Francis Scott Key (1-0) at Walkersville (0-1)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Key came out of the blocks in a big way last Friday, blanking North Carroll, 36-0, in its opener. Tonight, the Eagles open their Monocacy Valley Athletic League slate against a talented Walkersville team that has given them plenty of problems over the years -- most recently a 26-0 win at Key last year. Cortney Woodyard rushed for 152 yards and a score against North Carroll and had a 100-yard effort against Walkersville last year. Scott Norwood caught two touchdowns passes last week and ran for another. Tonight, the Eagles will have to contain an aggressive Walkersville defense that played well in a 14-0 loss last week against Linganore. Walkersville first-year coach Hal Grau has put in a wing-T offense after the Lions played out of the I-formation last season. Running backs Nick Poole, John Grable and Chris Beaton all return to the backfield with new quarterback Mike Malley.
Atholton (1-0) at Liberty (1-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams are coming off impressive opening-season wins. Liberty pounded out 265 yards on the ground in coming away with a 54-6 win at Spalding Saturday. Bill Shaffer did most of the damage, running for 136 yards and four touchdowns. In Atholton's 35-0 win over Northeast-AA on Saturday, quarterback Jason Sandner ran the option for 101 yards on just seven carries and scored from seven and five yards out. He was also completed four of the five passes he threw for 121 yards. A bad ankle kept him out of practice this week and it's still undetermined whether he'll play tonight. Sean Williams is the backup. After Spalding went 38 yards to score on its opening drive last week, the Liberty defense shut it down, yielding just 115 yards of total offense. Inside linebacker Jim Sawyer had eight solo tackles and was in on seven others. Atholton got past Liberty 32-28 in last year's meeting. The Lions defense will have to shut down running backs Lavar Macon and Ricky Trott, who both scored touchdowns last week and combined to rush for 110 yards. After turning the ball over on its opening drive last week, the Liberty offense scored touchdowns on six of its other seven
Severna Park (0-1) at Westminster (1-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: Westminster coach Tim Ebersole saw a lot of good things from his young Owls in their 11-6 win against Woodlawn last week. The defense played a solid 48 minutes, the offense made the necessary adjustments at the half and the special teams make some special plays. "The kids really responded well. Being a young football, we need to get better each week," said Ebersole. The Owls will have a bigger challenge this week against Severna Park, which entered the season ranked 11th in The Baltimore Sun Top 15 poll before being knocked off by Northern-Calvert, 30-20, in its opener. Owls halfback Adam McGettigan ran for 84 yards against Woodlawn -- 65 in the second half -- and keyed the Owls' first scoring drive after intercepting a pass early in the third quarter.
South Carroll (1-0) at Centennial (0-1)
Time: 1 p.m.
Outlook: South Carroll running back Mike Chenoweth put on an impressive show in the second half of the Cavaliers' 27-12 win over Wilde Lake last week. Chenoweth shook off a bad cold and rushed for 148 yards on 14 carries -- 141 in the second half. Centennial took a 14-12 lead into the fourth quarter against Westlake before falling, 26-14, in its opener. Quarterback John Webster made the most of his five completions, averaging more than 25 yards a pass. He found Jason Zolak three times for 81 yards and tight end George Mitroka twice for 45 more and a touchdown. Centennial's defense was led by Mitroka. He made 12 tackles. The Eagles also get back running back/defensive back Scott Bross, who missed the opener.
North Carroll (0-1) at Glenelg (0-1)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Outlook: North Carroll Panther suffered a 36-0 loss to Francis Scott Key and Glenelg lost, 19-18, to Joppatowne. This game features two sophomore quarterbacks that debuted at the varsity level last week. North Carroll sophomore John Etzel showed his potential late in the second quarter as he engineered the Panthers' best drive. Trailing 21-0 on their own 30 with 1:15 left before intermission, he got the Panthers down to the Eagles 1-yard line before running out of clock. Glenelg's Beau Pick had an impressive showing in his first start, completing 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns against Joppatowne. Jeremy Lignelli rushed 24 times for 122 yards.