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Football previews


No. 4 Mount St. Joseph (2-0) at No. 11 McDonogh (1-0)

Time: 3:45 p.m.

Outlook: In 1994, then first-year St. Joe coach Mike Working earned All-Metro Coach of the Year honors after leading the Gaels to the MIAA A Conference co-championship with Gilman. That effort came only a season after Working led McDonogh to the same title in his final year coaching that program. McDonogh since has dropped into the MIAA B Conference, where it has won four straight league crowns, beating some conference opponents along the way, under coach Dom Damico. St. Joe, meanwhile, has lost to B Conference teams - none of which was McDonogh. But his visiting Gaels scored 81 points in their first two victories over Prince George's County stalwart McNamara and No. 6 Howard County power Oakland Mills - and that was without injured second-team All-Metro RB Isaac Kufour. Kufour is expected to return for this one, and QB Joe Peeler looks to out-do a Mount St. Joseph school-record five-TD pass effort of a week ago against Oakland Mills. McDonogh boasts more size than ever, according to Damico, but the question for the Eagles - coming off a huge victory over Pennsylvania power Chambersburg - is depth.

No. 5 Edmondson (1-0) at City (1-0)

Time: 3:45 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Redskins, Class 2A state runners-up a year ago, notched their 19th victory in their past 20 games, 44-0, over Northern last week. All-Metro DE Jason Murphy leads the way defensively, and RB Darrell McCray and WR Danny Dixon are the offensive stars for the Redskins of coach Pete Pompey. . City won this meeting two years ago, but lost last year, 44-18. The Knights were in the game until QB Lamar Manigo went down with an injury, and Manigo is back for revenge, coming off last week's 27-12 win over Forest Park - the last team to beat Edmondson.

No. 15 Western (1-0) at No. 12 Catonsville (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Western's Dominique Foxworth is among the nation's most highly recruited Division I CB prospects, and he's coming off last weekend's four-touchdown effort in a 29-21 overtime win against Pallotti. One of his scores was a 90- yard kickoff return. But Catonsville likely will try to neutralize Foxworth on special teams with P Jeff Graves, one of the nation's more highly recruited kicking specialists. Don't look for Graves to kick the ball Foxworth's way. Do look for Catonsville to try and ram the ball at the Wolverines with a hefty line and offensive backfield. Visiting coach Jason Blind will need more than Foxworth if he's going to avenge last year's loss to the home-standing Comets.

No. 14 Dunbar (1-0) at Friendly (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Poets, coming off last weekend's 34-12 win over Northwestern, continue their quest to reach the 2A state playoffs for the seventh time in the past eight seasons. That streak, which included three state title game berths and two crowns , included victories over difficult teams from football-rich Prince George's County. Coach Ben Eaton takes the Poets back to that county, where they face a Friendly team that went 3-7 last year after going 13-0 and winning the Class 3A state crown in '98.

Owings Mills (1-0) at Lansdowne (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: This Baltimore County 1A-2A League clash pits programs that look to contend in the league. The visiting Eagles are coming off a 14-12 victory over a Parkville squad that routed Owings Mills last year en route to the best record (6-4) in school history, and which is expected to contend in the county's 3A-4A league. Lansdowne is coming off of a 54-0 rout of Harford Tech of Harford County.

No. 9 Annapolis (0-1) at Chesapeake (0-1)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The host Cougars could catch the Panthers in a hungry, nasty mood after last week's 10-point loss to Old Mill. Chesapeake's single wing controlled the ball in last week's 8-6 win at Meade, while NG Kevin Smith (6-1, 290) and DE Jason Lahamon (6-3, 225) helped stall speedy Meade, holding the Mustangs to 150 yards of total offense. This week the Cougars face a more disciplined offense and defense. Junior RB Eric Venerable (6-0, 185), who led the Panthers with 141 yards on 16 carries last week, is just one of several explosive Panthers RBs. Annapolis is 19-1 lifetime against Chesapeake.


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 and will try for their 13th shutout in that span. The Greyhounds, 28-3 under fourth-year coach Biff Poggi, have outscored the opposition 806-124 in that span, including 62-0 in their past two games. St. Paul's, of the MIAA B Conference, comes off a 21-20 victory over Gilman's A Confreence 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.

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