Football glance

High Schools

October 03, 2003|By Rich Scherr

Football glance

Today

No. 12 Francis Scott Key (4-0) at South Carroll (3-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In what shapes up to be the game of the year in Carroll County, unbeaten Francis Scott Key faces the dangerous Cavaliers in what could be a high-scoring affair. Key features a prolific running attack led by the county's top two running backs, Layton Hersh (581 yards, six touchdowns) and Josh Rutter (572, nine). South Carroll counters with the county's top passer, T.J. Swanson (613 yards passing, five touchdowns), as well as backs Zach Baker and Brad Mayr, who have combined for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Both teams are averaging nearly 20 points a game.

Linganore (4-0) at North Carroll (1-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers have played well of late against mediocre competition, but they will face a formidable foe in Linganore. The unbeaten Lancers are looking for their third win this season over Carroll County opponents, having already scored lopsided victories over South Carroll (34-6) and Liberty (56-7).

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

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Following a 2-1 start, Liberty must face its second straight Monocacy Valley Athletic League power. On Monday, the Lions fell to Linganore, 56-7. Now they must visit Urbana, which is coming off a 20-0 win over Thomas Johnson and has allowed just 24 points in four games. Quarterback Matt Anuszewski (476 yards passing, four touchdowns) leads Liberty.

Century (1-3) at Winters Mill (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The host Falcons, in their first season of varsity competition, will be looking to post their first win in school history. Running backs Dave Peters (311 yards) and Joe Taylor (236) lead Winters Mills' offense, which has managed just 24 points this season. Century is coming off its own first win, 14-8 over North Carroll, and is paced by quarterback Bubby Donovan (298 passing yards, four touchdowns) and running back Jason Kingan (253 rushing yards).

Thomas Johnson (0-3) at Westminster (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Owls will be shooting for their first victory against a Patriots squad that has been outscored, 107-6. After suffering blowout losses in its first two games, Westminster has looked much sharper, and nearly knocked off No. 12 Francis Scott Key two weeks ago. Speedy back Brandon Costley has compiled nearly 400 yards rushing in four games for the Owls.

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