Football matchups


Francis Scott Key (1-2) at Catoctin (0-3)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: The Eagles got the confidence-building win they were looking for with their 21-13 stunner over previously unbeaten Smithsburg last Friday. Now, the Eagles find themselves with an opportunity to get back to .500 against a Catoctin team that suffered a 39-6 loss to the same Smithsburg team two weeks ago. Key came from behind twice against Smithsburg and had to do a lot of it without starting quarterback Brad Stonesifer. He left the game with a knee injury midway through and the Eagles down, 13-6. Running back Jason Zinkand picked up the load with 130 yards rushing and the go-ahead score, and junior backup quarterback Tony Mallardi tossed a 7-yard pass to tight end Kevin DeCarlo for another score.

North Carroll (3-0) at Westminster (2-1)

When: Tonight, 7:30

Outlook: Who would have guessed going into the county portion of the schedule, the North Carroll Panthers would be the team undefeated team? They've been rather convincing. The Panthers played a mistake-free game at Lansdowne last Friday to come away easy winners -- 48-6. On Saturday, the Owls got off to another slow start against a strong Douglass (Prince George's County) team and didn't recover, losing 50-6. A better start will be vital against the Panthers, who will look to continue to do what has been working so far -- big plays on both sides of the ball, along with special teams and continued flawless play.

Liberty (1-2) at South Carroll (1-2)

When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: A couple of the state's better 1-2 teams go at it in Winfield. The Cavaliers will try to keep the Lions' wing-T offense off the field, and to do it, will have to get a big game from their running game led by senior RB Daren Snyder. Snyder has averaged more than 100 yards a game this season and has helped open things up for the Cavaliers' passing game. In last Saturday's 28-19 loss to Rockville, junior QB Lee Windsor found senior WR Shaun O'Neill six times for 140 yards and two touchdowns, which gives the Lions' defense something else to be concerned with. The Lions' offense has a number of weapons, starting with senior runing backs Josh Denning and Justin Barnowski. South Carroll coach Gene Brown also is concerned with Liberty senior TE Luke Vriezen, who also is an outstanding punter and kicker.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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