Football games to watch

October 02, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Liberty (0-4) at South Carroll (4-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Senior RB Calvin Stacey has been a bright spot for Liberty, putting up 682 all-purpose yards, including a 96-yard kickoff return in last week's 42-6 loss to Urbana. The TD points were the first given up by the Frederick County team this fall. Five touchdowns have him third in the county scoring race. RB Mike Campbell and QB Jim Miller are the only other Lions with more than 100 rushing yards. On defense, Chris Peters is the county's top tackler with 43, followed by Ryan Sargent, 34. WR David Keefer's four touchdowns lead South Carroll, the county's highest-scoring club with 136 points. Four others, including kicker Matt Kelley, have 18 points apiece. This is an ideal situation for Liberty in the neighborhood meeting, as it catches the Cavaliers coming off their biggest win in years, a 34-32 decision over Linganore, a team it had beaten only in 1988. Clarke Griffin is the team's top rusher with 387 yards and three touchdowns.

North Carroll (3-1) at Urbana (4-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: North Carroll got a chance to rest its starters and give everybody playing time in last week's 36-21 victory over Frederick. Now it gets Urbana, a third-year team whose veteran regulars have fashioned an excellent season. North Carroll relies on junior RB Steve Suter (10 touchdowns, 757 rushing yards), the leader of a diversified offense that has scored 124 points. Chad Lettau, Eric Wilhelm, and Jeff Graham are key defenders. Against Liberty, Urbana built a 28-0 first-quarter lead. By the end, Thomas Parrish and Greg Hill had two touchdowns apiece. Parrish had runs of 55 and 40 yards, and Hill turned in a 70-yard punt return and a 10-yard pass reception. Kevin Burkey kicked six straight extra points.

Westminster (3-1) at Frederick (0-4)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Westminster, which ran into a buzz-saw at Thomas Johnson last week in a 53-15 loss, must take Frederick seriously despite the Cadets' woes. QB Scott Carnegie threw for both Owls' touchdowns, a 68-yard play with sophomore speedster Jamel Smalls and a 15-yarder to Billy Arnold. The rushing game was limited to 164 yards, and the defense gave up 431 rushing yards on 35 plays. In starting 3-0, Westminster scored 97 points but gave up 66.

Boonsboro (3-1) at Francis Scott Key (0-4)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Key tightened its defense in its last two games after surrendering 83 points in its first two games. The Eagles were in position to win their last two but let North Hagerstown (13-6) and Smithsburg (19-13) get away. Boonsboro beat Liberty in its opener, 13-7, and lost to Brunswick but has come back to beat South Hagerstown and Walkersville. In last week's 21-7 decision RB Chris Dankmeyer scored once (five for the season) and RB Luke Barnette scored twice, once on a pass reception and once on a run. Jason Reeder has four touchdowns. Against Walkersville, Dankmeyer ran for 144 yards, including a 60-yard TD dash moments after losing a fumble. The week before, against South, he had done the same thing -- lose a fumble and come back to score. He had three touchdowns vs. South.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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