Weekend football games to watch

November 06, 1998|By Rick Belz

No. 5 Wilde Lake (8-1)

at Howard (6-3)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The defending state champion Wildecats need a win to maintain their Class 3A playoff hopes and wrap up an unshared Howard County championship. The Lions want to play spoiler after losing to Class 1A playoff-bound Oakland Mills last week, 7-6, a loss that ended their own playoff hopes. The game features two of the best area running backs, Jimmie Levins for Wilde Lake and Gerald Smith for Howard. Levins scored four TDs last week while Smith was held to 22 yards by Oakland Mills. Over the past three seasons, Wilde Lake's won-loss record is 31-2. The Wildecats lost only to Middletown in 1996 and to Bel Air this season. It will be a homecoming for Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall, who played for Howard. Wilde Lake defeated Howard last season, 40-0.

Glenelg (3-6)

at Centennial (4-5)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Glenelg is coming off the county's biggest upset of the season, a 14-10 win over Long Reach. Centennial has been in a downward spiral since RB-LB Matt Deuchler sprained an ankle during the season's seventh game. The Eagles have lost three straight, including 28-6 to Mount Hebron last week. Making things worse for Centennial are injuries to two linemen. Glenelg has won two of its last three games, led by QB Zack McQuigg, who has passed for almost 1500 yards. Centennial defeated Glenelg last season, 12-7.

Mount Hebron (4-5)

at Oakland Mills (8-1)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Oakland Mills can win the Class 1A South regional title and playoff home-field advantage. A win, combined with a Wilde Lake loss to Howard, would give the Scorpions a share of the county title. Oakland Mills' only loss was to Wilde Lake. Mount Hebron wants to achieve a .500 season for the first time in the 1990s. The Scorpions struggled against Howard last week, winning 7-6, and Mount Hebron romped over Centennial, 28-6. Jerry Hicks gained 202 yards and scored four TDs on 38 carries for the Vikings. Oakland Mills defeated Mount Hebron last season, 42-0.

Hammond (1-8)

at River Hill (6-3)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: River Hill is this season's turnaround team after going 1-9 last season. The playoffs are not mathematically impossible for River Hill, but it would take a miracle. The Hawks would be happy with a 7-3 record -- something that seemed far-fetched at the beginning of the season. FB Jason Fawcett has 988 yards rushing and QB Steve Glasgow has 800 yards passing. Fawcett also leads the team with 54 solo tackles and 18 assists. Calvin Wilmer has 1,116 yards rushing for Hammond. The Bears defeated River Hill last season, 10-6.

Atholton (1-8)

at Long Reach (5-4)

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Long Reach expected to be going to the playoffs for the second straight season. Instead, this will be the Lightning's final game. Upset last week by Glenelg, 14-10, Long Reach faces a Raiders squad that has lost eight straight games but still plays hard. Long Reach defeated Atholton last season, 21-7.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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