Football games

October 26, 2001|By Rich Scherr

Tonight

Brunswick (3-4) at Francis Scott Key (5-2)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In its final regular-season home game, Key needs to continue its winning ways to have any shot at qualifying for the Class 2A playoffs. The Eagles are coming off a 49-13 win over Walkersville last week in which RB Brad Stonesifer, already a 1,000-yard rusher, scored four touchdowns. The previous week, he scored a county-record six. Brunswick, led by speedy RB Brandon Dykes, is very quick at the skilled positions, and is, itself, fighting for a Class 1A playoff berth.

Liberty (2-5) at Thomas Johnson (2-5)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty will look for its second straight win when it travels to Frederick to face the struggling Patriots. Thomas Johnson features one of the Central Maryland Conference's top backs in senior Jamar Garner. The Lions are led by 200-pound fullback Cam Mast, who scored on a 55-yard run and 65-yard screen pass in last week's 14-7 win over South Carroll. He's averaging 7.4 yards per carry this season. A year ago, Liberty won in a shootout, 35-33.

Westminster (6-1) at Linganore (2-3)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster remains in a must-win situation in its quest to land a spot in the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs. The Owls are the county's hottest squad, winning their fifth straight game last week in a defensive battle with Frederick. Running back Eric Saunders leads the county in rushing with 1,069 yards, but was slowed last week by a thigh bruise. Linganore gained nearly 300 yards on the ground two weeks ago in a loss to South Carroll. Should the Owls prevail, it will set up their biggest game of the season against unbeaten Urbana.

North Carroll (1-6) at South Carroll (3-4)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll's objective will be to take better care of the ball after committing 12 turnovers in the past three weeks. The Cavaliers feature the county's most prolific passing attack, led by quarterback T.J. Swanson and receiver Jamie Unger (29 catches, 508 yards), and should score against a Panthers defense that has allowed an average of 30 points a game. North Carroll, hoping to finish its season on a strong note, is led by quarterback Curtis Bosley, who has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game since assuming the starting role earlier this season.

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.

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