Football previews


No. 13 Mount St. Joseph (4-1) at No. 1 Gilman (5-0)

When: 4 p.m. today

Outlook: Since a season-opening 28-14 upset loss at home to Severn of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, Mount St. Joseph has averaged more points (166, 41.5 average) than its past four opponents have combined to score (41, 10.5 average). Led by WR Rob Abiamiri, who caught two touchdowns in last week's rout of Calvert Hall, DB Chad Allen and sophomore RB Isaac Kufour, the Gaels open this MIAA A Conference contest against an equally high-powered Gilman squad, which has out-scored opponents, 210-17 ( 42-to-3.4 on average). The offense of Gilman, ranked No. 4 in the state by Associated Press, is led by All-Metro QB Ryan Boyle and FB Mike Faust, and is complimented by TE-LB Richard Tuohey and RB-WR Nick Nocar, along with underclassmen Napoleon Sykes and Malcom Ruff. "They're [Gilman] obviously very good," said Gaels' coach Mike Working, who can get career win No. 50 with a victory. "I feel confident in my team's ability to play under pressure."

Aberdeen (2-3) at Fallston (5-0)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Don't be fooled by the Eagles' losing record. Some began to count out Aberdeen's Eagles after an 0-3 start that included losses to last year's Class 3A state runner-up Eastern Tech and 2A state champ Urbana. Then coach Kevin Reilly's Eagles whipped then-No. 12 C. Milton Wright, 27-21, and everything changed. Led by RB Chuck Faison, RB Tristan Stanley and others, Reilly has the most depth he's had at the skill positions in years. Now, the line appears to be maturing to give his Eagles (2-0 league) a chance to win their third straight, to be poised to take the Harford County league crown from Wright, and to have a shot at their fourth playoff berth in five seasons. Fallston, however, also is 2-0 in league play after a one-point win over Bel Air last week. Coach Dave Cesky boasts of having the most experience and depth he's had in 10 seasons.

North Harford (4-1) at C. Milton Wright (4-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Another Harford County league battle, with both teams 1-1 against county competition. The visiting Hawks are having their best season in more than a decade. They rebounded from a 20-7 loss to Edgewood by ripping Joppatowne, 34-6. But the Mustangs, led by wide receivers Derrick Autry and Justin Rice, are growing desperate, even with their record. Wright was a Class 3A state semifinalist last season but moved to 4A this season. Coach Steve Harward, in quest of career win No. 119 against 32 defeats in 13 seasons, can't afford another loss if his Mustangs are to reach the playoffs again.

No. 12 Dundalk (4-1) at No. 2 Randallstown (4-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This Baltimore County 3A-4A League battle will likely eliminate the loser from 3A playoff contention. Dundalk is led by RB Esker Mance, who scored three times in a come-from-behind victory over last year's 3A state runner-up Eastern Tech. Randallstown, ranked No. 9 in the state by the Associated Press, came from behind last week to edge Eastern Tech, largely because of DBs Mike Goode and Charlie Smith. Goode recovered two fumbles that led to scores, and Smith's second interception ended a late Mavericks drive. Dundalk is 3-1 in league play, Randallstown, 3-0. Randallstown will be without coach Anthony Knox, out for a game after being ejected against Eastern Tech.

No. 11 Edmondson (5-0) at Calvert Hall (1-4)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Edmondson burst into the Associated Press state rankings at No. 20 this week. Coach Pete Pompey's team takes an 11-game winning streak against a Calvert Hall team with a record that does not tell the story of the team's talent. The host Cardinals battled valiantly in their new, $5 million stadium in their overtime loss two weeks ago to No. 14 Severna Park. OL-DL Lou Lombardo, bound for the University of Maryland, and OL-DL Mike Wineke will be critical to Calvert Hall's success, as will the line play of second-team All-Metro OL-DL Jason Murphy of Edmondson. The defending City West Division champion Redskins need to do a better job of protecting QB Eddie Colbert, who was sacked three times in last week's 6-0 win over Walbrook.

Western Tech (4-1) at Overlea (4-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Both Baltimore County 1A-2A League teams have 3-1 conference records. Coach Terry Ward's Falcons had allowed only 24 points entering last week's 63-30 loss to Catonsville. Western Tech also had a difficult time slowing Catonsville in Week 2, losing, 42-22. Overlea, which had major problems with Catonsville WR B.J. Page, should have even more trouble with Division I prospect Joe Cromwell of Western.

Woodlawn (3-2) at Parkville (4-1)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This Baltimore County 3A-4A League contest is the first of several big games for Parkville (3-1 league), which has Eastern Tech, Randallstown and Dundalk remaining on its schedule. Woodlawn (3-1 league) has won three straight since losses to No. 5 Howard and to No. 15 Eastern Tech.

Pub Date: 10/08/99

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