Football previews


No. 6 McDonogh (7-0) at St. Paul's (5-2)

When: 3: 45 p.m. today

Outlook: The visiting Eagles (6-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference) and the Crusaders (5-0 league) battle for the conference title, as the two-time defending champion Eagles try to extend their league winning streak to 21 games. The contest will serve a showcase for two of the area's best linebackers. The Eagles boast second-team All-Metro T. C. Cosby (6-2, 225), who is bound for Penn State on a full football scholarship, and the Crusaders' second-team All-Metro Jon Berrier (6-1, 240), whom coach Brian Abbott says is Harvard's No. 1 defensive recruit. The highly-recruited Berrier still is undecided about where he'll play next fall.

No. 14 Eastern Tech (6-2) vs. No. 3 Milford Mill (8-0)

When: 7 tonight at CCBC-Essex

Outlook: The Mavericks, 5-2 in Baltimore County 3A-4A and Class 3A state runners-up last season, have won three straight since losing at No. 2 Randallstown. For the Mavericks, who must win to avoid playoff elimination, second-team All-Metro RB-DB Jerome Owens scored five TDs in last week's 47-6 rout of Perry Hall. Milford Mill (7-0 league), a narrow loser of last year's meeting, is currently the No. 4 seed in the 3A playoffs' eight-team field. All-Metro QB Richard Johnson has 37 passing TDs and 23 rushing in two seasons. He targets WRs Brandon Thompson (eight TD catches) and Renard Stancil (five), but the Millers kept the ball on the ground in last week's 28-0 rout of Dulaney as Johnson rushed for one score and RB Darren Hankens, three scores.

Pikesville (7-1) vs. No. 4 Hereford (8-0)

When: 7 tonight at CCBC-Catonsville

Outlook: Hereford (8-0 league) tries to win its 24th straight road game and to improve to 42-3 over the past three and a half seasons. Against Baltimore County 1A-2A league rival Pikesville (7-0 league), Hereford also is trying to keep alive its hopes of reaching at least the playoff semifinals for the fourth straight season. Bulls' QB Sean Wdowiak has passed for 11 TDs with an 80 percent ratio, and P-TE Rob Bateman (6-4, 200) keys the special teams, averaging 42 yards a punt. Pikesville returned 11 starters from a team which, last season, narrowly missed the 1A state playoffs with a 7-3 record. Coach Joe Bosley's Panthers must win at least one of their final two games against the Bulls and, next week, Western Tech, to avoid similar fate this season.

Woodlawn (4-4) at No. 2 Randallstown (7-1)

When: 1 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Randallstown (7-0 league), winner of last year's Baltimore County 1A-2A league crown, has to win its next two games -- against Woodlawn and, next week, vs. No. 3 Milford Mill. If the Rams can do that, they will qualify for their third straight playoff berth, this time in Class 3A. But the Rams must get past a dangerous Woodlawn squad, which has no 4A playoff hopes but which still can play the spoiler role. Led by second-team All-Metro LBs Mykle Bouie and Quan Mitchell, coach Anthony Knox's Rams are coming off their best effort of the season against Parkville. In that game, a 52-14 rout for Randallstown, the Rams limited the state's top rusher, Mike Hall, to only 95 yards and a TD. Mitchell had two TD receptions.

Landon (4-2) at No. 10 Mount St. Joseph (6-2)

When: 2 p.m. tomorrow

Outlook: Landon of Montgomery County, favored to win its Interscholastic Athletic Conference title, visits Mount St. Joseph, winner of its past two games by a combined 62-7. The visiting Bears and the Gaels have at least one common opponent, Gilman, which defeated Landon 36-10 and Mount St. Joseph 36-0. Landon's best players are QB Ted Lamade (606 yards, four TDs passing), RB-LB George Boiardi (6-1, 185) and DE-TE Justin Duffie (6-3, 215). Leading the Gaels are DB Chad Allen, RB Isaac Kufour, DE Matt Stoffel and highly-recruited TE-WR-DB Rob Abiamiri, who has received full scholarship offers from the University of Maryland and James Madison University.

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