Football previews

November 05, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

No. 14 Lake Clifton (7-2)

vs. No. 10 Patterson (8-1)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Utz Twardowicz Field, Patterson Park

Outlook: The teams enter this City East Division title game with identical 4-1 league records. The lower-ranked Lakers lost, 20-8, to Poly -- a team the higher-ranked Clippers edged, 14-6, last week. Lake Clifton blanked Dunbar, 6-0, one week after the Poets edged the Clippers, 36-32, ending Patterson's 16-game winning streak against city opponents. A Lakers win can clinch at least a tie with Dunbar for the league crown, which Patterson is defending. Patterson also leads the Class 4A North region and stands second statewide in the chase for a berth in the eight-team state playoff field. Lake Clifton, second in the region, is the seventh statewide so needs a win to guarantee a berth.

No. 15 North Harford (8-1) at No. 13 Fallston (9-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Fallston (6-0 league) has had a taste of the big time, having set a school record for single-season wins and at least tied for the Harford County title. Now it's Fallston's homecoming -- time to see if the visiting Hawks (5-1 league) can steal the show. LB Nate Leibel (6-0, 240) and DEs Jesse Kluttz (6-3, 210) and Ben Landers (6-3, 200) lead a Cougars' squad that is yielding less than nine points a game. But the Hawks have allowed fewer than seven, led by DT-OL Tom Clishan (6-1, 220), DE Justin Phelps (6-4, 195) and DB-QB Pat Starleper (6-0, 180). Fallston, seeking its first Class 3A playoff berth, needs to win to guarantee making it. North Harford has distant Class 2A playoff hopes, but beating Fallston could vault the Hawks into contention.

Western Tech (7-2) at Pikesville (7-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Hereford already has clinched the Baltimore County 1A-2A League title, but plenty is on the line for both teams. Pikesville leads the Class 1A North Region and is third statewide, but needs a win to guarantee a berth. That could be difficult against stoked-up Western Tech, which has lost only to Hereford and Catonsville but has no playoff hopes. After going 1-9 last season, coach Jason Blind has the Wolverwines motivated to end on a positive note. Western Tech is led by WR-DB Joe Cromwell (800 yards, 10 TD receptions), RB Dominique Foxworth (1,087 rushing yards, 13 TDs) and LB Joe Dominick (6-3, 225). Pikesville has a chance, however, as evidenced by its win over league-rival Towson, the only other team besides Hereford to defeat Catonsville.

Poly (4-5) vs. City (4-5)

When: Noon tomorrow

Outlook: Poly won last year's game, 13-12, on a 54-yard scoring reception by Eddie Henry (now at Morgan State) with 35 seconds left. That improved Poly's series lead to 54-50-6 heading into this, the 111th meeting between the schools. Poly's John Hammond is in his second season as coach of the Engineers. City coach George Petrides, a City graduate, is 146-92-1 since his first season as coach in 1975.

No. 1 Gilman (9-0) at No. 6 McDonogh (8-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Last weekend, Division I DB prospect Erik King and LB prospect T. C. Cosby (6-2, 225) led McDonogh to its third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title, its 21st straight league win, 14-3, over runner-up St. Paul's. McDonogh QB Scott Dolch (15 TD passes) is capable of scaring opponents with WRs Walid Hajj (21 catches, 407 yards, eight TDs), Jaye Mayes (nine, 162, three) and David Lunn. Gilman RB-NG Mike Faust (5-11, 220) scored his 11th TD in last week's 41-0 rout of St. Mary's, as the Greyhounds won their second straight MIAA A Conference crown with their 20th straight win. Gilman won last year's game, 23-14, improving its series lead to 49-29-5 since 1914. The Greyhounds, led by All-Metro QB Ryan Boyle, have out-scored opponents by an incredible 372-to-23 with six shutouts.

No. 2 Randallstown (8-1) at No. 3 Milford Mill (9-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This is among the area's most highly awaited games, as the visiting Rams (8-0 league), led by second-team All-Metro LBs Mykal Bouie and Quan Mitchell and winners of eight straight games, take on the Millers (8-0 league), led by All-American QB Richard Johnson. At stake is the Baltimore County 3A-4A League crown, and, equally important, a Class 3A playoff berth for Randallstown. Milford Mill, third now statewide, already has guaranteed itself a berth and leads the North Region. Randallstown, second in the region and sixth statewide now, needs a win to assure itself a berth. Rams QB Archie Trader, a wizard at executing Randallstown's wing-T offense, may be the area's most under-rated signal caller. But he's the engine that makes the Rams go.

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