Playoff football games to watch

November 20, 1998|By Rick Belz, Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley

Class 1A semifinals

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 passed only 36 times this season, completing 17 for 264 yards and five TDs. FB Tyrone Smith has 1,654 yards on 158 carries, a 10.4 average. He has 17 TDs. RB Brian Chester appears recovered from a broken wrist. He has 561 yards on 85 carries. Cambridge has 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. The Scorpions must contain Cambridge's outside running game and avoid giving up big plays. Brian Holly leads the Scorpions with 115 tackles. Joey Ellis has 104 and Jay Frizzelle 98. Vinnie Rubbo, the school's all-time single-rushing leader, is questionable to play RB because of a sprained knee but will play defense, where he has 83 tackles. QB T. J. Welsh broke the school single-season passing record with 1,641 yards on 92-for-183. He has thrown 15 TD passes and seven interceptions. Tom Browne has caught 39 passes for 851 yards and nine TDs. Ellis is a multi-purpose RB with 607 yards rushing and 489 yards receiving. He also has eight interceptions, keying a defense that set a school record with 22.

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

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Forestville coach Michael Mayo says his team's strength is speed, which Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh acknowledges is a huge edge for the visiting Knights. Top rushers for defending Class 1A champ Hereford, which 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, are 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 game, 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 33.6 points a game behind linemen who average 240 pounds. Class 2A semifinals

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

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: Catonsville Community College

Outlook: Fort Hill, from Allegany County, is ranked No. 19 in the state and played like the defending Class 2A champion it is 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 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. Fort Hill has good size on its line, too. The Sentinels are in their 16th playoff appearance; the Rams are in their 12th.

In Western Maryland, Middletown visits Urbana in tonight's other Class 2A semifinal.

Class 3A semifinals

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

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: Kenwood High School

Outlook: Harford County champ C. Milton Wright is ranked No. 18 in the state. Baltimore County Class 3A-4A champ Eastern Tech is ranked 14th statewide. Eastern 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 WR-DB Steve Lawston (eight TD receptions, six interceptions) 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. The Mustangs also boast do-everything DB-RB-WR Hardy McSpadden, who has nine rushing TDs, seven receiving, booted several field goals and averages nearly 40 yards a punt.

No. 4 Broadneck (11-0) at Friendly (11-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: Fort Washington, Prince Georges County

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