Football previews

High Schools

September 22, 2000|By Edward Lee

Today

Aberdeen (0-2) at Liberty (2-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions passing game continues to reap rewards. In last week's 23-7 win against Northeast, senior quarterback Tony Scirica completed 11 of 24 passes for 154 yards and threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jim Miller, who caught four balls for 104 yards. Scirica also scored on a two-yard scamper, and junior running back Brandon Pluim rushed for a team-high 94 yards on six carries and a touchdown. The defense was powered by senior linebacker Tom Maholchic, who registered 10 tackles. The Eagles of Harford County lost a 7-6 squeaker to Long Reach and was pounded by Urbana, 52-6, last week. Liberty defeated Aberdeen, 20-8, last year.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-1) at South Carroll (1-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers ground out a 3-0 victory over C. Milton Wright last week. The defense grabbed the spotlight, forcing two Mustangs fumbles and an interception by junior defensive back Bryan Lowry. Lowry also kicked a second-quarter field goal to account for the game's only points. Senior running back Teddy Daniels rumbled for 150 yards on 29 carries. Coach Gene Brown would like to see senior quarterback Bryan Hamper air it out more often. The Barons of Montgomery County followed a 26-6 win against Blair with a 24-0 drubbing at the hands of Magruder. Junior quarterback Matt Beck, who sat out with an injury last season, will lead B-CC.

C. Milton Wright (1-1) at Westminster (1-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Owls won't have much time to review last Saturday's 35-14 loss to Loyola. The Dons scored all 35 points in the first half and their 330 yards of offense in the first half dwarfed Westminster's 56. There were a few bright spots, including senior quarterback Ryan Baer, who connected on 11 of 21 passes for 136 yards and seemed to be more comfortable in the pocket. Senior running back Jamel Smalls rushed for 48 yards and two scores, and the Owls defense didn't give up a single point in the second half. The Mustangs of Harford County stalled against South Carroll, compiling 103 of their 180 total yards on the ground. Westminster will see either Billy Glodeck or Brian Balcer at the quarterback position for C. Milton Wright. The Mustangs beat the Owls, 21-8, last season.

Francis Scott Key (2-0) at North Hagerstown (1-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: This Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest pits two of the season's most surprising squads. The Hubs of Washington County stunned league runner-up Walkersville, 14-6, last week. North Hagerstown, which had one victory last year and hadn't beaten the Lions since 1990, outgained Walkersville 243 yards to 101. Senior nose guard Wayne Boward recorded six solo tackles and a key sack in the final quarter to seal the win for the Hubs. The Eagles pulled a shocker of their own, besting three-time defending league champ Middletown, 21-7. Junior running back Brad Stonesifer was overpowering, rushing for 143 yards and a touchdown and even kicked a 35-yard field goal. The defense allowed the Knights to gain just 14 yards through the air and recovered one fumble and snatched two interceptions. Francis Scott Key defeated North Hagerstown, 20-12, last year.

Bowie (2-0) 3at North Carroll (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers made amends for their season-openeing loss to Francis Scott Key with a 28-0 shutout of South River last week. Senior fullback Vinnie Iadevaia carried the ball 19 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught a ball for a score, while junior tailback Erick Busick gained 88 yards and two touchdowns. The defense shone as well, limiting the Seahawks' option-oriented attack to just 102 total yards. North Carroll lost last year's meeting with Bowie, which has been impressive in victories over North Hagerstown and Laurel. Bowie has outscored its opponents, 71-9, and is led by junior running back Kyle Postell who has rushed 9.7 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. Junior quarterback Jay Scruggs has completed almost 53 percent of his passes for 329 yards and five scores.

Tomorrow

Fairfield at Bowling Brook (1-1)

When: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Thoroughbreds bounced back from a 41-0 shutout to Cardinal Gibbons with a 20-15 victory over Towson. Not much is known about Fairfield, but coach Gary Myers will expect to see continued improvement from both sides of the ball. This game is the season home opener for Bowling Brook.

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