Football games to watch

September 17, 1999|By Edward Lee

North Hagerstown (0-2) at Francis Scott Key (0-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The matchup features two teams struggling to get their first win of the season. Key was shut out by Middletown last Thursday, 28-0. Coach Mike Coons said he plans to make some changes to spark his attack and would like to see his defense spend less time on the field. The Hubs -- who won last year's meeting, 13-6 -- are led by QB Tanner Cross.

Bowie (2-0) at North Carroll (2-0)

When: TBA

Outlook: Coaches of both these unbeaten teams are familiar with each other. Bowie's Scott Chadwick was an assistant for the Panthers' Bill Rumbaugh from 1994-97. Chadwick has helped Bowie rebound from a dismal 1-9 season to open with wins over North Hagerstown and Laurel. Chadwick will have to find a way to stop RB Steve Suter, who gained 229 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns -- two rushing and one on an 85-yard punt return -- in North Carroll's 28-6 win over South River.

Bowling Brook (0-0) at West Nottingham Academy (0-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The first-year Thoroughbreds open their seven-game season with a trip to Cecil County to face West Nottingham. Since this will be the teams' first meeting, scouting has been minimal. But Bowling Brook coach Gary Myers said he expects RB Tristen Scott to anchor the rushing attack to open the middle of the field for QB Rashad Cobb and his wide receivers. In scrimmages against Cardinal Gibbons and Fairfield (Pa.), the Thoroughbreds scored 10 touchdowns.

South Carroll (0-2) at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Both teams are coming off losses last week. South Carroll's defense allowed then-No. 14 C. Milton Wright only 115 yards total offense. But the Mustangs' defense and special teams each scored two touchdowns in a 33-7 win. South Carroll coach Gene Brown hopes for a better performance from QB Chris Alexander and RB Danny Stansbury. Their Montgomery County opponents lost last week to Magruder, 33-16.

Liberty (2-0) at Aberdeen (0-2)

When: TBA

Outlook: For the first time since 1995, the Lions have started the season with two wins, and a lot of the credit goes to coach Ken Johnson's wing T offense. The strategy, which distributes ball-carrying duties among small and quick running backs, has worked. In last week's 27-6 rout of Northeast, five Lions rushers gained nearly 300 yards, and QB Jim Miller threw two touchdown passes. Aberdeen, which missed the playoffs for the first time in four years last season, is looking for its first victory.

No. 12 Westminster (2-0) at No. 11 C. Milton Wright (2-0)

When: TBA

Outlook: This battle between top-15 teams matches two of the region's top defenses. The Mustangs converted an interception and a fumble recovery into touchdowns, and the special teams unit returned two punts for scores in their 33-7 defeat of South Carroll. Westminster forced then-No. 10 Loyola into four interceptions and two fumbles in winning, 14-7, last week. In two games, the Owls have turned over the ball only twice but have pounced on 10 turnovers by their opponents.

Postponements

The Liberty-Aberdeen, Westminster-C. Milton Wright and Bowie at North Carroll games have been postponed because of field conditions. Makeup dates are still to be determined.

Pub Date: 9/17/99

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