Football glance

October 25, 2002|By Pat O'Malley

Today

No. 4 Annapolis (7-0) at South River (1-6)

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers want to be the county's 12th football team to go undefeated in at least a nine-game regular season and the first since Broadneck in 1998. The host Seahawks improved last week but lost, 20-11, to Meade. The Panthers, averaging 316 yards rushing and 32.6 points a game, have too many weapons to be upset.

Arundel (4-3) at Severna Park (5-2)

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: Homecoming at Roberts Field may be a "battle of the running backs" with the visiting Wildcats' Luis Gonzalez (787 yards, five touchdowns) going against the Falcons' Jeff Hoffman (721, four). Falcons coach J.P. Hines said yesterday that Hoffman, who missed last week's 26-6 loss at Southern-AA with a shoulder injury, will play.

North County (0-7) at Northeast (2-5)

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles' sputtering offense should get a boost in Pasadena with the Knights calling. North County has been outscored, 308-30.

No. 14 Severn (4-1) at Beall (4-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: A bye after their 22-0 season-opening win over McDonogh resulted in Severn's subsequent loss to Boys' Latin. The Admirals, off last week because Cardinal Gibbons postponed their date until Nov. 14, hope the week off won't hurt again - in Frostburg, where there's little to do except root for the home team on Friday nights.

Tomorrow

Southern (5-2) at No. 5 Broadneck (6-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: It's going to be a "big game" homecoming at Lawrence Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire. Playoff ramifications could be at stake for the 2A Bulldogs and the 4A Bruins. Southern quarterback Justin Holland, who ran for one touchdown and passed for two in a 26-6 upset of Severna Park, will test the Bruins' endurance. Home-team quarterback Fred Steinmark tossed five touchdown passes in a 33-0 romp over Glen Burnie.

Meade (3-4) at Old Mill (5-2)

Time: 1.30 p.m.

Outlook: Wide receiver Demetrius Harrison's return from injury adds another dimension to the Patriots' offense, led by quarterback Tyler Young and running back Brashaad Mayweather. Meade's inconsistencies will stop the Mustangs from reaching .500.

Chesapeake (3-4) at Glen Burnie (1-6)

Time: Noon

Outlook: If Nick Bowen and Lenny Hall churn the Cougars' single wing, the Gophers could be in a big hole for homecoming on B & A Boulevard.

St. Mary's (4-3) at Archbishop Curley (4-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams in this Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference Gold division contest would rather run than throw. The Saints' defense needs to keep the Friars from controlling the football.

Archbishop Spalding (2-6) at Riverdale Baptist (3-3)

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: There's only one place to go for the Cavs -up after being humbled, 16-0, by previously winless John Carroll last week. The Crusaders have matched last year's win total.

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