Football games to watch


Francis Scott Key (0-1) at Middletown (1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: There were a few bright spots in the Eagles' 40-13 loss to North Carroll last week. RB Brad Stonesifer scampered for a 50-yard touchdown, and WR Sam Becker caught two passes, one for a touchdown. Coach Mike Coons conceded that his squad still was adjusting to the wing-T offense. The Knights edged Thomas Johnson, 7-0, last week. One of the strongest teams in the western region, Middletown uses an I-formation and plays "smash-mouth football," Coons said. The Knights haven't lost to Key since 1977.

South River (0-1) at North Carroll (1-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: This is the first meeting between the Seahawks from Anne Arundel County and the Panthers. South River, which lost its season opener, 40-19, to North County, uses a ball-control offense that relies heavily on senior RBs Jeff Donohue and Bruce Lee. They combined for nearly 700 yards and seven rushing TDs last season. Keeping North Carroll's offense off the field would be the optimal formula to prevent senior RB Steve Suter from repeating his 307-yard, five-touchdown performance in last week's 40-13 rout of Francis Scott Key. Panthers coach Bill Rumbaugh said he will look for his squad to make amends for incurring seven penalties.

Northeast (0-1) at Liberty (1-0)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Any questions Lions coach Ken Johnson had about finding someone to replace former star RB Calvin Stacey were answered in last week's 27-6 win over Boonsboro. The trio of Ryan Sargent, Mike Campbell, and Joe Pugliese ran for a combined 170 yards, and QB Jim Miller threw two touchdown passes. The Eagles, under new coach John Runk, just missed ending their 22-game losing streak last week, falling to Atholton, 14-12, after scoring twice in the final period.

No. 14 C. Milton Wright (1-0) at South Carroll (0-1)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Harford County co-champions visit with a strong offensive line that helped power the Mustangs to the state semifinals last year. Senior WRs Derrick Autry and Justin Rice are two key weapons for Wright, which defeated Perry Hall, 22-14, last week. The Cavaliers, who graduated 27 of last year's players, lost their season opener to Glenelg, 26-14. Senior WR Joe Richardson caughta 29-yard TD pass, and senior RB Danny Stansbury added another touchdown.

No. 10 Loyola (1-0) at No. 15 Westminster (1-0)

When: 7 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Defense was the key to the Owls' 32-8 win against Laurel last week. Led by DT Stephen Howard and LB Allen Cook, the Owls held Laurel to just 124 total yards on offense -- 80 of which came in the fourth quarter with the starters on the bench. Westminster will have to do more of the same if it expects to upset the high-powered Dons, who defeated St. Paul's, 47-21, last week. Loyola, winner of three of the last four Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles, scored 26 points in the game's final 9: 20, and the defense intercepted four passes.

Pub Date: 9/09/99

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