Football previews

November 05, 1999|By Pat O'Malley

Old Mill (7-2) at No. 12 Severna Park (8-1)

When: 7: 15 tonight

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

Outlook: This one is for the Class 4A East region title and one of the top four seeds in the state tournament. Host Severna Park has already clinched the school's sixth playoff berth, its first since 1994. Winning the region would earn the Falcons a quarterfinal at home and mean the school's most wins since 1988 (9-2). Old Mill's only two playoff appearances and region titles came in 1990 and '91. If the Patriots, who started the season by losing to 9-0 Annapolis (41-34) and 3-6 Frederick (31-27) before reeling off seven wins, lose, they may miss the playoffs after bonus points are counted. Three 6-3 teams, each of which plays at home -- Montgomery County's Magruder and Prince George's Northwestern and Parkdale -- could gain a heap of points with an upset in their final games and pass Old Mill. In short, the Patriots need to win. Old Mill, with 303 points, has broken 300 for the second straight season, but in Severna Park, coach Mike Marcus' team hits the county's second stingiest defense, allowing just 13 points a game. Each team's QB has set a school record for most TD passes in a season. The Pats' Brian Williams has thrown for 18, the Falcons' Chris Odom, 17. And each team has an outstanding runner. Old Mill junior Kelvin Collins has school records of 1,493 yards rushing, rushing and total touchdowns (21 and 22). Senior Derek Dixon paces the Falcons with 1,039 yards and seven rushing TDs. The Falcons have the edge on special teams. Starke Mueller averages 36.6 yards a punt, and leading receiver Paul Gillette (26 catches, 437 yards, 7 TDs) also has kicked three field goals and is virtually automatic on point-after kicks.

No. 5 Annapolis (9-0) at Broadneck (6-3)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Class 3A Panthers have clinched their third straight playoff berth and county-record 11th overall (their first in 3A). But the Bruins are staying home after their first year in Class 4A since 1992. The Bruins' season would be made, if they upset the Panthers' second bid in three years to go undefeated in regular season. Broadneck, undefeated itself last season, has never beaten Annapolis, though. The Bruins are 0-6 and have been outscored 104-42 by Annapolis in their six previous meetings, the most recent of which was 1992. Annapolis' Rayvon Johnson needs 359 yards for 3,997 career rushing yards, which would break the county record. Annapolis, averaging 41.3 points a game, needs 22 to break the county record for most points scored in 10 games and 28 to become the first county team to average 40 in a regular season.

Meade (1-8) at Arundel (2-7)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: The winner in Gambrills can salvage a losing season by copping the Jerry Mears Cup, named for a former coach at both schools. The host Wildcats, a 35-27 winner in last year's meeting, lead the series that began in 1977, 13-9. Chase Gompers paces Arundel with 666 yards and 12 TDs rushing, and Mustangs QB Antwan Smith has thrown for 1,063 yards.

Southern (1-8) at South River (5-4)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: It's their 22nd meeting. Southern took last year's game, 14-13, only its sixth win in a series that began in 1978.

Northeast (2-6) at Chesapeake (3-6)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: The host Cougars, who lead the series 12-10, hope to post their eighth in a row over the Eagles.

Glen Burnie (0-9) at North County (6-3)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: Other than being handed a forfeit in 1996, the Gophers have never beaten the Knights and are 1-7 against them. Glen Burnie coach Brad Wilson returns to Ferndale, where he was an assistant to North County coach Chuck Markiewicz from 1990 until last year. Wilson and his Gophers, outscored 326-86, will be glad to get this season over with. They try and avoid their county record 27th loss in succession. Knights' junior QB Mike Pfisterer comes into the game with 2,454 yards and 25 touchdowns passing and is five TD passes away from Erik Lipton's county career record of 47 at Arundel (1994-96).

Severn (4-4) at Archbishop Spalding (4-5)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Both teams are coming off good wins. The visiting Admirals feature the passing of Tom Cleaver (11 touchdown passes) and the Cavaliers have the running of Darren "Batman" Johnson (1,554 yards, 15 TDs). Spalding won 27-6 last year for the only the second time since 1987. Severn leads the series that began in 1985, 12-2.

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