Boonsboro at Liberty
When: 7 tonight
Outlook: A year ago, Liberty appeared on the verge of taking a 7-7 tie against the Warriors into overtime, but Boonsboro capitalized on a fumble recovery inside the Lions' 5-yard line and scored with less than two minutes left to win, 13-7. Liberty coach Ken Johnson should find out tonight who will replace former RB Calvin Stacey, who scored the Lions' lone touchdown against Boonsboro on an 88-yard dash. A revamped offensive line will protect junior QB Jim Miller.
North Carroll at Francis Scott Key
When: 7 tonight
Outlook: The defending county-champion Panthers routed Key, 42-20, in last fall's season-opener, but the Eagles' offense will offer a new wrinkle -- the wing-T, which employs tailbacks without a fullback. There's also a change at QB. Junior Russell Tyler, last year's starter, moves to running back and junior Ryan Bordner moves into the play-calling slot. For the Panthers, senior RB Steve Suter, a second-team All-Metro pick last year with a school-record 1,534 yards and 20 touchdowns, leads the offense, and senior DL Dave McNamara, an All-County choice, anchors the defensive corps.
South Carroll at Glenelg
When: 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow
Outlook: South Carroll will look to defeat the Gladiators for the fourth straight year. Last season, the Cavaliers beat the Howard County team, 47-28. With the graduation of fullback Jason Tourangeau (more than 1,400 yards in two seasons) and a rookie QB, senior Chris Alexander, South Carroll's hopes of repeating last year's 4-0 start are slim. Glenelg is led by senior QB Zack McQuigg, an All-County pick who needs 2,050 passing yards to break the state career passing record and 677 yards for the county record. The Gladiators will employ three- and four-receiver sets often to spread the defense.
Laurel at Westminster
When: 7 p.m. tomorrow
Outlook: Westminster opens with high hopes after finishing 6-4 last year, their first winning season since 1990. Westminster returns a plethora of players, including senior QB Scott Carnegie, junior RB Brad Durden, and junior RB Jamal Smalls, an All-County wide receiver last year.