Football glance

October 25, 2002|By Rich Scherr

Today

West Nottingham (3-3) at Bowling Brook (4-3)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Bowling Brook, which had its three-game winning streak broken last week in a 24-15 loss to Cardinal Gibbons, looks to get back on the winning track against West Nottingham, the Rising Sun-area school where former South Carroll basketball star Josh Boone will play this winter. The ground-oriented Rams are coming off a 40-28 win over Mount Zion, a team the Thoroughbreds defeated, 48-0. They are led by running backs Jelani Jackson and Warren Brown, who combined for 830 yards rushing in consecutive wins earlier this season.

Francis Scott Key (5-2) at Brunswick (4-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles, trying to break a two-game losing streak, face a Brunswick team that's averaging 28 points a game. Victory is crucial for Key, which still has a slim shot at the Class 2A state playoffs but needs to win its final three games. Better play on defense will be crucial. After allowing just 49 points in their first five games, the Eagles allowed 51 in their past two.

Thomas Johnson (3-4) at Liberty (1-6)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After opening the season with a victory over Century, the Lions haven't won since, last week falling to rival South Carroll, 35-13. This week's test won't be any easier for Liberty, which faces a Patriots squad fresh off a 13-10 upset win over Central Maryland Conference heavyweight Linganore. The Lions are hoping that better defense and strong play from quarterback Matt Anuszewski (825 passing yards, five touchdowns) will help propel them to a homecoming win.

Linganore (5-2) at Westminster (5-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster, in a must-win situation the rest of the regular season, faces a Linganore team out to make a statement following last week's stunning loss to Thomas Johnson. The Owls, however, are at their peak emotionally, having averaged 37 points a game in winning five in a row. The key for Westminster will be controlling the clock and establishing the running game with junior Brandon Costley, the county's rushing leader, and a much-improved offensive line.

South Carroll (5-2) at North Carroll (2-5)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers will attempt to keep their slim Class 3A playoff hopes alive against a North Carroll squad that has played better than its record of late. In the past two weeks, the Panthers have scored a league win over Frederick and played evenly with powerful Urbana for three quarters before falling, 21-6. South Carroll, coming off a 35-13 win over rival Liberty, has won 13 of 15 matchups against the Panthers. Cavaliers coach Gene Brown will be going for his 50th career victory.

Tomorrow

Century (1-6) at No. 7 Wilde Lake (7-0)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The new Knights continue their tour of Howard County this week with a game against the unbeaten Wildecats in Columbia. Wilde Lake is led by the running back tandem of Austin Merrills (893 yards rushing, 13 touchdowns) and A.J. Case (652, 10). Century, which recorded its only win against the Hyde School, is coming off a 53-0 thrashing by River Hill.

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