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Boonsboro (3-1) at Francis Scott Key (2-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Key coach Mike Coons said it's like "going from the frying pan to the fire." The Eagles got the big win they were looking for last Friday against Catoctin, but had little time to celebrate with Boonsboro going to Uniontown tonight. The Warriors, who graduated 19 seniors from last year's team that reached the Class 1A state finals, are coming off a 35-0 win over a Brunswick team that went into the game unbeaten and unscored upon. Key got a fine effort last Friday from quarterback J.T. Chiaruttini, who threw for 163 yards and four touchdowns. He'll need to come up with a similar effort tonight, particularly if the Boonsboro defense puts eight players on the line like it did against Brunswick. If they decide to drop some players off the line, the Eagles will need a big night from running back Cortney Woodyard.

North Carroll (1-3) at South Carroll (1-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: North Carroll showed last Friday it no longer can be taken lightly, coming from behind to defeat Westminster, 20-6, to give third-year coach Bill Rumbaugh his first-ever county win. The Panthers were building up to last week's win with improved play each week and now will turn their attention to a bigger challenge at South Carroll. "It was a great win, but just like a loss we have to put it behind us and think about South Carroll," Rumbaugh said. "The kids have to maintain focused on what we have to do and not what we did." South Carroll coach Gene Brown said his Cavaliers simply ran into a better team last Friday in their 33-13 loss at Liberty. His primary concern is improving the Cavs' run defense, which tonight translates into shutting down Bryan Hall, who ran for 158 yards with two TDs on 18 carries in North Carroll's win last week. "We're just giving up too much yardage on the ground," Brown said. "He's a hard runner who's not real fast or big, but can carry people with him." The Cavaliers counter with Mike Chenoweth, who ran for more than 100 yards last week against Liberty.

No. 13 Liberty (4-0) at Linganore (4-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty passed a big test last week with its 33-13 win over South Carroll, but tonight's task is more like a final exam. The Lions' overall team speed and quickness have overwhelmed their previous four opponents. Linganore has a lot of the same qualities. "Everyone on their whole defense can run well and they're very quick off the ball," said Liberty coach Ken Johnson. Both teams have potent running games that can score in a hurry and neither shy away from throwing the ball. Liberty quarterback Ryan Pagels and Linganore's Justin Brown are both excellent field generals. Liberty has the county's top rusher and scorer in Bill Shaffer (774 yard, 11 TDs). Linganore counters with tailback Jerit Seidor, who ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the Lancers' 36-20 win over Frederick last Friday. "They run out of the 'I' and like to test the middle and run between the tackles," Johnson said. "Then they'll go with a quick pitch and bounce outside." Special teams will play a big role and both teams have good ones.

Thomas Johnson (3-1) at Westminster (1-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Now may not be the time for a young Westminster team to run into a powerhouse the caliber of Thomas Johnson. The Owls dropped their third straight last week at North Carroll and continue to have problems on both sides of the ball. A bright spot for the Owls came on the opening kickoff when Brooks Wagner went 70 yards on a reverse for a score. The Owls' zTC defense kept the Panthers off the scoreboard until the second half when they ran into running back Bryan Hall. Tonight, the Owls will try to shut down a Thomas Johnson offense that piled up 319 yards of total offense in a 46-0 win over Jefferson last week. Quarterback Randall Jones carried the ball five times for 58 yards with two scores and added 93 more in the air. The Patriots' defense caused five turnovers last week and got to the Jefferson quarterback five times.

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