Football previews


No. 10 Wilde Lake (4-1) at Long Reach (3-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This is the game of the week and Long Reach's homecoming. The Lightning, which has moved to Class 3A this season, joining Wilde Lake and River Hill as the county's only 3A schools, is 0-for-3 against the Wildecats and faces a must-win situation if it is to maintain any playoff hopes. Long Reach hasn't defeated a noteworthy team this season and heads into the tough part of its schedule with Wilde Lake, Howard and Oakland Mills in consecutive weeks. Wilde Lake has beaten only one noteworthy team, River Hill, by one point in overtime. RB Chris Brooks led the Lightning with 99 yards on 15 carries in last week's 34-13 win over Hammond. LB Phil Niles made four sacks, six tackles and recovered a fumble. Robert Francois scored two TDs and made an interception. Wilde Lake racked up 183 yards rushing in a 34-0 win over Atholton last week. The Wildecats defeated Long Reach last season, 28-7.

Mount Hebron (1-4) at No. 8 Oakland Mills (4-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Turnovers, mental mistakes and inability to make big plays hurt Oakland Mills in last week's 20-7 loss at Howard. The Scorpions can blame their youth but can't afford another effort like last week's; the Vikings are capable of an upset. Mount Hebron, which played Howard tough, lack a quick-strike scoring threat and must depend on a capable offensive line to grind out yardage. Oakland Mills' defense is its strength, so the Vikings could struggle offensively. They lost last week to Centennial, 10-7. Oakland Mills defeated Mount Hebron last season, 28-20.

Glenelg (2-3) at Centennial (2-3)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The teams may have identical records but Centennial has played the soft portion of its schedule and struggled offensively, while Glenelg has played some heavyweights and played them tough, losing by one point to Oakland Mills and last week by three points to River Hill. Against the Hawks, Glenelg QB Zack McQuigg completed 13 of 27 passes for 179 yards. Chris Bowen caught six passes for 90 yards, and J. T. Smart caught five for 52 yards. RB Joe Speake rushed eight times for 39 yards and had two receptions for 35 yards and one TD. Nick Willet made 14 tackles, one sack and one interception. Brett Adams made nine tackles and had an interception for a TD. Paul DaSilva made 11 tackles. The Eagles defeated Mount Hebron last week, 10-7, on a 15-yard interception by Michael Torres, a field goal by Kevin Laycock and a late, game-saving interception by Brian O'Connor. Centennial has defeated Glenelg five straight times, 14-7 last fall.

No. 6 Howard (5-0) at Hammond (1-4)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The Lions have defeated three straight heavyweights, Wilde Lake, Glenelg and Oakland Mills, and must guard against a letdown similar to the one it suffered against Mount Hebron earlier this season. The Bears have beaten only Centennial and lost to Long Reach, 34-13, last week, gaining just 80 yards, half of them in the fourth period. Travis Irving leads Howard with 411 yards rushing. Antuan Jones has 350 yards and Gerald Smith 290 yards. Howard defeated Hammond last season, 35-8.

Atholton (1-4) at River Hill (3-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The veteran Hawks should be able to grind out plenty of rushing yardage against the youthful Raiders. Dyemi Jenkins rushed for 112 yards and one TD, and Jason Fawcett for 107 yards and two TDs in a satisfying 24-21 victory over Glenelg last week. River Hill's losses were by one point each to Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake, so the Hawks rank as one of the county's top teams. Atholton has been shut out twice and scored just 19 points in four league games. The Hawks defeated Atholton last season, 31-8

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