Playoff picture still unclear heading into final weekend

County notebook

November 03, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The playoff picture for county football teams is uncertain as the teams head into the final weekend of action.

As many as three teams could make the playoffs -- Glenelg in Class 1A, Howard in Class 2A and Wilde Lake in Class 3A. But all need some help or all three could miss out even if they win their final games.

Glenelg is rated seventh overall in Class 1A and is third in the South Region and has almost no chance of catching leader Forestville, which sits on a 14-point lead. So the Gladiators will have to defeat Class 3A opponent Long Reach and hope bonus points allow them to make it as a wild card.

Howard leads its Class 2A South Region with 77 points, but has Fairmont Heights (75 points), Potomac (71) and Central (69) breathing down its neck. The Lions must defeat Class 3A opponent River Hill and hope that bonus points allow them to hang on as region champ.

Howard is rated seventh overall and is in a tight race with Dunbar, Queen Anne's, Potomac and Northwest for a wild-card spot. It's too close to call until all the games have been played. But Potomac has a tough game against Fairmont Heights.

Wilde Lake trails Annapolis by 24 points and must hope for a wild-card spot. The Wildecats are ninth with 78.4 points and the best they can do is 92.4 points provided that River Hill defeats Howard.

The Wildecats will be rooting for Thomas Stone to defeat Westlake, Milford Mill to defeat Randallstown and North Harford to defeat Fallston.

L. Reach surprises Glenelg

One of the most surprising soccer scores of the season was Long Reach's 3-0 victory over Glenelg last week.

The Lightning has struggled to a 3-10 overall and 2-7 league record, while Glenelg (4-6-4) spent part of the season ranked in the Top 15.

"We didn't make any changes," said coach Shawn Smith. "We just played well. We had some debacles this season. But we lost to Spalding, 2-1, on a handball. We made two bad defensive mistakes to lose to Howard and we were mentally just out of it against Wilde Lake."

Disappointing ending

The most disappointing ending to the boys soccer season had to be Wilde Lake's.

The Wildecats went 0-5-1 over their last six games after opening up 5-2 and being ranked in the Top 10.

They are the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs, suffering a 5-0 loss to River Hill last Saturday morning.

They were shut out in three of those last six games and scored only one goal in another game while giving up seven goals to Fallston and four to Glenelg.

Vikings spring upset

Mount Hebron pulled off the biggest upset of the season last Saturday, knocking River Hill out of the playoffs with a 21-12 victory.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Fallon, who spent most of the season playing junior varsity, was the key as he threw for 111 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a TD.

But the Vikings have played five straight tough games, winning three of them.

First it was a 14-13 win over Hammond. Then came a 10-7 loss to Centennial, followed by a 9-3 loss to Oakland Mills that later became a forfeit win.

The Vikings lost to Glenelg, 16-6, leading into the River Hill upset.

They now are 4-5 and an upset over Wilde Lake this Saturday would give them a .500 record -- something few people expected.

Track coaches needed

Howard High needs varsity and junior varsity indoor track coaches.

Call athletic director Vince Parnell at 410-313-2874.

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