Games To Watch

November 16, 2005

Anne Arundel

Who

North County at No. 13 Old Mill

Sport, When

Football, Friday, 5:15 p.m.

Outlook

Led by quarterback/kicker Josh McQuade, North County (6-4) is making its first postseason appearance in 10 years. The Knights face the difficult challenge of trying to contain Old Mill running back Ryan Callahan. In the second game of the season, the Patriots (8-2) routed the Knights, 51-0, as Callahan rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries.

Baltimore City

Who

No. 5 Patterson at No. 14 Perry Hall

Sport, When

Football, Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook

This Class 4A North regional semifinal is a rematch of last year's regional title game that the visiting Clippers won in a rout, 50-18. Patterson finished in a three-way tie with Dunbar and City for the Baltimore City Division I crown, while Perry Hall (10-0) won its second consecutive Baltimore County 4A-3A crown outright.

Baltimore County

Who

Catonsville (8-2) vs. Carver (10-0) at Poly

Sport, When

Football, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Outlook

This Class 3A North regional semifinal pits the Comets of Baltimore County's 4A-3A league and the state's No. 1 rusher against the Baltimore City Division II champion Bears. Catonsville's Jaren Maybin has rushed for 1,974 yards and 22 touchdowns, but he faces a defense that has yielded an average of 6.3 points with three shutouts.

Carroll

Who

No. 6 Liberty vs. No. 9 Hammond at UMBC

Sport, When

Boys soccer, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Outlook

After falling in the semifinals two of the past three years, the Lions (14-0-3) have a shot at their first Class 2A state title. They have allowed just eight goals in 17 games, and their opportunistic offense is led by Taylor VanBrackle. The Golden Bears (11-2-5) upset then-No. 13 Atholton in the regional final, then shut out Hereford in the state semifinals.

Harford

Who

N. Harford at No. 8 Severna Park

Sport, When

Football, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Outlook

The Hawks, making their first regional playoff appearance in 32 years, will try to bounce back after a 46-7 loss to Edgewood. Playing on the road won't be easy, especially against a Severna Park team that is making its third consecutive appearance in the state playoffs.

Howard

Who

No. 9 River Hill at No. 7 Long Reach

Sport, When

Football, Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook

This Class 3A East region semifinal pits two rivals who tied for the Howard County championship with 8-1 league records. Being the No. 2 seed, Long Reach (9-1) gets to host the playoff opener, with the Hawks (9-1) having to visit the Lightning for a second time this season. On Oct. 29, Long Reach celebrated its homecoming with a 15-14 win by scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final 46 seconds.

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