Football previews

November 12, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

Football previews

No. 3 Randallstown (8-2)

vs. No. 2 Milford Mill (10-0)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Where: CCBC-Catonsville

Outlook: The Millers beat Randallstown, 48-32, for the Baltimore County 3A-4A crown a week ago, but this is a Class 3A state quarterfinal playoff game. Last week, All-American QB Richard Johnson contributed to all seven Millers' scores, and LB Muhammad Howard had two interceptions, one he returned about 85 yards to set up a touchdown. Randallstown coach Anthony Knox probably had nightmares about his secondary in that loss, which ended an eight-game win streak. And you can bet he's gone to work on a defensive game plan that will employ second-team All-Metro LBs Quan Mitchell and Mykal Bouie, along with DE Harvey Broadnax, DBs Mike Goode and Charles Smith and OL-DL Will Epps. Milford Mill has won 12 straight games.

No. 4 Hereford (10-0)

at Queen Anne's (9-1)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: This Class 2A state quarterfinal sees Hereford going after coach Steve Turnbaugh's 50th win, tying the state record for wins by a coach in his first five seasons. Dunbar's Stanley Mitchell (50-12), now at Morgan State, set the record in 1997. The Bulls also are trying to overcome a season-ending broken leg injury to All-Metro C. J. Feldheim -- the second season-ending injury to a teammate, counting Aaron McKeegan's neck injury earlier. Queen Anne's, a 36-0 winner over Eastern Shore power Cambridge, has LB-QB Mike Gowl. The Lions run the wing-T primarily behind Ken Hartman (6 feet, 275 pounds) with RB Jason Boyd (5-8, 175). Hereford is 26-0 in road games, including a 13-0 record for the 1997 Class 1A state crown, and is 44-3 over nearly four seasons. A victory would land the Bears in their fourth straight semifinal.

Hickey School (7-2)

at Brunswick (N.A.)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: Neither team has won a playoff game, although Brunswick, in Frederick County, is trying for the sixth time -- and second year in a row -- in this Class 1A quarterfinal. First-year coach Dan Bungori's Hickey Bears may be up against it with only 29 players, but the former All-Atlantic Coast Conference receiver at Maryland has worked some small wonders. Brunswick, led by WR Willie McClain, runs out of the wing-T. Railroaders RB Chris Hill has 865 yards and eight touchdowns, and QB Alan Webber is a scrambler behind an offensive line led by Mike Dykes (6-3, 325).

No. 15 Lake Clifton (7-3)

vs No. 9 Patterson (9-1)

When: 11 a.m. tomorrow

Where: Poly stadium

Outlook: Patterson scored the most points Lake Clifton has allowed in last week's 28-12 win at Utz Twardowicz Field, tying Dunbar for the City East Division crown. This time, the game is a Class 4A state quarterfinal. Lake Clifton will need a big-game from LB Clifton Bowers (6-2, 240), who ranked 41st in The National Recruiting Advisor's top 100 LB prospects nationally. Bowers runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, bench-presses nearly 400 pounds, and has been offered full scholarships by No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Maryland.

Pikesville (7-3)

at Forestville (9-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Pikesville makes its first Class 1A state playoff appearance under coach Joe Bosley, whose most-valuable player is TE Clement Sorgho (seven TD catches). QB Steve Watson (6-1, 185) has thrown for 1,066 yards, and RBs Joe Barnes and Reginald Dean contribute well. However, the Panthers drew last year's state runner-up, Forestville, which tied for its Prince George's County 1A-2A league title. Simply put, Prince George's is a tough place for Baltimore-area teams to win.

No. 14 Dunbar (8-2)

vs. No. 5 Edmondson (10-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Where: Poly stadium

Outlook: Two streaks will be on the line in this Class 2A state quarterfinal. Edmondson has won 16 straight games but is in its first state playoff game since city schools joined the state association in 1993. Dunbar, a three-time state champion out of six tries, has made the semifinals every year it qualified for the playoffs. Dunbar coach Ben Eaton missed the playoffs last season but was an assistant to Stanley Mitchell when Dunbar won state titles in 1994 and 1995. The Poets are led by RB Darnell Baylor and WR-SB Darryl Dorsey behind a line averaging 6-4, 290 pounds. But Edmondson has Division I RB prospect Raytron Leak (15 rushing touchdowns, 11 TD catches), QB Eddie Colbert (19 touchdown passes), LB-OL Jason Murphy (14 sacks) and WR-DB Justus McLeod.

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