Playoff games to watch

November 20, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

Class 3A football

No. 5 C. Milton Wright (10-1) vs No. 2 Eastern Tech (11-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: Kenwood High School

Outlook: This state semifinal matches Harford County champ C. Milton Wright, ranked No. 18 in the state, against Baltimore County Class 3A-4A champ Eastern Tech, ranked 14th statewide. Eastern Tech has won 18 of its past 19 games but is making its first semifinal appearance, coming off last week's upset of last year's 3A champ, Wilde Lake. WR-DB Anthony Lawston (seven receiving TDs, eight interceptions), RB-LB Ray Jones (26 rushing TDs, 14 sacks) and OL-DL Ralph Henry (23 sacks) are the leaders. Eastern's WR-DB Steve Lawston (eight TD receptions, six INTs) and QB Scott Pearce (16 TD passes) have improved, and Aaron Weissner (6-6, 270) and Frank Shannon (6-5, 245) are among Eastern's massive linemen. But the Mustangs, coming off last week's upset of four-time champ Damascus of Montgomery County, also are bulky in the trenches, with OL-DL John Kost (6-0, 270) and OL Joe Brown (6-3, 330). The Mustangs also boast do-everything DB-RB-WR Hardy McSpadden, who has nine rushing TDs, seven receiving, has booted several field goals and averages nearly 40 yards a punt. LBs Sean Bantner and Mike Rye rank Nos. 1 and 2, in team tackles, and RB-DE Jerrance Carter (6-0, 190) has 1,228 yards and 15 TDs.

Class 2A football

Fort Hill (9-2) vs No. 3 Randallstown (11-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: Catonsville Community College

Outlook: The Sentinels, from Allegany County, are ranked No. 19 in the state and played like the defending 2A champs they are in last week's quarterfinal, overcoming two deficits to defeat Poly, 14-13. Randallstown's second-year coach Bruce Strunk witnessed the poise of the visitors, whose 13th-year coach, Mike Calhoun, has a 121-30 career record. RB-DB T.J. Powell (947 yards, 10 TDs) and RB-DB Jordan Hamilton (632, eight) lead the Sentinels' offense, with DB-WR Jared Fradiska (a state-record 14 interceptions) leading the defense. For Randallstown, ranked No. in the state, QB Archie Trader (seven passing TDs, three rushing) and RB-DB Marshall Contee (15 rushing TDs) will need big games offensively, as will LBs Mykal Bouie, Quan Mitchell and Michael Goode defensively. Fort Hill has size on its line, too. The Sentinels are in their 16th playoff appearance, and the Rams in their 12th.

Class 1A football

Forestville (9-2) at No. 9 Hereford (10-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Forestville coach Michael Mayo lists his team's strength as speed, which Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh acknowledges is a huge edge for the visiting Knights. Top rushers for defending Class 1A champ Hereford, which has won 33 of its last 35 games and runs a wing-T offense, are RBs Reg Cavender (755 yards, 16 TDs), Matt Curtis (890, nine) and Ryan Vogel (520, seven). Other contributors for Hereford, winner of 33 of its past 35 games, include TE Rob Bateman (five receiving TDs), DB Luke Gilbert (four interceptions) and DLs C.J. Feldheim (nine sacks) and Jason Armacost (seven sacks). The Bulls, in their third straight semifinal, boast QB Chris Lauer (four passing TDs) and QB Sean Wdowiak (five). Also operating out of the wing-T, Knights' RBs Damien Jackson (795 rushing yards, nine TDs), Ed Walker (1,309, 14) and QB DeAngelo Bullock (580 rushing, three TDs) have ripped the opposition for an average of 34 points a game behind linemen who average 240 pounds. WR-KR Gary Morgan (10 TDs) and Derrell Parker also are scoring threats for Forestville, which edged six-time state champ Allegany, 39-36, last weekend.

Cambridge (10-1) at No. 13 Oakland Mills (10-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Cambridge is an option team with speed that emphasizes running. The Vikings have won 10 straight games since losing its season-opener to Wicomico. Cambridge has appeared in the state playoffs 17 times, the most of any school, and won state titles in 1979, 1995 and 1996. Oakland Mills, making its ninth playoff appearance and fourth semifinal, has yet to win a state title, getting to the final only in 1982. QB T. J. Welsh broke the school single-season passing record with 1,641 yards on 92-for-183.

Class 2A boys soccer

No. 14 Patapsco (12-4) vs No. 1 River Hill (18-1)

When: 7 tonight

Where: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: Patapsco won its third region soccer title and goes after its fourth state title -- the last coming in 1995 over Wilde Lake of Howard County -- in this game. Top scorers S Greg Hopper (nine goals, eight assists), M Joe Pugh (11, three) and D Chad Clarke (nine, five) lead Patapsco against a team led by national Under-17 team pool player and All-Metro Adom Crew (16, 13), Brett Endler (10, 11), Justin Gotis (eight, six) and Randall Brown (five, six). Patapsco, under coach Dave Ingle and longtime assistant Jeff Chopper, lost 3-0 to River Hill in last year's state semifinals. Hawks' coach Bill Stara (244-26-11 career) is after his state-record eighth title with a team that has outscored opponents 62-9, with 11 shutouts.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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