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Glenelg (1-2)

at No. 14 Howard (2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams are coming off disappointing losses. Glenelg dropped a 21-12 game to Atholton, and Howard lost in overtime after giving up the tying score in the final two minutes to Wilde Lake, 20-14. Glenelg's Joey Hamilton rushed 14 times for 98 yards and a TD. Chris Bowen caught two passes for 43 yards and a TD. Andrew Garland made nine tackles. Howard's three RB5, Gerrick McPhearson, Lamar Parrish and Travis Irving, combined for 143 yards on 34 carries, but the Lions failed to score in overtime. Howard defeated Glenelg last season, 38-14.


Centennial (2-1)

at Long Reach (3-0)

When: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles soared last week to their second straight victory, by defeating Hammond, 30-0. They rushed for 254 yards, played solid defense that included six QB sacks, and passed (84 yards) when needed. Tom Phelan had three sacks and Shawn Martin two. Josh Jones rushed seven times for 142 yards, including a school-record 94-yard TD run. Ryan Pustilnik rushed 17 times for 112 yards. Long Reach also had a successful week, defeating Mount Hebron, 26-0. Ten Lightning players carried the ball, led by Calvin Maragh'S 70 yards. Ira Chapman had 57 yards, Rodney Lightfoot 55. Travis Poling made nine tackles, and Rob Onolfi had seven tackles. Long Reach, the county's only undefeated team, had only 12 yards passing. Centennial must control Long Reach's counters to the outside. Last season, the Lightning defeated the Eagles, 20-2.

Mount Hebron (0-3)

at Hammond (0-3)

When: Time: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: This game of winless teams pits Mount Hebron's offense, which has scored just 17 points in three games, against Hammond's defense, which has allowed 110 points in three games. Last week, Centennial shut down Hammond, 30-0, while the Vikings were losing to Long Reach, 26-0. The Bears have shown the ability to move the ball at times with a run-and-shoot offense behind QB Jason Maxey. Last season, Mount Hebron defeated Hammond, 14-13.

No. 7 Oakland Mills (2-1)

at Atholton (1-2)

When: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook: Gavin Holcomb has been a pleasant surprise for coach Ken Hovet, rushing for 392 yards so far, including 204 yards and two TDs in last week's 47-7 win over River Hill. QB J. T. Rembert continues to perform well, rushing for 153 yards and two TDs last week, and completing seven of 14 passes for 142 yards and one TD. The Scorpions had 628 yards offensively but were penalized 165 yards. Atholton, which in last week's win over Glenelg got eight tackles from Brent Connor and seven apiece from Mark Carbone and Bruce Cummings, must contain Rembert. Travis Mathews led in rushing last week with 78 yards on 17 carries. QB Wayne Reed completed 10 of 17 passes for 191 yards and three TDs. Jesse Erbacher caught five passes for 157 yards. Oakland Mills is the only county team that Atholton coach Kevin Kelly hasn't defeated since he became head coach in 1995. Last season, Oakland Mills won, 14-6.

No.3 Wilde Lake (2-1)

at River Hill (0-3)

When: 3:15 p.m.

Outlook Wilde Lake pulled off some late-game magic to defeat Howard, 20-14, in overtime last week and preserve their playoff hopes. Mario Merrills led the Wildecats offensively with 106 yards on 28 carries. Corner Norwood caught a 63-yard TD pass that tied the game late in regulation. River Hill stayed close to Oakland Mills for one half before losing, 47-7. The Hawks have a brutal early-season schedule, facing Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake consecutively. Last year, Wilde Lake nipped the Hawks, 21-20.

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