Football previews

September 24, 1999|By Rick Belz

No. 8 Howard (3-0) at Glenelg (2-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This is a classic run-vs.-pass matchup and a crucial test for both teams.

Howard has the county's most dangerous one-two running tandem, Gerald Smith and Travis Irving. Glenelg has the best passing QB with Zach McQuigg, who completed 16 of 24 for 289 yards and tied a state record with five TD passes in last week's 48-0 victory over Atholton. J. T. Smart caught 11 passes for 203 yards. Glenelg had only 23 yards rushing. Nick Willet led Glenelg's defense with 10 tackles. Andrew Garland made seven tackles, one sack and had one interception.

Howard, fast earning the reputation as an excellent big-play team with a solid defense led by Joey Tortella (eight solo tackles last week), is coming off an impressive 33-14 victory over Wilde Lake in which Irving rushed 13 times for 137 yards and Smith 18 times for 139.

The Lions can't afford a letdown against one of Glenelg's best teams recently. Howard defeated Glenelg, 29-14, last season.

River Hill (2-1) at No. 10 Wilde Lake (2-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Both teams attempt to bounce back from losses last week, It's Wilde Lake's homecoming, which guarantees a huge crowd. River Hill has never beaten Wilde Lake, and its offense struggled last week in a 7-6 loss to Oakland Mills. The Hawks will be missing one of their leading tacklers, as Jake Adams sits out following an ejection. River Hill relies on its running game. Wilde Lake has passed much more than normal this season, although that part of the offense failed in the second half of last week's 33-14 loss to Howard. Mario Merrills rushed 17 times for 137 yards. Jimmy Diepietro had four solo tackles and four assists for the Wildecats, who defeated River Hill last season, 27-7.

Atholton (1-2) at No. 6 Oakland Mills (3-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Travis Barnes gets a shot at quarterback for Oakland Mills, with first-string QB J. T. Rembert sitting out after an ejection last week. The Raiders, who haven't beaten Oakland Mills in the '90s, committed three turnovers and generally struggled in a 48-0 loss to Glenelg last week. Oakland Mills defeated Atholton, 35-14, last season.

Hammond (1-2) at Mount Hebron (0-3)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Bears won their first last week, tripping the Centennial Eagles, 19-7. Bears FB Jamal Stewart returned from a knee injury to rush 10 times for 115 yards and two TDs last week. Kevin Schwartz and Jason Harriman led Hammond's defense, which intercepted three passes. Mount Hebron has been competitive in its losses, two to ranked teams. Mount Hebron defeated Hammond, 26-13, last season.

Long Reach (1-2) at Centennial (1-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Lightning intercepted five passes in last week's 21-0 defeat of Mount Hebron, and 6-foot-3, 320-pound defensive tackle James Burkhardt made six solo tackles and three assists. QB Stewart Long passed for 92 yards, and Chris Brooks ran for 50 yards. The Lightning suffered 11 penalties for 135 yards, however. Centennial's offense struggled with fewer than 100 yards in a 19-7 loss to Hammond. Long Reach defeated Centennial last season, 38-0.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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