Football glance

October 24, 2003|By Rick Belz

Tomorrow

Reservoir (0-7) at Atholton (0-7)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outook: This is a toss-up. The Gators go after the first victory in school history against a team that has been outscored, 297-48, and has not given up fewer than 34 points in any game. Reservoir has been outscored, 282-51, which maybe makes them a slight favorite. It is Atholton's homecoming game, however.

River Hill (6-1) at Centennial (0-7)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Hawks rested some injured players and gave up some big plays during a closer-than-expected win over Southern-Balt. last week, 35-27. Tim Morgan carried 25 times for 181 yards, and Brandon Dunn had a 58-yard interception for a TD. It continues to be a long season for the Eagles, who lost, 48-14, to Wilde Lake last week. A year ago, the Hawks beat the Eagles, 21-14.

Howard (3-4) at Long Reach (4-3)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off wins and need a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. Brian McGettigan rushed for 118 yards in Howard's 42-13 win over Atholton last week. Jereme Scott rushed for 121 yards in Long Reach's 27-0 win over Hammond last week, and QB Trent Covington threw for 112 yards and four TDs. Scott has 701 yards rushing this season. Long Reach defeated Howard, 54-6, last season.

Mount Hebron (5-2) at Glenelg (7-0)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Vikings, riding a five-game win streak, still have a shot at the Class 3A playoffs but need to pull off an upset against 2A Glenelg. The Vikings defeated Reservoir last week, 35-15, behind Brian Dribben's four TDs. Glenelg, riding a 33-game regular-season unbeaten streak, has allowed just 52 points while scoring 252, and is riding the high of a 21-6 win over Oakland Mills last week.

Hammond (2-5) at Oakland Mills (5-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Anything can happen when these two neighboring rivals meet as shown by last season's unexpectedly close 29-27 Oakland Mills victory. Both teams are coming off losses, with Oakland Mills suffering an especially disappointing 21-6 setback to Glenelg, and the Bears falling, 27-0, to Long Reach.

Gwynn Park (7-0) at Wilde Lake (6-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: This is Wilde Lake's homecoming and the biggest game of the season for the Wildecats - with significant playoff benefits on the line should the Wildecats win because both teams are in the same region. The Wildecats had a 48-14 "breather" over Centennial last week, so they should be ready. Gywnn Park is the defending Prince George's County 3A/2A champion and Wilde Lake the defending Howard County co-champ.

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