Weekend football games to watch

October 02, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

Friday's football capsules incorrectly reported Queen Anne's classification. Queen Anne's dropped to Class 2A this year with the opening of Class 1A Kent Island High, not to be confused with Kent County High, also a Class 1A school.

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North County (2-2, 2-0) at Meade (2-2, 1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: If you like a thrill a minute and no holds barred, this county game of the week with two explosive teams and "riverboat gambler" type coaches may provide them. Coach Chuck Markiewicz has his Knights on the move with two straight wins, thanks to the running of senior back Otis James (737 rushing yards, eight touchdowns). QB Mike Pfisterer leads the county in passing yardage (646) and is second in touchdown passes (six). Meade coach Mark Frye has his share of weapons, too, led by QB Andrew Smith, who also plays DB, punts and returns kicks. Neither coach is afraid to gamble with on-side kicks or throwing long on fourth and inches. Meade has taken the last two meetings by 32-12 (1997) and 40-21 (1996).


Annapolis (2-2, 1-0) at Arundel (0-4, 0-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Arundel's disappointing season continued last week with a 28-20 loss at North County, and Annapolis is on a roll, having outscored its last two opponents, Frederick and Chesapeake, by 102-0. The visiting Panthers, who shared the Class 4A county league title with Meade and won the East region title last year, are being led by senior first-year QB Kyron Belt. He leads the county in TD passes (eight) despite completing only 11 of 28 passes.

Old Mill (1-3, 0-1) at Severna Park (2-2, 1-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Two of the county's three first-year coaches meet for the first time. Coach Mike Marcus's Patriots lost, 18-12, to Meade last week, and J. P. Hines' host Falcons rolled over Glen Burnie, 29-0. Old Mill defeated Severna Park last fall, 28-19, for the first time since 1991.

Glen Burnie (0-4, 0-1) at Chesapeake (0-4, 0-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Two teams in disarray meet in Lake Shore with defense a serious problem for both and their offenses not much better. Host Chesapeake, winner of the last three games in this series (28-7 last year), is giving up 34.5 points a game and scoring only eight. Glen Burnie is yielding 32 points and scoring just three. That big "W" will feel like a championship to one of them tonight.

Douglass-PG (4-0) at Southern-Harwood (1-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This game provides a gauge on Baltimore metro area football compared to Prince George's County. Class 2A Southern won its first game of the season by 12-7 last week over then No. 2-ranked Calvert Hall (3-1) with QB Randy Salisbury tossing his first two touchdown passes of the season. Douglass is tied with Friendly (4-0, ranked No. 7 in metro Washington) atop the Prince George's-dominated Class 3A South region, outscoring opponents, 123-6.

Parkside (0-4) at South River (2-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Here's a chance for coach Dave Summey's Seahawks to start another two-game win streak after losses to Urbana (3-0) and No. 10 Aberdeen (3-1). South River won, 53-6, last fall.

Archbishop Spalding (2-2, 1-0) at Cardinal Gibbons (3-0, 1-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The visiting Cavaliers should be sky high after overcoming a 21-0 deficit last week and beating Boys Latin (2-2, 0-2) in overtime, 28-21, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game. Darren Johnson and James Bowen are the Cavs' play-makers. The Cavs routed Gibbons, 28-0, last year.

Queen Anne's (4-0) at No. 7 Broadneck (4-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Streaking Broadneck and Martel Threadgill (county leading 824 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns) can help out their county Class 4A compatriots by taking care of the Eastern Shore Lions. The unbeaten visitors are in the East region with Anne Arundel's eight Class 4A teams, none of which has fewer than two losses overall. Broadneck has ripped Queen Anne's the last two years, 42-0.

No. 12 McDonogh (3-0, 1-0) at Severn (1-2, 0-1)

When: Noon tomorrow

Outlook: Don't be surprised if coach John Beckman's Admirals pull off a surprise over the visiting Cadets in MIAA B Conference play. This is Severn's first game on their renovated field. McDonogh has edged the Admirals by a touchdown in each of the last two seasons.

St. Mary's (1-2) at Georgetown Prep (1-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: It could be a long ride home from Rockville for the Saints, who won their first game last week, 13-0, over Laurel's Pallotti. The Little Hoyas took Seneca Valley, defending Class 4A state champion and at 4-0 the Washington area's top-ranked team, into overtime before bowing, 21-20, last week.

Fallston (1-3) at Northeast (0-4)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: One of these weeks, the Eagles are going to end the county's longest losing streak, now at 15 straight.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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