Football games to watch

October 22, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Frederick (0-7)

at South Carroll (4-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: South Carroll, which opened with four straight wins and now has lost its last three, tries to get back on track against a team that has helped opponents that way for seven straight weeks. Last week against Thomas Johnson, South Carroll was within 25-21 after two third-period TDs within 42 seconds but yielded a first down on a fake punt, then was stopped three times inside the TJ 25-yard line in the fourth quarter. For South Carroll, FB Scott Warner had two TDs, and Tim Peak scored on a 30-yard fumble return. Although QB John Luster added to his conference and county-leading passing marks with 18-for-33 for 204 yards (82-146-1,065), the Cavaliers also showed ball-control with 18 successive running plays in a 77-yard TD drive that used nearly eight minutes. Clarke Griffin remained the team's top rusher by running for 89 yards. Frederick has shown its best offense against county teams, with five of its seven TDs coming against North Carroll and Liberty. QB Pat McGovern passed for one TD, and Jermaine Williams, who had returned an interceptions 50 yards for a TD two weeks ago, had an 80-yard kickoff return to set up a score. Overall, the Cadets have been outscored an average of 45-7.

Liberty (3-4) at Linganore (5-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Liberty is the county's hottest team, having won three straight, including handing South Carroll its first loss and beating nemesis Thomas Johnson. Senior RB Calvin Stacey's three TDs and 162 rushing yards vs. Frederick last week, raising his totals to 13 TDs (88 points) and 1,093 yards. The overall offense has improved with the record, as the Lions have scored 27-34-44 in their three wins. Defensively, Chris Peters and Joe Pugliese (five sacks) have been the top tacklers, Tom Warner continues to lead the county with three interceptions, and Mike Reuwer has four sacks and two fumble recoveries. Linganore also has been dominating foes of late, having won its last three -- Thomas Johnson, Westminster, and North Carroll. Last week, Linganore controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and was not in danger after opening a 20-0 lead on North Carroll. Twins Joey and Billy Bradshaw each had a TD and have now combined for 17 on the year. Joey is the team's top rusher with 877 yards in the Lancers' run-oriented, ball-control offense.

Westminster (4-3)

at North Carroll (4-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This will be the first of three straight county games for Westminster. North Carroll has beaten South Carroll. Each team is coming off a loss, Westminster being trampled by unbeaten Urbana, 42-6, and North Carroll losing to Linganore, 27-7. Jemal Smalls scored Westminster's TD on a 77-yard play, and six of the nine TDs by the sophomore WR have come on passes. Against Linganore, North Carroll junior RB Steve Suter ran for 125 yards, including a 40-yard dash for the TD. That gave him 13 for the year (82 points), and 1,056 rushing yards. This is the third year in a row the team has had a 1,000-yard rusher; Adam Crowl had 1,166 and 1,016 the previous two seasons. North Carroll is primarily a running team. Westminster has shown more balance with RB Billy Arnold leading the rushers with 561 yards and QB Scott Carnegie passing 52-for-111 for 792 yards and nine TDs. However, Urbana shut down the running game, checking the Owls on 40 yards from 29 carries.

Francis Scott Key (1-6)

at Brunswick (5-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Key's hopes were buoyed by the team's first win two weeks ago, but were then dashed last week in a 34-0 loss to Walkersville. Despite the score, Key got a good defensive effort for the second straight week but could not overcome seven DTC turnovers. Middletown (7-0) has been the only other team able to hold the Eagles scoreless. One problem has been lack of offense, though, because Key has scored more than one TD only twice since its opening 42-20 loss at North Carroll. Brunswick halted a two-game losing streak last week by beating North Hagerstown, 12-0, a team that defeated Key, 13-6. The Railroaders feature tough defense, having allowed more than one TD only twice (a 31-6 loss to Middletown and a 20-12 win over Poolesville). However, they don't score much, either. They have been in three one-touchdown games, and the record includes a two-point win over Williamsport (9-7) and an overtime loss to Walkersville (7-6).

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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