Football games

October 05, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

Today

City (4-0) vs. Patterson (4-0) at Patterson Park

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Patterson, last fall's City East Division champ, competes for the city 4A crown this year, while City goes for the 2A-1A title. Although this is an interdivisional game, it carries playoff implications. Maryland-bound OL-DL Nathaniel Clayton (6-4, 330) of City, and OT Joshua Edwards (6-5, 270) lead a line that clears the way for QB Lamar Manigo (300 passing yards, six TDs), RB Brandon Hardy (300 yards, four TDs) and WR Phillp Harris (six TD receptions). The Clippers boast a three-man rushing attack of RBs Antwaine Clayborne, Jefferey Smith and Thomas Smith, who have combined for 1,082 yards and 15 TDs. DE Antwan Johnson (6-4, 275), LB Chris Price (five sacks) and LB Brian Yancey (two sacks) lead the Patterson defense.

North Harford (3-1) at Joppatowne (4-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: This Harford County league clash pits the visiting Hawks (1-0 league), county co-champs two years ago, against the Mariners (1-0 league), who are coming off a 26-21 win over defending county champ Fallston. The run-oriented Hawks ride RB Chad Roland (342 yards, three TDs), RB Chris Kidd (162 yards, two TDs) and QB Danny Tyrell. WR-S Brian Blankenship is both the Hawks' top receiver and tackler. Joppatowne boasts second-team All-Metro OT-NG Phil Tillman (6-3, 305) and QB Dalys Talley, who has passed for 578 yards and seven TDs with no interceptions and rushed for 275 yards and another score. RB D'Angelo Goffigan (six rushing TDs) is part of a balanced offense with WRs Matt Jones, George Smith and Ryan Spann.

Tomorrow

No. 2 Gilman (3-2) at Poly Prep, N.Y. (3-0)

When: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Gilman takes on USA Today's 11th-ranked team in Poly Prep, whose best players are RB standout I Perfection Harris, DT Kwa Kou Robinson (committed to Penn State) and WR Jahkeen Gilmore. Poly Prep began the year with a win over Bethlehem Catholic, then ranked No. 14 nationally. Gilman has won three straight games and is coming off its best effort in last week's 35-14 rout of Mount St. Joseph. Second-team All-Metro QB Ambrose Wooden, All-Metro WR-DB Napoleon Sykes (committed to Wake Forest), All-Metro RB Malcom Ruff (headed for Duke) and All-Metro LB Stan White have begun to assume their leadership roles. LB Mike Dowling and DE Victor Abiamiri (6-5, 240) also will be called upon.

No. 12 Curley (3-0) at No. 15 Gibbons (3-1)

When: 1 p.m.

Outlook: This MIAA B Conference game pits last year's co-champs, Gibbons (0-1 league) and Curley (0-0), on Gibbons' homecoming. Gibbons RB Hassan Muhammad (11 TDs), LB-PK-WR Chris Stimmel, who has booted four FGs, hope to avenge last year's loss. The visiting Friars are led by RB-DB Eric Spence (10 TDs), who has four interceptions, and second-team All-Metro OL-LB Jack Herzogg (6-4, 245). QB Chris Weyant (357 yards, three TDs passing) works behind Herzogg, Tom Green and Eric Oppel, part of a line that averages 6-1, 235 pounds. It will go against a Gibbons line anchored by Brandon Fuggett (6-6, 270) and Michael Datz (6-2, 250). Curley DB Tom Boettcher has recovered two fumbles.

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