No. 13 Chesapeake-BC (3-0) at Pikesville (2-1) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: So far this season Chesapeake has been the area's most dominant team. The Bayhawks lead the area in scoring, averaging 39 points a game, and rank No. 3 in defense, giving up an average of four points. They also lead Baltimore County's 2A-1A division with a 2-0 league mark, while Pikesville is 1-1. A trio of running backs leads the Chesapeake offense, each with more than 200 yards: Gee Bullock (234, three touchdowns), Lamar King (225, three TDs) and Keith Brown (204, one TD). Quarterback Jermaine Johnson has passed for 232 yards and five TDs. Pikesville QB Jay Glickson has completed 32 of 53 for 373 yards and three TDs and also has scored three TDs.
Mervo (1-1) at Northwestern (1-0) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams opened league play in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference last week with narrow victories. Mervo edged Carver 6-0 and Northwestern upset Dunbar 10-8. Mervo is supposed to be a favorite in the B Conference after a strong summer turnout, but the Mustangs lost their opener to Milford Mill and struggled to get past Carver. The Mustangs' defense has been their strength, ranking 11th in the area (8.0 points allowed). Kevin Ruff ran for 153 yards and a
TD last week to lead Northwestern past Dunbar.
No. 8 Patterson (2-0) at Dunbar (0-1) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: During the last three years Lake Clifton (now in the A Conference) was the only B Conference team to win as many games as Dunbar (27), but the Poets may struggle this season. They are rebuilding and last week Northwestern stunned the Poets in their opener, 10-8. Patterson is the B Conference favorite. The Clippers rank fifth in the area in scoring (30.5). QB Buddy Edmond has completed 21 of 38 for 396 yards and three TDs. RB William Rosenberger has run for 201 yards and three TDs.
Perry Hall (1-2) at No. 2 Randallstown (3-0) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: They've just about forgotten about Larry Washington at Randallstown, where this year's team is off to a solid start. The Rams (2-0 in Baltimore County's 4A-3A Division) have won 16 straight, which ties Wilde Lake for the area's longest current win streak. Dante Boyd has replaced Washington (now at Maryland) as the Rams' top RB. He has rushed for 442 yards and four TDs. Haryn Singleton has added 254 yards and four TDs rushing. The defense is the area's sixth best, allowing just 5.6 points a game. Don't count out Perry Hall (1-1 in the division). The Gators' overall record can be deceiving. They lost by just nine points to No. 4 Calvert Hall and last week they ripped Lansdowne, 46-0.
Severn (2-2) at Southwestern (2-0) Time: Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams are 1-0 in the MSA C Conference. Second-year coach Fred Kaiss has Southwestern looking like a serious contender after turning around the Sabers program last season. The Sabers edged Walbrook 21-20 in their opener, then notched their first league win over Boys' Latin, 20-0, last week. After a season-opening 29-14 loss to Bishop Walsh, Severn beat Model, 28-6, lost to Southern-AA, 27-23, then crushed Spalding, 46-14, last week in its league opener. QB Brad Fowler has thrown for 466 yards and seven TDs and RB Jason Wade has 427 yards and six TDs.
Havre de Grace (2-1) at No. 5 C.M. Wright (3-0) Time: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Is Havre de Grace back? After making appearances in the state championship games five times between 1981-88, Havre de Grace managed just two wins in 19 games the last two seasons. The Warriors (1-0 in Harford County) opened with a 28-7 loss to Perryville but have beaten North Harford, 21-8, and Poolesville, 27-14. C.M. Wright (2-0 in the county) ranks No. 2 in the area in scoring (38.2) and is tied for 11th in defense (8.0). QB Jeff Hawk has passed for 340 yards and four TDs. Chris Gill has
rushed for 297 yards and three TDs.
No. 17 Woodlawn (3-0) at Franklin (2-1) Time: Saturday, noon.
Outlook: Once a Baltimore County power, Woodlawn already has matched last season's victory total. The Warriors rank among the area's top 20 in scoring (23.3) and top 10 in defense (7.0). Woodlawn is 2-0 in Baltimore County's 4A-3A Division and Franklin is 0-1. Franklin lost to Randallstown, 28-0, two weeks ago but rebounded to crush Sparrows Point, 52-0, last week. QB Kevin Anderson has passed for 228 yards and one TD and RB Kyle Sanders has rushed for 168 yards and two TDs to lead an offense that ranks among the area's top 20 (25.0).
