Regional Football Semifinals

High Schools

November 14, 2003|By Rick Belz, Pat O'Malley, Lem Satterfield, Rich Scherr, Jeff Zrebiec.

Regional Football Semifinals

Today

Arundel (7-3) at No. 2 Broadneck (10-0)

Region: Class 4A East

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The area's best passing game goes against arguably the best defense. Arundel invades Cape St. Claire with QB Bobby Schram, who has thrown for an area-leading 2,238 yards and 24 TDs, and his bevy of receivers led by Danny Marin (34 receptions, 502 yards, 5 TDs). Broadneck's defense has posted five shutouts and given up just 5.2 points a game, with DB Kyle Bloomfield leading Anne Arundel County in interceptions with six. Also, Bruins junior PK Chris Desautels has a county-record 10 FGs. Broadneck escaped Gambrills with a 17-14 regular-season win when Bryan Jones' 27-yard FG attempt with 47 seconds left was ruled no good.

Thomas Stone (8-2) at No. 11 Old Mill (8-2)

Region: Class 4A East

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After losing two in a row late in the season, Old Mill won its last two to earn the No. 2 seed in the East region. The Patriots reverted to "smash-mouth" football, with sophomore RB Ryan Callahan emerging as a threat from anywhere on the field as his 14 TDs and 11.4 yards a carry for 841 yards on only 74 attempts attested. Old Mill is making its fifth straight playoff appearance, one short of the county-record six by Annapolis through last season, but the Patriots are 0-6 in the postseason. Old Mill will have to contain the Cougars' balanced running attack led by QB Frankie Warren and FB Mike Dodson, who have combined for 1,400 rushing yards and 18 TDs.

Dundalk (5-5) at Bel Air (6-3)

Region: Class 3A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: It has been a roller-coaster season for Dundalk, which was hit hard by injuries while losing four of its last six games. Dundalk is known for its big offensive line, but the key may be how well the Owls' defense contains Bel Air standout quarterback Andrew Berry (1,281 yards, 18 TDs) and his receiving tandem of twin brother Adam Berry (605 yards, 8 TDs) and Willie Bell (539 yards, 8 TDs). Andrew Berry threw two touchdown passes in the Bobcats' season-opening 28-8 win over the Owls.

Patapsco (5-5) vs. No. 7 Randallstown (8-2)

Region: Class 3A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: CCBC-Catonsville

Outlook: Patapsco overcame a three-game losing streak by winning three of its final five games to earn the school's first playoff berth. In Randallstown, however, the Patriots will face a traditional power that earned its 16th state playoff berth, and which is riding a five-game winning streak under first-year coach Albert Howard. Maryland-bound DB-WR-QB Christian Varner leads Randallstown, winner of two state titles.

Severna Park (5-5) at Westlake (9-1)

Region: Class 3A South

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In making the trek to Waldorf, the Falcons hope to prove that a .500 team belongs in the playoffs. Severna Park is the fourth seed and has had trouble scoring, averaging just 13.2 points a game while giving up 12.3. Falcon LBs Andrew Ferris, Alex Kin and Ryan Budka will have to bring their A-game to stop the Wolverines' running attack led by Jared Fagan, who has run for nearly 1,200 yards and 16 TDs. The winner gets the Northern (8-2)/Lackey (9-1) victor in the region final.

Walkersville (7-3) at No. 4 South Carroll (9-1)

Region: Class 2A West

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll, the top seed in the class, is quite familiar with its first-round playoff opponent. Just three weeks ago, the host Cavaliers rebounded from a sluggish first half against Walkersville to pull away to a 35-16 win. Quarterback T.J. Swanson threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, including three to wide receiver Ryan Mullen. Look for more of the same from the Carroll County champions, who have torched opponents through the air during their current seven-game winning streak, scoring an average of 42 points. Walkersville, led by running back Antoine Crawford (1,177 yards, 11 touchdowns), has lost two of three following a 6-1 start.

Western Tech (7-1) vs. No. 1 Eastern Tech (10-0)

Region: Class 2A North

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: CCBC-Essex

Outlook: The Wolverines of first-year coach Al Lagon, in the playoffs for the first time, will meet the Mavericks, who are in the playoffs for the sixth time since debuting in 1997. Eastern Tech, the Class 3A state runner-up in '98, has 10 shutouts during a 16-game, regular-season winning streak, including seven shutouts this season. QB-DB Dwight Tillman and RB Jeremy Williams (6-0, 225) lead Western Tech, and RB Dietrich Wright (25 TDs), QB Josh Hager (26-0 as a starter), DB Tom Farmer and DL Wayne Martin lead Eastern Tech.

Edgewood (6-3) at No. 10 Aberdeen (8-1)

Region: Class 2A East

Time: 7 p.m.

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