State football games

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November 16, 2001|By Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley

State football games

Class 2A quarterfinals

No. 7 Eastern Tech (9-1) at No. 1 Hereford (10-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting eighth-seeded Mavericks lost their earlier meeting to the No. 1-seeded Bulls, 33-0, but it could be more difficult to defeat them the second time around. RB Broderick Maybank is the featured back in the Eastern Tech attack, but the Mavericks' offense is a balanced one. Hereford, a state champion in 1997, is aiming for its sixth straight semifinal appearance. It is 7-4 in playoff games, 20-1 over the past two years, and 70-10 under coach Steve Turnbaugh. .

Wicomico (10-0) at No. 11 Joppatowne (10-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: This quarterfinal finds Wicomico, a 4-6 team last year, advancing to its fourth playoff berth. The seventh-seeded visitors are led by 5-foot-11, 200-pound G-DT Travis Gallant, a fine two-way player for the 2A champions. The No. 2-seeded Mariners bring the momentum of having won the Harford County title as they go after the school's second state crown, but first since winning the Class C version in 1975. Second-team All-Metro OL-DL Phil Tillman and QB Dalys Talley lead Joppatowne, which is in its 10th state tournament.

Class 3A quarterfinals

Richard Montgomery (9-0) vs. No. 8 Randallstown (9-1)

Site: CCBC-Catonsville

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: This game has the third-seeded Rams making their Baltimore County-leading 15th playoff appearance. They have won nine straight games since a season-opening loss to No. 7 Eastern Tech. Second-team All-Metro DL-LB Randy Vince and DB Brian Carroll (11 interceptions) lead a defense that has dominated county competition with six shutouts. But the visiting sixth-seeded Rockets are unbeaten for the first time since 1968, led by RB Ray Rochester, who stands 6-3 and weighs 205. Richard Montgomery is in its first playoff after going 2-8 last year.

No. 10 Annapolis (8-2) at Patuxent (10-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers make their fifth straight playoff appearance and Anne Arundel County-record 13th overall in Lusby of Calvert County. The hosts are playing their first postseason game since 1996. Patuxent knocked defending 3A state champion Calvert out of the playoffs, 18-14. The Panthers are headed for the state playoffs for the seventh time in the past 13 seasons. Southern Maryland Athletic Conference champion Patuxent boasts RB Terry Caulley, who ran for 1,678 yards and 23 TDs, and a QB in Justin Lankford who passed for 800 yards and ran for over 400 yards. Annapolis counters with a bevy of RBs led by Eric Venerable (1,311 yards, 19 TDs). The Panthers are averaging 300.8 yards rushing and 33.8 points a game while their quick and athletic defense is giving up just 7.9 points a game and has 13 interceptions.

Class 4A quarterfinals

No. 9 Old Mill (8-2) at No. 4 Meade (9-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Patriots, who are making their third straight appearance in the playoffs and fourth overall, would like nothing more than to make this game their first playoff win. Old Mill has been stewing over a 40-14 rout it suffered at the Fort three weeks ago. The Pats bounced back to post a 20-14 win at then-No. 2 Annapolis and closed with a 34-13 victory at Glen Burnie to qualify for postseason. Meade's knack for the big play - the Mustangs have scored 11 TDs on returns, five via interceptions - led to a 27-0 lead at the half against Old Mill. Meade is led by dangerous passing combo of Antwan Smith (12 TD passes) to Rodney Jackson (21 receptions, 5 TDs) and run the ball with Brashaad Mayweather, the county's fourth-leading rusher with 1,219 yards and 19 TDs. Meade is in the playoffs for the first time since 1995-96.

No. 6 Broadneck (9-1) at Gaithersburg (7-2)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Bruins will take the long haul to Montgomery County to commence their fourth playoff appearance in five years against the defending state champion Trojans. Senior QB Robbie Graham runs the Trojans' I-formation that features a strong running game with FB Ryan Frazier. Defensively, they have three outstanding linebackers in Frazier, A.J. Lillie and Brendan McCarron, all of whom played on last year's state champion. The Bruins counter with two outstanding linebackers of their own in Matt Lewis and Preston Pehrson, who spearhead a defense that has given up just 11.9 points a game. Broadneck QB Fred Steinmark has thrown for 1,301 yards and 11 TDs.

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