State football games

November 23, 2001|By Sun staff writers Pat O'Malley, Lem Satterfield and Kevin Van Valkenburg.

Class 4A semifinal

Bowie (9-2) at No. 2 Meade (10-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m. Outlook: It's a matchup of Meade's quickness vs. Bowie's size and strength. Offensively, Meade relies on the sudden-strike ability, while Prince George's County's Bowie is methodical. The Mustangs average 28.5 points to the Bulldogs' 27.6. Meade is guided by senior QB Antwan Smith, who has thrown for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns and has the speed to break a long one. The Smith-to-Rodney Jackson combination is the Mustangs' big-play threat. Ricky Eden is Meade's leading rusher with 490 yards on 94 carries and seven touchdowns. In contrast, Bowie can control the clock with RB Barrington Edwards, who gained 302 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 49-12 rout of Patterson in the quarterfinals. Edwards has run 262 times for 1,841 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games, but Bowie can also throw with QB Jay Scruggs. Scruggs is 61-for-120 for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns. LB Reggie Holmes leads a Bowie defense that has given up 17.2 points a game. DE Travon Jolley, LB Terry Adams and DBs Jackson (five interceptions) and Evans (three interceptions) lead a Meade defense that has given up 11.5 points a game.

Class 3A semifinal

Urbana (10-0) at Seneca Valley (10-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The winner of this game will likely win the 3A state title. Three-time defending state champion Urbana of Frederick County visits 11-time state champion Seneca Valley of Montgomery County. Urbana puts its 48-game winning streak on the line against a team that has rushed for 2,026 yards and passed for 1,289. Urbana QB Joe Conner (1,408 passing yards, 26 touchdowns) has prime targets in University of Pittsburgh-bound WR Billy Gaines (11 touchdown receptions) and WR Patrick Ferguson (12 touchdowns). Seneca Valley, the state's most successful program, is attempting to go 13-0 for the fourth time in school history after posting its 10th unbeaten regular season. QB Chris Crosby (1,250 passing yards, 15 touchdowns), RB Eric Yancey (16 touchdowns) and WR D.J. Chaney (eight touchdown receptions) lead Seneca Valley.

Class 2A semifinals

No. 10 City (11-0) at No. 1 Hereford (11-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: When the Knights of City College travel to northern Baltimore County to face Hereford, they will be sure their linemen go first. Maryland-bound OL-DL Nathaniel Clayton (6 feet 4, 310 pounds) anchors a group that averages 270 pounds. He clears the way for RB Brandon Hardy (12 touchdowns), RB Antoine Lewis (10 touchdowns) and QB Lamar Manigo, who is a threat to run or pass. WR Phil Harris (five touchdowns) could be a major factor for City. LB Devin Burton (seven sacks) and LB Calvin Carroll (six touchdowns) are the Knights' top two tacklers. Hereford is in its sixth straight state semifinal, having completed its fifth straight unbeaten regular season. QB Ryan Shupert (573 passing yards, seven touchdowns) runs an offense that averages 340 rushing yards, 60 passing yards and 50.3 points. RBs Patt Butt (14 touchdowns), Grant Hemmerly (13 touchdowns), Adam Goloboski (12 touchdowns) and Dillon Sullivan (nine touchdowns) have rushed for at least 500 yards each. Goloboski and LB Ed Darney (13 sacks) are the Bulls' Nos. 1 and 2 tacklers. They and DE Tim Ruff (nine sacks) and DB Josh Wingeart (five interceptions) anchor a defense that has allowed only 5.3 points a game.

Middletown (11-0) at No. 8 Joppatowne (11-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Middletown of Frederick County, making its 11th playoff appearance under 28th-year coach Tim Ambrose, takes on the Harford County champion, which is making its 10th playoff appearance. Middletown stopped then-No. 2 Glenelg's high-powered, run-oriented offense in last week's 7-0 win. Joppatowne handed Wicomico its first loss, 14-0. Joppatowne QB Dalys Talley (1,427 passing yards, 22 touchdowns), RB D'Angelo Goffigan (11 touchdowns) and WRs George Smith (13 touchdown catches) and Ryann Spann (eight touchdowns) face a Middletown defensive line that averages 237 pounds. Middletown's offense is geared around RB Josh Keeney (1,980 yards, 24 touchdowns) and QB Chris Anderson (nine passing touchdowns), who both excel behind a line that averages 235 pounds. Joppatowne will need a big effort from DL-OL Phil Tillman (17 sacks) and Alex Clark (11 sacks).

Class 1A semifinal

No. 15 Oakland Mills (7-4) at Boonsboro (9-2)

When: 7 p.m.

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