Football games to watch

September 09, 1999|By Rick Belz

Howard (1-0) at Mount Hebron (0-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: The Vikings look to end Howard's longtime dominance over them but face a difficult task. The Lions looked sharper defensively than last season while winning their opener against an athletic Woodlawn team, 19-14. Even with RB Gerald Smith nursing a sore ankle, the Lions appear to have too much speed for the Vikings, who lost their opener to Dundalk, 40-21. Howard defeated Mount Hebron last season, 33-13.

Atholton (1-0) at Centennial (0-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: Can the Raiders make it two straight victories after winning only once last season? They'll catch the Eagles coming off a 29-7 loss to Fallston in which a faltering offense could not score (the Eagles' only TD came on a kick return). Meanwhile, Atholton's Shaun Johnson rushed for 73 yards and scored two TDs on a 40-yard sweep and 64-yard pass in Atholton's 14-12 win over Northeast. The Raiders, who started three sophomores, gave up a TD in the final minute after fumbling a punt and then held on when Northeast dropped a pass for the conversion that would have tied the score. Atholton may be a bit more physical than Centennial, but the Eagles have superior speed. Centennial defeated Atholton last season, 27-0.

River Hill (1-0) at Long Reach (0-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: The teams have split their four meetings. River Hill has never won at Long Reach. Long Reach has never won at River Hill. Both are veteran squads with hopes for Class 3A regional playoff berths. Those hopes were damaged for Long Reach by Cardinal Gibbons last week, 16-13, but River Hill scored a strong win over Wicomico County's Stephen Decatur, 20-0. Jason Fawcett rushed for 179 yards on 26 carries, and Jake Adams ran for 62 yards in that game, which saw QB Matt Hostetler complete five of 13 passes for 55 yards. Defensively, Fawcett made eight tackles and two fumble recoveries, and Adams made nine tackles and one fumble recovery. Is the Lightning as vulnerable to the pass as it looked last week? Can Lightning RB Chris Brooks do better than 49 yards on 15 carries? River Hill won last season, 10-9.

Hammond (0-1) at Wilde Lake (1-0)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: The defending county-champion Wildecats showed a balanced attack in their 33-6 season-opening victory over Bel Air, as Mario Merrills rushed for 85 yards and QB Chad Fawcett threw for 104 yards. The Bears struggled in a 49-12 loss at Fort Hill. Wilde Lake showed offensive balance, scoring twice on runs and twice on passes. The other touchdown was on an interception by John Quinn. Hammond scored on a 72-yard interception return by Jason Harriman and a 42-yard run by Jay Kesley. The Wildecats defeated Hammond last season, 49-0.

Oakland Mills (1-0) at Glenelg (1-0)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: Both teams won impressively last weekend. They have opposite offensive styles. Defending Class 1A state champion Oakland Mills used speed to rip playoff-hopeful Elkton, 32-0. Two fast freshmen RBs, Keion Reames (11 carries, 149 yards) and Hasan Mohammed (27 carries, 178 yards) led the Scorpions from the I-formation behind FB Thaddeus Dymczenski's blocking. Glenelg used prolific passing to defeat nemesis South Carroll, 26-14, ending a three-game losing streak to the Cavaliers. Oakland Mills must stop Gladiators QB Zack McQuigg, who completed 23 of 32 passes to seven receivers for 371 yards and four TDs. McQuigg was sacked only three times. Scorpions RBs Reames and Mohammed also both start at cornerbacks. The Scorpions defeated Glenelg last season, 40-12.

Pub Date: 9/09/99

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