Football glance

October 04, 2002|By Rich Scherr

Today

Boonsboro (2-2) at No. 12 Francis Scott Key (4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: A year ago, Boonsboro shocked Francis Scott Key, 14-0. This time, the unbeaten Eagles will look to take control of the game early. Key running backs Eric Saunders and Josh Rutter rank Nos. 1-2 in the county in rushing, having combined for 810 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Eagles are averaging 35 points a game. The Frederick County team, meanwhile, has scored just 41 points in four games, including six points or fewer three times.

Hammond (1-3) at Century (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: If Century has a chance for a win this season, this could be it. Though Hammond is coming off a 28-21 overtime win over Rockville, the Bears opened with consecutive losses to River Hill, Centennial and Glenelg, falling by an average of 23 points. The injury-riddled Knights, in their first varsity season, are coming off a 64-13 loss to powerful Martinsburg (W.Va.), in which they allowed the most points by a Carroll County team since 1990. Hammond is one of five Howard County teams on Century's schedule.

Liberty (1-3) at Westminster (2-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After an 0-2 start, Westminster has bounced back with strong performances against C. Milton Wright and North Carroll, winning by a combined 70-27. Brandon Costley is gaining 5.6 yards a carry for the Owls, and speedy receiver Jason Stone leads the county with 327 yards and five touchdown receptions. Liberty's only win came against Century in the opener, and it has averaged just 10 points despite strong play from sophomore quarterback Matt Anuszewski.

Thomas Johnson (1-3) at North Carroll (1-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams will try to break two-game losing streaks and notch their first Central Maryland Conference win. North Carroll played reasonably well in last week's loss to Westminster but has scored just 13 points in its three losses. The Patriots, meanwhile, have allowed an average of 27 points, and are coming off a blowout loss to Urbana.

No. 7 Patterson (4-0) at City (3-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: The high-scoring Clippers, who have outscored opponents 169-12 with two shutouts, face City in a nonleague game. RB-LB Thomas Smith leads the way for Patterson. The Knights, who last fall gave eventual Class 2A state champion Hereford one of its most difficult games, are trying to regroup after last week's 10-0 loss at Lake Clifton.

Severna Park (3-1) at No. 11 Old Mill (3-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: After last season's dismal 1-9 season, the visiting Falcons are off to a great start. Tonight, they find out if their turnaround could lift them toward the heights of 1999, when they went 10-2 and last made the Class 4A playoffs. Their defense has given up just 54 points in four games, but can they stop the metro area's leading rusher in the Patriots' Brashaad Mayweather (857 yards, 14 TDs)? If they do, they will be ready for prime time again.

Tomorrow

Urbana (1-3) at South Carroll (4-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: In what is expected to be its toughest test this season, South Carroll will face Urbana, which dropped its first three games to top teams before routing Thomas Johnson last week. Last year, the Hawks handed a 58-0 hurting on the Cavaliers en route to their fourth straight state title. They have never lost to a county opponent. For South Carroll to have a shot, it must control the battle for field position. This game was originally scheduled for tonight, but was moved after last week's weather postponements.

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