Football previews


Archbishop Spalding (1-2) at Boys' Latin (1-1)

When: 3: 30 today

Outlook: The Cavaliers' roller-coaster season continues in Baltimore for an MIAA B Conference game against the Lakers, whom they knocked off a second straight time last season by 28-21 in overtime. Spalding is coming off a 25-0 loss to No. 9 McDonogh (3-0) one week after the Cavaliers' 32-30 upset of the A Conference's Calvert Hall.

Meade (0-3) at No. 5 Annapolis (3-0)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: After routing South River, 46-7, Monday night, the Panthers may be ripe for a letdown. While the Mustangs appear bewildered under first-year coach Kenny Gray, their athleticism and speed cannot be taken for granted. Annapolis rolled, 35-0, over Meade last season, leaving coach Roy Brown 8-2 lifetime against four different Meade coaches. Meade won under Jerry Hartman in 1995 and '96. Gray is the fifth Meade coach since 1989 and keeps talking about "the gold mine of talent" at his alma mater. Unfortunately, the Mustangs have yet to strike gold. They are faced with the challenge of stopping running back Rayvon Johnson, who gained 169 yards and scored four TDs while playing just a half against South River.

Arundel (1-2) at Old Mill (1-2)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: This is a big game for both teams in terms of a winning season. With two losses already, a Class 4A East playoff berth is unlikely, but a winning season is not for the Wildcats and Patriots, who were each 5-5 last fall. Arundel took last year's meeting by 28-20 and the Wildcats are 6-3 against the Patriots during the '90s, with Old Mill last winning in '97 (28-6). The Wildcats come into Millersville with a strong rushing attack that rolled up 271 yards on the ground in a 36-24 loss to North County last week. Old Mill counters with left-handed QB Brian Williams, who is tied with North County's Mike Pfisterer for the county lead in TD passes (nine). His favorite target, Jason Galloway, leads the county in pass receptions (25) and touchdown receptions (5).

Glen Burnie (0-3) at Chesapeake (1-2)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: The Gophers have to be thinking that this is the week they give second- year coach Brad Wilson his first win by ending the school's 20-game losing streak in Lake Shore. Glen Burnie was routed, 42-7, last week by Old Mill, and Chesapeake's single-wing offense came up empty in a 13-0 loss to Broadneck. Chesapeake edged the Gophers, 14-13, last season.

S. River (0-3) at Northeast (0-3)

When: 7: 15 tonight

TV: Jones Cable, tape delay to be shown on TV 22 on Monday and Annapolis TV 15 on Thursday, both at 8 p.m.

Outlook: Northeast is anxious to end its county record 24-game losing streak, including Tuesday's eighth consecutive loss to Fallston (3-0) since 1992, 20-0. The Hawks visit Pasadena after a 46-7 rout by No. 5 Annapolis Monday.

St. Mary's (1-1) at Pallotti (0-2)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The Saints hope to bounce back from last week's lackluster 12-0 loss to Episcopal (1-0) of Alexandria, Va., against the only team they beat (by 13-0) last season. Pallotti has been outscored, 78-22. LBs Matt White and Matt Pessagno are playing well for the Saints.

No. 15 Severna Park (3-0) at Calvert Hall (1-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Call this the "Game of the Week" since the Falcons have an opportunity to gain some respect for Anne Arundel County. No. 5 Annapolis (3-0) and the Falcons are the county's only ranked teams and a win over a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference team would be big. It's Severna Park's first 3-0 start since 1993. The Cardinals and first-year coach Jay Robinson were stunned, 32-30, in their opener by Archbishop Spalding before knocking off John Carroll. "They will be the biggest team we play and we can't be overwhelmed by all the luxuries [new stadium atmosphere] they have there, " said Falcons coach J. P. Hines. The Falcons appear to have the edge in quickness and athleticism to overcome the Cardinals' 250 pounds per man in the trenches, but will have to go without The Sun's 1998 Anne Arundel County Defensive Player of the Year, MLB David Wagner. Wagner sprained ligaments in his left ankle during a 24-6 win over Broadneck in the second game and is not expected back for two weeks. Junior Todd Soroka has stepped in and made 31 tackles the last two weeks, including 16 in last week's 31-20 victory at Meade. Foes have not been not been able to run against the Falcons, who have outscored their opponents, 95-32. RB Derek Dixon has rushed for 355 yards and three touchdowns and is a hard runner with speed like Spalding's Darren Johnson, who ran for a school record 333 yards and four TDs against Calvert Hall.

N. County (3-0) at Broadneck (2-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The no-huddle, pass-crazy Knights invade Cape St. Claire hoping to spoil the Bruins' homecoming. It's the ninth meeting between the teams, with Broadneck winning the last two after losing the first six. Junior QB Mike Pfisterer has thrown for 997 yards and nine TDs, averaging 31 passes a game. It could be "bombs away" for the Knights against a Bruins secondary that appeared vulnerable in a 24-6 loss at Severna Park.

Severn (1-1) at John Carroll (0-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Question is, can the Admirals bounce back on the road from Monday's 41-14 loss at the hands of Loyola? Severn needs to establish a running game to set up the passing combination of Tom Cleaver to Ron Staines.

Southern (0-3) at Gwynn Park (1-2)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Southern hit bottom after last week's 44-0 loss at Patuxent (3-0) and has been outscored, 111-26, in three games.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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