Football glance

September 13, 2002|By Rich Scherr

Today

Middletown (1-0 at Francis Scott Key (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In a key early game in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, Francis Scott Key, a 24-0 winner over North Carroll last week, will face the favorite to repeat as league champions for the sixth time in seven years. Middletown is led by running back Josh Kinney, who ran for 1,823 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Key looks to have one of the area's strongest teams, led by tight end Chris Bassler and running back Eric Saunders, a transfer from Westminster who had 283 all-purpose yards in the opener.

Oakland Mills (1-0) at Century (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Century will have its hands full against Class 1A state finalist Oakland Mills. The Knights lost last week to neighboring Liberty, 20-2, finishing their opener with just 18 healthy players. This week, in their first varsity home football game, Century will face a powerful run-oriented team led by junior C.J. King. The Scorpions, who opened last week with a 20-0 win over Atholton, expect another strong season.

South Carroll (1-0) at C. Milton Wright (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: C. Milton Wright of Harford County should give South Carroll more competition than a year ago, when the Cavaliers pulled off a 27-0 shutout. The Mustangs opened their season with a 47-21 loss to No. 2 Hereford, but only trailed 20-14 late in the first half. Still, South Carroll, which opened with a 42-28 win over perennial state power Forestville, looks to have one of its strongest teams in recent years, led by quarterback Jake Mead (12-for-18, 176 yards, two TDs) and running back Jimmy Meetre (25 rushes, 71 yards).

No. 4 Calvert Hall (2-0) at Westminster (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: A year ago, Calvert Hall needed overtime to beat Westminster, 27-21. This year, however, the Cardinals return one of the metro area's most dominant teams, opening with consecutive routs over St. John's at Prospect Hall and Woodlawn, scoring more than 40 points both times. The Owls, led by first-team All-County quarterback Brad Bear, will need a better offensive performance than in last week's 12-0 loss to Long Reach.

Liberty (1-0) at Northeast-AA (0-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: After its season-opening 20-2 win over first-year Century, Liberty will now focus on trying to shut down Northeast's Wing-T offense. This game should present a bigger test for the Lions, who came away from last week's win unsatisfied with their defensive performance after allowing Century inside their 35-yard line six times. Ryan Stecher had three interceptions to lead the Lions.

Tomorrow

North Carroll (0-1) at Sparrows Point (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: North Carroll will attempt to break its nine-game losing streak against the team it last beat. Coming off a season-opening 24-0 loss to Francis Scott Key, the Panthers defeated Sparrows Point, 53-0, last season. Alan Walker, who scored three touchdowns in that game, is back and will be counted on to give North Carroll a lift in the running game. Sparrows Point of Baltimore County is coming off a 32-6 loss to Patapsco.

Kiski (Pa.) Prep (1-0) at Bowling Brook (1-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Thoroughbreds, coming off a 30-8 loss to Potomac of Prince George's County, will look for better execution after failing to score despite driving inside the 5 three times in the second half. Tailback Tim Phillips will be key, as the Carroll team looks to establish the run. Kiski, from outside of Pittsburgh, opened with a 47-19 win over Tuscarawas Central. The program has produced 13 collegiate football Hall of Famers.

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