Weekend football games to watch

November 06, 1998|By John W. Stewart

North Carroll (4-5)

at Liberty (3-6)

When: 7 tonight

Outook: The Carroll County rushing and scoring titles will be at stake, and the two best running backs will likely see a lot of each other as North Carroll's Steve Suter starts as a defensive back, and Liberty's Calvin Stacey is expected to see some defensive action. In addition to their rushing skills, both are excellent kick returners, with Suter cutting and slashing and Stacey simply running away from people. The two are tied for the county scoring lead with 108 points; Stacey is the leading rusher with 1,540 yards, and Suter is second, 1,322. Suter has 17 TDs and three 2-point conversions to Stacey's 16 TDs and six 2-pointers. Of their TDs, Stacey has three on kick returns and Suter two. Suter has turned three of his 20 pass receptions into TDs. North Carroll also features Chad Lettau as a solid runner and tackler. Liberty complements Stacey with a defensive crew that includes Chris Peters, Jeremy Hagy, Ryan Sargent, and Joe Pugliese.

South Carroll (5-4)

at Westminster (6-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outook: South Carroll brings in the county's top passing combination in John Luster (1,324 yards, 12 TDs) and David Keefer (37 catches, 429 yards, 5 TDs). The Cavs have lost four of their last five, but scared unbeaten Urbana last week before losing, 17-13. Westminster defeated Liberty, 15-14, and now goes for a perfect record against county teams. South Carroll scored at least four TDs in each of its first four games (all wins), but since then has scored that many only against winless Frederick. In addition to Luster's passing (56 percent), the team has strong runners in Clarke Griffin and Mike Muller. Westminster will counter with RBs Nick Farver, Brad Durden and Billy Arnold, also a solid lead blocker, plus WR Jamel Smalls, who averages a county-high 20 yards for each of his 25 receptions.

Williamsport (5-4)

at Francis Scott Key (1-8)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outook: Key has spent most of this season being its own worst enemy with giveaways and has not scored more than two touchdowns in any game, except for its 26-14 win at South Hagerstown a month ago and getting three in a season-opening FTC loss at North Carroll. Jason Richardson heads the offense, rushing for 683 yards, while Paul Mullins and Jeff Eyler have been the leaders for a defense that has provided most of the team's highlights. Williamsport fell behind Walkersville last week, but got into the game with help from two recovered on-side kicks, closing to 32-24. Junior QB Ryan Grabill completed 15 of 26 passes for 210 yards and 2 TDs, and WR Clint Crowell caught one for a TD and intercepted one. On the season, senior RB Adam Tournay has rushed for 500 yards. Grabill has 917 passing yards and seven TDs.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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