Football previews



Glen Burnie (0-2) at No. 9 Old Mill (2-0)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Game of the Week -- an 0-2 team visiting a 2-0 ranked team? It's one of the county's top rivalries and the visiting Gophers are on the verge of a breakthrough after tough losses by a total of three points. Glen Burnie trails 13-11 in the series that began with the opening of Old Mill in 1976. Old Mill has won four in a row including last year, 42-7. The hosts can tie the series' winning streak record (5) set by Glen Burnie from 1991-95. Last week, Old Mill escaped Frederick (0-2) with a 7-6 victory on Kelvin Collins' third period 15-yard touchdown run and the subsequent extra-point kick by Seth Keil. Tonight the Patriots will have to contend with Gopher triple-threat QB Keith Williams and his big play receiver Donnie White. Old Mill has yet to face a QB who can as many things to beat you as Williams can. If they don't contain him -- upset.

Meade (1-1) at Severna Park (1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Unpredictable Meade put it all together last week in a stunning 46-21 romp over North County while the host Falcons ran into Broadneck's seasoned defense in a 13-0 loss. There is no question that the Mustangs are loaded with athleticism and speed in the likes of RBs Kenny Rhames and Richard Redwood, QB Antwan Smith and LB Yomi Savage. But as good as the Stangs can be, they can justas flat and out of sync as they were in an 8-6 season opening loss to Chesapeake. Severna Park coach J. P. Hines is hoping his offense shows up this week along with the latter Meade if his Falcons are to win their third in a row over the Stangs.

North County (1-1) at Arundel (1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: After losing five in a row, including a forfeit in '96 to coach Bill Zucco's Wildcats, the visiting Knights have taken the the last two in what has been a wild series. Excluding the forfeit, North County holds a mere 164-163 cumulative scoring edge in the other eight games since the two started playing in '91. It's usually "hit or be hit" when they meet and this should be no different. The Knights are looking for QB Mike Pfisterer, who broke the county career records for passing yardage (4,768) and TD passes (47) set by Arundel's Erik Lipton (1994-96) last week, to get going. Pfisterer, who takes 4,926 yards and 48 TD passes into tonight, has thrown for 351 yards and three TDs in his first two games, good numbers for many, but low for him.

South River (0-2) at No. 10 Annapolis (1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Annapolis junior RB Eric Venerable has run for four touchdowns and 336 yards in his first two games. New Hawks' coach Joe Viola may have to wait another week for his first win.

Chesapeake (1-1) at Broadneck (2-0)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The host Bruins blanked the Cougars, 13-0 last season and they have an even better defense this year with the LB-trio of seniors Brysean Williams and Billy Smith and junior Matt Lewis, a Calvert Hall defect.

Boys' Latin (1-2) vs. St. Mary's (2-0) at Anne Arundel Community College.

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Brad Best returns as the enemy coach of the Lakers. Best led St. Mary'sto MIAA A Conference tri-championships in 1995 and '96, but could be in for a long night. After going 5-15 over the last two seasons, coach Mike Codd has the Saints on the march.

Northeast (1-1) at Fallston (1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Mike Cotham's Eagles have played well in their first two games including last week's 23-7 loss to Liberty (2-0). This Harford County nemesis, has won eight in a row with Northeast last winningby 12-8 in 1991.

Patuxent (1-1) at Southern-AA (1-1)

When: 7:15

Outlook: After a 42-13 loss to Calvert (2-0), coach Russ Meyers' Bulldogs now host 3A Patuxent. The Dawgs need a big game from RB Brian Holland and their defense.

Severn (0-2) 3 at No. 6 Mount St. Joseph (2-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Injury-riddled Severn travels to the Mount. The Gaels are smarting after last week's 42-22 loss at No. 4 McDonogh (2-0). As if they need incentive, the A-conference Gaels were upset 28-14 by the B-Conference Admirals a year ago.

Calvert Hall (2-0) at Archbishop Spalding (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Outscored 89-0 in their first two games by No. 1 Gilman (2-0) and St. Mary's (2-0), the young B-conference Cavs are hoping to get well against the A-Cardinals, whom they upset 32-30 in '99.

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