Football glance

High Schools

November 07, 2003|By Rich Scherr and Rick Belz

Football glance

Today

No. 5 South Carroll (8-1) at Liberty (3-6)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: A win could give the Cavaliers the top seed in the Class 2A West playoffs. Led by senior quarterback T.J. Swanson (1,739 yards passing, 477 yards rushing, 27 total touchdowns), South Carroll has scored at least 32 points in its six straight wins. Liberty, meanwhile, has lost three in a row since reaching the .500 mark. A year ago, South Carroll topped Liberty, 35-13.

Winters Mill (1-8) at Francis Scott Key (5-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After beginning its season with four straight wins, Key has since lost four of five, and hasn't scored more than 12 points in any of the defeats. Still, the Eagles should have a decided edge over the first-year Falcons, with a run-oriented attack led by Josh Rutter (944 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Layton Hersh (732 yards, nine touchdowns). Winters Mill has scored a total of 16 points over the past four weeks.

Williamsport (1-8) at Century (2-7)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Despite its four-game losing streak, Century should have a decent chance for a win. Williamsport is coming off a 20-14 loss to Boonsboro - the team that county-rival Winters Mill defeated to record its lone win this season. The Knights, averaging just 11 points per game, are led by running back Jason Kingan (545 yards).

North Carroll (3-6) at Westminster (2-7)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: As Westminster showed last week with a 30-6 win over Liberty, the Owls are far more talented then their record indicates. Coach Scott Tobias' team has suffered against one of the state's toughest schedules, but still features the county's top rusher in Brandon Costley (985 yards, 11 touchdowns) and a competent defense. North Carroll has won two of three. Last season, Westminster beat the Panthers, 21-7.

Tomorrow

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 the Howard 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 of 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 secure a playoff spot. The five-time state champion Wildecats are seeking their 14th playoff appearance. The Vikings, who upset River Hill, 23-20, on a field goal with six seconds left last week for their sixth win in 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.

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