Football previews


South Carroll (3-6) at Westminster (6-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Won-loss records mean very little when these two teams clash. For the past two years, Westminster has entered the final game of the season vs. the Cavaliers with a better record, but South Carroll has walked away with the wins. In the Owls' 35-32 victory over North Carroll last week, running back Brad Durden piled up 211 yards, and reserve quarterback Ryan Baer marched his team some 60 yards in the final two minutes for the game-winning touchdown toss to Mike McGinnis. The Cavaliers are coming off a 27-8 trouncing of Frederick. Quarterback Chris Alexander connected on two touchdown passes to wide-out Joe Richardson, and tailback Teddy Daniels rushed for 165 yards. The key to this game will be whether Westminster's high-powered offense can move against South Carroll's aggressive linebackers and opportunistic secondary.

Liberty (4-5) at North Carroll (2-7)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: Something has to give in this meeting between county rivals. Liberty hasn't won since defeating South Carroll, 19-10, on Oct. 8. The Lions have given up a combined 97 points in their past three losses, including a 48-29 home loss to Linganore last week. Running backs Drew D'Anthony and Ryan Sargent, who rushed for 149 yards and 127 yards, respectively, were the only bright spots. North Carroll is hoping to end a seven-game losing skid since beating South River, 28-6, on Sept. 9. The Panthers nearly upset Westminster last week but allowed a late touchdown to let the victory slip away. Superstar running back Steve Suter collected a combined 280 rushing and receiving yards and five touchdowns to boost his county-leading total to 19. North Carroll edged Liberty, 44-42, last year.

Francis Scott Key (3-6) at Williamsport (6-3)

When: 7 tonight

Outlook: A win would give the Eagles their most victories in a season since 1995's team went 5-5. To do that, Key must upset a Williamsport squad that had its four-game winning streak stopped and its Class 1A playoff hopes damaged by a 14-9 loss to Monocacy Valley Athletic League rival Walkersville last week. The Wildcats are led by the talented backfield combination of tailback John Massey and fullback Danny Rand. The Eagles held Catoctin to 100 rushing yards to win, 28-15, last week. Running back Brendan MacDaniel ran for 119 yards and quarterbacks Russell Tyler and Ryan Bordener combined for three touchdowns.

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