South Carroll (4-1) at Linganore (4-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The South Carroll Cavaliers start a string of five games against the "big boys" tonight and will find out just how good they are. Junior RB Greg Mihalko continues to make the big plays for South Carroll. He has rushed for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns in addition to returning a kickoff 79 yards for a score and returning an interception 66 yards for a touchdown. The Cavaliers are coming off a 35-0 victory over North Carroll last week, and now must face Linganore, Thomas Johnson, Damascus, Frederick and Westminster in succession to finish the season. Linganore blitzed Liberty, 41-6, last week to run its Central Maryland Conference record to 2-0, entering this CMC test against South Carroll, also 2-0 in the CMC. Linganore is led by RB Joey Seetoo, who already has amassed more than 700 yards this season, and K Justin Brown, who has 16 extra points and three field goals.

Sherwood (2-3) at Westminster (2-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Westminster will try to get back on the winning track after being routed by unbeaten Thomas Johnson, 33-0, last week. The Owls and Sherwood each own victories over Meade of Anne Arundel County. Westminster stopped Meade, 26-15, and Sherwood defeated Meade, 27-20. Sherwood won its first two games before losing three straight to Churchill, Wootton and Gaithersburg. Sherwood is led by 5-foot-6 FB Jayson Craddock, SE Troy Abernathy and RBs Brian Smole and Dean Wilson. The Warriors are equally adept at passing and running the ball.

Francis Scott Key (1-4) at Middletown (4-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles are banged up and just recovering from a bout with the flu that went through the team recently. And they have lost four straight games, including fairly tight encounters with Catoctin, 22-17, and Boonsboro, 14-0, the past two weeks. Middletown isn't exactly the kind of team Key wants to be facing this week. The Knights are on a four-game roll since losing to powerful Thomas Johnson in the opener. They are 4-0 in the Monocacy Valley League, and Key is 0-4. Key coach Mike Coons expects Middletown to throw the ball a lot, though the Knights have talented RB Scott Montgomery, who is 6-2, 215. "They saw us shut down Boonsboro's running attack last week, so I'm sure they'll come out throwing against us," said Coons.

Frederick (1-4) at Liberty (0-5)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions got bounced around by Linganore, 41-6, last week, but Frederick also was manhandled by Linganore, 37-0, earlier this season. Liberty's defense is having all kinds of problems stopping opponents, and the Delaware wing-T offense hasn't really meshed on a consistent basis. Frederick has moved the ball consistently, but the Cadets have been plagued by fumbles and an inability to score once they get near the goal line. Frederick's only win came over Jefferson (W. Va.) County High, and the losses have come against Churchill, Watkins Mill, Altoona (Pa.) and Linganore. RB L. J. Jackson (600 yards, four touchdowns) and FB Tom Bellino (400 yards) are the primary Frederick threats.

North Carroll (0-5) at Thomas Johnson (5-0)

Time:7:30 p.m.

Outlook: North Carroll is struggling on offense with one touchdown in five games. Things will get even tougher against Thomas Johnson, which has recorded three shutouts and allowed just two touchdowns. The Patriots defeated Westminster, 33-0, last week behind FB Bill Helm, who racked up 121 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and then took most of the second half off. Thomas Johnson is also quick on defense, with outstanding LB Mike Long leading the way. The Patriots also can throw the ball when necessary, with junior QB Colby Cloude having a strong arm. North Carroll will need to gets its Delaware wing-T offense in high gear and its defense playing over its head just to make a respectable showing.

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