come along well, working in front of an experienced backfield. Rockville, a 21-18 winner over South Carroll last year, has won one game it was losing and lost one it thought would be a victory. The Montgomery County school capitalized on a bad snap on a punt and scored late in the game to overtake Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 14-8, then lost to Poolesville in double overtime, 20-14. The run-oriented offense features John Walker, Willard Butler, and Randy Brown.

Old Mill (1-1)

at Westminster (2-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Westminster goes for a three-game sweep of Anne Arundel County teams in this one after beating North County, 48-35, and Severna Park, 21-6. The Owls have been getting it done early, building halftime leads of 41-13, and 14-0, the latter in a game where the defense was a dominating factor. Sophomore WR Jamel Smalls shares the county scoring lead with five touchdowns, four of them against North County. His touchdowns have come on three pass receptions, an interception return and a KO return. Broadneck ripped Old Mill, 39-7, two weeks ago, but new coach Mike Marcus got his team going against Northeast last week, handing it a 13th straight loss, 53-6. RB Toney Twitty and WR/DB Jason Galloway are key players.

Francis Scott Key (0-2)

at North Hagerstown (0-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: These are the only two teams in the 10-team Monocacy Valley Athletic League without a victory. Key scored three times in a 42-20 loss at North Carroll, then was run over, 41-0, by Middletown, which moved from 10th to eighth in the AP statewide poll afterward. The Eagles' scorers against North Carroll were seniors Andy Jenkins, Jason Richardson, and Chris Lagunas, the last on a 90-yard kickoff return. North Hagerstown still is looking for its first points after being shut out by Urbana, 38-0, and Walkersville, 20-0. The Hubs feature two QBs -- senior Ryan Romberger and sophomore Tanner Cross -- plus RB Seth Staley, who ran for 107 yards vs. Urbana.

Pub Date: 9/17/98

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