Weekend football games to watch

October 30, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

Old Mill (4-4, 3-2)

at No. 13 Annapolis (6-2, 5-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Coach Roy Brown's Panthers can wrap up their second straight Anne Arundel title and clinch a playoff berth with a win at Al Laramore Field. Annapolis, county co-champion with Meade last year, is the county Class 4A league's only undefeated team; Old Mill is one of three 3-2 teams. An Old Mill upset could leave the four at 4-2 after tonight and set up a showdown for Annapolis at Severna Park next week. Brown is wary of the Pats. Senior RB Toney Twitty "runs very hard, is talented and fast," said Brown. "They've got a very good offensive team." Twitty has run for 940 yards and eight touchdowns. Senior QB Craig Hall paces the county in yards passing (1,167) and TD passes (14). Hall's favorite targets are Jason Galloway (23 receptions, four TDs), Antoine Cooksey (21 receptions, three TDs) and Brandon White (17 receptions, five TDs). It's a well-balanced attack averaging 31.3 points a game that will be going against a hard-hitting Annapolis defense led by Henry Downs, Dewayne Hunt and Jack Brooks. The Panthers are yielding 9.5 points a game and have five shutouts, the last three in a row. Old Mill has been giving up 20 points an outing; the Panthers are rolling up 33.5 points a game. Junior RB Rayvon Johnson, already the school's single season rushing leader (1,529 yards) needs three touchdowns tonight to tie the school season record of 18 by J Johnson in 1984. Eleven of QB Kyron Belt's 24 pass completions have gone for touchdowns, and his ability to pass keeps opposing defenses honest. "Kyron pumps up our offense and keeps everybody focused," says Johnson.

No. 7 Broadneck (8-0, 2-0)

at Southern-Harwood (3-5, 1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The Bruins may need to go undefeated to earn a playoff berth in the tough Class 3A East region, where No. 5-ranked Wilde Lake (7-1) and City (6-2) loom. A Broadneck victory would give the Bruins the county 2A-3A title at 3-0. Broadneck, 9-4 lifetime vs. Southern, was a 42-12 winner over the Dawgs last year, just its second win since 1993. Broadneck's workhorse, Martel Threadgill, is the county's second leading rusher with 1,438 yards (3,514 in his four-year career) and needs 114 to break the county career record. With 21 touchdowns this season, Threadgill has 44 career touchdowns. Since taking over at QB four weeks ago, the Bruins' Lehrman Dotson has not been intercepted (17-for-28) and has thrown for 404 yards and three touchdowns. Southern's Randy Salisbury, who has three interceptions, will be looking to change that. The Dawgs will be looking for big nights from lineman Steve Price (6-4, 275) and LB Jake Cramer (5-10, 175).

Severna Park (4-4, 3-2)

at North County (3-3, 3-5)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: It's do or die for both of these teams in Ferndale. Visiting Severna Park has to win to have any shot at the county title and to add extra meaning to their meeting with archrival Annapolis next week. First-year coach J.P. Hines has a chance to do something predecessor Andy Borland never did, beat North County. The Knights must win to avoid their third consecutive losing season and will need a big game from Otis James, the school's career rushing leader (2,254 yards) who has run for 1,001 yards and nine touchdowns this season. James will be running against David Wagner, a 6-2, 205-pound junior LB who has emerged as one of the county's best. Wagner was in on 19 tackles in a 14-2 loss to Arundel last week.

Chesapeake (1-7, 1-5)

at Arundel (3-5, 3-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: After a dismal 0-5 start, the host Wildcats have come on strong and have an outside shot at a share of the county title. Chesapeake, which got hammered, 28-0, by Arundel last year, needs a win. If the Cougars lose, Tom Kraning, at the school 11 years, would be the fastest to reach 75 career losses. Wildcats LB Jeff Blachly is a player to watch.

Glen Burnie (0-8, 0-5)

at Meade (4-4, 3-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Meade also is rooting for Old Mill tonight so the Mustangs could go into the final game at Arundel with a shot at the county title. The hosts have the potential to finish at 6-4, coach Mark Frye says. Anne Arundel County never has had two winless teams in the same season, but Glen Burnie and Northeast could do it this fall.

South River (3-5, 0-1)

at Northeast (0-8, 0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The host Eagles keep plugging away despite the area's longest losing streak (19 games). South River jumped out 10-0 on Broadneck last week but lost, 34-17. Seahawks junior DB Bruce Lee leads county public schools in interceptions with five.

Archbishop Spalding (5-3, 4-1)

at No. 8 McDonogh (7-0, 5-0)

When: 2: 45 p.m. today

Outlook: This is it for the Cavaliers, who dropped their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game last week by 35-21 to No. 11 St. Paul's (7-1). Spalding has to win on the road over a team it lost to a year ago to have any shot at a conference title.

Severn (2-5, 1-4)

at Boys Latin (4-4, 2-3)

When: 2: 45 p.m. today

Outlook: The Admirals notched their first conference win last week by 21-0 over Archbishop Curley (1-5, 2-5). Ted Harries ran back an interception for a TD, Mike Edgar ran for one and QB Tom Cleaver tossed his seventh touchdown pass of the season. Coach John Beckman is hoping for an encore.

St. Mary's (1-6, 0-2)

at No. 1 Gilman (8-0, 2-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: After a 27-7 loss to Mount St. Joe (3-5, 2-1) last week, coach Brad Best could only say of his young Saints, who have scored a mere 32 points in seven games: "Things don't get any better. We've got Gilman [No. 1 in the metro area] next week."

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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