Football previews

September 15, 2000|By Rick Belz and Edward Lee

Football previews

Today

Mount Hebron (0-1) at Howard (1-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Lions RB Travis Irving had one of his best days rushing last week with 24 carries for 121 yards in a 20-13 victory over Woodlawn, and the powerfully built senior who doubles as a defensive end should be hard to stop all season. Special teams frequently make large contributions for Howard. Last week it was a pair of touchdowns on a 55-yard punt return by Lamar Parrish and an 85-yard kickoff return by Gerrick McPhearson. Mount Hebron dropped a 28-7 decision to Dundalk. Howard defeated Mount Hebron, 19-7, last season.

Middletown (0-1) at Francis Scott Key (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Fresh off a 20-12 victory over North Carroll, the Eagles prepare to meet three-time defending Moncacy Valley Athletic League champ Middletown. The Knights rushed for 30 yards in a 12-7 loss to Thomas Johnson, but forced three turnovers. Francis Scott Key will lean on senior RB Brendan MacDaniel, who rushed for 140 of his team's 275 total yards.

South Carroll (0-1) at C. Milton Wright (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Mustangs routed South Carroll, 33-7, last season and defeated Perry Hall last week. C. Milton Wright's defense gave up 270 yards a game last year. South Carroll coughed up three turnovers in a 19-7 loss to Glenelg, but coach Gene Brown saw some positives, including senior RB Teddy Daniels, who carried 17 times for 117 yards.

Tomorrow

Glenelg (1-0) at No. 6 Oakland Mills (0-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: A battle of Class 1A opponents shapes up as an early-season must-win for Oakland Mills, a 34-7 loser to No. 3 Mount St. Joe last week despite a 10-for-23 passing effort by J. T. Rembert that netted 193 yards. Glenelg has momentum after defeating South Carroll, 19-7. Jay Hamilton had 83 yards rushing. Andrew Garland made nine tackles and Paul DeSilva seven tackles against the Cavaliers. Ryan Barnowski and Jay Fredrick had fumble recoveries. Paul Schwartzbeck had an interception. Glenelg did not make a turnover and ran 54 plays to 41 for South Carroll. But the Gladiators had 100 yards in penalties. Ball control and reducing penalties are crucial for Glenelg, which lost to Oakland Mills last season, 14-13.

Atholton (0-1) at Centennial (0-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles have won three straight from the Raiders, including a 36-13 decision last season. Both teams are coming off opening-day defeats. Atholton lost to Northeast, 6-3, allowing the Anne Arundel school to end a 31-game losing streak despite 14 solo tackles by Mark Carbone. Centennial lost to Fallston, 16-0. Fallston was 9-1 last season and expects to be a Harford County power again.

No. 4 Wilde Lake (0-1) at Hammond (0-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Wildecats and Bears both lost their openers. Wilde Lake suffered a 22-18 setback to No. 2 Randallstown, while the Bears lost to Fort Hill, 43-22. Wilde Lake wasted a 93-yard rushing performance by Mario Merrills, who also passed 26 yards for a touchdown and ran 75 yards for another score on the back end of a hook-and-ladder pass play. Wilde Lake, with state Class 3A title aspirations, defeated Hammond last season, 41-0.

Long Reach (1-0) at River Hill (1-0)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Two fifth-year tech-magnet schools square off in a Class 3A battle. Last week the Lightning edged Aberdeen, 7-6, while the Hawks lost to Stephen Decatur. River Hill defeated Long Reach last season, 12-7.

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