Football games to watch

September 09, 1999|By Pat O'Malley

Broadneck (1-0) at Severna Park (1-0)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: These neighboring schools have developed quite a rivalry, but it's been awhile since they played football. Broadneck, back in Class 4A for the first time since 1992, was 0-6 against the Falcons during its last stay with the state's largest schools. Both teams opened with victories last week, Broadneck outlasting Arundel, 24-21, on Tim Gappert's 27-yard field goal with 12 seconds left and Severna Park dealing Glen Burnie its 18th consecutive loss, 40-6. RB Derek Dixon ran for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the QB Chris Odom-to-receiver Art Friday duo hooked up for 42- and 41-yard touchdowns in Severna Park's opener. There was no doubt that the Falcons were going to field a hard-hitting, stingy defensive unit led by MLB David Wagner, who had 12 tackles against Glen Burnie. But if the first game was any indication, the Falcons' offense could be potent, too. Broadneck may be in for their first county loss since 1997.

Chesapeake (1-0) at No. 6 Annapolis (1-0)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The visiting Cougars ran their single-wing offense a couple games last season but did not use it in a 42-0 loss to the Panthers last season. Now committed to the old-fashioned, shotgun-type attack that features a blocking back, Chesapeake opened with a 24-9 victory over Meade in Lake Shore last week while Annapolis survived a 41-34 thriller over Old Mill. QB Bo Danton, who ran the single-wing with aplomb last week, gets a big test against Annapolis. No matter how well Danton and mates execute, though, the big question for the Cougars will be, can they stop Rayvon Johnson? Johnson, who could jump from 16th place -- he has 2,258 yards -- on the county career rushing list all the way to 10th with 173 yards or more. He had 170 yards and two touchdowns against Chesapeake last season -- in just 10 carries. It appears that fellow senior Aaron Copeland is going to be quite a complement to Johnson. Copeland topped 100 yards against Old Mill last week.

Frederick (0-1) at Old Mill (0-1)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: Last week's explosive 27-point fourth period could indicate that the host Patriots will light up the scoreboard this season. Brian Williams passing to Jason Galloway will draw a lot of attention, and that makes RB Kelvin Collins, who ran for nearly 130 yards and three touchdowns in the second half at Annapolis, all the more dangerous. If opposing teams start double- and triple-teaming Galloway, the left-handed Williams can look to another speedster, Antoine Cooksey. Coach Mike Marcus has some concerns defensively, but then nobody has stopped Annapolis' Rayvon Johnson in two seasons. The latter's 198 yards last week in Old Mill's 41-34 loss was the difference. Old Mill will be hungry for its first win in Millersville tonight.

South River (0-1) at North Carroll (1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: It's a long, long bus ride from Edgewater to Carroll County. The return jaunt for the Seahawks could be even longer. Unable to stop North County's run-and-shoot, which generated four touchdown passes by QB Mike Pfisterer in the Knights' 40-19 romp, the Seahawks could get hit by the run this week. North Carroll boasts Maryland-bound RB Steve Suter, who set a school record for rushing with 1,534 yards and 20 TDs last year.

Calvert (1-0) at Southern (0-1)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: The Prince Frederick team rolled to a 41-0 victory over Blake High in its opener, and the Bulldogs dropped a 21-13 decision to St. Mary's County's Great Mills. Coach Russ Meyers' Dawgs wilted in the final period, giving up 14 points, and will unquestionably have to play four good periods tonight in Harwood. The Cavaliers have 19 starters back, including RB Sean Mizzer, who ran for 157 yards and three TDs last week.

North County (1-0) at Meade (0-1)

When: 3: 30 tomorrow

TV: 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 13 by Jones Cable TV 22. 8 p.m. Sept. 16 on Annapolis Cable TV 15

Outlook: The Knights have dropped the last three meetings, including a 27-13 decision in 1998. In their quest to return to glory, the Knights invade the fort with what coach Chuck Markiewicz says might be his "best-ever offensive line" and a seasoned QB, junior Mike Pfisterer, who opened last week with 266 yards passing and four touchdowns in a 40-19 rout of South River. Meade dropped its opener in Lake Shore to Chesapeake, 24-9, spoiling Kenny Gray's coaching debut.

Glen Burnie (0-1) at Arundel (0-1)

When: 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The host Wildcats hope to get well with a victory over the Gophers, who have lost 18 in a row dating back to 1997. Arundel dropped a 24-21 decision in the final 30 seconds at Broadneck last week, and the Gophers were humbled by Severna Park, 40-6. The Wildcats jumped out 14-0 in the first period at Broadneck but couldn't maintain it for four periods. Arundel coach Bill Zucco has two very good RBs, Danny Nucci and Chase Gompers, for the Cats' home opener. Last season, Arundel hammered Glen Burnie, 44-7.

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