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Today

Broadneck (3-0) at North County (2-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: This classic defense vs. offense matchup, the 10th meeting between the two, ranks as Anne Arundel County's game of the week. The host Knights won, 27-13, last year to snap a two-game losing streak and take a 7-2 lead in the series. Led by DE Stephan Sharps and LBs Brysean Williams, Billy Smith and Matt Lewis, the Bruins have given up just 13.7 points a game. In distinct contrast, the Knights led by QB Mike Pfisterer (44-for-86, 527 yards, five TDs) and RB Dave Stewart (407 yards rushing, three TDs) are averaging 37.3 points but have been outscored, 113-112. Broadnecks offense with junior RB Mike Wallace (368 yards rushing, three TDs) has averaged 21 points but goes against a North County defense that has given up 37.6 points a game.

No. 10 Annapolis (2-1)

at Meade (2-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Last year the Mustangs had to contend with Rayvon Johnson and a Panthers rushing attack that rolled up nearly 350 yards in a 47-0 romp to make Annapolis coach Roy Brown 9-2 vs. five Meade coaches since 1989. Tonight, the host Mustangs must contend with the county's leading rusher, Annapolis junior RB Eric Venerable (588 yards, eight TDs), who is corning off a 218-yard, four-TD game in a 52-0 romp over South River. Meade last won in 1995 and 1996 under coach Jerry Hartman and second-year Mustangs coach Kenny Gray, a former All-Metro LB/RB at the school, is looking to add his first. After a sluggish 8-6 loss to Chesapeake, Meade has posted two eye-popping victories, by 46-21 and 12-3 over North County and Severna Park respectively. Gray's defensive unit led by LB Yomi Savage is giving up a county public school-least 10.7 points a game.

No. 15 Calvert Hall (3-0)

at Severna Park (1-2)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The visiting Cardinals of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference are coming off a 25-7 victory over Archbishop Spalding and will be looking to even the score with the Falcons, who took a 13-12 overtime decision in 1999. The Falcons' defense is outstanding, but the offense is in a funk, having scored only three points in two weeks. Coach J. P. Hines' Falcons have to generate some offense other than RB Paul Burnett (391 yards, two TDs) against a bigger foe led by junior two-way tackle Blake McCoy (6-4, 285).

Chesapeake (1-2)

at Glen Burnie (0-3)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Can the host Gophers rebound from last week's 41-14 loss to No. 9 Old Mill against one of the better Chesapeake teams in years? Optimism was high at Glen Burnie going into last week, as the Gophers sought their first on-the-field win since 1997, but Old Mill's swarming defense destroyed them. The visiting Cougars, who defeated the Gophers 22-6 last fall, nearly upset unbeaten Broadneck last week before bowing, 17-14. Gophers QB Keith Williams needs help, and the Glen Burnie defense has to step up against the Cougars' single-wing offense.

Northeast (1-2)

at South River (0-3)

When: 4 p.m.

Outlook: Two teams coming off humbling defeats meet in Edgewater. The visiting Eagles were ripped, 49-28, by Fallston (2-1), and the Hawks were hammered, 52-0, by No. 10 Annapolis. South River, a 35-6 victor over the Eagles in '99, hopes to give new coach Joe Viola his first home win.

Gwynn Park (2-1)

at Southern-AA (1-2)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Coming off a 32-8 loss to Patuxent (2-1), the Dawgs host one of the better Prince George's teams, a 40-10 winner over DuVal last week and a 26-0 victor over Southern in 99.

No. 4 McDonogh (3-0)

at Severn (0-3)

When: 3:45 p.m.

Outlook: Win No. 1 is not likely for the host Admirals against the defending MIAA B Conference champion Eagles

Tomorrow

No. 9 Old Mill (3-0)

at Arundel (1-2)

When: 3:45 p.m.

Outlook: It won't be as easy as last year's 40-2 1 win, but the visiting Patriots should keep their winning streak going against the high-scoring Wildcats in Gambrills. Old Mill's defense wont be as easy to score on as Arundel did in a record-setting 55-48 loss to North County last week.

St. Mary's (3-0)

at St. Paul's (2-1)

When: 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: This could be the battle for MIAA B Conference runner-up to McDonogh. and the visiting Saints of Mike Codd have outscored their opponents, 104-7.

Archbishop Spalding (0-3)

at Pallotti (0-5)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Coach Mike Whittles was encouraged after last week's 25-7 loss to No. 15 Calvert Hall, especially with the play of QB-DB Matt Hazen. The Cavs routed their Laurel opponent last fall. 37-11.

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