Football glance

High Schools

October 31, 2003|By Rick Belz

Today

Glenelg (8-0) vs Southern-Balt. (2-5)

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Where: Swann Park

Outlook: The Gladiators, top-seeded in the Class 2A South region playoff rankings, seek to extend a 34-game regular-season unbeaten streak against a 1A school that lost, 35-27, to River Hill Oct. 18. On senior day, Glenelg needed a fourth-quarter blocked punt by freshman Jamar Watson to rally past Mount Hebron and clinch at least a share of the county title last week, 21-18. Southern defeated Northwestern last week, 31-14. Glenelg must contain Southern's speed.

Oakland Mills (6-2) at Howard (3-5)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: C. J. King rushed for 129 yards and QB Domonique Owens completed 13 of 21 passes for 137 yards as the Scorpions defeated Hammond, 36-10, last week to clinch their fourth straight playoff spot. The Scorpions are fourth behind Dunbar, Poolesville and W.E.B. DuBois in the 1A South region playoff standings and need to keep winning to earn a home game. The Lions lost to Long Reach, 6-0, last week in overtime and was eliminated from the playoffs.

Tomorrow

Centennial (0-8) at Reservoir (0-8)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: For the second straight week, Reservoir faces another team that is also looking for its first win of the season. Atholton defeated the Gators last week, 17-6. This is Reservoir's homecoming game. Centennial has been a TD or less from victory three times this season, including a heartbreaking 30-28 defeat to powerful River Hill last week, as QB Jon Dupski completed 22 of 34 passes for 241 yards and four TDs.

Long Reach (5-3) at Atholton (1-7)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Lightning kept alive its 3A East region playoff hopes by defeating Howard in overtime last week, 6-0, on a TD run by Jereme Scott. Long Reach is sixth and needs help from Mount Hebron, which still plays River Hill and Wilde Lake, two teams ahead of the Lightning. Atholton slipped by Reservoir last week, 17-6, allowing the Raiders to avoid a winless season.

Mount Hebron (5-3) at River Hill (7-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Vikings allowed a huge upset to slip away, losing to unbeaten Glenelg, 21-18, late in the fourth quarter following a blocked punt. Jeff Morales caught seven passes for 121 yards, including a 67-yard TD pass. QB Kyle Barnett completed 13 of 18 passes for 191 yards. The Hawks, third in the 3A East playoff standings, avoided an upset by Centennial, 30-28, with the help of a fourth-quarter TD catch by Thomas Perkins. Tim Morgan rushed for 157 yards.

Hammond (2-6) at Wilde Lake (6-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Wildecats, beaten by 3A East region foe Gwynn Park last week, 28-14, now need to win their final two games against Hammond and Mount Hebron to earn a playoff berth. Wilde Lake's pass defense failed to get the job done against the Yellow Jackets. And the Wildecats' rushing game was hampered by injuries to two backs. Hammond bowed to Oakland Mills last week, 36-10.

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