State football semifinals

High Schools

November 28, 2003|By Pat O'Malley, Lem Satterfield and Jeff Zrebiec

State football semifinals

Today

No. 3 Woodlawn (11-1) at No. 2 Broadneck (12-0)

Class: 4A

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Broadneck has never advanced to a state final. Woodlawn is playing in its second straight state semifinal, and has reached the championship game once (1977). The teams play contrasting styles. Woodlawn has an overall edge in size and the big-play passing game. QB Justin Ross has completed 110 of 181 passes for 1,940 yards and 16 TDs. Athletic and speedy receivers Lewan Leslie (36 rec., 639 yds., 4 TDs), Keith Mallory (21-504-4) and Jason Goode (21-438-5) are Ross' primary targets. Broadneck's spread/option is more ball-control-oriented. QB Tony Marino is 77-for-153 for 1,138 yards and nine TDs passing. Jordan Sokel is his leading receiver (25-395-2). Sophomore Brandon Johnson has carried 254 times for 1,213 yards and 15 TDs. The Bruins' secondary has intercepted 23 passes, led by Kyle Bloomfield (seven). Nick Sowells has 11 sacks. Very physical Warriors DL and LBs in their 4-4 alignment could cause problems for Johnson and force Marino to throw more.

No. 7 Randallstown (10-2) at Lackey (11-1)

Class: 3A

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Several standout players have helped first-year Randallstown coach Albert Howard reach this point: QB Marcus McLain (1,725 yards, 16 TDs), WR Melvin Ateyui (46 rec., 710 yds., seven TDs), OL Adrian Brown, DE Melvin Alaeze (14 sacks), DB Christian Varner (six INTs) and DB Jamari McCullough (seven INTs). The Rams of Baltimore County are riding a six-game winning streak into their 11th state semifinal berth. They must contend with a Charles County team that has won seven straight. "Thunder and Lightning" are Lackey coach Scott Chadwick's nicknames for RB Courtney Knight (786 yards, 12 TDs) and RB Morgan Green (2,430 yards, 22 TDs). Green, who leads all Maryland rushers, is 311 yards from eclipsing the state single-season record. Knight and Green are members of the All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference team as are LBs Kevin Glascock (seven sacks), OG Jeremy Hairston and OT J.B. Walton. Chadwick is 5-0 in playoff games.

No. 9 Aberdeen (10-1) at No. 4 South Carroll (11-1)

Class: 2A

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: This game has appealing matchups all over the field, but clearly, it's the duel between two of the area's top quarterbacks that has garnered much of the attention. South Carroll, the second seed in 2A and the West regional champion, has broken every offensive school record this season behind senior QB T.J. Swanson, who has passed for 2,290 yards and 28 TDs and run for 780 yards and 15 TDs. Leading East regional champion Aberdeen is Erin Henderson, the senior headed for the University of Maryland. Henderson has thrown for 1,458 yards and 17 TDs and ran for 783 yards and 7 TDs. Three Cavaliers (Chris Luette, Ryan Mullen and Tyler Kraus) have 20 catches or more, as do three Aberdeen receivers (Devron Galloway, Ryan McVey and Phillip Brown). With both teams capable of lighting up the scoreboard, the game could come down which team that has the ball last.

Potomac (11-1) vs. No. 1 Eastern Tech (12-0)

Class: 2A

Site: CCBC-Essex

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In its sixth playoff appearance, Potomac is aiming for its first title game since finishing runner-up to Linganore in 1995. The Prince George's County team is led by QB Harold Dorman (2,162 passing yds., 23 TDs; 569 rushing yds., eight TDs), WR Korey Koles (29 rec., 597 yds., 10 TDs), WR Raynard Harrell (28-699-5) and WR Keith Dawson (19-501-3). They work behind a line that includes OL Ausustus Parrish (6-0, 303), Terry Moore (5-10, 348) and Brandon Jackson (6-7, 340). Eastern Tech is making its fifth playoff appearance, aiming at its school-record 13th win and its second title-game berth since placing second to Friendly in 1998. WR-DB Tom Farmer (6-4, 190) has 11 INTs, and DE Wayne Martin, DE Matt Sanders and LB Greg Pinkney have combined for 18 sacks for a defense that has seven shutouts this season during an 18-game winning streak that extends to last year. RB Dietrich Wright (86 career TDs) can eclipse a career Maryland record with a TD, and QB Josh Hager is 28-0 as a starter.

Tomorrow

Joppatowne (6-5) vs. No. 13 Dunbar (11-1)

Class: 1A

Site: City College

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: These two teams aren't exactly mirror images of one another, but they do share some similarities. Both love to control the line of scrimmage and the clock behind power running games. Dunbar rides junior TB Nathan Irby (1,748 yds., 15 rushing TDs), while Joppatowne depends heavily on its workhorse, senior Brent Cash (1,535 yds., 23 rushing TDs). Both teams count their offensive lines as a chief strength. Joppatowne, the North region champion led defensively by DE Jeremy Navarre (135 tackles), is peaking at the right time after starting 0-2. But top-seeded Dunbar, the South regional titlist, should pose a stiff challenge, especially at the line of scrimmage. The offensive line outweighs the Mariners' defensive front by an average of 75 pounds. Poets QB Earl Chaptman (1,178 yards, 12 TDs) has Irby (21 rec., 401 yds., 3 TDs) and Barry Jenifer (20 rec., 297 yds, 4 TDs) as targets.

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