Weekend football games to watch

October 23, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

Archbishop Spalding (5-2, 4-0)

at No. 11 St. Paul's (5-1, 3-1)

When: 3: 30 p.m. today

Outlook: As renowned ABC horse-racing announcer Dave Johnson would say, "and down the stretch they come." In its quest for a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship, Spalding travels to Baltimore for the first of three huge games. Spalding and No. 8 McDonogh (6-0, 5-0) are the last two unbeaten teams in the conference and meet next week. Crusader QB Doug Mueller, who tossed three touchdown passes in a 41-12 romp over Severn last week, will be tested by Spalding, which 20 interceptions. Sam Creveling leads the county in pickoffs with seven; fellow senior DB Frank Pryor has four. Spalding also features RBs Darren Johnson (903 yards, 12 touchdowns rushing) and James Bowen (261 yards, five touchdowns).

No. 7 Broadneck (7-0, 1-0)

at South River (3-4, 0-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Martel Threadgill, who has run for county-leading totals of 1,312 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Bruins, needs 231 yards to become the county's career-rushing leader. Broadneck, the Class 3A East region leader, was a 31-6 winner last year but is 3-10 lifetime against the Class 2A Hawks and has never won twice in a row in the series.

No. 13 Annapolis (5-2, 4-0)

at Glen Burnie (0-7, 0-4)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: A 35-0 rout of Meade last week enabled Annapolis, seeking its second straight playoff berth, to take over first in the Class 4A East region. Junior RB Rayvon Johnson (1,278 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing, 12 total TDs) is emerging for Annapolis, which is averaging 31.3 points a game. Johnson ran for 259 yards against Meade, 20 short of the school record, and needs 101 yards tonight to break the school record (1,378) for yards rushing in a season set by Shawn Taylor in 1992. The Henry Downs-led defense is giving up only 10.8 points a game, but the Gophers are scoring only 6.3 points an outing. Annapolis coach Roy Brown, 6-3 lifetime against Glen Burnie, including wins the last two seasons by a combined 72-14 margin, is worried. "You never know. You can't take anybody in this league lightly," said Brown.

Arundel (2-5, 2-2)

at Severna Park (4-3, 3-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Arundel has won its last two, including last Saturday's 28-20 defeat of Old Mill. Forget being a spoiler, suddenly alive Arundel could throw the race into a tizzy with a win tonight. The Wildcats can run with Domenic Greco and Dan Nucci (combined 1,100 yards, 11 touchdowns). The Falcons can throw with junior QB Chris Odom (500 yards passing). Falcons coach J. P. Hines is an Arundel grad and was the Wildcats' defensive coordinator last year. It's Severna Park's turn to win. The Falcons have won every other year since 1992 and are pointing to a strong finish that could make their final game with archrival Annapolis the county championship game.

North County (3-4, 3-2)

at Old Mill (3-4, 2-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Alert the BWI air-traffic controllers for this one, because the ball will be flying often (50 to 60 passes or more, possiby) in Millersville tonight. Old Mill QB Craig Hall leads the county in passing with 1,095 yards and 12 touchdowns. Knights QB Mike Pfisterer has thrown for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns. Each team also has an outstanding RB in Otis James (1,001, nine touchdowns) of North County and Old Mill's Toney Twitty (877, eight touchdowns). North County lost for only the second time to Old Mill, 29-6, last year.

Meade (3-4, 2-2)

at Chesapeake (1-6, 1-4)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Their playoff hopes smoked by Annapolis, the Mustangs hope to close fast. Meade has the potential to finish above .500. The Cougars, averaging just 6.6 points a game, are scraping for points and an upset to salvage their season.

Southern-Harwood (2-5, 0-0)

at Northeast (0-7, 0-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Coming off a 30-21 win at Easton (2-5), the Class 2A Bulldogs open in the Class 2A-3A league in Pasadena. The Class 3A Eagles have the area's longest losing streak, 18 games. It's too bad Northeast and Glen Burnie don't meet so that one of them could notch a "W" this season.

Archbishop Curley (2-5, 1-4)

at Severn (1-5, 0-4)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Coach John Beckman's Admirals are focused on getting their first MIAA B Conference victory. Junior QB Tom Cleaver (722 yards, five TDs) keeps improving.

St. Mary's (1-5, 0-1)

at Mount St. Joseph (2-5, 1-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Seems like only yesterday when these two teams were playing for the MIAA A Conference title rather than staying out of the cellar. This has been a rare season for the Saints under Brad Best.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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