Football games to watch

September 25, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

No. 13 Loyola (2-1) at No. 14 McDonogh (2-0)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: This battle pits last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champ Loyola against last year's MIAA B Conference champ McDonogh. Twice last weekend, B Conference teams defeated their A Conference opponents -- St. Paul's edged St. Mary's, 19-7, and John Carroll beat Mount St. Joseph, 21-20. Loyola routed McDonogh's A Conference rival, Severn, in its season-opener and, with second-team All-Metro RB Kyle Bell, hopes for similar results here. McDonogh comes off a 10-0 shutout of Archbishop Curley that was capped by QB Matt Primm's 60-yard TD pass to WR Owen Daly.

Patterson (3-0) at No. 7 Poly (2-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: High-scoring Patterson (0-0 league) prepped for this City East Division league-opener by beating three opponents by a combined 115-20, with two shutouts. Clippers coach Roger Wrenn (165-82-2 career) goes against a former assistant in Poly's first-year coach John Hammond, whose pass-oriented offense produced 57 points in the Engineers' first couple wins before being routed at top-ranked Gilman. With 11 starters from last year's division co-champion squad back, the Engineers (1-0 league) must prove they are a better team than the one that Gilman blitzed, 49-0. That's not going to be an easy task vs. Patterson, which has nine starters -- including all three linebackers -- back.

No. 12 City (2-1) vs No. 10 Dunbar (1-2)

When: 7 tonight, Patterson Park

Outlook: Second-team All-Metro WRs Bryant Johnson (City) and Chris Barnes (Dunbar) should light up the night in the City East Division battle. Dunbar got off to a good start under first-year coach Ben Eaton by defeating preseason No. 2-ranked Mount St. Joseph, then stumbled through a 31-0 loss to Douglass-Prince George's. The Poets (0-0 league) were up again vs. Linganore of Frederick County last weekend before losing, 39-36, on a last-second TD pass. Defending City East Division rival City (0-0 league), coming off a disappointing loss to No. 2 Calvert Hall, won this game a year ago but missed the playoffs with a 7-3 record.

South River (2-1) at No. 11 Aberdeen (2-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Aberdeen was more impressive in its season-opening overtime loss at No. 3 Eastern Tech than it was in its 7-0 win over Joppatowne the following week. Last week's 28-6 rout of Harford County rival Havre de Grace was a step in the right direction. Coach Kevin Reilly's Eagles always have tough games with South River of Anne Arundel County and should again be tested.

Landon (1-0) at No. 1 Gilman (3-0)

When: 1 tomorrow

Outlook: Seven Baltimore-area teams have been beaten by Washington D.C.-area schools when they were ranked No. 1 in The Sun. Gilman will try not to become the eighth when it plays host to the traditionally-strong Landon Bears of Bethesda in football-rich Montgomery County. Landon returns FB-LB Will MacDonald (5-11, 195), G-DT Leonard Bennett (5-11, 225), SE-S Ricky Sears (6-2, 175) and TE-DB David Burman (6-4, 200) from the defending Interstate Athletic Conference champ. The Bears, coached for 27 years by Lowell Davis, are always well-disciplined. They are No. 17 in the Washington area, coming off a 21-0 shutout of Collegiate (Va.), in which MacDonald rushed for 96 yards and three TDs out of the Bears' wing-T and I formations.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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