This week's key football games



Lake Clifton (5-0) at No. 2 Poly (5-0)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: This is a reality check for Lake Clifton. The City 4A league-leading Lakers have limited previous foes to less than 10 points a game behind LB Warren Sharp (5-10, 180), but face the 3A league's Poly, which has outscored its opponents 309-18. Poly speedster Greg Kyler (600 rushing yards) had 205 yards and three touchdowns last week behind T Joe Brown and RBs Louie Randall and Phil Clayton. QB Charles English has seven touchdown passes, and Poly's defense is anchored by DL Sebastian Smothers and LBs Rashaad Kitchen and Zack Jeffers. QB Kevin Estep (415 passing hards) alternates with Greate White, with Lakers WR Dennis Harding (19 catches, 395 yards, three touchdowns) as a big threat. RBs Ricky Matthews (326 yards, five touchdowns) and Kenny Williams (four touchdowns) do the ground work.

Gibbons (2-1) at Severn (2-3)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: This Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference game features two teams coming from different directions. Gibbons (1-0 league) had outscored its opponents 62-9 before No. 7 Calvert Hall overcame a 14-0 deficit to win, 28-14, last week. Gibbons' balanced offense includes QB Rocky Keener (387 passing yards, five touchdowns), WR Corey Butts (five catches, 98 yards, two touchdowns) and RBs Chris Burley (275 yards, three touchdowns) and Kevin Dukes (178, one). Severn's Admirals (1-0 league) have been blown out by No. 13 Southern, 34-0, and No. 5 McDonogh, 40-3, but have their old coach -- Jim Doyle (16-6 record) -- back for his third straight game. Severn RB John Vereen (493 yards, five touchdowns) is the workhorse, but QB Willie Wu (196 passing yards) may go skyward more.

No. 6 C. Milton Wright (5-0) at Edgewood (3-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Jason Tharpe, the area's leading scorer with 78 points (13 touchdowns) leads Wright, which has 38 regular-season wins in a row, against an Edgewood team that has won three in a row. The Rams have had seven different touchdown scorers.

Aberdeen (2-3) at Joppatowne (4-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: This will match Aberdeen's top threat of Nick Johnson against Joppatowne's speed package of Lewis McKisset and Wendell Davis, plus defensive leader Cable Miller. Interest will center on how Joppatowne comes back from last week's 7-6 loss to unbeaten Fallston.


No. 3 Gilman (3-0) vs. St. Mary's (3-1)

Time: 1 p.m., Anne Arundel CC

Outlook: St. Mary's, an MSA C Conference team last year, is 0-1 in its initial trip to the A Conference after losing, 14-10, to No. 5 McDonogh. Gilman (0-0) has outscored its opponents 98-0, including 21-0 over Forest Park -- a 16-15 loser to No. 1 City. Gilman All-Metro LB Jamie Biddison, ILB Than'l Badder (leading tackler) and two-way lineman Dylan Schlott (one touchdown) lead the defense. Its offense consists of RBs David Biddison (286 yards, four touchdowns), Mike Allan (122 yards, 8-for-8 extra-point kicks), R. C. Kauffman (92 yards), Jimmy Zimmerman (91 yards) and QB Mark Cornes (120 passing, 75 rushing). St. Mary's All-County K Mark Kieffer is a big threat in a close game, along with RB Jason Lilly (390 yards, four touchdowns), QB Brad Davis (496 passing yards, two touchdowns) and WRs Matt Clune (15 catches, 200 yards) and Ryan Hughes (15 catches, 160).

No. 5 McDonogh (4-0) at Mount St. Joseph (1-4)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: McDonogh's Eagles (1-0 league) blew out Severn, 40-3, last week but should have a difficult time against A Conference rival St. Joe (0-1) -- a team whose record disguises its talent. Gaels RBs Eddie Pailen (536 yards, four touchdowns), Larry Bell and Julius Weems all are quick, and QB Lucas Phillips (304 passing yards, two touchdowns) targets Jay English (14 catches, 246 yards, one touchdown). RB-WR Dwayne Stukes (seven catches, 150 yards, 278 yards rushing, six touchdowns) has been McDonogh's main threat, but All-City WR Dennis Badham (10 catches, 245 yards, three touchdowns) is a clutch player. QB Bobby Sabelhaus (31-for-71, 641 yards, six touchdowns) ranks third among area signal callers.

Woodlawn (5-0) at No. 14 Perry Hall (4-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: First-year coach Brian Scrivin's youthful Woodlawn squad got its third straight shutout, 20-0, over Parkville -- a team Perry Hall defeated, 24-0. Warriors QB Keion Carpenter is a threat to run or pass. Woodlawn is led defensively by LBs Trevor Walker and Darryl Mance, who get their biggest test against the Gators' RB combo of Mark Franklin (379 yards, six touchdowns) and Mandel Marsh (353, four touchdowns).

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