Football glance

September 20, 2002|By Rich Scherr

Today

No. 14 Francis Scott Key (2-0) at N. Hagerstown (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The high-flying Eagles should feast on a Hubs team that has been outscored, 76-19, in consecutive losses. Key, coming off a 41-20 win over Monocacy Valley Athletic League favorite Middletown, is led by the inside-outside running attack of Josh Rutter and Eric Saunders. The two have combined for more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns in two games. The Eagles routed the Washington County team last year, 45-13.

Century (0-2) at South Carroll (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Injuries to several key players have decimated the Knights, who were down to 14 healthy players before suspending their JV earlier this week to fill holes. South Carroll, meanwhile, has looked strong in wins over Forestville and C. Milton Wright. Running back Jimmy Meetre (242 yards, four touchdowns) leads the Cavaliers' ground game, while quarterback Jake Mead (24-38, 336 yards, three touchdowns) has been effective through the air.

C.M. Wright (0-2) at Westminster (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster will be trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1992 against the Harford County squad, which also is looking for its first win. Neither team is as weak as its record might indicate and both have been victims of tough competition. While the Mustangs are coming off losses to No. 2 Hereford and South Carroll, the Owls are attempting to rebound from last week's 42-21 loss to No. 3 Calvert Hall. Receiver Jason Stone caught nine passes for 147 yards in that game.

North Carroll (1-1) at St. Mary's (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Anne Arundel Community College

Outlook: Following last week's 49-0 thrashing of Sparrows Point, North Carroll coach Mike Martello said this week's game against St. Mary's would be a better indicator of where his team stands. The Saints, coming off a 20-9 loss to Glenelg, will present a much tougher challenge for the Panthers, who haven't won more than one game in a season since 1999. Running back David Cockey rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns last week.

Bowling Brook (1-2) at Liberty (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In its first-ever game against a fellow county opponent, Bowling Brook will try to break its two-game losing streak. The Lions are coming off a 42-0 thrashing at the hands of Northeast. The Thoroughbreds, who began their season with a 19-16 win over Archbishop Spalding, should have the edge in athleticism, but have managed just 27 points in three games. Liberty will rely on its running game, led by Ryan Stecher (132 yards) and Peyton Zeher (111).

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