Football previews


Overlea (4-2) at Pikesville (5-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Overlea (3-2 league) allowed only 24 points in its season-opening, four-game winning streak. But in two straight losses, the Falcons have allowed 89 points. Pikesville (4-1 league), which has won four straight games, has a shot at reaching the Class 1A playoffs. Led by WR Clement Sorgho and QB Steve Watson, who threw three TD passes in last week's 34-6 rout of Sparrows Point, the Panthers probably need to win two of their final four games, including the last two against No. 4 Hereford and Western Tech.

No. 7 Patterson (6-0) vs. Dunbar (5-1)

When: 7 tonight, at Utz Twardowicz Field

Outlook: City West Division champ Patterson (3-0 league) puts its 16-game regular-season winning streak on the line; Dunbar (3-0 league) has won three straight. Clippers RBs Rashidi Scott (11 TDs) and Tony Smithson come off a rout of City during which Patterson rushed for 519 yards, including Smithson's 232 yards and five TDs. Second-team All-Metro OL-DL Matt Belcastro (6 feet 5, 290) and Matt Williams (6-5, 335) keyed that effort. Poets RB-WR-DB Darry Dorsey has 12 TDs, and RB Darnell Baylor is averaging 111 yards a game. Baylor had over 200 yards in a win over City, primarily behind linemen Terence Gibson, Antoine Colvin, James Matthews, Jamal Lloyd, Chris Rogers and Pierre Tucker, who average 6-5, 290 pounds.

Fallston (6-0) at Edgewood (3-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Coach Dave Cesky is two victories shy of a school record for single-season wins and at 3-0 in league play has a distant shot at his first Harford County title. Edgewood (2-1 league) is led by RB Mike Kelly and second-team All-Metro LB-TE Shannan Maynard. Fallston's defense had eight sacks in last week's 17-8 win over Aberdeen, including four from Ben Landers.

Western Tech (5-1) vs. No. 4 Hereford (6-0)

When: 7 tonight, at CCBC-Catonsville

Outlook: Speedy Western Tech (4-1 in Baltimore County 1A-2A) can set a school-record for wins in a season with its sixth. But Hereford is 22-0 on the road and 40-3 over the past 3 1/2 seasons. In last week's 26-6 rout of Overlea, Wolverines QB Tom Smith threw two TDs to WR Mike Goodwin and one to WR Joe Cromwell. Behind All-Metro OL-DL Adam Hendrix, the Bulls (6-0 league) had a school-record 468 rushing yards in last week's 49-0 rout of Owings Mills. All-Metro RB-LB C. J. Feldheim scored his 10th TD, RB-DB Matt Curtis his seventh, RB-LB Ryan Vogel his fifth and QB Sean Wdowiak his seventh passing TD.

No. 3 Milford Mill (6-0) at Woodlawn (4-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: This game features two of the area's best athletes -- Milford's All-Metro QB Richard Johnson, who has thrown for 14 TDs and rushed for four, and Woodlawn's Vince Fuller, who has rushed for 220 yards and passed for 1,008 and nine TDs. Johnson's favorite targets are WRs Brandon Thompson (eight TD catches) and Renard Stancil (five). RB Jason Price contributed two rushing TDs last week against Kenwood. Woodlawn has won four straight since losing to No. 5 Howard, 19-14, and No. 15 Eastern Tech, 19-12, and is coming off a 30-6 rout of Parkville.

Parkville (4-2) at No. 15 Eastern Tech (4-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: RB Jason Hartman scored three times and second-team All-Metros Steve Lawston and Jerome Owens once each as Eastern Tech (3-2 league) rebounded from a heart-breaking loss at No. 2 Randallstown with a 50-0 shutout of winless Dulaney. Parkville (3-2 league) lost to Woodlawn but not before RB Mike Hall scored his 15th TD. Eastern, Class 3A state runner-up last season, hopes to improve its slim chances of reaching the 3A playoffs, as does Parkville, on the 4A level. Parkville also is two victories shy of tying the school-record for all-time wins.

No. 1 Gilman (6-0) at Loyola (3-3)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Gilman (1-0 league) has out-scored opponents, 246-17, including its fourth shutout, 36-0, last week over 13th-ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Mount St. Joseph. LB Hugh Green, LB-RB Mike Faust and others keyed the effort for Gilman, which is the defending MIAA A Conference champ and has a 16-game winning streak. Loyola (1-0 league) had won or shared three straight league titles before being dethroned last year by Gilman. The Dons routed St. Mary's, 28-0, last week.

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