Weekend football to watch

October 30, 1998|By John W. Stewart

Liberty (3-5)

at Westminster (5-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The winner will have two Carroll County wins and clinch at least a tie for the county championship going into next week's regular season-ending matchups. Last week, Liberty was within 7-6 of Linganore after a TD by Calvin Stacey (257 rushing yards), but the Lancers went on to a 35-6 advantage before Lions QB Jim Miller threw late TD passes to Dave Morgan and Aaron Hutsell for 35-22. Stacey has 1,338 rushing yards as part of his 1,732 total yards, plus 14 TDs and six two-point conversions for 96 points. On the year, Hutsell has half his team's receptions with 12 for 204 yards. Liberty's county win was 27-14 over South Carroll, and Westminster comes in having beaten North Carroll last week, 28-20. The Owls got a nice offensive effort from RB Nick Farver vs. North Carroll (172 yards, 3 TDs), with FB Billy Arnold either blocking for him or running the ball (622 yards for the season). Sophomore WR/DB Jamel Smalls is a two-way threat with nine TDs, including six of his 22 receptions (414 yards), and three interceptions.

Thomas Johnson (3-5)

at North Carroll (4-4)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Both teams come in having lost last week, but TJ likely has more bruises after absorbing its worst defeat, a 56-0 pummeling by Urbana. North Carroll might have more incentive, seeing this as a winable game against a foe it has not beaten in 11 meetings. RB Steve Suter has 14 TDs and two two-pointers for 86 points to go with 1,156 rushing yards and 319 receiving yards on 19 catches. Lineman Eric Wilhelm and LB Chad Lettau lead the defense.

Urbana (8-0)

at South Carroll (5-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Urbana is 11th in the state poll and second in Class 2A West in the playoff ratings. Its 56-0 win (after leading 49-0 at the half) over Thomas Johnson was its fifth shutout, and no team has scored more than one TD against the Frederick County school, whose seniors (the new school's first) have matured. QB Zack Mills has 59 completions (55 percent) for 1,270 yards and 18 TDs. Thomas Parrish is the leading rusher, 519 yards, seven TDs, and Greg Hill the top receiver, 23 catches for 519 yards and seven TDs. South Carroll, which regrouped last week against Frederick, 40-19, after having lost three straight, will attempt to blunt this power with a defense headed by Nick Hozik and Chris Currence. On offense, six players have scored four or more touchdowns, headed by Mike Muller and Scott Warner, five apiece. Each team has a strong kicker, Kevin Burkey (39 PAT and two FG) for Urbana and Matt Kelley (24 PAT, one FG) for the Cavaliers.

Francis Scott Key (1-7)

at Catoctin (4-4)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Each team lost last week, Key at Brunswick, 12-0, and Catoctin against Walkersville, 31-20. The Brunswick game was a duplication of several previous Key efforts. A defense sparked by Jeff Eyler and Paul Mullins checked the opposition on two or fewer TDS, but the offense continued to struggle, being shut out for the second straight week. The Eagles turned the ball over three times in their own territory, setting up one Brunswick TD. Catoctin QB Chad Wiley had 10 pass completions for 116 yards and one TD, and RB Chad Dewees rushed for 164 yards and scored twice to give his team a 13-0 lead. It led again, 20-17, before yielding two TDs, the second on an interception.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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