Football previews

High School

September 15, 2000|By Pat O'Malley

Football previews

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Severna Park (1-0) at Broadneck (1-0)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams won season-opening squeakers. The visiting Falcons edged Glen Burnie (1-9 in '99) by 28-26, while the Bruins needed overtime to escape Arundel (2-8) with a 33-27 victory. Severna Park downed Broadneck, 24-6, last season on the way to the 4A East region title and the state semifinals. Broadneck has a veteran defense that gets the edge over the inexperienced Falcons. Both teams have first-time starting QBs in senior Robert Adkins at Broadneck and sophomore David Horn at Severna Park. Adkins and Horn each rallied his respective team for last-minute, game-winning TD passes last week.

Arundel (0-1) at Glen Burnie (0-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: This one should be a good one between the county's two most improved teams, each coming off a heartbreaking loss. Arundel, a 29-14 winner over the Gophers last fall, is led by four-year QB Paul D'Imperio. The Gophers are guided by second-year QB Keith Williams, a three- sport standout.

No. 8 Old Mill (1-0) 3at Frederick (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Coming off their huge 38-28 win over Annapolis, the Patriots can reverse last season's start. Old Mill lost the '99 season opener by 41-34 at Annapolis, but staged a furious rally in the second half that coach Mike Marcus hoped would carry over into Game 2 at home vs. Frederick. It didn't as the Pats went down, 31-27, to start 0-2. Marcus did a marvelous job in turning his team around as the Pats won the next seven in a row and qualified for the playoffs. The Pats have the talent for a 2-0 start this year. The 4A Cadets are coming off a 28-14 loss to 2A Prince George's power Central. Kelvin Collins runs against the Cadets' Maryland bound DL, Akil Patterson (6-3, 270), while standout Frederick junior RB Jerrod Brown encounters Old Mill DLs Kerry Blake (6-3, 250) and Aaron Dada (6-2, 215).

No. 9 Annapolis (0-1) at Chesapeake (0-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The host Cougars could catch the Panthers in a hungry, nasty mood after last week's 10-point loss to Old Mill. Chesapeake's single wing controlled the ball in last week's 8-6 win at Meade, while NG Kevin Smith (6-1, 290) and DE Jason Lahamon (6-3, 225) helped stall speedy Meade, holding the Mustangs to 150 yards of total offense. This week the Cougars face a more disciplined offense and defense. Junior RB Eric Venerable (6-0, 185), who led the Panthers with 141 yards on 16 carries last week, is just one of several explosive Panthers RBs. Annapolis is 19-1 lifetime against Chesapeake, the only loss by 19-6 in 1982 with Grant Jones as Cougars coach.

Meade (0-1) at North County (1-0)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Host Knights QB Mike Pfisterer began his assault on the state career passing records last week in a 36-19 romp over South River. Pfisterer was 14-for-24 for 150 yards and one TD pass and is ready to light up the Mustangs as he did in last year's 33-14 romp.

Liberty (1-0) at Northeast (1-0)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: After Northeast ended its county- record 31-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Atholton last week, spirits are high in Pasadena. But coach Mike Cotham's team might be hard-pressed against its Carroll County foe, which has gone to the air this year with senior QB Tony Scirica, who threw for 197 yards and three TDs in a 27-7 win over Boonsboro.

North Carroll (0-1) at South River (0-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: New coach Joe Viola, whose debut was spoiled by North County last week, should get his first win as Seahawks coach. North Carroll opened with a 20-12 loss to Francis Scott Key last week.

Southern (1-0) at Calvert (1-0)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Coach Russ Meyers' 2A Bulldogs were pretty impressive in a 26-0 season- opening win at 3A Great Mills. The host Cavaliers of veteran coach Jerry Franks hammered Montgomery's Blake, 49-7, in their opener and are coming off an 8-2 season that included a 47-6 rout of Southern.

St. Mary's (1-0) at Archbishop Spalding (0-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: QB Tony Magnolia led the Saints to a 28-7 B Conference win over Archbishop Curley last week, and appear ready to be a contender in their move down from the A conference. Spalding, a 34-19 loser to the Saints last year, is coming off a 48-0 loss to consensus No. 1 Gilman (2-0).

John Carroll (0-2) at Severn (0-1)

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The host Admirals lost QB Jason Werner, possibly for the rest of the season, with a broken wrist in a 17-0 loss to Calvert Hall, and they face another tough defense. The Harford County Patriots are not as good on the other side of the ball, as evidenced by their 7-0 and 6-3 losses to St. Paul's and Joppatowne, respectively.

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