Football previews

October 01, 1999|By Pat O'Malley

Wootton (1-3) at No. 14 Severna Park (4-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Coming off a 13-12 overtime victory at Calvert Hall last Saturday, the host Falcons have to avoid looking past this Montgomery County foe to next week's showdown with No. 5 Annapolis. Despite the fact that the visitors did not win their first game until last week, 6-0, over Montgomery-Blair, they cannot be taken lightly, because they play in an unquestionably tough league. Severna Park coach J. P. Hines was especially proud of the way his team fought back to nip Calvert Hall. Down 6-0 in the final quarter, the Falcons mounted a game-tying drive capped by Chris Odom's 7-yard touchdown pass. "When you drive the whole length of the field and score, that says a lot about your kids," said Hines, whose team escaped without MLB David Wagner, last year's County Defensive Player of the Year. Wagner, who has sprained ligaments in his left ankle, is questionable tonight but expected back for Annapolis. The Falcons' 4-0 start is their best since 1988, when they went 8-0 on the way to the playoffs and a final 9-2 mark.

Broadneck (2-2) at Meade (0-4)

When: 7: 15 tonight

TV: Jones Cable. To be shown on TV 22 at 7: 30 p.m. Monday and on Annapolis TV 15 at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Outlook: The visiting Bruins should be a in a nasty mood after having their homecoming spoiled last Saturday by unbeaten North County, 27-13. The Mustangs have been outscored 135-43, including last week's 47-0 loss to Annapolis. Meade was held to just 21 total yards (16 passing) by the Panthers and face another tough defense tonight. LBs Brysean Williams and Billy Smith lead Broadneck.

South River (1-3) at Glen Burnie (0-4)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: Still looking for that elusive first win, the Gophers play host to a team that won its first last week. South River bopped Northeast, 35-6, with Bruce Lee and Jeff Donohue combining for 320 yards rushing. The Gophers lost their 21st in a row, 22-6, at Chesapeake. Sophomore WR-DB Keith Williams has been a bright spot for the Gophers, catching five passes for 184 yards and two TDs and intercepting a pair on the other side of the football. A Gophers victory also would end their 15-game losing streak at home.

Severn (1-2) at No. 9 McDonogh (3-0)

When: 4 p.m. today

Outlook: After dropping two games in one week -- Monday by 41-14 to Loyola and Saturday, 30-29 at John Carroll -- the Admirals have to travel to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference's two-time defending champion. The Eagles have offensive size, speed and experience. McDonogh nipped the A Conference's Loyola, 24-21, last Saturday on Bobby Benson's 27-yard field goal. McDonogh dunked the Admirals last fall, 51-14.

Cardinal Gibbons (2-1) at Archbishop Spalding (2-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: A very interesting game. The host Cavaliers have taken the last three meetings by a cumulative score of 96-12, including last year by 28-6, but their coach of the last two seasons, John Moscato, is now a Gibbons assistant. Moscato, who was not invited back as coach, has been scouting the Cavs and wants this one badly. Spalding evened its record with a 20-6 triumph at Boys' Latin (1-2) last week as the county's leading rusher, Darren "Batman" Johnson (761 yards, six TDs), ran for 216 yards and a TD. After coaching him for two seasons, does Moscato know how to to stop Batman? Gibbons blanked Archbishop Curley, 27-0 last week.

Colonel Richardson (0-4) at Northeast (0-4)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: Could this be the week the Eagles end their county-record, 25-game losing streak? The consecutive winless games streak record is 27 by Spalding, which lost 13 in a row, tied a game and lost 13 more in succession from 1988 to 1991. The Colonels, from Federalsburg on the Eastern Shore, have lost 22 straight.

No. 5 Annapolis (4-0) at Arundel (1-3)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: Even though his unbeaten Panthers set a county record for most points (93) in a week (46-7 and 47-0 over South River and Meade) and are averaging 42.7 points a game, coach Roy Brown is worried about the host Wildcats. "They may be the best 1-3 team around, and it's their homecoming," said Brown. Arundel dropped its third game last week, 40-21, at Old Mill, but coach Bill Zucco's Cats gained nearly 300 yards rushing and are averaging almost 260 yards a game. Danny Nucci, Chase Gompers and Justin Tippett are sharing the load. Of course, the Annapolis running game is not bad either, with Rayvon Johnson (583 yards, nine TDs) and Aaron Copeland (426 yards, four TDs). Fans are hoping for an encore of last year's wild, 35-34 victory by the Panthers, their second in a row over the Arundel and fifth in the 1990s.

Chesapeake (2-2) at North County (4-0)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

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