Weekend football games to watch

October 16, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

No. 13 John Carroll (4-1)

at No. 9 McDonogh (5-0)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: This Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference battle features two excellent QBs -- 6-3, 210-pound Matt Primm (McDonogh) and 5-11, 180-pound Mike Leatherman (John Carroll). Defending champ McDonogh (4-0 league) is having a nice season, including a 28-19 win over three-time A Conference champ Loyola. John Carroll also has beaten the A Conference's Mount St. Joseph. The Patriots boast Division I WR-DB prospect Hun Monroe, who can fly, and Leatherman, who threw TDs of 65 and 60 yards in last week's win over Archbishop Curley.

Poly (4-2)

at Northern (4-2)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: First-year Poly coach John Hammond enters this City East Division game having seen a mixed bag. Ranked No. 6 during the preseason, defending co-champ Poly (3-1 league) appears to have rebounded from blowout losses to No. 1 Gilman and No. 10 Patterson and goes after its third straight win at Northern (2-1 league). Northern used last week's 28-18 win over Southwestern to rebound from a 22-17 loss at City, the other defending co-champ.

No. 3 Randallstown (6-0)

at Loch Raven (6-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Two talented QBs lead their squads in this Baltimore County Class 1A-2A matchup. Randallstown's Archie Trader (5-0 league) rushed for 125 yards and two TDs last week behind lineman B.J. Thomas (6-4, 315) in a 28-6 win over Patapsco. For Loch Raven (6-0 league), QB-DB Cliff Johnson (6-3, 190) has thrown or run for eight TDs. On defense, he has returned three of his five interceptions for scores. Johnson threw for two TDs in last week's 30-10 rout of Lansdowne, but Randallstown, with four shutouts, has yielded just 14 points.

No. 8 City (5-1) vs.

No. 10 Patterson (6-0)

When: 7 tonight, at Patterson Park.

Outlook: This Baltimore City East Division clash features defending co-champ City (3-0 league) and Patterson (3-0 league), which earlier hammered the last year's other co-champ, Poly, 41-6. City's George Petrides is after career win No. 141, and Patterson's Roger Wrenn, No. 169. Patterson has outscored opponents on average by 38.3-to-7.6, with three shutouts. Wrenn's "half triple-option, half Wing-T" offense features RBs Brian Hopson (469 yards, six TDs), Brenden Williams (494, five) and Michael Crawford (154, eight) and linemen Matt Belcastro (6-3, 302) and Matt Williams (6-4, 306). City relies on its unrelated WR-LB Bryant Johnson and RB Kevin Johnson. Kevin had critical rushing TDs in a 7-0 win over Forest Park and both scores in last week's 20-0 win over Mervo. Bryant has scored 36 of City's 86 points.

No. 11 Hereford (6-0)

at Lansdowne (5-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: In this Baltimore County Class 1A-2A clash, defending Class 1A state champ Hereford (4-0 league) could have trouble with Lansdowne (5-1 league) and RB Gerald Hurt (1,167 yards, 18 TDs). Hereford has won 30 of 31 games but returned only one starter from last season. Lansdowne has perhaps its best team ever.

No. 1 Gilman (6-0)

at No. 14 Loyola (3-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: After out-scoring its first three opponents by a combined, 137-0, Gilman (1-0 league) has a three-game winning streak comprised of a forfeit and struggled to win the other two by a combined six points. Now the Greyhounds visit three-time defending MIAA A Conference champ Loyola, which edged last year's Greyhounds, 15-13. Loyola (1-0 league) is at home for the second consecutive week. Coming off last week's 38-0 rout of St. Mary's, the Dons are after coach Joe Brune's 197th career win.

No. 2 Eastern Tech (6-0)

at Parkville (4-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: High-flying Eastern (5-0 league) was slow out of the blocks, requiring overtime in its first two games. But the Mavericks (5-0 league) have outscored their past four opponents on average by 36-to-3.75, with two shutouts. RB-LB Ray Jones enters this Baltimore County Class 3A-4A game with 16 TDs, and All-American WR Anthony Lawston has caught three TDs. Parkville (2-2 league) shut out Woodlawn, 21-0, last week. Woodlawn had shared last year's county crown with Eastern and Milford Mill and lost, 14-13, to the Mavericks earlier this year.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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