Football glance

October 16, 2003|By Rich Scherr

Today

No. 9 South Carroll (5-1) at Century (2-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll is looking for its fourth straight victory as it continues to fight for playoff position in the Class 2A West region. The Cavaliers are coming off a 42-20 victory over Middletown in which quarterback T.J. Swanson threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 105 yards. Century is coming off a 40-6 loss to Francis Scott Key, a team South Carroll routed two weeks ago.

Liberty (3-3) at North Carroll (1-5)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty has feasted on lesser competition this season and will get a chance to go over the .500 mark this week against North Carroll, which is coming off a 76-14 loss to Urbana. The Lions last week posted a shutout win over overmatched Thomas Johnson, and also has scored victories over Century and Winters Mill, a pair of fledgling programs.

Francis Scott Key (5-1) at Walkersville (5-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In a key game in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference, Key's prolific running offense faces Walkersville's stifling defense, which is allowing eight points a game. The Eagles' Layton Hersh and Josh Rutter have combined for more than 1,300 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. Walkersville, which won this matchup a year ago, 27-20, is coming off a shutout victory over Winters Mill in which Antoine Crawford ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Westminster (1-5) at Linganore (6-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster's brutal schedule continues this week against unbeaten Linganore, a team ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press state poll. The Lancers have outscored opponents 261-51, posting lopsided victories over Carroll opponents Liberty, North Carroll and South Carroll. The Owls have recovered from a lackluster start to average 24 points in their past four games.

Saturday

Winters Mill (0-6) at Boonsboro (0-6)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Winters Mill will be trying for its first victory at the varsity level against a Boonsboro team that has lost its six games by an average score of 31-6. The Falcons, coming off a 49-0 loss to Walkersville, have nearly won a pair of games but also have suffered through three shutouts.

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