Football glance

October 11, 2002|By Rich Scherr

Today

No. 12 Francis Scott Key (5-0) at South Hagerstown (4-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Key will have to play one of its biggest games without top TB Eric Saunders, who is ineligible for the rest of the season after violating a school rule. In his place, Josh Rutter (78 carries, 455 yards, eight TDs) will have to continue his solid string of performances. Rutter, a fullback, has been playing more halfback as the season has progressed. Like the Eagles, South Hagerstown is 4-0 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, gaining more than 250 yards in the second half of last week's 27-12 win over Walkersville.

Westminster (3-2) at Thomas Johnson (2-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Owls will try to win their fourth straight overall against a team they dominated, 47-7, last season. RB Brandon Costley leads the county in rushing, with 639 yards on 87 carries, and is coming off an inspiring 263-yard performance in last week's 52-14 win over Liberty. Thomas Johnson rebounded from a blowout loss to Urbana with a 25-12 win over North Carroll last week.

Hyde School (0-1) at Century (0-5)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Facing a team that hasn't played in a month, Century is hopeful of recording its first win. Hyde has played just once this fall, losing to the Maryland School for the Deaf, 26-8, on Sept. 13. Like Century, Hyde has no seniors. The first-year Knights got two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing, from quarterback Chris Folland in last week's loss to Hammond.

Urbana (2-3) at Liberty (1-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Urbana, a four-time defending state champion, is on a roll after opening the season with three straight losses. Last week, the Hawks dominated county power South Carroll, and now will look to feast on Liberty, which already has lost four straight after a season-opening win over Century. The Lions, led by quarterback Matt Anuszewski, will need to dominate time of possession and control field position to have a shot.

Frederick (1-4) at North Carroll (1-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After three straight losses, the Panthers hope to grab a win this week against the struggling Cadets, who are also 0-2 in the Central Maryland Conference. North Carroll's offense has managed just 15 points a game, but will face a porous defense that has allowed an average of more than 34. Last week, the Panthers got touchdowns from David Cocky and Danny Kahline in a 25-12 loss to Thomas Johnson.

Tomorrow

Fairfield (Pa.) (2-3) at Bowling Brook (3-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Bowling Brook is riding high after consecutive wins over Liberty and Mount Zion, the latter a 48-0 drubbing. Coach Gary Myers is hoping his underrated team can continue its strong momentum, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The teams have met once before, in 2000, when the Pennsylvania team came away with a 14-8 win.

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