Weekend football games to watch

November 06, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

No. 2 Eastern Tech (9-0)

at Kenwood (5-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Eastern Tech (8-0 league) under fourth-year coach Nick Arminio (27-13 career) has a 16-game winning streak against Baltimore County Class 3A-4A league rivals dating back to a 14-13 overtime loss to Woodlawn in last fall's second week. It also has clinched at least a tie for the county 3A-4A title and a berth in next week's Class 3A state playoffs. But against vastly improved Kenwood (5-3 league), the Mavericks want to maintain the momentum gained from last week's win over No. 10 Milford Mill. Ranked No. 15 in the state poll, Eastern Tech can win the county league crown outright after sharing last year's title -- the first in school history for the Mavericks -- with Milford and Woodlawn. It also could complete the school's second unbeaten season since going 10-0 in 1972.

No. 4 Bel Air (9-0)

at C. Milton Wright (8-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This battle of Bel Air also is for the Harford County title. Bel Air (6-0 league) can dethrone Wright (5-1 league) and have sole possession of the league crown. Wright can win a share of its third straight title after having shared it with Aberdeen last season. Bel Air ranks 17th in the state's Top 20 poll. It is presently the fifth seed in the race for one of the eight berths for next week's Class 3A playoffs; Wright is sixth. But a loss would eliminate Wright from the playoffs or threaten Bel Air's chances.

No. 9 Hereford (8-1)

at Loch Raven (7-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: With last week's 28-0 win over Patapsco, defending Class 1A state champ Hereford rebounded from a loss to No. 3 Randallstown that ended its 21-game winning streak against county Class 1A-2A league opponents and dethroned the Bulls as county champs. The Bulls (6-1 league) have clinched their third straight playoff berth under fourth-year coach Steve Turnbaugh (37-7 career). Loch Raven (7-2 league) won't make the playoffs with a win but could be at full strength -- which it was not in consecutive shutout losses to Randallstown (33-0) and Patapsco (15-0) -- if RB Jhamar Buckson (861 yards, 10 TDs) returns from an ankle injury.

No. 10 Milford Mill (7-2)

at Catonsville (7-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Both teams are 7-1 in the Class 3A-4A league and clinging to Class 3A state playoff chances. A win by either team would keep those hopes alive.

No. 14 John Carroll (6-2)

Archbishop Spalding (7-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: John Carroll (4-2 league) tries to win its final Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game behind RB Hun Monroe, QB Mike Leatherman and WR Ian Berkley. Spalding (4-2 league) tries to rebound from last week's 54-0 rout at No. 7 McDonogh. RB Darren Johnson (14 TDs) runs behind a massive offensive line for Spalding.

No. 7 McDonogh (8-0)

at No. 1 Gilman (9-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Gilman, this year's MIAA A Conference champ, leads the series, which began in 1914, by 48-29-5. McDonogh's 54-0 blowout of Archbishop Spalding secured its second straight MIAA B Conference crown. RB Damien Davis rushed for 217 yards and a 54-yard score in last year's 32-20 win, and McDonogh RB Anthony Esposito had 142 yards. Gilman coach Biff Poggi has called his team, ranked No. 5 in the state, "one of the best" in the country.

City (7-2) vs

Poly (7-2)

When: 10 a.m. tomorrow

Where: Ravens Stadium

Outlook: City won last year's 110th game in this rivalry, but Poly leads the series, 53-50-6. A loss would eliminate City from Class 3A playoff contention, and a loss would jeopardize Poly's present fourth seed in the Class 2A playoffs. The teams' WRs figure heavily. City's All-American WR Bryant Johnson, a second-team All-Metro, and Poly's Eddie Henry each have nine TD receptions.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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