Tonight Westminster (3-6) at South Carroll (4-5) Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: This traditional rivalry will determine the Carroll County championship. Westminster will be out to take the title from South Carroll, which has lost four straight games and has gone to a wide-open passing game behind QB Tom Luster and WR Tom Lapato. If the passing game fails, South Carroll turns to RB Greg Mihalko, who has the speed to get outside. The Owls will try to control the football behind the running of Chris DeGasperi and Steve Kahler. DeGasperi is a power runner who gets his yards up the middle, and Kahler has the speed to get outside. They will try to eat up the clock and keep the ball out of the Cavaliers' hands. Westminster has lost four of its past five. But the Owls could be 5-4 with a little luck, having lost by two points each to Woodlawn and Frederick.
Francis Scott Key (3-6) at Williamsport (1-8) Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: If Francis Scott Key can defeat Williamsport, it will improve one game on last season's 3-7 record and continue coach Mike Coons goal of developing a winning attitude. A Key victory would give the five Carroll County schools a com
bined total of 13 wins this season, one more than the 12-38 overall marks of the previous two seasons. Key has been strong on defense all season but has struggled on offense. Eagles RB Chris Richardson is an offensive force when he gets some blocking. Key is coming off a 13-7 victory over Brunswick, the same school that Williamsport defeated, 7-6, for its only victory. Williamsport is pass-oriented, according to Key defensive coordinator Bill Hyson, who has done an outstanding coaching job.
Liberty (0-9) at North Carroll (0-9) Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Liberty's Ken Johnson and North Carroll's Bill Rumbaugh find themselves in a position neither coach wanted to be in entering this intra-county season-ending game. Both men came to their schools this year with hope, expectations and newly installed Delaware wing-T offenses. But both are winless, the same position departed coaches John Magee (Liberty) and Randy Clark (North Carroll) were in last year at this time before Liberty turned back North Carroll. The Lions have to be favored again on the strength of strong fourth-quarter finishes that gave them a shot to win at least three games. North Carroll has scored only two touchdowns. Johnson and Rumbaugh have been building for the future.