Football previews


No. 5 Annapolis (5-0) at No. 14 Severna Park (5-0)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

TV: Jones Cable. To be shown on TV 22 at 7: 30 p.m. Monday and Annapolis TV 15, 8 p.m. Thursday

Outlook: For the first time, the county's oldest rivalry -- this is its 40th year -- occurs in mid-schedule, not the season's last regular game. Severna Park leads the series 19-18-3 (two games in 1987), but this particular game has more meaning than the rivalry. "A lot of playoff points are at stake," said Severna Park's coach J. P. Hines, whose Falcons went down, 47-7, last year. Severna Park is in the hunt for a Class 4A East region berth, Annapolis, a 3A East berth. "They really kicked [us] last year, and we reminded the kids of how bad we played with three interceptions and two lost fumbles," said Hines, whose team gets back MLB David Wagner, who missed three games with an ankle injury. "We have to come to play and not give up so many turnovers against a team that is bigger and has more speed than we do."

Hines is concerned about the Panthers' Rayvon Johnson (766 yards, 11 TDs), who ran for 249 yards and four touchdowns last year. Aaron Copeland (502 yards, four TDs) complements Johnson, but they're not the only two, as Arundel saw in a 42-14 loss to Annapolis Saturday. Annapolis coach Roy Brown used eight backs to amass 336 rushing yards. Then there is end Marvin Charles, who has scored on seven of his 10 receptions for 291 yards (29.1 average).

Brown, who is well aware this is a much better Severna Park team, said that the game "should come down to turnovers."

Derek Dixon is the Falcons' top RB with 519 yards and three TDs. QB Chris Odom has thrown for 550 yards and a county third-best eight TDs with Arthur Friday his long-ball threat with three TDs and 220 yards on eight catches. The Panthers' defense has given up only 61 points, second to Severna Park, and is averaging 42.6.

Broadneck (3-2) at Old Mill (3-2)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: This could be a shootout in Millersville with the edge going to the host Patriots, who are averaging 36.8 points an outing and have won three straight. Old Mill boasts the county's leading receiver in Jason Galloway (school-record 37 catches, 537 yards, eight TDs), second-leading passer, QB Brian Williams (829 yards, 12 TDs) and third-leading rusher, junior Kelvin Collins (737 yards, 12 TDs). The Bruins counter with end Brian Williams (15 catches, 233 yards, two TDs), QB Ryan Eslin (663 yards, one TD) and RB Aaron Foote (478 yards, five TDs). Broadneck, which has won the last three meetings, leads the series, 8-4.

Glen Burnie (0-5) at Northeast (1-4)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: The host Eagles ended their county-record, 25-game losing streak last week with a 47-27 rout of Colonel Richardson (0-5). Is it the Gophers' turn to end their losing skid at 22 in Pasadena?

Chesapeake (2-3) at Arundel (1-4)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: After picking up the pieces from their 42-14 homecoming loss to Annapolis, the host Wildcats will be looking to get well against the Cougars, who have not scored on them since 1996. Arundel has won the last two meetings by 20-0 and 28-0 after a 35-20 victory in 1996. Chesapeake gave up 180 rushing yards in last week's 24-6 loss to North County and now face an even better running team.

North County (5-0) at Southern (0-5)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: The normally high-octane Knights, averaging 31.6 points a game, travel to Harwood for the first time. Knights' junior QB Mike Pfisterer has thrown for county leading totals of 1,359 yards and 14 TDs, running his career totals to 3,284 yards and 31 TD passes. Pfisterer is 326 yards and six TDs away from the school career records of 3,610 and 37 set by Eric Howard in 1991-92.

South River (2-3) at Meade (0-5)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: After an 0-3 start, the visiting Seahawks have won two in a row while the Mustangs remain winless. RB Bruce Lee (536 yards, five TDs) paces the South River rushing attack while Richard Redwood (255 yards, three TDs) is the Mustangs' go-to guy.

Loyola (1-3) vs. St. Mary's (2-2)

Where: Weems-Whelan Field

When: 3 p.m. today

Outlook: After a 49-0 loss to Georgetown Prep last week, the Saints play host to the Dons, who won their third in a row by 38-0 last year to take a 4-2 lead in the series that began in 1993. St. Mary's needs a huge defensive game to stay close.

Archbishop Spalding (3-2) at John Carroll (1-3)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Rookie coach Mike Whittles continues to do an excellent job in his transition from youth coach to high school coach as the Cavs dominated Cardinal Gibbons, 27-13, last week. Darren "Batman" Johnson, who leads the county in rushing with 953 yards and eight TDs, gained 192 and scored twice against Gibbons. Whittles needs another big game from Johnson and his escort, 6-foot-5 and 265-pound OT Joe O'Connor. Spalding has tied the Patriots once but not beaten them since they began playing in 1984.

Cardinal Gibbons (2-2) at Severn (1-3)

When: 3 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: The host Admirals haven't won a game since stunning Mount St. Joseph (4-1) of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference by 28-14 in their opener, but they have beaten the Crusaders four straight. Severn's defense played well in a 29-3 loss to powerful, No. 9-ranked McDonogh (4-1) last week. An encore effort against Gibbons' lesser offense should bring victory.

Pub Date: 10/08/99

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