Football previews

October 01, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

Walbrook (3-1) at No. 11 Edmondson (4-0)

When: 3: 45 p.m. today

Outlook: This City West Division clash pits last year's league champ, Edmondson (1-0 league), against Walbrook (1-0 league), the 1997 titlist. Each team blew out traditional power City College.

Edmondson's 6-0, 230-pound RB Raytron Leak, whose brother, C. J., captained Walbrook's 1997 title winner, runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Ranked 18th among the state's Division I prospects by ACC Journal, Leak has scored 13 TDs by rushing, receiving or on special teams. Edmondson QB Eddie Colbert has rushed for four TDs and passed for nine, six to WR Justus McLeod. Edmondson OT-DT Jason Murphy (6-3, 240) has 16 sacks.

Walbrook RB Antonio Williams scored twice in last week's 20-6 win over Southern, and third-year starting RB Calvin Booker, scored once. Walbrook's 6-3, 230-pound TE-DE George Washington, a transfer from Carver, runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and has 20 sacks over last season and the early part of this one.

Edmondson's coach Pete Pompey is after his 175th win.

Dunbar (3-1) at Poly (2-2)

When: 3: 45 p.m. today

Outlook: This City East Division game pits two teams already on the verge of playoff elimination. But for the last six seasons, this game's winner has made the playoffs.

Poly (1-0 league) won last fall and began an eight-game winning streak. Dunbar (1-0 league) leads the series 4-2 but missed the playoffs for the first time last season after five straight years of at least reaching the state semifinals.

Dunbar has relied heavily on RB Darrell Dorsey, who, in one game, scored six TDs -- one shy of the state record -- behind a line that averages 295 pounds.

Poly TE-DE Marquez Coleman, one of eight returning starters, could be a key.

Overlea (4-0) at Catonsville (3-1)

When: 7 p.m. today

Outlook: Overlea (3-0 league) travels to Baltimore County 1A-2A rival Catonsville (3-0 league) already having surpassed last season's victory total (3-7).

Falcons coach Terry Ward is in quest of career win No. 167 with a team led by 6-1, 205-pound QB-FS Zach Sergotick, 300-pound DT-OT Michael Banks, and 6-4, 175-pound DE Kelly Motley. Overlea has two shutouts but faces a high-scoring offense.

Comets coach Warren Como, looking for his 77th win, missed 6-4, 210-pound TE-DE B. J. Page during last week's loss to No. 4-ranked Hereford. Page, who had two TD receptions in a Week 2 win over Western Tech, sat out last week after a late ejection during the Western Tech game.

C. Milton Wright (3-1) at Edgewood (2-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Wright coach Steve Harward (116-32 career) and WR Derrick Autry and Justin Rice try to bounce back from last week's 27-21 loss at 1-3 Aberdeen.

The 13-time Harford County champion Mustangs (0-1 league) face the only county team to defeat them a year ago, Edgewood (1-0 league).

All-Metro LB-TE Shannon Maynard (6-4, 240) returned from disciplinary suspension last week, when RB teammate Mike Kelly (6-0, 185) scored all of his team's points in a 20-7 win over then-unbeaten North Harford. Maynard caught the TD and the two-point conversion pass in last year's 8-7 upset of the Mustangs.

Penn Charter (1-2) at No. 1 Gilman (4-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Gilman has out-scored opponents 172-17 and shut out two, but coach Biff Poggi said he expects "our toughest game so far" out of Philadelphia's Penn Charter.

Penn Charter's coach, Brian McCloskey, and McDonogh coach Dom Damico are first cousins.

McCloskey's team, which has difficulty scheduling opponents because of its rich football tradition, is generally one of the best teams in the five-team Inter-AC league. RB James Berry, who has rushed for four TDs and returned two kickoffs for scores, leads the Quakers. LB Tom Reilly (6-0, 220) has played well, defensively.

Gilman comes off a 36-10 win over Landon in Bethesda.

No. 13 Eastern Tech (3-1) at No. 2 Randallstown (3-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Bruce Strunk's Mavericks (2-1 league) are homecoming opponents of Randallstown (3-0 league), where he coached last season. Rams coach Anthony Knox was his assistant then, when the Rams went 11-1 and reached the Class 2A state semifinals.

A loss for either Eastern Tech, a 3A state finalist last season, or Randallstown could end the loser's playoff hopes. "It'll be a chess match -- maybe some trick plays. There's no doubt there's a lot on the line," Knox said. "The kids know they're playing their old coach, but more than that, we're playing Eastern Tech. You have to be careful not to get too hyped."

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