Weekend football games to watch

October 16, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

Annapolis (4-2 overall, 3-0 county)

at Meade (3-3, 2-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Last year's county Class 4A league co-champions battle at the Fort. Annapolis gave Meade its only county-league loss last year, 25-21. Another thriller is likely with both teams having breakaway runners and adequate passing. Annapolis boasts RBs Rayvon Johnson (1,019, 10 touchdowns) and up-and-coming sophomore Reynardo Young, who ran for 102 yards in last week's 21-0 victory over North County. Panthers QB Kyron Belt has thrown nine touchdown passes in leading an offense averaging 30.6 points a game. The host Mustangs, 29-28 overtime losers to Severna Park last week, counter with TB-QB Andrew Smith, freshman QB Antwan Smith, RB Richard Redwood and WR Edmund Carazo. Belt and Andrew Smith also anchor their respective secondaries. An Annapolis victory would likely end Meade's playoff hopes and a chance at another county title. If Meade prevails, as many as four county teams could be 3-1 in league play with three games left.

Severna Park (3-3, 2-1)

at Chesapeake (1-5, 1-3)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Coming off their 29-28 overtime win over Meade, the Falcons need to avoid that coaches' nightmare -- the letdown. "We have to be ready to play and not take Chesapeake lightly," said Severna Park coach J.P. Hines. Suddenly, Severna Park controls its own destiny in the Class 4A league. The Falcons hope for another big game from junior Paul Gillette, who ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns last week. Chesapeake blanked Severna Park, 6-0, last year, its first win over the Falcons since 1984.

Glen Burnie (0-6, 0-3)

at North County (2-4, 2-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Glen Burnie's first-year coach Brad Wilson goes against his old boss, North County coach Chuck Markiewicz. The visiting Gophers are giving up 32.6 points a game and averaging only 5.3 points but hope to give the Knights a game. After losing successively to Meade and Annapolis, the Knights need this one for a shot at a winning season. The Knights won last fall's game, 20-0.

South River (3-3)

at Patuxent (4-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The Seahawks travel to Lusby in Calvert County to face a team they defeated by 34-6 last year. With 292 yards, junior Jeff Donohue is the Hawks' leading rusher.

Southern-Harwood (1-5)

at Easton (2-4)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: After their stunning 12-7 upset of Calvert Hall, the Bulldogs have dropped the last two but hope to get well on a trip across the Bay Bridge. Southern was an 18-6 victor over Easton last year.

Archbishop Curley (2-3, 1-3)

at Archbishop Spalding (4-2, 3-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: This is one of those games the Cavs are supposed to win -- and must -- to stay in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference hunt with No. 9 McDonogh (5-0, 3-0), No. 12 St. Paul's (5-1, 2-1) and No. 13 John Carroll (4-1, 2-1). Spalding plays the latter three over the next three weeks.

Severn (1-4, 0-3)

at No. 12 St. Paul's (4-1, 2-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: Still looking for their first MIAA B Conference victory, the Admirals travel to Brooklandville to face the Crusaders, whom they handled, 27-7, last year.

St. Mary's (1-4, 0-1)

at St. Alban's (2-2)

When: 4 today

Outlook: The Saints take a break from their MIAA A Conference schedule after losing their season opener to Loyola by 38-0. But is it really a break? St. Albans, which plays in the Interstate Athletic Conference, won, 21-7, over St. Mary's last year. The Saints have been outscored 123-25.

Old Mill (3-3, 2-1)

at Arundel (1-5, 1-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Old Mill hopes to spoil the Wildcats' homecoming and keep its hopes of a Class 4A county league title alive. Patriots coach Mike Marcus will be pulling for Meade over Annapolis tonight, which could give his team a share of first place, provided it wins in Gambrills tomorrow. Toney Twitty leads the Patriots with 809 yards and eight touchdowns rushing. Receiver Brandon White leads the county in reception yards with 323 on 11 catches for four touchdowns from QB Craig Hall. Domenic Greco (605 yards, six touchdowns) and Dan Nucci (308, four touchdowns) lead the Wildcats rushing attack that ran wild in last week's 44-7 romp over Glen Burnie, Arundel's first win. An RTC upset of Old Mill would leave the Cats 2-2 in the league with an outside shot at a title share. Old Mill's 28-6 victory last year was its first over Arundel since 1991.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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