Weekend football to watch

October 02, 1998|By Rick Belz

Howard (3-1) at River Hill (3-1)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Both teams still have playoff shots. With 127 points, Howard has the county's highest-scoring offense. That's four more points than Wilde Lake. The Lions specialize in scoring off big plays. Gerald Smith turned in TD runs of 75 and 45 yards in

last week's 29-14 win over Glenelg.

The Lions' defense doesn't get much credit but has given up just 46 points. That's a lower defensive average than River Hill, which has allowed 58 points and is often praised for its defensive prowess. River Hill has struggled offensively, scoring just 48 points.

Both teams employ a wing-T and can run or throw. Howard QB Jon LaRoche is a much-underrated passer. River Hill, with four turnovers in last week's 36-7 loss to Oakland Mills, must handle the ball better and control the football offensively, thereby limiting Smith's chances of breaking a long play, if it hopes to lTC maintain its amazing turnaround story. It's River Hill's homecoming. Howard defeated River Hill last season, 39-6.

Glenelg (1-3) at Wilde Lake (3-1)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Glenelg's defense has been the county's second-most generous, giving up 97 points. Wilde Lake's offense is the second-most productive, scoring 123 points. One of Glenelg's problems is lack of speed. Wilde Lake has an abundance of speed. Glenelg must hope QB Zach McQuigg has an outstanding passing day.

The Wildecats, who swamped Mount Hebron 47-14 last week, appear headed toward another county championship. They defeated Glenelg last season, 47-15.

Hammond (1-3) at Centennial (2-2)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Bears picked up their first win by defeating struggling Atholton, 32-6. If they can get another 237-yard rushing effort from RB Calvin Wilmer they can challenge Centennial, which is giving up three touchdowns per game.

Centennial's offense has dried up the past two weeks, scoring just seven points against Oakland Mills and Long Reach. Hammond's defense gave up 26 points to both Glenelg and Mount Hebron, so this could be a high-scoring game. It's Centennial's homecoming. Hammond defeated Centennial, 38-12, last season.

Long Reach (2-2) at Mount Hebron (2-2)

When: 2: 15 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Long Reach RB Devin Conwell, strong against Wilde Lake two weeks ago, did even better last week with 178 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in a 38-0 romp over Centennial. That was more points than Long Reach had scored in its three previous games combined.

Long Reach's defense recorded its second shutout and has allowed just 38 points, the fewest of any county team. The Lightning needs to win the rest of its games to make the playoffs.

Mount Hebron is celebrating homecoming and hopes to rebound from a 47-14 loss to powerful Wilde Lake. Long Reach defeated (( Mount Hebron last season, 55-0.

Oakland Mills (3-1) at Atholton (1-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Oakland Mills has its eye on the Class 1A state playoffs. The Scorpions were impressive last week in defeating previously unbeaten River Hill, 36-7.

On the flip side, Atholton lost 32-6 to previously winless Hammond. Atholton has the league's weakest defense. Oakland Mills has the third-highest scoring offense. Last season the Scorpions defeated Atholton, 36-3.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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