Thomas Johnson (6-0) at South Carroll (4-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll came close to upsetting Linganore last week before losing, 14-10, and now the Cavaliers run up against a stronger force in unbeaten Thomas Johnson, which has registered four straight shutouts and allowed just two touchdowns this season. The Patriots beat Westminster, 33-0, and North Carroll, 62-0, the past two weeks. South Carroll, which had been led by RBs Greg Mihalko and Chris Lyerly all season, unveiled a strong passing game against Linganore. Junior QB Tom Luster hooked up with junior WR Tom Lapato often in the loss to the Lancers. Mihalko has rushed for 320 yards and four touchdowns this season, returned a kickoff 79 yards for a score and returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown. South Carroll probably will throw the ball often tonight.

Westminster (2-4) at Frederick (2-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Westminster offense has scored only one touchdown the past two weeks in losses to Thomas Johnson and Sherwood. The Owls will have a chance tonight to get back on the winning track against a Frederick team that has been plagued by fumbles and an inability to put the ball in the end zone. The Cadets scored 22 points in the first half against Liberty last week and held on for a 22-12 victory. RB L. J. Jackson and FB Tom Bellino have combined for more than 1,200 yards for Frederick. Westminster needs a victory tonight to have a legitimate chance at a .500 season.

Liberty (0-6) at Einstein (2-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty keeps flirting with its first victory of the season but hasn't been able to pull it off. Coach Ken Johnson's team led Frederick, 12-6, in the second quarter last week before losing, 22-12. If the Lions don't win tonight, they likely will have to wait until the last game of the season against North Carroll to have an excellent chance to win a game. The same scenario developed last year for Liberty, which defeated the Panthers in a battle of 0-9 teams. Junior QB Jon Barnowski (separated shoulder) is out for the season for Liberty, and junior Darnell Brockington has returned to the No. 1 QB slot for the Lions after sophomore Ryan Jones was given a couple games to prove himself. Einstein, a 2A school from Montgomery County, is making progress in rebuilding its program. Johnson said of Einstein, "They're where we would like to in a few years. They were down like we are and now they're on the way up."

North Hagerstown (2-4) at Francis Scott Key (1-5)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles had another "moral victory" last week against Middletown, giving a good account of themselves before losing, 29-19. But time is running out on Key's chances of matching or bettering last season's 3-7 record. Coach Mike Coons had hoped to build on last season's strong finish (two wins in the last three games) but the losses are beginning to mount up again. The Eagles have lost five straight since defeating winless North Carroll in the opener. North Hagerstown is coming off a 26-13 victory over Catoctin, the same team that defeated Key, 22-17, on a 47-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the game. RB Danny Seidman ran for 160 yards and one touchdown against Catoctin.

North Carroll (0-6) at Linganore (5-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The frustration builds for first-year coach Bill Rumbaugh at North Carroll, but at least the Panthers coach could take solace last week in knowing that powerful Thomas Johnson is beating up a lot of teams this season. Always looking for the positive side of things, Rumbaugh said that Linganore is more one-dimensional than Thomas Johnson. He said the Lancers rely mostly on RB Joey Seetoo (1,050 yards and 10 touchdowns on 125 carries). "If someone can figure out a way to stop him, they have a good chance of beating Linganore," said Rumbaugh. "But he is so quick you can't get a read on him." Seetoo ran 32 times for 175 yards and one touchdown last week in a 14-10 win over South Carroll. North Carroll is led by QB Kris Heefner and RB Erik Hott.

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