Games to watch

September 19, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY

FIELD HOCKEY

No. 4 Broadneck @ No. 3 South River

WHEN -- Tonight, 5 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- The two teams that hope to unseat Severna Park as county and Class 4A East regional champion meet in Edgewater. Both teams have firepower, the visiting Bruins(4-0) with seniors Kari Ellen Johnson and Brigitte Strother, and the Hawks with senior Melissa Nelson and sophomore Brooke Griffin. South River also has perhaps the area's best defender in senior Hope Battista and one of the top goalies in senior Virginia Jorden. The Bruins counter defensively with senior Shannon Hanratty.

BOYS SOCCER

No. 7 Arundel @ No. 14 Severna Park

WHEN -- Tonight, 5 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- This is a meeting between two of the county's top teams. Arundel (1-0) is led by seniors Jason McCarron (forward) and Nick Finnegan (midfielder). The Falcons (2-1) counter with senior forwards Michael Rose and Sean Bunoski. Severna Park upset Arundel, 4-2, in last year's county championship game.

FOOTBALL

Severna Park @ Annapolis

WHEN -- Tomorrow, 6.30 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- This will be the 49th meeting between the teams in the 48-year history of the county's oldest rivalry. Annapolis leads the series, 24-21-3. The visiting Falcons are off to an 0-2 start. The Panthers (1-1), who defeated the Falcons, 27-21, last year to hand Severna Park its first county loss since 2004, defeated Meade, 20-13, last week. Severna Park's triple-option offense has floundered in the first two games, as quarterback Pat Morrison was sacked six times in a season-opening 23-8 loss to Old Mill, and then was held to 5 yards passing in a 7-0 loss to Southern on Friday.

No. 13 Arch, Curley @ Arch. Spalding

WHEN -- Friday, 7 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- This is a crucial game in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. These two teams and St. Mary's are all 1-0 in the nine-team league The only loss this season for the visiting Friars (2-1) was to then-No. 1 McDonogh, 28-14. Spalding got into the win column Friday by defeating Severn, 18-6. Evan Hockel ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns as the Cavaliers bounced back from a season-opening 47-14 loss to Mount St. Joseph.

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