Football glance

September 05, 2002|By Rick Belz

Today

Wilde Lake (0-0) at Howard (0-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off seasons they'd rather forget. Both have high expectations. But Wilde Lake's big offensive line and one-two running punch of Austen Merrills and A.J. Case look tough to beat.

Mount Hebron (0-0) at Pikesville (0-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Shifting former quarterback Maurice Workman to tailback, combined with senior linemen Rafael Liz (6-4, 330), Greg Freed (6-4, 315) and Mike Adams, creates a ball-control running game that Mount Hebron hopes can knock the Panthers off their feet. The Vikings won last season, 17-15.

Tomorrow

Westminster (0-0) at Long Reach (0-0)

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: The Lightning has a power running game with 228-pound fullback Davon Gilmore behind linemen Justin Pruitt (6-6, 296) and Ryan Pope (6-4, 290). Westminster, with four straight winning seasons for fifth-year coach Scott Tobias, will counter with a strong passing game from quarterback Brad Baer to wide receiver Jason Stone.

Glenelg (0-0) at Centennial (0-0)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Gladiators return 1,000-yard running back Kevin Ganascioli, add a 1,000-yard rusher from JV and have the offensive line to control the ball in seeking the second straight county title. The Eagles have a new coach (Ross Hannon) and hard-nose running back/kicker Pat Davis as they try for the upset.

Oakland Mills (0-0) at Atholton (0-0)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Scorpions have a instant replacement for prolific running back Justin Barnes, because C.J . King (5-11, 205) has the moves to lead the Scorpions back to the Class 1A state championship game. Second-year Atholton coach Chuck Fales, still seeking his first win, hopes new (6-2) quarterback Chris Dooley can generate some offense.

River Hill (0-0) at Hammond (0-0)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: Hammond returns an offense, led by quarterback Anthony Hunter, that scored 51 points on the Hawks last season. River Hill graduated most of its key offensive players, but Chris Martin, a quick wide receiver last fall, moves to quarterback. The Hawks have nine seniors on defense.

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