Games To Watch

October 24, 2007|By KATHERINE DUNN AND PAT O'MALLEY

FOOTBALL

No. 5 McDonogh vs. St. Paul's

WHEN -- Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE -- Johns Hopkins

OUTLOOK -- The Eagles (4-3) of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference take on the Crusaders (5-3) of the B Conference. McDonogh dropped two games in Pennsylvania to talented prep school teams, then lost a 9-6 overtime game to then-No. 1 Loyola, before defeating Mount St. Joseph, 14-7, and Calvert Hall, 35-15. The Crusaders lost their first three games but have reeled off five wins in a row, including a 26-25 win over defending B Conference champion Archbishop Spalding in overtime Friday to take over second place by a half-game. McDonogh sophomore Rudy Johnson and St. Paul's Brian Taaffe are talented quarterbacks.

CROSS COUNTRY

Baltimore County Championships

WHEN -- Saturday, 10 a.m.

WHERE -- Dulaney

OUTLOOK -- Last year's title meet featured a surprise and a close call in the team championships, as Towson took the boys title from Dulaney after a six-year run and the Dulaney girls needed a tie-breaker to edge Hereford. This time, Loch Raven's boys appear to be the favorites and will battle it out with Dulaney and Hereford. On the girls' side, No. 3 Hereford will be the team most capable of contending with Dulaney, but Towson certainly has a shot. In the individual races, look for the Bull Run elite race winners to be out front. Hereford's Kristen Malloy is going for her second straight county title but will have to compete with a trio of Dulaney runners in Angelica DiNucci, Emma Larkin and Kelly Rush. Dulaney's top three had strong performances at Georgetown Prep on Saturday. Perry Hall's Sumanth Kuppalli will be racing for his first crown, but Loch Raven's Mike Glassman is a top contender for second place and will be looking for the upset.

FOOTBALL

No. 14 Gilman @No. 3 Loyola

WHEN -- Saturday, noon

OUTLOOK -- The host Dons (6-1) are coming off a 24-7 upset loss to unranked Mount St. Joseph on Friday. Gilman (3-3) had the weekend off after climbing to .500 with a 55-19 rout of Archbishop Spalding the week before. The Dons and Greyhounds are each 1-1 in the MIAA A Conference. The Gaels held Dons star running back Terence Garvin to just 19 yards rushing.

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