Football glance

High Schools

November 07, 2003|By Rick Belz

Tomorrow

Long Reach (6-3) at No. 9 Oakland Mills (7-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Lightning cannot earn a playoff spot, but a win over the Scorpions is always coveted. Long Reach rides a three-game win streak after beating Atholton last week, 27-0, a game in which Jereme Scott had 90 yards rushing and quarterback Trent Covington was 8-for-20 for 165 yards passing . Currently third-seeded, Oakland Mills already has clinched a 1A playoff spot, and defeated Howard last week, 47-20. Long Reach beat Oakland Mills last season in overtime, 13-6.

Howard (3-6) at Centennial (1-8)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles broke into the win column last week by defeating Reservoir, 34-22, behind quarterback Jon Dupski, who completed 23 of 32 passes for 361 yards and five touchdowns. Brian Pless caught 13 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles lost by two points to River Hill and by eight to Long Reach in other recent games. Howard lost, 47-20, last week to Oakland Mills. Brian McGettigan rushed 13 times for 78 yards and one TD. Quarterback Ron Curley was 6-for-19 for 136 yards and a touchdown. Centennial defeated Howard last season, 28-20.

Atholton (1-8) at Hammond (2-7)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams suffered lopsided losses last week and will be hungry for a victory in a game that favors Hammond. Both teams have beaten first-year Reservoir, but Hammond also defeated Centennial and lost by only a touchdown to Mount Hebron. The Raiders lost to the Vikings by 42 points and did not play Centennial. Hammond defeated Atholton, 27-12, last season.

No. 4 Glenelg (9-0) at No. 12 River Hill (7-2)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Despite a bitter 23-20 loss to Mount Hebron last week that cost them a chance at a county title, the Hawks can still clinch a 3A playoff spot - the first in the school's eight-year history - with a win or a loss, provided either Oakland Mills or Southern (Baltimore) wins. Glenelg risks its 35-game regular-season unbeaten streak and 32-game county winning streak, and will be playing to win the No. 1 seed in 2A South. The Gladiators trounced Southern last week, 56-16, as nose guard J.P. Debrowski made six solo tackles, had three sacks and two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown. Glenelg nipped River Hill last season, 28-26.

No. 6 Wilde Lake (7-2) at Mount Hebron (6-3)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Wilde Lake and Mount Hebron both need a victory to earn a playoff spot. The five-time state champion Wildecats are seeking their 14th playoff. The Vikings, who upset River Hill, 23-20, on a field goal with six seconds left last week and have won six of their last seven games, seek their first playoff spot since 1982. The Wildecats are coming off a 54-14 win over Hammond in which DuVall Brooks ran for 104 yards. Wilde Lake defeated Mount Hebron last season, 43-22.

DuVal (3-6) at Reservoir (0-9)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Only pride is on the line in this season finale for both teams. Former Oakland Mills football and basketball standout Joe Lewis coaches DuVal, a Class 2A school. Reservoir lost to Centennial last week, 34-22, as Peter Smith rushed 25 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

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