Football games to watch

September 17, 1999|By Pat O'Malley

No. 10 McDonogh (1-0) at Archbishop Spalding (1-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: This is a huge game for the Cavaliers if they hope to challenge for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference title. Visiting McDonogh is a two-time defending conference champion and is again highly regarded. The Eagles opened with a 28-6 triumph over Archbishop Curley last week to extend their conference winning streak to 17 games. Spalding is coming off a 32-30 victory over Calvert Hall of the A Conference. Darren "Batman" Johnson rushed for four touchdowns and 333 yards in that one. McDonogh embarrassed the Cavaliers, 54-0, last fall for its third win in a row over Spalding since the two started playing in 1996. The Eagles have outscored the Cavaliers, 110-14, in the three games, but first-year coach Mike Whittles is optimistic that his players can be in this one. McDonogh has an excellent passing quarterback in Scott Dolch, whose father, Dave, played at Northeast High before going on to become a college football coach. Spalding needs to establish its running game with Johnson churning out the yards behind 6-foot-5, 265-pound tackle Joe O'Connor and quick 6-0, 180-pound guard Frank Bugg.

No. 13 Loyola (1-1) vs. Severn (1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Where: at Kinder Park in Severna Park.

Outlook: The B Conference Admirals hope to claim another victory over another A Conference school. Severn opened with a 28-14 upset of then-No. 10 Mount St. Joseph in a game suspended Sept. 4 and finished two days later. The Admirals had last week off, while the Dons were dropping a 14-7 decision at No. 12 Westminster (2-0). Coach John Beckman is excited about this team, and with three-year starting quarterback Tom Cleaver at the controls, the Admirals should be formidable.

Episcopal (0-0) vs. St. Mary's (1-0)

When: 4 today

Where: At Weems Whelan

Outlook: After a week off following their season-opening 32-19 victory at Spalding, the Saints hope to avenge last year's 31-6 loss to Episcopal. Coach Mike Codd was pleased with the play of running back David Donohue and quarterback Tony Magnolia, not to mention his defensive unit in the Saints' opener. He needs at least that much to get off to a 2-0 start.

No. 6 Annapolis (2-0) at South River (0-2)

When: TBA

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Panthers and their powerful running attack are looking to make it three in a row as they visit Edgewater to play the winless Seahawks. Annapolis coach Roy Brown said before the season that despite the immense talents of Rayvon Johnson, his Fighting Panthers would not be a "one running back team." Those words were prophetic in last week's 37-6 romp over Chesapeake. The Cougars became the first team to hold Johnson to less than 100 yards rushing (he had 74 yards and a touchdown) in his two varsity seasons, but Aaron Copeland ran for 128 yards. That's bad news for South River, which gave up 308 rushing yards in a 28-6 loss at North Carroll last week.

No. 15 Severna Park (2-0) at Meade (0-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Mustangs coach Kenny Gray is still looking for his first win, while the Falcons are flying with two in a row, including last week's impressive 24-6 victory over last year's 3A state semifinalist Broadneck. Severna Park second-year coach J.P. Hines is looking for his second straight win over the Mustangs, and with the horses he has this season, he shouldn't need overtime as the Falcons did last year before prevailing, 29-28.

Old Mill (0-2) at Glen Burnie (0-2)

When: TBA

TV: Jones Cable TV 22, tape delay.

Outlook: After playing well in a 29-14 loss at Arundel last week, coach Brad Wilson is encouraged heading into the 24th meeting between the two schools since 1976. The game has plenty of ramifications for Wilson's Gophers. If Glen Burnie could pull it off against the struggling Patriots, it would give Wilson his first head coaching victory, tie the series at 12 and end three losing streaks. Glen Burnie has lost 19 in a row since 1997, including three straight to Old Mill and has dropped 14 consecutive home games.

Arundel (1-1) at North County (2-0)

When: TBA

Outlook: Consistency meets inconsistency in this one. Scoring 73 points in their first two games, including last week's 33-14 romp at Meade, the host Knights are looking more each week like the North County teams of the early 1990s. Junior quarterback Mike Pfisterer is guiding the Knights' no-huddle offense with precision, and things are falling into place. This week the Knights meet a Wildcat team that gave them one of their three wins last season, 28-20. Arundel leads the series, which began in 1990, 5-3. One of those wins came by forfeit after the Knights dominated on the field, 26-7, in 1996. Arundel has struggled in both of its games this season, losing 24-21 on a field goal in the final seconds at Broadneck and winning at home, 29-14, over winless Glen Burnie. Glen Burnie led 7-0 at the half, and Arundel held just a one-touchdown lead with 4: 30 left in the game.

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