Weekend football games to watch

November 06, 1998|By Pat O'Malley

No. 13 Annapolis (7-2, 6-0)

at Severna Park (5-4, 4-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Anne Arundel County's oldest rivalry renews for the 39th consecutive year since a 0-0 tie in 1960. It's actually the 40th game between the two -- they played twice in 1987. Severna Park leads the series 19-17-3 and has won the last five in a row, including last year's rainy 21-14 upset, which kept the Panthers from becoming the county's 11th team to go unbeaten in regular season and was the perfect send-off for 25-year coach Andy Borland. J. P. Hines, like his Annapolis counterpart Roy Brown, is an Arundel grad who succeeded Borland. Annapolis, already the county champion, leads Westminster, 73-65, in playoff points and with a victory will take the Class 4A East region, no matter what the Owls do. Westminster hosts Class 3A South Carroll (5-4) and the latter is worth 12 points (seven points for 3A, five bonus points). A Westminster win and Annapolis loss would give the Owls the berth on bonus points. The Panthers' powerful running game is led by the county's leading rusher, Rayvon Johnson (1,698 yards, 16 TDs). Severna Park will counter with their hard-hitting defense led by blue-chip junior LB David Wagner (6-2, 205) and down linemen Nick Dewind (6-4, 285) and John Logan (6-2, 230).

No. 6 Broadneck (9-0)

at North County (3-6)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Visiting Broadneck is in the same boat as Annapolis -- it almost has to win to qualify for the playoffs, because it can't count on teams chasing it in Class 3A East to lose. A North County upset would likely leave the Bruins on the short end when bonus points are counted and also would spoil the latter's bid to become the 11th county team to go undefeated in regular season. After losing the first six games in this cross-county series, Broadneck prevailed, 35-14, last year. Despite their record, Bruins coach Jeff Herrick is not taking the Knights lightly. "They're very quick and athletic," said Herrick. "It could come down to turnovers." Otis James is the Knights' career rushing leader (2,346 yards) and has run for 1,220 and 11 touchdowns this season. Broadneck held James scoreless and to fewer than 70 yards rushing last year. Bruins RB Martel Threadgill, the county's career rushing leader (3,682), has 23 touchdowns (four short of county record) and 1,606 yards rushing. His career and season stats were adjusted after Herrick checked film Wednesday night)

Meade (5-4, 4-2)

at Arundel (4-5, 4-2)

When: 7: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Host Arundel leads the Mears Cup series, 12-9. The late Jerry Mears coached at both schools, winning a state title at Arundel in 1975 and starting the Meade program in 1977. Meade has won the last two, last year by 19-9, but speedy RB Tanardo Sharps graduated after ending the Wildcats' four-game winning streak. Arundel coach Bill Zucco is pondering retirement but has led a nice turnaround. Starting 0-5, Arundel has reeled off four straight wins with LBs Jeff Blachly and Matt Malloy and lineman Mike Parker leading a nasty defense. Once thought capable of going 8-2, Meade has stumbled, splitting its last four games.

Glen Burnie (0-9, 0-6)

at Old Mill (4-5, 3-3)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: First-year coaches Brad Wilson of Glen Burnie and Mike Marcus of the Patriots square off with the series tied at 11 wins apiece. Old Mill was a 25-0 victor last year. The Gophers hope to avoid what would be the school's first winless season.

Southern-Harwood (3-6, 1-1)

at South River (4-5, 1-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: South River has dominated this series with 15 wins in 20 years, including the last two, but Southern won four in a row from 1992-95. South River won the first 10 games of the series under Joe Papetti (154-81-3) for whom the Seahawks' stadium is named before losing 7-0 to Southern in 1988. Not only is this game for the unofficial South County championship, the winner takes second place in the county Class 2A-3A league behind Broadneck (3-0).

Northeast (0-9)

at Chesapeake (1-8)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The visiting Eagles would like nothing better than to end the area's longest losing streak (20) with a win. But Chesapeake has won six in a row in this series, which it leads 11-10 after last year's 38-6 romp. Northeast RB Rodney Jones has a shot at 1,000 yards rushing, taking 870 into the game.

No. 14 John Carroll (6-2, 4-2)

at Archbishop Spalding (5-4, 4-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: After being embarrassed 54-0 by No. 7 McDonogh (8-0, 7-0), the Cavs need to get back on track.

Calvert Hall (4-3, 0-2)

at St. Mary's (1-7, 0-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Maybe playing at Anne Arundel Community College tonight will give the young Saints a much needed boost.

Severn (2-6, 1-5)

at Cardinal Gibbons (3-5, 1-5)

When: 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Admirals need a win on the road to get out of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference cellar.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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