Weekend football games to watch

September 25, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

Gwynn Park (1-2) at No. 9 Broadneck (3-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Anne Arundel County's only unbeaten team hosts its first non-county foe. Prince Georges' Gwynn Park won its first game by 36-0 last week at winless Glen Burnie but face a Bruin team that called off the dogs (47-6 at half) in a 54-6 romp over Glen Burnie in Week Two. After their 25-13 victory over Arundel last week, the Bruins have a chance at going into their final regular season game at North County undefeated. Martel Threadgill has been sensational with 576 yards and eight touchdowns rushing, and Tremayne Williams is averaging 10.2 yards a carry. Williams raced 26 yards for a touchdown in his only first-half carry vs. Arundel.

Chesapeake (0-3) at Annapolis (1-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Already down a game in the county Class 4A league, having lost to North County, 47-8, the Cougars have been outscored 96-32 in their first three games. Host Annapolis, defending Class 4A co-champion, got in the win column with a 60-0 rout of Frederick. The Panthers lost two close games, one in overtime. First-year QB Kyron Belt completed six of seven passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and junior RB Rayvon Johnson ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns against Frederick.

Meade (1-2) at Old Mill (1-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Defending co-champion (6-1 last year with Annapolis) Meade looks to forget a 14-0 loss to Oxon Hill as it starts the Class 4A league. This could be one of those "who has the ball last" kind of games. Meade's weapons are speedy option QB Andrew Smith and RBs Richard Redwood and David Manley. The Pats counter with QB Craig Hall, RB Toney Twitty and end Brandon White. Meade escaped with a 21-20 win last year.

Severna Park (1-2) at Glen Burnie (0-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Rookie coach Brad Wilson of the host Gophers is looking for his first win. Wilson was a successful defensive coordinator at North County before coming to Glen Burnie, but his Gophers have been outscored, 99-12. Dave Rigot, the Gophers' coach for 21 years, is now Wilson's defensive coordinator. Severna Park showed some improvement in a 20-7 loss to C. Milton Wright (3-0) but got burned by three interceptions. The Falcons took last year's meeting 34-21 and should prevail again.

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

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The Seahawks squeaked by two teams off to 0-3 starts in Glen Burnie and Chesapeake before being routed by Frederick County's Urbana, 36-0, last week. South River travels to Cal Ripken's hometown but a victory is not likely against a club it lost to by 35-20 last year.

No. 2 Calvert Hall (3-0) at Southern-Harwood (0-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The bad news for Southern is that the Cardinals who came into Harwood and rolled, 43-26, last year may be even better this fall. The good news is that Southern's running game, featuring Darius Turner and Pat Dowling, got going last week in a heartbreaking 34-32 loss to North Carroll (2-1). The Bulldogs gained a lot of confidence, but the Hall's speed and size can destroy confidence in a hurry.

Einstein (3-0) at Northeast (0-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Defending Class 1A state champion Hereford (3-0) scored all its points in the first half in a 35-0 romp over the Eagles last week. It was the 14th consecutive loss for the Pasadena school. Montgomery County's Einstein was a 35-6 winner over Northeast last year and is off to its first 3-0 start in more than 10 years.

Boys Latin (2-1) at Archbishop Spalding (1-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: After opening with a win, the Cavaliers have lost two in a row but are primed to open their seven-game MIAA B Conference schedule. Spalding defeated the Lakers for the first time in several years by 25-6 last season. Both teams own wins over Pallotti -- Boys Latin by 42-12 last week and Spalding by 26-7.

Pallotti (0-3) at St. Mary's (0-2)

When: 4 today

Outlook: QB Tim Shanley threw for 90 yards and a touchdown in St. Mary's 19-6 loss at St. Paul's (2-1) last week.

Arundel (0-3) at North County (1-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: It's homecoming for North County, which rolled over Chesapeake, 47-8, in its Class 4A league opener. RB Otis James ran for two touchdowns and 176 yards and leads Broadneck's Martel Threadgill in rushing yards, 578 to 576. Looking for its first win, Arundel heads into Ferndale pretty banged up. The visiting Wildcats ripped the Knights, 34-12, last year for their fifth in a row in the regular season series. North County had a 26-7 victory in 1996 taken away for an ineligible player.

No. 15 John Carroll (2-0) at Severn (1-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: After a week off, Severn hosts its first MIAA B ZTC Conference game. John Carroll, a 26-19 victor over Severn last season, is coming off a 21-20 win over Mount St. Joseph of the A Conference and could be the B Conference team to beat.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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