Football games to watch

October 02, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

Northern (3-1) at No. 11 City (3-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: It's another City East Division clash, this one featuring the co-champion City (1-0 league) coming off last weekend's 19-18 win over Class 2A state runner-up Dunbar. The Knights got two touchdowns from Penn-state bound WR Bryant Johnson and have gone down to the wire in each victory. Northern (1-0 league) has won three straight since a season-opening 39-7 loss to Harford County's C. Milton Wright. But the Vikings have beaten their last three opponents by a combined 89-0, including City West Division champ Walbrook and West runner-up Northwestern.

Douglass (3-1) at Forest Park (3-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: This City West Division battle could go a long way toward determining the champ. The Foresters (1-0 league) edged Edmondson, 20-14, last week and are in search of coach Obie Barnes' 104th career win in 29 seasons. Forest Park's only losses were by 7-0 to No. 11 City, and 21-20 to Laurel (Del.). Douglass RB Tony Fisher was an All-Region pick, and the Ducks (1-0 league) have won three straight, including last week's 50-0 rout of Northwestern. The Foresters are led by WR-S Rasheed Smith (three interceptions, 22 receptions, 221 yards, three touchdowns), TE-LB Joshua Smith (two sacks) and LB Darrick Long (four sacks).

Poly (2-2) at Dunbar (1-3)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: This City East Division game pits two teams on the verge of playoff elimination. Defending city co-champ Poly (1-1 league) has been outscored 53-6 in its last two games after a preseason No. 6 ranking. Dunbar, ranked as high as No. 3 this year, has dropped three straight after a season-opening win. Both teams have talented QBs. Poly has three-year starter Timmy Frazier and wide receivers Eddie Henry and Donald Arnold. Dunbar has second-team All-Metro WR Chris Barnes and second-team All-Metro DB Tyrel Henderson. The winner of this matchup has reached at least the state semifinals in the past five seasons. This time, a win would help to stem either team's downward spiral.

Pikesville (3-1) at No. 14 Hereford (4-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Class 1A state champ Hereford has won 17 straight and 28 of its last 29 games. But the Bulls (2-0 in Baltimore County's Class 1A-2A play) had to come from behind to win their season-opener vs. Towson. Pikesville (1-0 league) joins a host of county teams looking to knock off the Bulls, including Lansdowne (4-0 league), Loch Raven (4-0), Patapsco (3-0) and No. 3 Randallstown (3-0).

C. Milton Wright (4-0) at Edgewood (3-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: C. Milton Wright (2-0 in Harford County) has beaten opponents from Baltimore City (Northern) and Anne Arundel County (Severna Park) and has outscored two league rivals by a combined 52-13. Edgewood (1-1 league) dropped a 15-0 decision to fifth-ranked league-rival Bel Air.

Catonsville (3-1) at No. 2 Eastern Tech (4-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Mavericks (3-0 in Baltimore County Class 3A-4A) are among the area's best teams and have outscored their three league rivals by a combined 83-21. But Catonsville (3-0 league) has won three straight after a season-opening loss at Catoctin of Frederick County. The Comets are looking for coach Warren Como's 70th career win.

St. Paul's (3-1) at No. 15 John Carroll (3-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: John Carroll (1-0 league) struggled in its league-opening, 32-30 victory over Severn, and visiting St. Paul's (0-1) can remain in the hunt for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference crown with a win. Each team has beaten an A Conference opponent. John Carroll edged Mount St. Joseph, and the Crusaders beat St. Mary's. This should be a good one.

Perry Hall (3-1) at Parkville (3-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: In this one, the Gators (2-1 in Baltimore County 3A-4A) will go as far as RB Marquis Dwarte can take them. Surprising rival Parkville improved to 1-1 against the league with last weekend's 12-0 shutout of league rival Dulaney.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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