Football glance

October 24, 2003|By Pat O'Malley

Today

Mount St.Joseph (3-4) vs. St. Mary's (3-4)

Where: Weems Whelan Field

Time: 4 p.m.

Outlook: Coming off a 3-0 loss to St. Paul's (3-3, 2-1) in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, the Saints (0-2) go out of the league to play the A Conference Gaels. The Saints need to jump-start their offense in time for their last two conference games against Curley (6-1, 1-1) and archrival Severn (4-3, 2-1).

St. John's-Prospect Hall (5-2, 3-2) at Archbishop Spalding (5-2, 1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The host Cavaliers might have squandered their chance of winning the MIAA C Conference by losing, 27-20, at John Carroll (5-2, 3-1) last week, but for a third straight week they hope to tie the school record for most wins (6) in a season. The Rutland twins, Mike and Steve, have combined for 1,250 yards rushing and 18 TDs, and Mike (921 yards) can crack the 1,000-yard milestone individually tonight.

No. 2 Broadneck (7-0) at North County (0-7)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Broadneck, which has given up a county-low 37 points, can set a school record for most shutouts in a season with its fifth tonight against the Knights, who have scored only 30 points, and give coach Jeff Herrick his 100th career win. Senior DBs Andrew Holland, who had two of the team's five picks in last week's 30-17 win over then-No. 1 Old Mill, and Kyle Bloomfield, who leads the team with four interceptions, anchor the Bruins' secondary. LB Tyler Moyer leads in tackles with 46.

No. 3 Old Mill (6-1) at Arundel (5-2)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Led by the metro area's leading passer in QB Bobby Schram (1,606 yds., 17 TDs), the host Wildcats have to win to keep their 4A East playoff hopes alive. Arundel last made the playoffs in 1995 and will get an Old Mill team that is smarting from its 13-point loss at Broadneck.

Glen Burnie (4-3) at Northeast (0-7)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Gophers got two forfeits back this week, which means they can earn the school's first playoff berth if they win their last three games.

Severna Park (4-3) at Chesapeake-AA (4-3)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Not only are the host Cougars looking for the school's second winning season (the other came in 1985), but they also have a remote chance at their first playoff berth if they win their last three games. The offense, led by Gary Townes (1,008 yards rushing, 865 passing) and Dennis Sheets (290 rushing), has paced the Cougars to four wins in their last five games while the Falcons have lost two of their last three.

Meade (0-7) at No. 15 Southern-AA (6-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Among county teams, only North County has given up more points than the visiting Mustangs, who have yielded 203 points (29 per game) and tonight have to contend with RB A.J. Lee (1,003 yds., 12 TDs).

Annapolis (3-4) at South River (3-4)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: After snapping a four-game losing streak with a 17-13 win over Northeast, the visiting Panthers face a tough game in Edgewater. It could come down to Panthers RBs Earl Silva and Bernard Parker - who have combined for 457 yards rushing - controlling the ball and keeping it away from Mike Evans (864 yds.) and Mike Walters (372 yds.).

Tomorrow

Beall (5-2) at Severn (4-3)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Tied for first in the MIAA B Conference with St. Paul's, the host Admirals take a break from league play to entertain this opponent from Frostburg. Severn junior RB Deon Peters leads the county in rushing with 1,027 yards and has scored nine TDs, while junior QB Jamal Jones has passed for 409 yards and five TDs.

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