No. 12 Dunbar (6-1) at Lake Clifton (5-2)
When: Today, 3: 30
Outlook: This City East Division clash pits Dunbar (4-0 league) of the state's Class 2A, against Lake Clifton (2-1 league), of the 4A, with a loss possibly ending the playoff hopes of the losing team. The visiting Poets won their fifth straight game and gained valuable points toward the playoffs with last weekend's come-from-behind 36-32 victory over then-No. 7 Patterson, ending the Clippers' winning streak against city opponents at 16. The Lakers have a four-game winning streak, during which they have outscored the opposition, 136-12, including last week's 30-6 rout of traditional-power City. Dunbar's offense of QB Jason Scott, RB-WR Darryl Dorsey and RBs Darnell Baylor and DeAndre Dorsey has averaged nearly 31 points. But it faces Division I LB prospect Clifton Bowers (6 feet 2, 240 pounds) and DL-OL Brandon Haughton (6-8, 295), who lead a Lake Clifton defense that has allowed only 40 points overall.
C. Milton Wright (5-2) at Fallston (7-0)
When: Tonight, 7
Outlook: Fallston coach Dave Cesky goes after career win No. 120, and his Cougars go after the school record for single-season victories (eight). Fallston can clinch at least a share of Cesky's first Harford County crown if it defeats C. Milton Wright and Havre de Grace next week before taking on North Harford (6-1). The defense of the Cougars (4-0 league), led by Ben Landers, Zach Geasey, Nate Leibel and Frank Taddio, has allowed only 54 points (7.7 points per game). Leibel (6-2, 240) and RB Dave Ganano lead the offense against the Mustangs of coach Steve Harward, who is 119-33 over his 13 seasons and reached the state semifinals last year. The Mustangs still have a shot at the Class 4A playoffs, while the Cougars are in the Class 3A postseason if they win the rest of their games.
Towson (5-1) at Catonsville (6-1)
When: Tomorrow, 7
Outlook: The visiting Generals (4-1 Baltimore County 1A-2A league) are coming off last week's 34-7 rout of Lansdowne, during which RB Jared Satterfield rushed for two TDs and a two-point conversion to rebound from their first loss of the season against Pikesville. But Catonsville (5-1), which has a distant shot at reaching the Class 2A state playoffs, brings a four-game winning streak into the game.
No. 2 Randallstown (6-1) at Parkville (4-3)
When: Saturday, 1
Outlook: The visiting Rams (6-0 in Baltimore County 3A-4A), ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press state poll, try to remain in the chase for a 3A state playoff berth, but they take on the state's No. 1 rusher and scorer in Parkville's Mike Hall (1,509 yards, 20 TDs). The Knights (3-3 league) still are smarting from losses to Woodlawn (30-6) and Eastern Tech (47-33).
No. 4 Hereford (7-0) at Overlea (4-3)
When: Saturday, 1
Outlook: The visiting Bulls (7-0 overall and in Baltimore County 1A-2A), ranked No. 15 in the state, try to improve on their 23-0 record on the road (41-3 over the past 3 1/2 seasons) against Overlea, which has lost three straight after a 4-0 start. Hereford has the Baltimore area's highest scoring offense (308 points) and it has allowed only 56 points (or 8.0 per game).
No. 14 Dundalk (5-2) at Woodlawn (4-3)
When: Saturday, 1
Outlook: The visiting Owls (4-2 in Baltimore County 3A-4A) are trying to keep their Class 3A playoff hopes alive. A win over Class 4A Woodlawn could vault Dundalk into the postseason picture. Woodlawn, however, is due for a victory over a top-ranked team, having lost close games to then-No. 8 Eastern Tech (19-12), No. 7 Howard (19-14), and, last weekend, to No. 3 Milford Mill (24-19).
Pub Date: 10/21/99