Football games



Centennial (1-1) at North Carroll (0-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers have a lot of positives to build on from last week's 32-14 loss to Glenelg. There was the opening scoring drive set up by two big throws from junior quarterback John Etzel, the 14-13 halftime lead and, most importantly, growing confidence. The Panthers now must try to put together a solid four quarters after seeing Glenelg take control through the air in the second half and pull away. Tonight, they'll be up against a Centennial team that gained some confidence of its own after a 26-14 win over South Carroll on Saturday. Centennial quarterback John Webster was 4 of 8 for 76 yards against South Carroll, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jason Zolak.

Frederick Douglas (1-1) at Westminster (1-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: First things first, the Owls have to stay away from the turnovers early on tonight. In their 32-14 loss to Severna Park last week, the offense turned the ball over four times in the first quarter to put the Owls in a 25-7 hole. Brooks Wagner returned a kick 85 yards for a score in the first quarter last week. Frederick Douglas from Prince George's County got off to a similar sluggish start in its 28-6 loss to Dunbar on Saturday. Ebersole sees a lot of similarities between Douglas and the Woodlawn team the Owls defeated, 11-6, in the season-opener -- particularly on offense.

Francis Scott Key (1-1) at Smithsburg (2-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles earned a moral victory last Friday, coming back to play a strong second half in a 23-14 loss at Walkersville. After Walkersville ran for two touchdowns and saw a Key punt go through the end zone for a safety to take a 16-0 first-half lead, the game looked reminiscent of the one two years ago when the Lions routed the Eagles. Instead, Key regrouped a made a game of it behind the running of Cortney Woodyard, who had his second straight 100-yard game. "There's no 'R' column for respect -- just W's and L's -- but we earned some on Friday," said Key coach Mike Coons. The Eagles hope to carry their second-half effort into tonight's game against an undefeated Smithsburg team, which won the Class 1A state title last season. The Leopards are led by receiver Elmer Sewell and halfback Chris Dietrich.


15 Liberty (2-0) at Mount Hebron (2-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions moved into The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 poll after last Friday's 41-20 win over Atholton. Mount Hebron is also off to a fast start at 2-0 after its 20-0 win over Patapsco. There should be plenty of offense tomorrow with the Lions' running game virtually unstoppable so far and the Vikings countering with a balanced attack that has averaged 400 total yards. The Lions' defense will have to contend with Mount Hebron quarterback John Smith, who was 5 of 8 for 104 yards in the air and also ran the ball eight times for 89 yards. Running backs Mike Machiran (11 carries for 70 yards last week) and Chris Varlotta (29-yard TD) are the other threats. The Lions have kept defenses guessing with a lethal running attack that features Bill Shaffer, Justin Barnowski and Josh Denning. The three combined for 365 yards and five touchdowns against Atholton.

South Carroll (1-1) at Glenelg (1-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers likely will be without running back Mike Chenoweth, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter of last week's 26-14 loss to Centennial. Coach Gene Brown lists Chenoweth as doubtful, leaving the running chores to Bryce Baker and Charlie Conaway. The Cavaliers also will have to have more success through the air. The offensive line has to give sophomore quarterback Lee Windsor time to throw, something it didn't do last week. The result was three Windsor interceptions and a couple of sacks. The Cavaliers won't see the same kind of defense against Glenelg, which gave up 115 passing yards against North Carroll. Defensively, the Cavaliers will have to contain a balanced Gladiator attack led by quarterback Beau Pich (12 of 21 for 204 yards and three TDs last week) and running back Jeremy Lignelli (163 yards).

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