Football glance

High Schools

October 03, 2003|By Rick Belz

Football glance

Today

Hammond (2-2) at Martinsburg, W. Va. (4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Martinsburg employs a run-and-shoot offense and has a top-100 recruit at wide receiver. The Bears defeated first-year Reservoir last week, 26-10, behind a 100-yard-plus rushing performance by B. J. Smoot and four sacks from Alvin Pope. This is the first meeting between the teams.

Tomorrow

No. 5 Wilde Lake (3-1) at Reservoir (0-4)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Gators play host to Wilde Lake one week after the Wildecats' last-minute, 18-15 loss to Oakland Mills. First-year Reservoir lost to Hammond, 26-10, after trailing 17-10 with two minutes to play.

Howard (1-3) at Mount Hebron (2-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Vikings got a 225-yard rushing performance from sophomore RB Chris Eccleston, who also caught three passes for 66 yards in a 49-7 win over Atholton. Eccleston scored three touchdowns as Mount Hebron won its second straight game. The Lions lost to Glenelg, 21-6, last week.

River Hill (4-0) at No. 3 Oakland Mills (4-0)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: This certainly rates as the game of the week in Howard County and maybe the biggest game in River Hill's eight-year history, as the Hawks try to upset the Scorpions. Both teams have quality passing quarterbacks, Nick Finney for Oakland Mills and Ben Hostetler for River Hill.

Atholton (0-4) at Glenelg (4-0)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Atholton's win over Glenelg in 2000 is the last time the Gladiators lost a regular-season home game, but the Raiders are struggling mightily this year. They have scored just 13 points and been shut out twice. The Gladiators can use this as a tuneup for next week's major test against Long Reach.

Centennial (0-4) at Long Reach (2-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles, 20-14 losers to DuBois last week, are young, with only two seniors starting on offense and three on defense. They also lack speed, with their fastest running back running a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash. The Lightning is experienced and has plenty of speed, but is stinging from a 28-27 quadruple overtime loss to River Hill last week.

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