Football games

October 05, 2001|By Rich Scherr

Tonight

Westminster (3-1) at Liberty (1-3)

When: 7

Outlook: Homecoming in Eldersburg will showcase one of the area's top RBs in Westminster's Eric Saunders, who leads the county with 682 yards rushing. Last week he led the Owls to a 42-7 win over North Carroll, as Westminster's strong corps of backs combined for 248 yards and six touchdowns. The Lions, who last season topped the Owls, 14-10, hope for a repeat performance. Their defense is led by All-County LB Jeris Smith, who appears to be near 100 percent after suffering a knee injury during the preseason.

North Carroll (1-3) at Th. Johnson (0-4)

When: 7

Outlook: North Carroll looks to beat the winless Patriots for the first time in 15 meetings, but may have a rough time of it for personnel reasons. While Thomas Johnson gets back several players who had been ineligible, the Panthers will be short on depth after a handful of backups, including their former starting QB left the team. Junior Curtis Bosley (8-for-16, 67 yards), who made his first start at quarterback in last week's 42-7 loss to Westminster, will look to put up better numbers. The Panthers are still without top RB Erick Busick, expected to return soon after suffering a torn ligament in his knee.

South Carroll (2-2) at Urbana (3-0)

When: 7

Outlook: After allowing 28 points in 4 1/2 minutes in their 43-12 loss to host Frederick last week, the Cavaliers now get to play possibly one of the toughest teams in state history. Three-time defending state champion Urbana is looking to break the MPSSAA record for consecutive wins, after last week tying the mark at 41. For South Carroll, the key is to put together drives early and try to stay in the game. The Hawks are led by QB Jay Conner, WR-PR Patrick Ferguson and a strong defense. Field position will be critical for the Cavaliers.

Tomorrow

F.S. Key (3-1) at Boonsboro (3-1)

When: 1 p.m.

Outlook: In another critical test following last week's 35-0 win over Smithsburg, Key will face a Boonsboro team that has won three straight and is tied atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League standings with Middletown. The Eagles have lost to the Warriors in eight of the past 10 meetings, but did come away with a 21-10 win a year ago. Both teams feature exceptionally strong running games, and will look to control the time of possession. Key RB Brad Stonesifer has scored nine touchdowns over the past two weeks, and is averaging 12 yards a carry this season.

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