Football Games to Watch

High schools

September 03, 1999|By Rick Belz

Woodlawn at Howard

When: 7: 30 tonight

Dundalk at Mount Hebron

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Owls are a veteran team led by senior QB Melvin Curry and senior RBs Esker Mance and Rodney Evans. Mount Hebron graduated only one defensive starter but needs to develop offensive consistency under new QB Jim Watson. Dundalk defeated the Vikings last season, 22-7.

Cardinal Gibbons at Long Reach

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Gibbons returns 13 starters and has added speedy RB Mitchell Brown, a transfer from Sparrows Point, where he was twice MVP. Junior QB Craig King has a good arm. This could be the best Crusaders team in years. Long Reach must stay focused after much pre-season adversity. QB Stewart Long could be the key to success for a veteran team blessed with size, speed and depth.

Bel Air at Wilde Lake

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Bobcats (9-2 last fall) are regrouping after graduation stripped their first playoff team in 15 seasons. They return a strong defensive nucleus. Wilde Lake (9-2) wants revenge for a heartbreaking 27-21 upset to Bel Air last season. QB Chad Fawcett and RB Mario Merrills are keys as Wilde Lake reloads for a shot at its sixth state title.

South Carroll at Glenelg

When: 1: 30 tomorrow

Outlook: The Cavaliers are a big, physical, run-oriented team with one of the area's premier linemen, 6-5, 305 Mike Jenkins. They have senior leadership and have defeated Glenelg three straight times. The Gladiators have All-County QB Zack McQuigg, excellent receivers, a beefed-up line and more speed and should benefit from an undefeated JV.

Northeast at Atholton

When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Northeast (0-10) has a new coach, John Runk, and has switched to an option offense, hoping to end a 21-game losing streak. They have a strong FB, Rodney Jones, and QB Jim Wotanek can throw. Atholton is young but a little deeper than last season, when the Raiders scored their season's only victory. Injuries have Atholton RB Ricardo Roach and OG Brian Calvery benched. Atholton has won three of the last four games in this long-standing series.

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