Football previews


North County (6-1) at Old Mill (5-2)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: This is easily the game of the week because so much is at stake. With a loss, Old Mill can kiss its playoff hopes goodbye. If offense is your fancy, then don't miss this one. Knights QB Mike Pfisterer leads the county in passing with 1,831 yards and 20 TD passes and the Pats' left-hander Brian Williams is second with 1,149 yards and 14 TDs. Old Mill's Jason Galloway (38 catches, 12 TDs) is the county's leading receiver with North County's Nat Randall (25 receptions, seven TDs) next. The Pats are the better running team with Kelvin Collins, who has 1,036 yards and a county-leading and school-record 18 TDs rushing. Jarrod Ross leads North County with 696 yards and five TDs rushing.

Chesapeake (3-4) at No. 15 Severna Park (6-1)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Outlook: With a huge win on the road at North County last week, the Falcons took over the 4A East region lead. Second-year coach J.P. Hines and his Falcons hope to stay there by winning out the rest of the way. After dealing with Old Mill's Collins (90 yards, three TDs) in a 32-7 loss last week, the Cougars face Derek Dixon, who ran for 198 yards and a TD against North County and the Falcons' big-play QB Chris Odom (909 yards, seven TDs).

Glen Burnie (0-7) at No. 5 Annapolis (7-0)

When: 7: 15 tonight

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: Things don't seem to get any better for the Gophers, who lost their 24th consecutive game to Meade last week, 37-0. Within one loss of tying the county record of 25 losses in a row by Northeast, the Gophers visit the county's most prolific offense. The 3A East leading Panthers are scoring 41.3 points a game and are on a pace to break county scoring records.

South River (4-3) at Broadneck (4-3)

When: 7.15 tonight

Outlook: County coaches are saying, "How about those Seahawks?" South River has ripped off four wins in a row after losing its first three, but faces a Bruins team this week that rolled over to 34-17 and 31-6 wins the last two seasons.

Arundel (1-6) at Southern (0-7)

When: 7: 15 tonight

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

Outlook: The last time these two teams met was 1980 when Arundel and County Hall of Fame coach Buddy Hepfer prevailed, 21-0, over the Dawgs' Buck Gardner. The two have retired.

St. Mary's (3-3) vs. No. 10 Mount St. Joseph (5-2)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Anne Arundel Community College

Outlook: The Saints reached .500 with a come-from-behind 25-21 victory at Cardinal Gibbons last week and should have some momentum against the Gaels.

Severn (2-4) at Curley (2-5)

When: 4 today

Outlook: The Admirals are hoping the fate dealt Spalding last week in a visit to the Friars in East Baltimore doesn't await them. Spalding lost, 27-19, while Severn was losing 28-7 to St. Paul's (4-2).

St. Paul's (4-2) at Archbishop Spalding (3-4)

When: 7.30 tonight

Outlook: The host Cavaliers hope to turn the tables on the Crusaders as they reverse roles with Severn in MIAA B Conference play. Despite a pair of TDs by Darren Johnson, the county's leading rusher (1,130 yards, 9 TDs), the Cavs lost at Curley last week and need to get back to .500.

Meade (1-6) at Frederick Douglass (5-2)

When: 1: 30 tomorrow

Outlook: After giving rookie coach Kenny Gray his first win last week -- 37-0 over Glen Burnie -- the Mustangs travel to Prince George's County to face the Eagles, who are in fourth in the 3A East region. Richard Redwood and Kenny Rhames combined for 201 yards and four TDs against Glen Burnie.

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