Forest Park (1-0) at No. 7 City (0-1)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Two years ago, Forest Park lost to then No. 1 City, 16-15, and coach Obie Barnes (87-83-4) thinks this team may be better than that 2A Baltimore City champion Foresters squad that went 7-3. While City had eight turnovers in last week's 30-12 loss to C. Milton Wright, the Foresters (4-6 last year) routed Mervo, 32-8, behind the passing (7-for-10, 114 yards, one TD) and running (two rushing TDs) of QB Adrian Griffin, and 6-foot-1, 200-pound RB Aaron Thompson (92 yards, one TD). The Foresters need LB Donaz Williams and NG Dominic Boyd to contain City running backs Damian Beane and Taber Small. Beane had 116 yards and two TDs in last year's 20-0 shutout of
Howard (1-0) at Edmondson (1-0)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Outlook: Edmondson went 7-3 last year, narrowly missing the
4A playoffs in coach Pete Pompey's return to the school after eight years at Dunbar. In the Redskins' 44-0 rout of Northwestern last week, RB Corey Brown (150 yards, four TDs) and QB Donald Gibson (6-for-9, 75 yards, one TD) impressed. CB Samuel Scott, LB Charles Wilson and LB-S David Merritte anchor the defense. Howard, which was ranked as high as No. 5 last season, is rebuilding. But first-year coach Joe Thomas assisted over the past two seasons when the Lions went 17-5 as Howard County champs and runners-up, respectively. All-County OL-DL Frank Tortella leads a line that includes Carroll Burley (265 pounds) and Brian Neal (271). RB Owen Brown had 122 yards and a TD in last week's 22-6 win over Southwestern.
No. 2 Dunbar (1-0) at Douglass-P.G. (1-0)
Time: 1 p.m.
Outlook: Baltimore City's first football state champ takes the area's longest winning streak (13 games) to Prince George's County's Douglass, which was 27-3 over three regular seasons before going 3-7 last year. Douglass, ranked No. 8 in The
Prince Georges' Journal, won its opener, 12-0, over Southern-AA led by Kenji Darby (63 yards, one TD) and Terry Daye (76 yards). Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell was unimpressed with the Poets' 24-6 win over Randallstown. He said QB Anthony Wiggins (1,571 passing yards, 10 TDs last year) misfired, and RB Ali Culpepper (1,507 all-purpose yards, 10 TDs) didn't run wisely. Douglass' defense of LB Daye, DE Frank Black-Glover and S Ernest Payton held Southern to 39 rushing yards, and Dunbar's, led by All-Metro defensive Player of the Year Tommy Polley (two sacks), DL Dwyane Green (one sack) and DL Deon Johnson (one sack), held Randallstown to 110 total yards.
Gonzaga (2-0) at No. 10 Loyola (0-0)
Time: 2 p.m.
Outlook: Gonzaga (19-4 over the past two seasons) handed Loyola last year's season-opening loss, and the Dons, under coach Joe Brune, will need to stop QB Will Mack and RB LeMond Maddox to avoid a similar fate. In last week's 14-0 win over Fordham, Mack went 8-for-12 for 127 yards and a TD, and Maddox rushed for 87 yards and a TD. Loyola's two-way players, LB-TE Ryan Burch, FB-LB Shannon Young, TE-DE Todd Pivec and OG-LB Rory Maher, are the keys to a winning start.