No. 15 Gibbons (1-1) at No. 4 Calvert Hall (2-0) Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Outlook: Gibbons pulled off a huge upset last week, downing then No. 1 Poly, 9-6. Eugene Marshall rushed for 114 yards in that game and has 374 yards and three TDs in two games. LB/OL Chris Abel and RB/DB Damon Fleary are solid two-way players for Gibbons. Calvert Hall had last week off. After two games the Cardinals rank fourth in the area in scoring (33.0) and 17th in defense (10.0).
Oakland Mills (1-2) at No. 1 Wilde Lake (3-0) Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Outlook: This is always the biggest football game in Howard County. Oakland Mills won its first game last week, downing Thomas Johnson, 28-3, but the victory was very costly. QB Antwan Baker was tossed out of the game and must sit out the next game according to Howard County rules. RBs Kenya Edwards (broken arm) and Akil Benjamin (broken ankle) are out for the season. Wilde Lake has picked up where it left off from last season's 13-0 state championship campaign. The Wildecats have won 16 straight, which ties Randallstown for the area's longest current win streak. They rank among the area's top 20 teams in offense (24.6) and defense (9.0). QB Phil White has passed for 513 yards and three TDs and RB Damon Hamlin has rushed for 256 yards and four TDs. LB Brent Guyton (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) and NG Tony Farace (four sacks, two fumble recoveries) lead the defense.
No. 14 Loyola (2-2-1) at No. 2 Calvert Hall (4-1) Time: Tomorrow, 3:45 p.m.
Outlook: This is an important MSA A Conference Division II game. The common opponent to date is Oakland Mills, which Calvert Hall beat, 2-0, and Loyola tied, 3-3. Still, Loyola will have no problem getting motivated for its archrival, which dropped its first decision of the season, 2-0, to top-ranked Centennial last week. The Dons must slow the Cardinals' attack, led by striker Bryan Bugarin and midfielder J.J. Kremer. Calvert Hall will try to stop the Dons' high-scoring striker, Mike Tall.
No. 11 Perry Hall (2-0) at No. 12 Dulaney (2-0) Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Outlook: This Baltimore County matchup of Class 4A teams will serve as a barometer for bragging rights in the northeast corridor. The visiting Gators rely on big Greg Sutton (6 feet 3) to initiate an attack from his stopper post. Dulaney, meanwhile, has a rebuilt back line to support veteran keeper Mason Ray. The Lions may have the edge at midfield with fourth-year performer Evan Clarke.
Bel Air (1-2) at Hereford (2-1) Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Outlook: The visiting Bobcats have lost two of three 1-0 decisions, showing a steady defense and a suspect attack. Hereford dropped a 4-0 decision to Susquehannock after destroying overmatched Milford Mill and Sparrows Point by a combined 20-0 margin. The Bulls are led offensively by David Diangelo and Jeff Engelmeyer. Bel Air has generated an attack, outshooting two of those three foes by a 2-1 margin, but lacks a true finisher. Coach Bill Jefferson plans a lineup change to help in the scoring. Center halfback Rob Smallwood is the only returning offensive-minded player, but the defense boasts second-year keeper Eathan Jennings, who is a sophomore, and veteran backs Rim Hintz, Mark DeFabio and Rob Frounfelker.
No. 3 Centennial (2-0) at Howard (1-1) Time: Tomorrow, 3:45 p.m.
Outlook: The Eagles visit a strong Howard squad, anchored by )) keeper Krista Fulton and seven other returning starters. Centennial has 13 veteran players, including senior defenders Corina Riismandel, Becky Temple, Amy Morrison and Rebecca Vanisko. Strikers Kelly Butler and Vicky Brunt are quick and complement each other. Centennial breezed by Towson Catholic a non-league contest, 3-0, and beat a good Oakland Mills team, 4-1. Howard rebounded from a loss to Mercy by stopping Edgewood, 3-0.