Foothball games to watch

September 17, 1999|By Rick Belz

No. 3 Wilde Lake (2-0) at Howard (2-0)

When: 7: 30 today

Outlook: The last three times Wilde Lake has played at Howard it has rained heavily. Will this be the fourth? Rain would favor the Wildecats, who can run a wishbone, as opposed to Howard, which operates from the wing T. The Wildecats' top RB so far is Mario Merrills, who had 100 yards in last week's weather-shortened 41-0 win over Hammond. Howard counters with Penn State-bound Gerald Smith, whose sprained ankle has limited his cutting ability and yardage so far this season. Lions FB Travis Irving is a legitimate threat up the middle. Howard's Antuan Jones had an 80-yard kickoff return in last week's 19-7 win over Mount Hebron. Defense led by LBs Joey Tortella and Adam Snyder, DT Barry Dagold and DE Louis Mathews has carried Howard so far, and must continue to make timely sacks and crucial plays. But Howard's offense must show more life. Wilde Lake defeated Howard, 56-27, last season.

Mount Hebron (0-2) at Long Reach (0-2)

When: 2 tomorrow

Outlook: Both teams try to rebound from disappointing losses. The Lightning dropped a 12-7 decision to Class 3A rival River Hill last week after leading 7-6 in the fourth quarter. Mount Hebron committed seven turnovers, two inside Howard's 10-yard line, in a 19-7 defeat. Long Reach coach Pete Hughes and Vikings coach Larry Luthe were assistant coaches together at Hammond. Long Reach star LB/RB Tally White should return to action after recovering from an appendectomy. Long Reach defeated Mt. Hebron last season, 37-0.

Glenelg (1-1) at Atholton (1-1)

When: 2 tomorrow

Outlook: The Gladiators have one of their best teams in recent years. Their QB, Zack McQuigg (3,136 career passing yards), needs 216 yards to surpass Jim Traber (Wilde Lake, Oklahoma State), who finished with a county-best 3,351 yards. The Gladiators are trying to recover from one of the most devastating losses in county history last week, falling 14-13 to Oakland Mills on a 77-yard fumble recovery with about a minute to play. Atholton committed four turnovers that helped Centennial to a 36-13 win last week. The inexperienced Raiders have no leeway for mistakes against Glenelg. The Gladiators defeated Atholton last season, 42-0.

No. 7 Oakland Mills (2-0) at River Hill (2-0)

When: 2 tomorrow

Outlook: The Hawks are 0-3 against the defending Class 1A state champions, with all three losses being routs. But this fourth meeting between the schools promises to be one worth watching. Oakland Mills, which has much more speed than River Hill, is still breathing a sigh of relief after escaping with a 14-13, gift-wrapped win at Glenelg last week. The overall play of Thaddeus Dymczenski (fumble recovery, interception, 59 yards rushing, blocked extra point) and Nick Fambro's 77-yard fumble recovery for the game-winning TD made possible Oakland Mills' 13th straight victory. J.T. Rembert's passing (12 for 18, 117 yards) also was a plus. Jason Fawcett's 65 yards rushing and 12 tackles led River Hill to its 12-7 win over Long Reach. Jake Adams made 11 tackles. Oakland Mills defeated River Hill last season, 36-7.

Centennial (1-1) at Hammond (0-2)

When: 2 tomorrow

Outlook: The Eagles rebounded from a five-turnover, opening-day loss to Fallston by defeating Atholton, 36-13, last week. Ryan Pustilnik rushed 23 times for 125 yards and scored three touchdowns. Tim Mitroka rushed 19 times for 121 yards. QB Pat McKevitt completed four of eight passes for 39 yards. Josh Jones returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score. The Bears have been outscored 90-12 in losses to powers Fort Hill and Wilde Lake. Centennial defeated Hammond last season, 35-24.

Pub Date: 9/17/99

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