Football glance

High Schools

October 10, 2003|By Rich Scherr

Today

Middletown (1-4) at No. 12 South Carroll (4-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Despite the disparity in records, this game should be a tough one for South Carroll. After advancing to the Class 2A state championship game a year ago, Middletown picked up its first win last week over Smithsburg, with RB Shawn Beachley running for 114 yards and three touchdowns. South Carroll, however, is full of confidence after last week's 34-12 victory of then-No. 12 Francis Scott Key, and its defense has allowed just 10 points a game.

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

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Powerhouse Urbana features one of the state's top defenses, allowing an average of just six points, as well as an offense that put up 46 points last week against Liberty. North Carroll, which got its lone win against first-year Winters Mill, must control the clock to have a chance. A year ago, the Panthers played Urbana tough before falling, 21-6.

Liberty (2-3) at Thomas Johnson (0-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After consecutive lopsided losses to powers Linganore and Urbana, Liberty will try to get back to the .500 mark against the struggling Patriots. The Lions feature one of the county's top passing combinations in quarterback Matt Andruszewski and receiver Pat McCormick, who have connected 18 times for 191 yards. Thomas Johnson, which last week lost to previously winless Westminster, has scored just 12 points through four games.

Century (2-3) at Francis Scott Key (4-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After last week's lopsided loss to South Carroll, Key is hoping to rebuild its confidence against the second-year Knights. Despite doing little on the ground last week, the Eagles feature the county's top rushing tandem in Josh Rutter and Layton Hersh. They have combined for more than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. Century, however, is coming off consecutive wins over North Carroll and Winters Mill.

Westlake (5-0) at Westminster (1-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Unbeaten Westlake is ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press state poll after last week's 56-7 dismantling of Great Mills. Led by running backs Jared Fagan and Pha'Terrell Washington, the Charles County team is averaging nearly 9 yards a carry. Westminster is led by running back Brandon Costley (588 yards, seven touchdowns) and is looking for back-to-back victories after beating Thomas Johnson last night.

Winters Mill (0-5) at Walkersville (4-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Host Walkersville will be looking to rebound after its first loss of the season last week against Frederick. The Lions have outscored opponents 146-49, and are facing a Winters Mill squad still looking for its first win in its inaugural season of varsity play. Running back Joe Taylor, however, had a monster game for the Falcons last week, rushing for 243 yards and two touchdowns against Century.

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