Walbrook (6-2) at Northwestern (6-2)
When: Today, 2: 30
Outlook: This long-anticipated City West Division title game features the league's two unbeaten (6-0) teams. Walbrook has out-scored its league opponents 204-6, with five shutouts. Northwestern boasts one of the area's rushing leaders, LeRoy Satchell (1,234 yards, 16 touchdowns). Both teams have six-game winning streaks. Northwestern QB Donald Brady is a threat to run or pass and has big targets in 6-2, 200-pound brothers Jamada and Saeed Abdul-Samad. Defensive back-wide receiver Taron Reed makes the big play on either side of the ball. Linebacker Terrence Hamlet (four sacks, three interceptions) has led Walbrook in tackles for three seasons, and defensive backs Willie Robinson and Robert Smith have four interceptions each. Walbrook QB Mike Dorsey (1,176, 12 touchdowns) often hooks up with WR Robinson (34, 686, eight touchdowns), and running back Reggie Leak (6-2, 205) has 1,035 yards, nine touchdowns.
C. Milton Wright (6-3) at Bel Air (8-1)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams are 6-1 in Harford County, as is No. 14 Aberdeen. And though neither team can reach the Class 3A state playoffs, a victory here would salvage at least a share of the county title. Phil Hunter (1,199, 11 touchdowns) leads the Bobcats, whose only loss was by 21-0 to Aberdeen.
No. 1 Loyola (6-1) at No. 12 Mount St. Joseph (6-3)
When: Tomorrow, 1: 30.
Outlook: Both Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference teams come off sound wins, Loyola (2-0 league) by 25-0 over Georgetown Prep, and St. Joe (1-2 league), by 14-12 over Bishop McNamara. While the Dons shut down a highly-touted program in the Little Hoyas, Gaels WR Shaz Brown was impressive in catching one of his two touchdowns against McNamara's WR-DB James Johnson. A Virginia-bound prospect, Johnson led Prince George's County in interceptions (five) and receptions (36 for 539 yards and five touchdowns).
City (6-3) vs. No. 8 Poly (7-2)
When: Tomorrow, 1, Memorial Stadium
Outlook: Poly leads this series, 53-49-6, and its players will be going all out in this the final season for long-time coach Augie Waibel. Coach George Petrides' Knights won last year, 26-20, as Warren Smith's 28-yard scoring reception with three seconds to play completed a 20-point run. James Gee's ninth interception of the year set up City's game-winning drive at its own 43 with 1: 26 to play as the Knights avoided a fourth straight loss in the series. Gee and Smith are back, but unlike last year, City doesn't have a shot at the Class 3A playoffs. It can salvage some pride by handing Waibel his last regular-season loss. Poly has earned the Class 2A East region crown but could fall from second to third seed in the playoffs with a loss in this 109th annual game.
No. 7 Gilman (5-3) at No. 13 McDonogh (5-1)
When: Tomorrow, 1
Outlook: Some say Gilman is over-rated. Others think the same of McDonogh. Still others say both are under-rated. This game should tell the tale. The Greyhounds are itching to get back in the win column after last weekend's loss at St. Mary's, and the Eagles, winners of this year's MIAA B Conference crown, are equally primed to prove they can handle one of the MIAA A Conference's best teams. Gilman has beaten City, Poly, Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joseph -- all among The Sun's top five at one point.
St. Mary's (5-4) at No. 3 Calvert Hall (7-1)
When: Tomorrow, 1
Outlook: St. Mary's (1-2 league) plummetted from its preseason No. 1 ranking into virtual oblivion before last week's 31-14 win over Gilman. The Cardinals (1-1 league) want to stay in the chase for a MIAA A Conference crown with Loyola, their Thanksgiving opponent at Memorial Stadium.
Pub Date: 11/07/97