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Football previews


Football previews


Liberty (1-0) at Northeast (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions will continue their air attack that was so impressive in a 27-7 defeat of Boonsboro last week. Senior QB Tony Scirica completed 13 of 24 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns - two of which were caught by 6-foot-4 senior split end J. D. Egolf. Liberty's defense forced three Warriors turnovers. Northeast defeated Atholton, 6-3, ending a state-record 31-game losing streak. Coach Mike Cotham is Northeast's third coach in as many seasons. Last year, Liberty walloped Northeast, 27-6.

Middletown (0-1) at Francis Scott Key (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Fresh off a 20-12 victory over North Carroll, the Eagles prepare to meet three-time defending Moncacy Valley Athletic League champ Middletown. The Knights rushed for 30 yards in a 12-7 loss to Thomas Johnson, but forced three Patriots turnovers. Francis Scott Key will lean on senior RB Brendan MacDaniel, who rushed for 140 of his team's 275 total yards. Francis Scott Key will look to avenge a 28-0 loss to Middletown last season.

South Carroll (0-1) at C. Milton Wright (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Cavaliers travel to Bel Air to meet Harford County powerhouse C. Milton Wright. The Mustangs routed South Carroll, 33-7, last season and defeated Perry Hall last week. C. Milton Wright's defense gave up 270 yards a game last year. South Carroll coughed up three turnovers in a 19-7 loss to Glenelg, but coach Gene Brown saw some positives. Senior RB Teddy Daniels carried 17 times for 117 yards, and junior LB Josh Lewis shined on defense with 11 solo tackles. The key will be who can control time of possession.

North Carroll (0-1) at South River (0-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Panthers hope to make it 2-0 against South River in the series. Junior RB Erick Busick had 12 carries for 110 yards against Francis Scott Key. North Carroll coach Bill Rumbaugh wants his squad to cut down on the mental errors, including drawing eight penalties for 53 yards against the Eagles. The Seahawks lost a 39-19 contest to North County, but run an option game that will test the Panthers' defense. Last year, North Carroll had few problems with South River, handing the Seahawks a 28-6 loss.

No. 8 Old Mill (1-0) at Frederick (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Old Mill lost its '99 season opener by 41-34 at Annapolis, but staged a furious rally in the second half that coach Mike Marcus hoped would carry over into Game 2 at home vs. Frederick. It didn't as the Pats went down, 31-27. Marcus did a marvelous job in turning his team around as the Pats won the next seven in a row and qualified for the playoffs. The Pats have the talent for a 2-0 start this year. The 4A Cadets are coming off a 28-14 loss to 2A Prince George's power Central. Kelvin Collins runs against the Cadets' Maryland bound DL, Akil Patterson, while standout Frederick junior RB Jerrod Brown encounters Old Mill DLs Kerry Blake and Aaron Dada.


No. 1 Gilman (2-0) at St. Paul's (1-0)

Time: 11 a.m.

Outlook: The visiting Greyhounds of the MIAA A Conference look to win their 24th straight game. Gilman, 28-3 under fourth-year coach Biff Poggi, has outscored the opposition 806-124 in that span, including 62-0 in its past two games. St. Paul's, of the MIAA B Conference, comes off a 21-20 victory over Gilman's A Conference rival, Loyola. The Crusaders are coached by Brian Abbott, who returns 13 starters from a team that was 6-3 last season, including a loss to Loyola.

Bowling Brook (0-1) at Towson (0-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Thoroughbreds are hungry to forget a 41-0 shutout to Cardinal Gibbons on Sept. 1. Three Bowling Brook turnovers led to touchdowns, and coach Gary Myers expects his squad to do a better job of protecting the football. Senior SS Larry Ezzell intercepted a pass and made several solo tackles, but team defense must get sturdier. The Generals are also coming off a 26-0 shutout to Baltimore County rival Dulaney. This is the first meeting between the schools.

Westminster (1-0) at Loyola (0-1)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: A 16-13 overtime victory over Laurel has energized the Owls, who look to make it two in a row against the Dons of the MIAA A Conference. Loyola was edged by St. Paul's, 21-20, last Saturday, but QB J. G. Guidera had an excellent game, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Westminster struggled at times against the Spartans of Prince George's County, but walked away with the win courtesy of a 20-yard field goal by junior Sergio Loynaz. Senior RB Jon Burger had 95 yards on eight carries to emerge as an offensive weapon for the Owls. Westminster defeated the Dons, 14-7, last season.

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