Weekend football matchups


No. 2 C. Milton Wright (0-0) at

No. 11 City (0-0)

When: Today, 3: 30 p.m.

Outlook: The Mustangs of Harford County, who have 17 starters returning from last year's 3A state semifinalists, get a rematch against City, which returns 12 starters. Then-No. 3 City was hammered, 30-14, a year ago, beginning its worst campaign -- a 4-6 season -- in the last 10 years. The Knights, a 2A program, would love to return the favor. They have four-year starting RB Taber Small (2,000 career rushing yards, 20 TDs), and three-year veteran QB Michael Johnson. Offensive linemen Chris Perkins (6 feet 2, 280 pounds), Carl Hebron (6-2, 290) and Quantay Johnson (6-2, 225) are all three-year starters for City. The Mustangs (10-2 last year) have a formidable corps of two-way linemen, led by All-Metro Jake Kramer (6-3, 230), second-team All-Metro Scott Rudolph (6-4, 230), Brian Rodriguez (6-5, 258) and Nick Joines (6-3, 200). Joines had five sacks last year. Also back for the Mustangs are WR-DB Pete Fountain (27 catches, 444 yards, five TDs), QB Todd Shilow (946 passing yards, 12 TDs), RB Jason Stiles (419 rushing yards, seven TDs) and three-year starting S Adam Bantner.

No. 4 Dunbar (0-0) vs.

Randallstown (0-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Site: Catonsville CC.

Outlook: Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell's previous three seasons have started with difficult victories over Randallstown, and ended with playoff appearances -- the last two capped by state titles. This is his first year, however, without an experienced corps of two-way linemen, and minus two-time All-Metro defensive Player of the Year Tommy Polley (now at Florida State). Mitchell will rely on the leadership of All-Metro RB Ali Culpepper (1,831 yards rushing, 21 TDs), All-Metro S Derry Williams (10 INTs) and second-team All-City L Antar Sims-El (three sacks) and RB-LB Jason Boyce (715 yards, four TDs, 10 sacks). DB Dahnell Singfield (six INTs) and RB-LB Jonathan Thomas (370 yards rushing, seven INTs) also add experience. Randallstown (9-2 last year) also has questions to answer, with former Morgan assistant Rudy Hughes being the Rams' fourth )) coach in as many seasons. WR Felix Buchannan could be trouble for the Poets' secondary, but Hughes must first decide which of three seniors and a sophomore will be his premier signal caller. Hughes and Mitchell, a facilities coordinator at Morgan, know each other well.

Poly (0-0) at

No. 5 Patterson (0-0)

When: Today, 3: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Poly coach Augie Waibel (246-57) goes against Roger Wrenn (146-77-2), whose Clippers are 22-0 in the regular season (dating back to a 21-7 loss to City in 1993). Patterson is looking to repeat last year's 20-6 victory over Poly, which went on to have one of its worst years (4-6) in history. Patterson, the two-time city 4A champ, has nine returning starters, including two-way linemen Pat Stafford (281 pounds), George Hill (269), Darrell Baker (294) and Ervin Carter (287). RB-WR Malcolm Liverpool leads an otherwise unproven offensive backfield. For Poly, top receiver Chris Barnes leads the offense, and FS Dujuan Wilson and LB Dimwoh Palmer head up the defense.

Lake Clifton (0-0) at

High Point (0-0)

When: Tonight, 7: 30

Outlook: Lake Clifton coach James Monroe lost the first game of his high school career at High Point last year, and his Lakers -- including 10 returning starters -- want revenge. But that won't come easily against High Point, whose 11 returning starters include QB Daryl Morton (1,451 passing yards, 11 TDs). Lake Clifton has several returning veterans, including two-time second-team All-Metro WR Terrill Lowery (25 receptions, 670 yards, eight TDs), All-City/County LB Djorrell Dunn (nine sacks, five fumble recoveries), RB Darnell Pearsall (1,278 yards, eight TDs) and DE Brodie Crowder (6-3, 210). Crowder, a senior, is listed among the Mid-Atlantic region's best in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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