South Carroll (4-4) at Frederick (4-4)Time: 7 p.m.
Outlook: Turnovers are starting to mar what had been a promising season for the Cavaliers, who are on a three-game slide. South Carroll turned the ball over seven times in a 46-12 loss to defending state 2A champion Damascus last Friday; Damascus turned six into touchdowns. Junior RB Greg Mihalko continued to be a bright spot for South Carroll, scoring touchdowns last week on runs of 24 and 31 yards. Mihalko also made a superb defensive play, reaching out at the last second to prevent a 45-yard touchdown pass by QB Kevin Thompson. Frederick has charged back to .500 after starting its season 1-4. Those three straight wins have come against Liberty, Westminster and North Carroll. The Cadets shut out North Carroll, 40-0, last Friday. Frederick is led by RB L. J. Jackson (99 carries for 736 yards and six touchdowns) and RB Tom Bellino (91 for 467 and five touchdowns). Frederick needs a win to have a legitimate chance at a .500 season because the Cadets finish the season against unbeaten cross-town rival Thomas Johnson.
Westminster (3-5) at Linganore (6-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Linganore presents headaches for Westminster coach Jeff Oeming. The Lancers have the leading rusher in the Frederick area in senior Joey Seetoo (161 for 1,282 and 14 touchdowns). Seetoo is small (5 feet 8, 150 pounds) and knows how to run to holes for long gains. Linganore is tough against the run, and the Frederick County school figures to be a little angry after losing, 12-7, to unbeaten Thomas Johnson last week on a fourth-quarter touchdown run of 12 yards by Mike Gusman. Westminster is coming off a 40-26 victory over Liberty and will have a shot at a .500 season with a victory. The Owls close out their season next week at South Carroll. RB Chris DeGasperi (730 yards) and Steve Kahler (515 yards) continue to lead the Owls, along with QB Steve Mays, who has passed for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns.
Brunswick (5-3) at Francis Scott Key (2-6)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Key coach Mike Coons' fears about his team's inability to move the ball on offense were realized when South Hagerstown shut out the Eagles, 6-0, last week. Key RB Chris Richardson, who accounted for three touchdowns in five minutes two weeks ago, was held to 40 yards rushing in the loss to the Rebels. "I'd just like to see Chris get 15 more minutes like those five minutes," Coons said. "That was probably a once-in-a-lifetime performance." Coons said many of his players are fighting the flu but will play in what is the final home game for seniors. Brunswick, which has a winning record in spite of numerous injuries and just 22 players on the team, is coming off a 20-8 victory over Catoctin. The Railroaders will be running the wing-T offense with a lot of traps.
Thomas Johnson (8-0) at Liberty (0-8)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Liberty appears to be overmatched in its final home game of the season, meeting one of the strongest teams in the state. The only hope the Lions have to make this game interesting is that the Patriots might let down after beating Frederick County-rival Linganore last week in that county's game of the year. Thomas Johnson is led by RB Bill Helm (5-10, 212), who has rushed for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns on 139 carries. Helm is the best of the Patriots' many talented running backs, and junior QB Colby Cloude has a strong arm. The Patriots are also tremendous on defense, having registered four shutouts. Senior LB Mike Long is being recruited by Maryland. Liberty gift-wrapped a 40-26 victory for Westminster over the Lions last week, fumbling the ball four times in the first half to set up three touchdowns. The Lions have been hurt by a porous defense all season but score enough to win some games. First-year Liberty coach Ken Johnson has a young team and probably will have to wait until next year to see progress in terms of victories.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-6) at North Carroll (0-8)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: North Carroll has scored only one touchdown, but first-year coach Bill Rumbaugh is sticking with his Delaware wing-T offense. He hopes to take advantage of BCC's aggressive defense with good faking by QB Kris Heefner. BCC, a 3A school, plays a tough schedule in Montgomery County and has come away with only one victory, over St. Stephens. BCC is led by Jim Uptgrow, who is 6-4, 290 pounds and looks like William "The Refrigerator" Perry when he gets an opportunity to run the ball. His primary job is on the defensive line but he is also a backup running back. This is the first meeting between North Carroll and BCC in football.