Football preview



North Hagerstown (1-5) at Francis Scott Key (3-3)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook:North Hagerstown (1-5) is coming off its first win -- a 20-13 victory against Catoctin -- and lost to Smithsburg by only one point earlier in the year. "They've done some things we haven't as far as getting closer to Smithsburg," said Key coach Mike Coons, whose Eagles dropped a six-point loss to Smithsburg earlier in the year. Key is coming off a 21-13 loss to Monocacy Valley Athletic League front-runner Middletown last Friday. The Eagles were a two-point conversion away from a late fourth-quarter lead, but were unable to connect before Middletown got a 53-yard touchdown run from Jon Tobery in the closing minutes to pull away. Key running back Cortney Woodyard went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth time and now has 631 rushing yards.

Victor Cullen (1-4) at No. 13 Liberty (5-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Liberty got back on track in a big way last Friday, following its first loss two weeks ago to Linganore with a 43-22 win against Frederick. Senior Bill Shaffer went over the 1,000-yard mark for the year with 210 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions, who totaled 360 rushing yards. Tight end Luke Vriezen caught two passes from quarterback Ryan Pagels for 70 yards. The Lions defense is led by linebackers Jimmy Sawyer and Scott Taylor. After tonight's out-of-conference game, the Lions will close out the season with three straight Central Maryland Conference games with the big one coming two weeks from now against Thomas Johnson.

North Carroll (1-5) at Linganore (6-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The second portion of the North Carroll schedule isn't a friendly one with Thomas Johnson last week and Linganore tonight. Last Friday, the Panthers had problems containing TJ quarterback Randell Jones, who provided 182 yards of total offense and intercepted two passes on defense -- one for a touchdown -- in a 35-0 Patriots win. Tonight, their attention will be directed toward shutting down Linganore quarterback Justin Brown and an offense that piled up 350-plus yards against South Carroll last week. The Panthers' offense has been led by senior running backs Bryan Hall (497 yards on 90 carries) and Mike Green (317 yards, 80 carries). Hall will be out of the lineup with an injury. Quarterback John Etzel's favorite target has been senior receiver Jason Gelb, who has caught 19 passes for 353 yards -- an 18.6-yard average.

Westminster (1-5) at Frederick (1-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Turnovers continue to plague a young Westminster team. Last Friday, the Owls surrendered two fumbles and an interception in the first quarter against Bladensburg, resulting in three touchdowns. The Owls were blanked for a second straight week with Bladensburg coming away with a 29-0 win. Running back Adam McGettigan had over 100 yards of total offense for the Owls, including four catches for 70 yards. All of Bladensburg's points came in the first half. It forced Westminster quarterback Billy Mays to throw the ball 32 times, completing 10 for 130 yards. Frederick has had its share of problems. Last Friday, the Cadets gave up 360 rushing yards against Liberty in a 43-22 loss. Running back Alton McCallum rushed for 90 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Thomas Johnson (5-1) at South Carroll (2-4)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: South Carroll had problems staying with a talented Linganore offense last week and could find the same tonight against Thomas Johnson. The Cavaliers will need to keep the ball out of the hands of TJ quarterback Randell Jones, who had a big night last week passing the ball and running against North Carroll. South Carroll quarterback Lee Windsor continues to come along, completing eight passes for 90 yards last week and scoring on a 1-yard plunge. Senior running back Mike Chenoweth will have to grind it out against a solid Thomas Johnson defense. The Patriots have won five straight after an opening-season loss to Middletown.

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