Games To Watch

October 31, 2007|By KATHERINE DUNN AND PAT O'MALLEY

VOLLEYBALL

No. 11 Towson @ No. 7 Dulaney

When -- Tonight, 6:30

Outlook -- Dulaney will be looking for its third straight Baltimore County championship tonight, while the Generals are out to claim their first title since 2003. The Lions (13-1) won the regular-season match, but these two have a long, intense rivalry that doesn't always follow the script. Danielle Parker leads the Lions with 3.0 kills per game, and Maria DiPietro adds 1.5. The Generals (11-3) are coming off an upset sweep of then-No. 8 Catonsville. Alexa Carney, who had 12 kills against Catonsville, leads the Generals with 3.25 kills per game, and Amelia Thomas averages 3.11.

Football

Digital Harbor @ No. 2 Dunbar

When -- Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Outlook -- This game matches the Baltimore City League leaders in the Division II Rams (7-1) and the Division I Poets (8-0). Tavon Austin and Dunbar have outscored city opponents 36.6 to 8.0 per game, including a 44-34 victory over Poly (7-1), which dealt Digital its only loss, 23-6. The Poets are averaging 40 points compared with 8.8 by their foes, with Austin recording 23 touchdowns and 1,477 rushing yards. Jeron Lewis, who has 12 sacks, leads the Rams defense, which hopes to slow Austin. Trae Higgins and Aaron Hargraves look to run the ball against the Poets' defense, led by linebacker Keon Redhead. Four-year-old Digital has outscored its city foes, 24 points to 8.6 and would love to avenge last year's 36-0 loss in its first meeting with Dunbar.

Poly @ No. 7 Edmondson

When -- Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Outlook -- This game is crucial to the Class 2A North region qualifiers. City (6-2) holds a slim lead over Edmondson (6-2) for fourth place and the final playoff berth. The visiting Engineers (7-1), who are second in the region behind Eastern Tech (8-0), can help City, which hosts Mervo (5-3), and hurt the Red Storm. Next week in the last games of the regular season, City visits Poly and Edmondson will travel to Lake Clifton (1-7). The game showcases two of Baltimore's top running backs in Poly's Lee Reynolds and Edmondson's Terence Wilson.

Archbishop Spalding @ Boys' Latin

When -- Friday, 3:45 p.m.

Outlook -- The only shot the host Lakers (4-4, 4-2) have at making the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference final Nov. 16 is to win this game over the two-time defending champion Cavaliers (5-3, 5-1) and to win next week at St. Paul's (5-4, 5-1).

By the numbers

18 -- Consecutive Baltimore County girls cross country championships for No. 3 Dulaney, which beat No. 4 Hereford by four points Saturday for the crown.

45 -- Victories over Baltimore City teams without a loss for Western's girls soccer team, which won its fifth straight city title this fall.

58 -- Consecutive MIAA A Conference wins by Calvert Hall boys water polo coach Don Anderson. The 58th win was 15-6 over Loyola in the conference championships.

70 -- Yards on a punt by Gilman punter-quarterback Ty Kimball. The senior also had a 55-yard punt in a 21-7 loss to Loyola.

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