Weekend football games to watch

October 30, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Spalding (5-3)

at No. 8 McDonogh (7-0)

When: 2: 45 today

Outlook: McDonogh (6-0 league), anchored by DE Joe Rosenbaum (seven sacks) and LB T.C. Crosby (four INTs), can win its 15th straight league game and clinch its second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference crown against the Cavaliers (4-1), who are coming off their only league loss, 35-21, at No. 11 St. Paul's. A victory by Spalding, led by RB Darren Johnson (1,029 yards, 14 TDs), would force at least a three-way tie with St. Paul's (4-1), which, like Spalding, has one league game left.

Douglass (6-2) at Carver (5-3)

When: Today, 2: 30

Outlook: Douglass and Carver are each 3-1 in the City West Division and trying to remain in the chase for the crown with Edmondson (3-1) and Forest Park (3-1). Carver's Class 3A playoff aspirations are all but over, but Douglass is only two spots away from achieving one of the last of eight seeds in the Class 4A playoffs. A loss would definitely eliminate Douglass.

No. 2 Eastern Tech (8-0) vs.

No. 6 Milford Mill (7-1)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Catonsville Community College

Outlook: This battle of defending Baltimore County 3A-4A league tri-champs means playoff elimination for Milford (7-0 league) if it loses, or -- with one regular-season game left -- sole possession of first place in the county standings for the winner. Eastern Tech (7-0 league) still would be likely to qualify with a loss and a win over Kenwood next weekend, because it ranks No. 1 in the Class 3A standings for playoff points accumulation. The Mavericks are first in the North region. Milford Mill, however, is ninth in the standings -- one spot from achieving a berth in the eight-team field. Led by second-team All-Metro DL Ralph Henry (19 sacks), the Mavericks will try to stop Milford's do-everything WR-QB-DB Richard Johnson and his spread offense featuring RB Tyrone Gholston. Look for Johnson to play against Eastern Tech's All-American WR-DB Anthony Lawston, who has averaged 34 1/2 receptions, 679 yards and five TDs over four seasons.

No. 10 Hereford (7-1) vs.

Patapsco (7-1)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Dundalk Community College

Outlook: Last week's 28-21 loss to No. 3 Randallstown ended a 21-game winning streak against county opponents for the defending Class 1A state champion Hereford Bulls (5-1 in county 1A-2A league play). Yet Hereford would be the No. 1 seed if the eight-team playoff field were chosen today. Patapsco (6-1 league) has plenty of incentive: It sits only two spots from qualifying for the Class 2A playoffs for the first time. Led by DB Joe Bena, WR Calvin Wilson (six receiving TDs) and DL Matt Layman (two sacks), Patapsco trailed only 7-0 at halftime of its 28-6 loss to Randallstown. Hereford DL C. J. Feldheim (five sacks) and LB Ray Causey (two sacks) face a challenge in Wilson, who also has thrown a TD and has two INTs. Hereford had six turnovers vs. Randallstown, and Patapsco coach Al Bennetta feels "a fumble here or there" is all that separates these two teams.

Calvert Hall (4-3)

at No. 15 C. Milton Wright (7-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: A loss here for C. Milton Wright of Harford County would mean elimination from the Class 3A state playoffs for the second consecutive season. Before that, C. Milton Wright had reached state semis seven times in eight tries. Calvert Hall is led by LB-RB Greg Smoot, who has been offered a full scholarship to Penn State, and has linemen who average 240 pounds. But the Cardinals are coming off a 42-21 loss to No. 1 Gilman. If the eight-team Class 3A playoff field were picked today, C. Milton Wright would be the eighth seed.

Lansdowne (6-2)

at No. 3 Randallstown (8-0)

When: 1 tomorrow

Outlook: This Baltimore County 1A-2A clash features two of the league's best RBs with Lansdowne's Gerald Hurt (22 TDs) running behind OL Drew Marion (6-0, 260), and Randallstown's Marshell Contee (12 TDs) running behind OL B.J. Thomas (6-3, 315). Randallstown ranks No. 1 in its Class 2A playoff quest, and Lansdowne is on the outside looking in with its chances of qualifying slim.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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