Anne Arundel County football games to watch

October 09, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

North County (2-3, 2-1) at Annapolis (3-2, 2-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: This is the visiting Knights' last chance to stay in the county Class 4A league race. By winning the rest of their games, the Knights would finish 7-3 overall, which may not be good enough to make the playoffs but could mean a league title share. Many say last year's county co-champs, Annapolis and Meade, are the top two teams -- and they play next week. North County lost 27-13 at Meade last week, and Annapolis staged a dramatic second-half comeback to outlast Arundel, 35-34. This game pits the county's No. 2 rusher, Rayvon Johnson (871 yards) of Annapolis, and the Knights' Ottis James (867 yards) and a pair of fine quarterbacks. North County's Mike Pfisterer has passed for the most yardage (646); the Panthers' Kyron Belt leads the county in TD passes (nine).

Meade (3-2, 2-0) at Severna Park (2-3, 1-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Meade needs to win this one to set up next week's showdown with Annapolis. This is a homecoming of sorts for visiting coach Mark Frye, who lives in Severna Park and was an assistant there. In his first meeting against his old team, Frye's Meade team won at home, 27-18, last year. Tonight, he and the Falcons' first-year coach, J. P. Hines, match wits with the Mustangs looking for their third straight over the Falcons. Severna Park, beaten 45-21 by Old Mill last week, has a lot to worry about with Meade's new offense, which features freshman QB Antwan Smith, his older brother Andrew at tailback, the return of RB Richard Redwood, not to mention RB Kenneth Rhames.

Chesapeake (1-4, 1-2) at Old Mill (2-3, 1-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Mike Marcus, Old Mill's rookie coach, is not giving up on his team's county title chances. The Patriots' lone league loss was to Meade. "A lot has to happen," said Marcus. "You never know." Marcus is hoping for a North County win over Annapolis this weekend because his squad still must play both. Chesapeake won its first game last week, 14-13, over winless Glen Burnie, but will be hard pressed to win in Millersville in front of the Patriots' homecoming crowd.

Arundel (0-5, 0-2) at Glen Burnie (0-5, 0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Snake-bitten Arundel has been in every game but has zilch to show for it. Last week's 20-point, second-half collapse and loss against Annapolis was a bitter pill for the Wildcats, who are in danger of their first losing season since 1992. Arundel RBs Domenic Greco and Danny Nucci must carry the load in the battle of the county's last two winless Class 4A teams.

Calvert Hall (3-2) at South River (3-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The host Seahawks hope that Jeff Donohue and Dameon Johnson, who have combined for nearly 500 rushing yards, continue their consistent running. They would like to repeat what Southern-Harwood did two weeks ago in upsetting the Cardinals of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Conference. Doing so will take a strong defensive performance by the Hawks. Calvert Hall had routed Southern, 43-26, last season and stung South River, 32-12.

Surrattsville (2-3) at Southern-Harwood (1-4)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Southern's upset of Calvert Hall didn't carry over last week, when the Bulldogs lost 39-14 to Prince George's power Frederick Douglass. Now they face another PG team that hammered them 25-0 last year.

Northeast (0-5) at Patuxent (3-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The Eagles hit the road to Southern Maryland hoping to end their 16-game losing streak in Calvert County. Northeast dropped a 33-14 decision to Patuxent last year.

No. 7 Broadneck (5-0) at Laurel (0-5)

When: 3 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Undefeated Broadneck hits the road to Prince George's County amid controversy. Five players, including junior QB Ryan Eslin and the team's top lineman, John Cifolilli (6-4, 280), were suspended from school and from tomorrow's game for violating the county conduct code for student athletes. All-Metro wide receiver Lehrman Dotson is expected to play QB in Eslin's place. The county's leading rusher and scorer, Martel Threadgill, who has 905 yards and 12 touchdowns, is the team's top insurance policy in this time of turmoil.

Archbishop Spalding (3-2, 2-0) at Severn (1-3, 0-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The visiting Cavaliers hope to keep pace with No. 11 McDonogh (4-0, 2-0) atop the MIAA B Conference. McDonogh buried Severn, 51-14, last week, and RBs Darren Johnson and James Bowen led Spalding to a 28-6 victory over Cardinal Gibbons (3-1, 0-1).

St. Mary's (1-3, 0-0) at Loyola (2-2, 0-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: It's the MIAA A Conference opener in Blakefield for these two teams in what was a truly big game just a couple years ago before the Saints fell on hard times. St. Mary's is 2-3 in the series.

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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