Weekend football games to watch

October 16, 1998|By Rick Belz

Centennial (4-2)

at Wilde Lake (5-1)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Centennial has back-to-back victories, but the Eagles have never beaten Wilde Lake. And they didn't play well in the first half despite beating Atholton, 27-0, last week. The Eagles surrender superior size and speed to the Wildecats, who celebrate homecoming. No turnovers and good play from special teams are musts if Centennial hopes to keep it close. The Eagles somehow must corral the speed of RB Jimmie Levins, whose 250 yards and two TDs last week against River Hill boosted his season totals to 862 yards and 12 TDs. Centennial RB Matt Deuchler has 654 yards and 11 TDs. Wilde Lake defeated Centennial last season, 33-6.

Howard (5-1) at Long Reach (3-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Third-year Long Reach has dominated this neighborhood rivalry by winning both previous meetings. Long Reach still clings to a hope of defending its regional championship and making the Class 2A playoffs. Right now the Lions are second in the Class 2A regional point standings, so a win this week would go a long way toward ensuring a playoff spot for Howard, something the Lions haven't accomplished since 1993 when they won their last county title. A Howard win would also generate some respect, something the Lions don't seem to get despite their fine record. Long Reach greatly outweighs Howard on the line, and despite an 18-13 loss to Oakland Mills last week, is a powerful opponent. Howard, which averages 29 points, has big-play threat Gerald Smith, who rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries last week. Howard's defense has allowed just 32 points in its last four games. Long Reach defeated Howard last season, 20-6.

Oakland Mills (5-1)

at Hammond (1-4)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Oakland Mills played its best game of the season last week, intercepting five passes to defeat Long Reach, 18-13. Hammond lost 35-8 to Howard and is struggling. Oakland Mills' defense still seeks its first shutout, but the Bears have RB Calvin Wilmer, one of the league's rushing leaders. The Scorpions have ignited their passing game in lieu of a strong running attack, which was stymied by Vinnie Rubbo's first-game ankle injury -- and the ankle still hasn't healed. WR Tom Browne has caught 22 passes for eight TDs from QB T. J. Welsh, who has passed for 889 yards. Oakland Mills defeated Hammond last season, 22-12.

Mount Hebron (3-3)

at River Hill (3-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Mount Hebron, snapping a two-game losing streak, scored five long touchdowns last week in a 42-28 win over Glenelg. Vikings RB Jerry Hicks has 688 yards rushing and nine TDs. River Hill's defense, although solid, lacks speed and is susceptible to big plays. The Hawks have lost three straight to Oakland Mills, Howard and Wilde Lake and are hoping to turn it around. River Hill defeated Mount Hebron last season, 19-14.

Atholton (1-5)

at Glenelg (1-5)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Undermanned Atholton plays hard each week but has lost five straight. Glenelg has lost four straight but has an excellent passer, quarterback Zack McQuigg, who completed 21 34 for 292 yards and three TDs last week. He has completed 65 of 124 passes for 864 yards and nine TDs. J. T. Smart has caught 23 passes and Mike Rice 22. Clint Furr leads the team with 65 tackles and Rice has 40. Glenelg defeated Atholton last season, 34-31.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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