Damascus (6-1) at South Carroll (4-3)
Outlook: South Carroll runs into defending state 2A champion Damascus on the heels of last week's 55-17 loss to unbeaten Thomas Johnson. Damascus has lost only to Kennedy, 15-10, the same school that gave the Hornets their only loss last season. Damascus is led by talented NG Curri Bickel, who has blocked two punts for touchdowns. Hornets coach Al Thomas, known for producing top-flight nose guards, has said Bickel is one of the best he has ever had. South Carroll has been forced to throw the ball often the past two weeks against Central Maryland Conference powers Linganore and Thomas Johnson after going 4-1 with a strong ground game. Junior QB Tom Luster has hooked up with junior WR Tom Lapato for long gainers for South Carroll in the back-to-back losses. RBs Greg Mihalko and Chris Lyerly have been outstanding.
Liberty (0-7) at Westminster (2-5)
Outlook: This one could be interesting if the Lions can stop Westminster's running attack, which is led by Chris DeGasperi and Steve Kahler. Owls QB Steve Mays also could present a lot of problems for Liberty's sometimes-porous defense. Westminster still is stinging from a tough loss to Frederick last week in which the Cadets scored the winning two-point conversion with 3:46 left in the game after a 2-yard touchdown run by Matt Campbell. Campbell also ran in the decisive two-point conversion. The late Frederick touchdown wiped out a 12-6 lead that was built on touchdown runs by DeGasperi and Mays. Westminster has lost three straight. Liberty has scored enough points with its Delaware wing-T offense to win at least two games, but the defense has let first-year coach Ken Johnson down. The Lions have three RBs who have rushed for more than 300 yards -- Brandon Scarborough (535), Terry Rheubottom (335) and Eric Cook (325).
South Hagerstown (3-4) at Francis Scott Key (2-5)
Outlook: Francis Scott Key is coming off an impressive 21-20 victory over North Hagerstown last week, a win highlighted by a sensational second-quarter performance by talented RB Chris Richardson, who also proved he could throw the ball. In four minutes and 51 seconds, Richardson accounted for three touchdowns in a 19-point Eagles explosion. Richardson first returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown, then came right back after a North Hagerstown touchdown and --ed 85 yards on a kickoff return for a second touchdown, and finished the show by completing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jon Crooks on a halfback-option play. Key held a 21-14 lead at halftime and made that lead stand up with 3:02 left in the game when Robert Buntin blocked Ben Gessard's extra-point attempt that would have tied the game for North Hagerstown. South Hagerstown has defeated Franklin, Catoctin and Williamsport. The Rebels are led by TE/DE Bill Kidd and WR Che Swain. Key coach Mike Coons referred to Kidd as "a load" and said he is concerned about South Hagerstown's speed in the backfield and secondary. Coons said he also is looking for his offense to come to life a little more.
Frederick (3-4) at North Carroll (0-7)
Outlook: Frederick has turned its season around the past two weeks against Carroll County opponents, defeating Liberty and Westminster, and now the Cadets will try to reach the .500 mark against struggling North Carroll, which still has scored only one touchdown. The Panthers have been routed by Thomas Johnson, 62-0, and Linganore, 49-0, in their most recent outings. RB Erik Hott and QB Kris Heefner are the main threats for North Carroll. Frederick is led by RBs L. J. Jackson and Tom Bellino.