State football semifinals

November 20, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

Class 4A

Eleanor Roosevelt (10-1)

vs. No. 8 Patterson (10-1)

When: 11 a.m. today

Where: Poly

Outlook: Roosevelt comes to Baltimore from Greenbelt having scored the most points (397) and given up the fewest (83) in Class 4A. The Raiders, in the playoffs for the third time in school history, are coming off a 19-13 quarterfinal win over Prince George's County rival Suitland, a 4A finalist the last two years. RB Edwin Rios (1,300 rushing yards, 386 receiving yards) leads Roosevelt, a state runner-up in 1996. Patterson has reached the playoffs in six of the seven seasons Baltimore schools have been in the state public-schools association. RB Tony Smithson (24 TDs) and RB Rashidi Scott (17) run behind Matt Belcastro and Dominique Williams, among other linemen who average 6 feet 4, 310 pounds. Belcastro leads the Clippers with nine sacks; Williams has seven.

Class 2A

No. 4 Hereford (11-0)

at Urbana (10-0)

When: 1 p.m. today

Outlook: Only 3 years old, Urbana already has a 23-game winning streak and is the defending Class 2A state champ under coach Dave Carruthers (28-5 career record). Penn State-bound All-America QB Zack Mills (1,592 yards, 17 TDs) targets WR Billy Gaines (12 TD catches), and RB John Andrews (nine rushing TDs) and Alex Herbert (eight) add to a balanced offense. DT Ben Thompson has 15 sacks and NG John Jordon seven for the Hawks, fifth-ranked in Maryland by The Associated Press. They have out-scored opponents, 37-8, on average. Hereford RB Billy Wright, a junior who was making his first start, rushed for three scores in last weekend's 33-14 win over Queen Anne's, and RB Matt Curtis has rushed for 13 TDs for the season. LB Kress Adamson, Ray Causey, Ryan Vogel and OL-DL Adam Hendrix (nine sacks) will key the Bulls defensively in their fourth straight state semifinal. Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh, whose team has played all of its games this season on the road because of field renovations, tied the state record for wins (50) by a coach in his first five seasons.

No. 6 Howard (10-1)

vs. No. 5 Edmondson (11-0)

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Poly

Outlook: The Lions, Howard County co-champions, enter this Class 2A state semifinal led by All-America RB-DB Gerald Smith (800 rushing yards, nine TDs), who is bound for Penn State on a full football scholarship. DB-RB Travis Irving has rushed for 810 yards and six TDs. Defensively for Howard, DE Lewis Matthews (15 sacks), LB Joey Tortella (three interceptions) and DBs Jose Monzon (three interceptions) and Antoine Jones lead the way. Last weekend's 6-0 shutout by coach Vince Parnell's Lions of previously unbeaten Middletown came over a team that was averaging nearly 40 points. Howard focuses next on ending a 17-game winning streak by Edmondson, a two-time Baltimore City West Division champ. The Redskins are led by do-everything RB-LB-PK Raytron Leak, who has scored 30 TDs, and QB Eddie Colbert, who is credited with 2,330 passing yards for 30 TDs. RB Darryl McCray (986 rushing yards, 19 TDs) and WR Justus McLeod (12 TD receptions) are part of an explosive offense, and DEs Jason Murphy and and Tavon Williams have 30 and 25 sacks, respectively. The Redskins, coached by Pete Pompey, now in his 25th coaching season, are in their first state playoff and semifinal since city schools joined the state association. Howard's last playoff appearance was in 1994; its last playoff win was in 1975. -- Lem Satterfield

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