Carroll County football games to watch

September 25, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Frederick (0-3) at North Carroll (2-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: North Carroll has played three different games -- beating Francis Scott Key, 42-20; surrendering a late touchdown in a 21-12 loss at Hereford; and losing all of a 26-0 lead against Southern-AA, then having to hold on for a 34-32 victory. Junior RB Steve Suter continued his scoring rampage with three TDs and leads the county with eight. His late touchdown and two-point conversion gave the Panthers a 34-26 lead, and the defense thwarted a Southern two-point try to save the win. Frederick, forced to eliminate its JV and promote the sophomores to the varsity after eligibility problems, has shown its inexperience. The Cadets have been outscored, 160-8.

South Carroll (3-0) at Linganore (2-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: South Carroll continues to stress defense, because that's what it will take to make an impression in the Central Maryland Conference. Since an opening 47-28 decision over Glenelg, the Cavaliers' defense has allowed one touchdown, to Southern-AA in a 28-7 win. Rockville ran the opening kickoff back for a TD last week, but those were the Rams' only points in a 32-7 SC victory. Offensively, the winners got points from five players, four on touchdowns, and QB John Luster continued his strong play. He is now 30-for-41 passing for 378 yards and six TDs, with no interceptions. Matt Kelley (a field goal and three extra points) and Jason Tourangeau (42-yard punting average) took care of the kicking game. Linganore, sparked by the offensive fireworks of twins Joey and Billy Bradshaw, has beaten Walkersville, lost to Damascus, 14-7, and outlasted Baltimore Dunbar, 39-36. QB Todd Stevens ran for one TD and passed for two others, including the game-winner with 22 seconds left.

Urbana (3-0) at Liberty (0-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Liberty, which had one touchdown against Boonsboro and two against Allegany, opened with one against Episcopal (Va.) last week. The Lions eventually scored three times in the fourth quarter but not before they trailed 45-6. QB Jimmy Miller ran for one score and passed for another, and Calvin Stacey had 100 yards and one TD. Now unbeaten, unscored upon Urbana shows up, to be followed by unbeaten -- at the moment -- South Carroll and Thomas Johnson. Urbana is in its third varsity season and the experience shows. Against North Hagerstown (38-0) there were three TDs on passing, one on an interception, and one on a punt return. Against Bullis (22-0), defenders Wayne Parrish, Jeff Hynes, and Jeremy Severns led the way. At South River (36-0), QB Zach Mills threw for 100 yards and two TDs (349 yards, seven TDs for the season) and there were five different scorers, including WR Greg Hill, who got his fifth TD, caught four passes and had a 70-yard punt return. Tommy Milburn, who had a 60-yard interception for a TD vs. Bullis, ran 1 yard for one against South River.

Francis Scott Key (0-3) at Smithsburg (1-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Key, which gave up 83 points in its first two games (North Carroll and Middletown), restricted North Hagerstown to two TDs last week but could get only one of its own, a short run by Chris Lagunas, in a 13-6 setback. Smithsburg opened its season beating Hancock, 14-0, to end a 13-game losing streak, then lost at South Hagerstown, 32-12, and at Walkersville, 35-0. Darryl Clopper rushed for 174 yards and both TDs against Hancock, then had a 90-yard kickoff return and a 71-yard punt return negated by penalties vs. S. Hagerstown. In that one, Smithsburg led 12-6 and had the ball with seven minutes left before the Rebels took charge. Walkersville limited the Leopards to two first downs, and the Washington County team has now yielded 61 straight points.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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