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Key football games



Largo-PG (2-0) at No. 2 Dunbar (2-0)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: State champ Dunbar, winner of its first two games by a combined 52-12 over Randallstown and Douglass-PG, defends the area's longest winning streak (14 games) against 4A state semifinalist Largo. And Dunbar's defense of LB Tommy Polley, LB Ali Culpepper and L Dwayne Green will have to do without L Deon Johnson (knee injury), who will be out for two weeks. Offensively, QB Anthony Wiggins (18-for-25, 446 yards, three TDs), RB Culpepper (290 yards, two TDs), RB Brett Thomas (244, two) and TE Polley (seven receptions, 101 yards, one TD) lead the way for Dunbar. Polley has a blocked punt, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The Lions, coached by Rocco Romeo, overcame a 20-6 deficit last week to beat Northwestern-PG.

Lake Clifton (1-1) at No. 3 Patterson (2-0)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Patterson plays host to its city 4A rival in the Lakers, who come off a 26-0 shutout of Northwestern. Patterson, under Roger Wrenn (138-76-2 career), has outscored the opposition, 55-6, including No. 13 Poly. RB Dwayne Simmons (360 yards, five TDs) leads area rushers, QB Carnest Peele has 117 passing yards for two TDs, and second-team All-Metro LB Rahim Booth (230 pounds) comes off a nine-tackle outing. Three-year starter Terry Otto (262) and Pat Stafford (278) are part of a line averaging 250 pounds. The Lakers, losers of a close game to High Point in their season-opener, may respond by going to the air and second-team All-Metro WR Terril Lowery, who caught three passes for 82 yards and two TDs last week. QBs Joe Able and Mike Randolph combined for 159 passing yards, and RB Darnell Pearsall had 165 yards and a TD.

No. 14 Poly (0-2) at Forest Park (1-1)

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: The 2A state playoff hopes are already on the line for Poly, which is 0-2 for the first time since 1968 according to 38th-year coach Augie Waibel (242-53 career). RBs Willie Hudson and Carlton Dunn have not excelled behind a line averaging 260. The Foresters, who forced five turnovers in last week's 27-24 loss to City, are solid defensively, led by LB Danaz Williams. Against City, RB-DB Aaron Thompson had an interception, and LB Jaleel Oglesby, LB Bryant Jordan and DG Dominic Boyd all recovered fumbles. WR Calvin Thurmond has nine receptions for 141 yards, QB Andrian Griffin (15-for-25, 229 yards, one TD) ranks among the area's top passers, and RB Thompson (204 yards, two TDs) is among the area's top rushers.


No 3 C. Milton Wright (2-0) at No. 11 Loyola (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: C. Milton Wright has outscored its first two opponents, including No. 6 City, by a combined 61-12. The Mustangs are led by All-Metro WR-DB Duane Fisher, a Division I prospect, and three-year veterans TE-LB Ted May, RB-LB Todd Behler and WR-L Jon Judy. Loyola, under coach Joe Brune (172-115-1), lost its season-opener, 9-8, to a Gonzaga team ranked No. 13 by The Washington Post. TE-LB Ryan Burch, FB-LB Shannon Young and TE-DE Todd Pivec anchor a strong defense.

No. 6 City (1-1) at Crossland-PG (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: City rebounded from its season-opening loss to No. 4 C. Milton Wright by edging Forest Park, 27-24. Crossland, ranked No. 5 by The Washington Post, has outscored its first two opponents, including No. 12 North County, the defending 4A state champ, by a combined 61-0. Against North County, DE-TE Julian Peterson (6-4, 225), LB Bobby Gaines (5-11, 195), LB-FB Josh Miller and G-LB Marcus Howard (6-2, 255) combined for numerous tackles, two blocked punts and three interceptions. Against Forest Park, City RB Damian Beane had 150 yards and a TD and a 90-yard kick return for another score. WR-DB Kevin Griffin returned a punt 45 yards and caught the game-winning 23-yard TD.

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