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No. 6 Oakland Mills (4-0) at No. 8 Howard (4-0)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Defending state Class 1A champion Oakland Mills puts its 15-game winning streak on the line against the best Howard team since the 1992 Lions won the school's last county title. It's Howard's homecoming. Both teams feature speed. Howard, with an outstanding trio of runners -- Gerald Smith, Travis Irving and Antuan Jones -- has the better offense on paper, scoring 109 points so far to just 67 points for Oakland Mills' offense.

The Lions have scored 30-plus points in the last two games, beating Glenelg last week 38-14, as Irving rushed 18 times for 129 yards and Jones ran 12 times for 135 yards and two TDs. But Oakland Mills may have a better defense. The Scorpions have allowed just 25 points; Howard has surrendered 49. And Oakland Mills' offense has sorely missed QB J. T. Rembert for most of the last two games after his early ejection during the River Hill game.

Oakland Mills, with three wins by a touchdown or less, two by a point, squeaked by Atholton, 14-6, last week on Thaddeus Dymczenski's 16 carries for 144 yards and two TDs, and freshman Keion Reames' 13 carries for 112 yards.

Howard's Smith, one of the top RB recruits in the country, has been hampered by injuries all season and suffered a hip pointer last week that put him on the sidelines for three quarters. He will play this week. Oakland Mills has won 12 of the last 14 games between the teams, including a 7-6 victory last season.

Long Reach (2-2) at Hammond (1-3)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Hammond tries to recover from last week's devastating 14-13 loss to Mount Hebron. The Bears led 13-0 with six minutes to play and had their best passing day this season as Austin Brandt completed five of 12 for 110 yards. It's Hammond's homecoming and also a homecoming for Long Reach coach Pete Hughes, a former Bears assistant coach. His Lightning lost two close games before rebounding the past two weeks, including a 20-2 victory over Centennial last week, when Chris Brooks ran 25 times for 177 yards, and Justin Havrilla kicked two field goals. Long Reach won last fall, 45-14.

Glenelg (2-2) at River Hill (2-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This western county rivalry will test Glenelg's passing against River Hill's running. The Gladiators suffered a 38-14 loss to Howard last week. Injuries may play a significant role. Three key Glenelg starters, QB Zack McQuigg (ankle, back), LB Raynell Mohammed (ankle) and LB Andrew Garland (hip) are questionable. Back-up QB Chris Montanti has a broken leg. Third-string QB Brent Clevenger, who looked good at the end of last week's game, may start.

For the Hawks, RB Dyemi Jenkins had his best day in last week's 21-20 overtime loss to Wilde Lake, rushing 19 times for 216 yards. Jason Fawcett carried 30 times for 117 yards. River Hill defeated Glenelg last season, 21-6. No. 10 Wilde Lake (3-1) at Atholton (1-3)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: QB Chad Fawcett's 11-for-19 passing for 105 yards and two TDs led Wilde Lake to 21-20 overtime win against River Hill last week. Atholton lost last week to Oakland Mills, 14-6, despite causing five fumbles. Wilde Lake beat Atholton, 35-0, last fall.

Centennial (1-3) at Mount Hebron (1-3)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Vikings stole one from Hammond last week, 14-13, scoring twice in the last six minutes. Tom Tittsworth rushed 24 times for 110 yards and Mount Hebron had 158 total rushing yards. Mike Bloom scored the winning TD on a 52-yard fumble recovery. Hammond defeated Centennial earlier this season, 28-7, a score that give the Vikings high hopes for this week. It's Centennial's homecoming. The Eagles struggled offensively, losing to Long Reach 20-2 last week. Mount Hebron beat Centennial, 28-6, last season.

Pub Date: 10/01/99

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