Football previews

September 24, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

Western Tech (2-1)

at Lansdowne (3-0)

When: Tonight, 7

Outlook: Western Tech (1-1 league) and Lansdowne (2-0 league) meet in what should be a high-scoring, Baltimore County 1A-2A League contest. The home-standing Vikings feature second-team All-City/County RB Jerald Hurt, along with a significantly improved passing game. Western Tech has the advantage in speed, however, with players such as WR-DB Joe Cromwell, an NCAA Division I prospect; WR-DB Mike Goodwin; RB-DB Dominique Foxworth; and WR-DB Tony Parker. The Wolverines already have improved over last season's 1-9 finish.

No. 1 Gilman (3-0)

at Landon (1-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1

Outlook: A rivalry has begun between the programs that includes last spring's lacrosse victory for Landon over the Greyhounds. Landon lacrosse coach Rob Bordley is the assistant to 28-year coach Lowell Davis (177-61-5), who has had one losing season, his first (3-5). The Landon game was the toughest football game of last season for Gilman, which required a late fumble recovery by RB-LB Andrew Lucas at the 1-yard line to secure a 10-7 victory over the visiting Bears of Montgomery County. It should be tougher this time, even though the Greyhounds' offense has outscored the opposition, 136-7, with two shutouts. Lucas anchors the defense, and All-Metro QB Ryan Boyle, 6-4, 250-pound TE-LB Richard Touhey and FB-LB Mike Faust the offense. Landon, whose best player may be 6-3, 225-pound TE-LB Justin Duffie, opened the season with a 34-6 rout of Collegiate of Richmond at home. In that contest, RB Mike Martinez (110 yards rushing, two TDs) and RB George Boiardi (104, six carries, 65-yard TD) were the deciding factors. QB Teddy Lamade was 5-for-7 passing for 91 yards, one TD.

No. 3 Milford Mill (3-0)

at No. 12 Dundalk (3-0)

When: Tomorrow, 1.

Outlook: High-powered Milford Mill's offense meets Dundalk's Wing-T offense in this critical Baltimore County 3A-4A League game. Dundalk RB Esker Mance is coming off a three-TD, 11-tackle effort in a win over then No. 8 Eastern Tech. QB Melvin Curry has keyed a powerful Wing-T offense behind linemen such as 6-5, 245-pound Chad Rogers, 6-3, 190-pound Tom Bates and 6-4, 240-pound Kirk Crowe to generate 82 points. Milford's All-Metro QB, Richard Johnson, being recruited by a number of college programs, has rushed for 250 yards and one TD, and passed for 311 yards, 10 TDs. Johnson also has returned two kickoffs for scores. He engineers an I-formation offense that has scored 136 points and that includes WRs Brandon Thompson (12 receptions, 186 yards, six TDs) and Renard Stancil (five, 116, three) and RB Jermere Sims (227 rushing, six TDs). Defensively, LB Muhammad Howard (35 tackles, one sack) and DL Rodney Evans (two sacks, one fumble recovery) lead the way.

No. 9 McDonogh (2-0)

at Loyola (2-1)

When: Tomorrow, 2

Outlook: McDonogh, the two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion, has beaten its past two MIAA B Conference opponents by a combined 48-6, and has won 18 straight in the conference. The Eagles, led by second-team All-Metro LB T.C. Cosby, tackles MIAA A Conference power Loyola, a team they defeated last season. In that game, the Eagles, led Cosby, shut down SpaldingAll-County performer Darren Johnson, who had rushed for a school-record 333 yards and four TDs a week earlier. The Dons are coming off Monday's 41-14 rout of Severn of the B Conference -- an earlier 28-14 winner at A Conference power Mount St. Joseph.

No. 13 Eastern Tech (2-1)

at Patapsco (1-2)

When: Tomorrow, 1

Outlook: The Eastern Tech Mavericks (1-1 league) are talented, but after last week's 26-19 loss at Dundalk -- a game during which they allowed 12 fourth-period points -- could be one loss from failing to make the 3A playoffs after being state runners-up a year ago. The loss ended an 18-game regular-season winning streak for Eastern Tech, including a 16-game streak against county competition. County 3A-4A League and neighborhood rival Patapsco (0-2 league) has lost to No. 2 Randallstown and to Parkville, the latter by 21-20.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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