Weekend football to watch

October 30, 1998|By Rick Belz

Howard (6-2) at

No. 12 Oakland Mills (7-1)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Lions need a win to keep alive their Class 2A playoff hopes. Oakland Mills, riding a six-game win streak after losing to Wilde Lake, needs another win to solidify its Class 1A playoff spot and a home-field advantage. Howard bounced back from a loss to Long Reach two weeks ago and defeated Mount Hebron, 33-13, last week. Howard unleashed a passing attack as QB Jon LaRoche threw for three TDs, and RB Gerald Smith threw for one and ran for one. Smith had 93 yards rushing and Anthony Aceves caught three TD passes. But Oakland Mills' secondary didn't allow a TD pass and intercepted two passes against Glenelg's QB Zack McQuigg last week. The Scorpions intercepted five passes each of the preceding two weeks. Joey Ellis has seven picks. Oakland Mills continued to display its own potent passing attack, as QB T. J. Welsh threw for four TDs and 216 yards in a 40-12 win over Glenelg. RB Vinnie Rubbo twisted a knee in the first quarter after gaining 64 yards. His playing status is uncertain. Oakland Mills defeated Howard last season, 45-29.

Glenelg (2-6) at Long Reach (5-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Glenelg has given up 40 points four times this season. Long Reach's offense is capable of scoring 40. The Lightning won, 45-14, against Hammond last week. Long Reach can pass but is predominantly a running team led by Devin Conwell, who had 96 yards last week. Long Reach needs River Hill to lose one of its final two games to have any hope of making the playoffs. In a 40-12 loss to Oakland Mills last week, Glenelg QB Zack McQuigg completed 13 of 34 passes for 196 yards. He has passed for 1,360 yards and 11 TDs. Mike Rice caught five passes for 78 yards, and leads the league with 33 catches. Tom Thrasher had 11 tackles against Oakland Mills, and Spence Baxter made seven tackles and three sacks. Long Reach defeated Glenelg last season, 28-7.

Centennial (4-4) at

Mount Hebron (3-5)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Centennial's offense stalled last week without a healthy RB Matt Deuchler (ankle sprain). The result was a 12-7 loss to River Hill. Centennial's passing game wasn't enough to make up for the loss of its running game, but Mount Hebron allowed four touchdown passes last week in a 33-13 loss against Howard, so the Eagles' aerial attack could improve this week. Centennial defeated Mount Hebron, 34-7, last season.

River Hill (5-3) at

Atholton (1-7)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: If the Hawks win their last two games, they have a playoff shot. Defense continues to carry the team. The ball-control offense can throw or run but lacks a quick-strike scoring threat. Jake Adams made several pivotal plays in last week's 12-7 victory over Centennial. Undermanned Atholton, playing in its homecoming, has lost seven straight. Last season, Atholton defeated River Hill, 13-2.

Hammond (1-7) at

No. 5 Wilde Lake (7-1)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: If they win their final two games, the Wildecats could end their season with a 9-1 record -- and not make the playoffs. They need for Bel Air to beat C. Milton Wright and Eastern Tech to defeat Milford Mill. Meanwhile, they must take care of Hammond, which has lost four straight. The Bears average 14 points a game. The Wildecats average 32 and allow 11 points per game. Last season, Wilde Lake defeated Hammond, 35-0.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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