Howard County weekend football games to watch

October 23, 1998|By Rick Belz

River Hill (4-3, 3-3)

at Centennial (4-3, 3-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Special teams may play a decisive role in this game, a battle of River Hill's defense vs. Centennial's ball-control offense. Special teams created two early touchdowns in River Hill's 39-0 win over Mount Hebron last week, as the Hawks ended a three-game slide. Failure to get off a punt hurt Centennial in its 33-15 loss to Wilde Lake. Centennial RB Matt Deuchler, who rushed for 101 of his 758 yards on the season against Wilde Lake, is a doubtful starter because of an ankle sprained on the game's last play last week. River Hill RB Jason Fawcett set two school records with 211 yards and three touchdowns last week.

TC Centennial defeated River Hill last season, 28-13.

Howard (5-2, 4-2)

at Mount Hebron (3-4, 3-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Lions need to rebound from last week's 37-14 loss to Long Reach to maintain their playoff hopes. Gerald Smith, who has 849 yards this season, was held to 26 yards, so expect a big game from him. Mount Hebron fumbled the first two kickoffs and made six turnovers in losing to River Hill, 39-0. Mount Hebron, hoping for a .500 season, needs an upset.

Oakland Mills (6-1, 5-1)

at Glenelg (2-5, 2-4)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Scorpions crushed Hammond, 49-13, last week, intercepting five passes for the second straight week. QB T. J. Welsh reached 1,066 yards passing by completing 11 of 17 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Vinnie Rubbo rushed 21 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Tom Browne caught four passes for 75 yards and one TD. Joey Ellis had three interceptions. Glenelg's offense hinges on the pass, and QB Zack McQuigg completed 16 of 27 for 300 yards and two TDs last week in a 42-0 win over Atholton that ended a four-game losing streak. He has passed for 1,164 yards and 11 TDs. Mike Rice leads the team with 28 catches and J. T. Smart has 27. Clint Furr made 11 tackles last week. Glenelg, which lost 28-0 last year, hasn't beaten Oakland Mills since 1993.

Long Reach (4-3, 3-3)

at Hammond (1-6, 1-5)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Lightning offense has averaged 31 points over its past four games, including a 37-14 win over Howard last week. The defense has averaged eight points during that time. Devin Conwell has emerged as a dominant player for the Lightning. He had 157 yards rushing last week, and has 836 yards for the season. With everything clicking, Long Reach clings to its long-shot playoff hopes. Hammond's Calvin Wilmer needs 33 rushing yards to top 1,000. Hammond upset Long Reach last fall, 21-7.

Wilde Lake (6-1, 6-0)

at Atholton (1-6, 0-6)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Wildecats have the league's leading rusher, Jimmie Levins, with 1,005 yards and 16 TDs. They have Defensive Player of the Year Danny Bayron. They have won six straight. While losing six straight, undermanned Atholton has scored 26 points. Wilde Lake defeated Atholton last fall, 40-0.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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