Football previews


Francis Scott Key (2-4) at Walkersville (5-1)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The Eagles ended a two-game losing skid last week with a 22-18 win against winless South Hagerstown. Quarterback Russell Tyler and running back Brendan MacDaniel accounted for two touchdowns. Tyler also ran for another, and MacDaniel converted a two-point try. Key's offense most likely will have to do more if the Eagles are to knock off the heavyweight Lions, who are undefeated in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League. Halfback Chad DeWees, a transfer from Catoctin, recorded three touchdowns on a reception, fumble return and interception return to help Walkersville pound Brunswick, 30-17, last week. The teams have split the last two meetings, with the Eagles winning 22-15 in 1997.

North Carroll (2-4) at South Carroll (1-5)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Both teams enter tonight's matchup eager to end winless streaks. South Carroll has lost three straight since a 26-14 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase Sept. 18. Although quarterback Chris Alexander leads the county with 488 passing yards, the Cavaliers' offense sputtered in last week's 19-10 loss to Liberty last week. The lone bright spot was a defense that recovered three fumbles -- a total of five in the last two games. North Carroll has lost four straight, including a 37-7 rout to Urbana last week. Running back Steve Suter rushed for 138 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown, but the attack needs more support. The Panthers and Cavaliers split their last two meetings.

Westminster (5-1) at Linganore (4-2)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: The game pits two of the best running backs in the Central Maryland Conference. Linganore's Walter Powell is Frederick County's leading rusher and enjoys the luxury of running behind an offensive line that averages 6 feet 3 and 280 pounds. The Owls continue to ride the broad shoulders of Brad Durden, Carroll County's second-leading running back. Durden scored three touchdowns and gained 235 yards on 31 carries in last week's 35-19 thumping of Frederick. The key will be which defense can force the opponent to throw the ball. The Lancers have beaten the Owls two straight.

Liberty (4-2) at Thomas Johnson (3-3)

When: 7: 30 tonight

Outlook: The Lions defeated Thomas Johnson last season for the first time since 1988 and appear to be playing the Patriots at the right time. Thomas Johnson has lost two straight, but don't count out quarterback Robert Staley, who loves to run off his option-oriented offense. Liberty must get another strong defensive effort as it did in last week's 19-10 win against South Carroll. Defensive back Nate Lang snatched three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns, and linebacker Ryan

Hancock (2-4) at Bowling Brook (3-1)

When: 1: 30 tomorrow

Outlook: The key in this game against Hancock, from western Washington County, for Bowling Brook coach Gary Myers will be how his team rebounds from a 20-14 loss to Riverdale Baptist last week. The defeat ended the Thoroughbreds' hopes for a perfect season, but the real disappointment was their 18-penalty, seven-turnover performance. Senior quarterback Rashad Cobb threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns but completed only three of eight passes and was intercepted three times. Bowling Brook must cut down on the penalties, which have killed potential drives.

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