Football glance

October 24, 2003|By Lem Satterfield

Today

Cardinal Gibbons (6-1) at St. Paul's (3-3)

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: This Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game puts the visiting upstart Crusaders (1-1 league) of Gibbons against the defending tri-champion Crusaders (2-1 league) of St. Paul's, who can secure at least a tie for its second straight title with a win. The visitors are led by running backs Antwarn Jones (739 rushing yards, seven touchdowns) and Cory Robinson (609, 10) but are coming of a 21-10 loss to Severn, which also has defeated St. Paul's, 35-28. Led by running back Drew Garcia (506, four), St. Paul's has remained in the running for another crown with its league win over Archbishop Curley, which has beaten Severn.

Dulaney (3-4) at Perry Hall (6-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Facing the Lions (1-3 league), new Perry Hall coach Nick Armenio is trying to return the Gators (3-1) to the postseason for the first time since the school's Class 4A state semifinal berth in 1993 in this matchup of Baltimore County 4A/3A rivals. The Gators have two straight shutouts over last year's county co-champs Dundalk and Milford Mill.

Patapsco (4-3) at Overlea (5-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Running backs Tavon Mitchell and Andy Hopkins lead the visiting Patriots (2-2 league), who ride a two-game winning streak into this county 3A/2A league contest with Overlea (4-0 league). Quarterback Ariel Morales (657 passing, seven touchdowns) and wide receivers Akim Richards and Maurice Butler lead a Falcons squad that has won four straight. Patapsco can improve its chances of qualifying for the 3A North regional playoffs and its first-ever berth in the postseason. Overlea is trying to get in through the 2A North for its first appearance since being a state semifinalist in 1993.

Tomorrow

No. 9 Loyola (4-3) at Archbishop Curley (4-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Loyola, in the MIAA A Conference, comes off last week's 14-0 upset of defending A champ Gilman. Curley is in the thick of a race for the B Conference crown. The Friars average more than 33 points a game behind running backs Glen Williams (912 yards, 14 touchdowns), Josh Tracey (713, eight) and Allen Fidiora (523, six). Loyola's defense is led by Brady Smith (6-2, 240), who plays defensive back, linebacker, as well as quarterback, linebacker Alex Thompson (6-3, 220), defensive back Tim Kaiser (6-2, 200), linebacker-lineman Ted Melanson (6-foot, 250) and lineman Dan Wykowski (6-3, 215).

St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) (8-0) at No. 10 Gilman (3-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, St. Joseph's Prep is led by running back-linebacker Brian Tracz and has won 31 consecutive games. The Philadelphia school is coming off a 28-10 win, the first time under 35 points this season. Gilman is trying to right itself following last week's 14-0 shutout loss at MIAA A Conference rival Loyola.

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