Football previews



No. 12 Catonsville (2-0) at No. 11 Hereford (2-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Comets (1-0 league) borrowed a page from Baltimore County 1A-2A League rival, Hereford, in last week's 14-6 victory over then-No. 15 Western. With nary a turnover, Catonsville racked up 280 rushing yards with 6-foot, 235 pound RB Chris Wilson (168 yards) and 6-1, 215-pound Josh Desmond (100). Hereford (1-0 league), usually a smash-mouth football program, has more speed than in the past. And the defending conference champions must try to use it to counter with RB-DB Todd Leitzel and others on a team that has outscored the opposition, 108-6.

Southern (1-1) vs. No. 8 Patterson (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. at Utz Twardowicz Field.

Outlook: Southern looks tougher than in most seasons, having defeated Douglass, 22-12, in its season-opener before going down, 24-6, last week against Lake Clifton. Patterson's Roger Wrenn, who goes after career win No. 185, has a massive line led by Domonique Williams (6-3, 301) and Matt Williams (6-6, 337). The Clippers overwhelmed Southwestern, 30-6, in their first game before getting by Walbrook, 20-14. It is a non-division Baltimore City clash, pitting Southern, of the West Division, against the two-time East Division champs.

Mervo (2-0) at No. 5 Edmondson (2-0)

When: 3:45 p.m.

Outlook: A year ago, Mervo of the city's East Division had the same record as it does now before a 38-8 loss to Edmondson began a slide toward the Mustangs' 4-6 finish. The two-time city West Division champion Redskins, also 2-0 at this time last season, went on to a 12-1, Class 2A state runner-up finish. Mervo's best chance at the big-play Skins is to possess the ball behind a massive line that averages 6-3, 275 pounds. But the Mustangs also have speed. Edmondson, of coach Pete Pompey (184 career wins), had to overcome a 7-6 halftime deficit to defeat City, 20-7, last week.

Forest Park (1-1) at Dunbar (1-1)

When: 3:45 p.m.

Outlook: The last time Dunbar lost to Forest Park was in 1993, during the sophomore year of eventual two-time All-Metro Player of The Year, Tommy Polley, who is now a senior at Florida State. Dunbar still made the Class 2A playoffs that season: Forest Park did not. Playoff implications are on the line again in this non-divisional game. The Foresters, of the Class 1A, coming off a blowout victory over Douglass, and the Class 2A Poets coming off a loss at Prince George's County power, Friendly. Forest Park plays in the city's West Division, and Dunbar, in the East.

Franklin (1-1) at Owings Mills (1-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: These Baltimore County 1A-2A teams will engage in a the battle of Reisterstown Road. Franklin comes off a big win at Overlea, and Owings Mills, a loss to Lansdowne. Franklin will be without five players, all suspended for their involvement in a locker room fight. Owings Mills, of coach Randy Pentz, was brought to earth after season-opening victory over a tough Parkville squad.


Landon (1-1) at No. 1 Gilman (3-0)

When: 11 a.m.

Outlook: Gilman's defense, led by All-Metro LB Starrett Esworthy, NG Dan Zito, DL Greg Lotz and DL Victor Abiamiri, has shutouts in each of its victories. And the Greyhounds' offense has matched that intensity, having scored 103 points behind WR Napoleon Sykes, RB Malcolm Ruff and QB Ambrose Wooden. Landon, of longtime coach Lowell Davis, lost by 10-7 at Gilman two years ago on a fumble at the Gilman 1-yard line. The Greyhounds handled the Bears easily on the road last season.

No. 15 Eastern Tech (2-0) at Dundalk (2-0)

When: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Dundalk (1-0 league) won this Baltimore County 3A-4A, neighborhood rivalry a year ago, helping to send the Eastern Tech Mavericks (1-0) to a 7-3 season after having been Class 3A state runners-up a year earlier. Each team finished with 6-3 league records last fall. Each team has impressive size among its linemen, and the compliment of speed at the skill positions. Dundalk boasts RB Jose Rose, a transfer from Kenwood, and has averaged 31.5 points. Eastern Tech, led by RB Berket Godsey, has averaged 40 points.

Dulaney (1-1) at Woodlawn (0-2)

When: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Dulaney began the season with a 26-0 rout of a respectable Towson team that ended the Lions' losing streak at 20 games. It then lost, 7-3, to No. 2 Randallstown, getting a 30-yard FG from second-team All-Metro PK Trevor MacMeekin. The Lions will take another step toward respectability at Baltimore County 3A-4A rival, Woodlawn, loser of close games against No. 14 Howard and No. 15 Eastern Tech. The Warriors are led by second-team All-City/County OL-DL Jesse Hayes.

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