Football games to watch this weekend

October 09, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

No. 8 Aberdeen (4-1) at No. 4 Bel Air (5-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This Harford County battle has the host Bobcats (4-0 league) trying to remain in the chase for a title that narrowly eluded them last season, when the visiting Eagles (3-0 league) shared it with C. Milton Wright. Bel Air, led by QB Adam Rafalski, has beaten defending Class 3A state champ Wilde Lake and outscored its four league opponents by a combined 104-6 with three shutouts. Aberdeen had won four straight since a season-opening 13-6 overtime loss at No. 2 Eastern Tech. WR-DB Stephon Watson (four receptions, 147 yards, three TDs), a preseason SuperPrep All-American, was injured and did not play for Aberdeen vs. Eastern Tech but has since returned to an Eagles offense run by shifty QB-S Chuck Faison.

Cardinal Gibbons (3-1) at No. 14 St. Paul's (3-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: St. Paul's (1-1 league) got Trey Whitty's field goal to edge No. 15 John Carroll last week, evening its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference record and remaining in the chase for the conference crown. The Crusaders, earlier losers to defending champ and No. 11 McDonogh, take on another group of Crusaders. Gibbons lost 28-6 last week to Archbishop Spalding but continues its quest to re-join the league's elite.

No. 1 Gilman (5-0) at Mount St. Joseph (1-4)

When: 1: 30 tomorrow

Outlook: Mount St. Joseph (1-0 in the MIAA A Conference), coached by Mike Working, comes off its first victory, a 13-7 upset of then-No. 9 Calvert Hall. The Gaels, led by Division I QB prospect Andy Michalowicz and freshman RB sensation Isaac Kufour, are looking to make it two straight upsets. Gilman has had two weeks to think since its 10-7 victory over Bethesda's Landon and to prepare for this league opener. Last week's scheduled opponent, Bullis of Montgomery County, chose to forfeit on short notice because "Gilman is a very big team," athletic director Mike Del Grande told The Washington Post. "We felt that because of the size differential, if we had walked out of there with a number of injuries it would have been difficult to finish the season." The Greyhounds have outscored their four opponents by 147-7, with three shutouts, but has the layoff disrupted their momentum?

Patapsco (5-0) at No. 3 Randallstown (5-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This Baltimore County Class 1A-2A clash pits two of the league's four unbeaten teams. The host Rams, anchored by Division I line prospect B.J. Thomas (6-3, 315) and RB Marshall Contee, have outscored opponents 189-16 -- 129-0 in their past three games. Patapsco, led by RB-DB Joe Bena and OT-DT Bill Hook (6-3, 260), has outscored its last three opponents on average by 33-6.

Lansdowne (5-0) at Loch Raven (5-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Another battle of Baltimore County 1A-2A unbeatens, this one featuring Lansdowne RB Gerald Hurt (1,053 rushing yards, 18 TDs). Hurt rushed for 316 yards and four TDs and caught a 51-yard TD with 20 seconds left in the first half of last week's 37-30 win over Towson. But coach Chuck Weitz's Loch Raven squad can put up some numbers, too, averaging more than 31 points in its last three games. The Raiders will have to do the same here to continue their quest of returning to the success of the 1970s.

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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