Football games

October 26, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

Tomorrow

Wilde Lake (4-3, 3-3) at Centennial (5-2, 4-2)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Centennial has never beaten Wilde Lake, and despite two straight losses, the Eagles may have their best chance in years to knock off the Wildecats. Both teams are struggling to regain the form they showed early in the season. Centennial's defense gave up 33 second-half points to River Hill last week, and the Eagles got their only second-half points on a 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Pat Davis. Wilde Lake needs to play better on defense as well; the Wildecats surrendered over 200 yards rushing in a loss to Oakland Mills.

Mount Hebron (4-3, 3-3) at No. 6 Glenelg (7-0, 6-0)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: After dropping three straight games, Mount Hebron righted its ship last week in a 41-0 win over Atholton thanks to wide receiver John Zabel, who did virtually everything, catching seven passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown and had seven tackles and two pass breakups on defense. Glenelg continues to roll, getting three rushing touchdowns from Jay Hamilton in a 35-12 win over Hammond last week.

River Hill (4-3, 4-2) at Hammond (2-5, 2-4)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: River Hill looked awfully impressive last week in a 40-13 win over then No. 11 Centennial, but the Hawks did it by rushing the ball, not throwing it, as had been the case in previous games. Former guard Adrian Cmerek lived every lineman's dream when he filled in at fullback because of injuries and rushed for 122 yards and three scores. Though the Bears prefer to run, Hammond quarterback Anthony Hunter can throw the ball when asked. Hunter has thrown for a touchdown in each of the last two games.

Long Reach (5-2, 4-2) at Oakland Mills (4-3, 4-2)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Scorpions and Lightning draw marquee billing this week in an important game for playoff survival. Oakland Mills has been as good as any team in the league during its last four games - all wins - and senior running back Justin Barnes has been a big key, rushing for 114 yards and scoring three times last week to beat Wilde Lake. After a midseason hiccup, Long Reach has returned to its early form as well, knocking off Howard, 35-6, last week. Both teams prefer to run, but the difference might come down to which quarterback makes a big play.

Howard (0-7, 0-6) at Atholton (0-7, 0-6)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions and Raiders can expect a battle as both teams try to earn their first win of the 2001 season. Atholton is coming off a 41-0 loss to Mount Hebron, and Long Reach knocked off Howard, 35-6, last week. Atholton's Brendon Washington rushed for two touchdowns two weeks ago in a loss to River Hill. Howard has had problems with injuries this season, but has gotten decent production at times from running backs James Coleman and Brian McGettignan.

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