Carroll County football games to watch this weekend

October 09, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Linganore (3-2) at Westminster (4-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Westminster fashioned a balanced offense and strong line efforts in beating Frederick last week, 29-0, but Linganore will provide a much sterner test. Junior QB Scott Carnegie threw for 103 yards and three TDs, sophomore WR Jemal Smalls caught three passes for 55 yards, and the backs ran for 227 yards, led by senior Billy Arnold with 103. Linganore has beaten Walkersville, Dunbar, and Thomas Johnson, and lost to Damascus and South Carroll. Junior RBs Billy and Joey Bradshaw have combined for 12 touchdowns and 1,013 rushing yards. Against South Carroll (a 27-14 loss), Bradshaw ran for 275 yards, and the team recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt for a TD. At Dunbar (39-36), the Lancers recovered three fumbles, blocked a punt, and had two TDs called back. Its 34-0 win over TJ, a frustration victory after losing to South Carroll, snapped TJ's 34-game Central Maryland Conference winning streak.

South Carroll (4-1) at North Carroll (3-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Each team is coming off a loss. South Carroll saw its winning streak and state ranking disappear in its loss to Liberty, and North Carroll became Urbana's fifth straight victim, 48-7. This is the opening game in the county league, and the schedule won't get much easier for either side. North Carroll has Linganore, Westminster, TJ, and Liberty; South Carroll has TJ, -- Frederick, Urbana, and Westminster. Senior QB John Luster has completed nearly 60 percent of his 57 passes, including 20 to David Keefer and 14 to Andrew Nunemaker for a total of 474 yards and six TDs. RB Clarke Griffin has 447 rushing yards, and RB Mike Muller has four touchdowns. Nick Hozik and Chris Currence are key defensive players, and the Cavs have a strong kicking game with punter Jason Tourangeau and place-kicker Matt Kelley. North Carroll offensive standout Steve Suter was somewhat contained, although the senior RB did turn a screen pass into an 84-yard touchdown run, the first TD allowed by the Urbana defense this year (Liberty's Calvin Stacey scored the only other one allowed on a kickoff return). South Carroll has outscored its opponents, 150-95; North Carroll's comparable figures: 131-142.

Thomas Johnson (2-3) at Liberty (1-4)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Liberty is up after last week's victory over South Carroll, but now the Lions get TJ, looking for a team to take out some frustration after last week's 34-0 pounding by Linganore. The Patriots' situation is compounded by the loss of two-way star Leroy Ambush, out with a dislocated elbow. TJ has beaten Middletown and Westminster, and lost to Crossland and Loyola, where five turnovers proved costly. Calvin Stacey sparks Liberty's running attack. The defense includes LB Chris Peters, the county's top tackler, and DB Tom Warner, the county interception leader. "The biggest thing that win does is give us faith and confidence, and you can't buy that," said coach Ken Johnson. "TJ brings an aura, however, and to get another win, we will need to get after them with a passion."

Francis Scott Key (0-5) at South Hagerstown (1-4)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Key, which let two possible wins slip away in the last three weeks, gets another game in which it should be competitive. Key was ripped for 83 points in its first two games but has since tightened its defense. Offensively, Jason Richard is the leading runner with 284 yards, and Chris Lagunas has scored three of the team's seven TDs. The defense pretty much revolves around LBs Jeff Eyler and Paul Mullins. South has beaten Smithsburg (32-12), and lost to Archbishop Curley, Boonsboro, Brunswick, and Walkersville. In its losses, South has not scored more than two TDs in any game, and was in position to beat Curley, before coming along to stop Smithsburg. In its last three games, however, it has been outscored, 136-26, The Rebels rely on RB Jason Priecko and WR Matt Jenkins, who had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss at Walkersville.

Pub Date: 10/09/98

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