Football previews



Liberty (3-0) - at Westminster (2-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Is this deja vu? Last season, an undefeated Lions squad hosted Westminster, and the Owls earned a hard-fought 21-15 victory in Eldersburg. Tonight, Liberty carries another unblemished record, but this isn't the same Lions team of years past. Brandishing a polished passing game. Liberty vaulted past Aberdeen, 14-6, last week, courtesy of its defense. Senior safety Kevin Magaw intercepted three passes, increasing his season total to six. And the defense gave up just 140 yards. Westminster solved its first-half woes in a 31-13 pounding of C. Milton Wright last week. After being outscored 48-0 in the first halves of their first two games, the Owls scored 17 points in the opening period against the Mustangs. Senior running back Jamel Smalls rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries and a TD.

Thomas Johnson (2-1) at North Carroll (1-2)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Thomas Johnson may be five-time Central Maryland Conference champs, but the Patriots have looked positively mortal lately. Friendly shut out Thomas Johnson, 13-0, last week and limited the Patriots to 90 rushing yards. Opponents have outgained Thomas Johnson 462 yards to 353. Senior quarterback Robert Staley is the team's leading rusher with 137 yards. The Panthers are coming off a 27-7 loss to Bowie in which the Bulldogs Scored 27 unanswered points after allowing a 4-yard touchdown run by senior full-back Vinnie Iadevaia. North Carroll's defense wore down, giving up 231 yards on the ground to Bowie. The visiting Patriots won last season's meeting, 31-14.

Urbana (3-0) at South Carroll (2-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: In beating Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 22-16, last week, the Cavaliers awoke from a season-long offensive slumber. Senior running back Teddy Daniels rushed for 142 yards, and South Carroll enjoyed a 17-11 advantage in first downs. Senior quarterback Bryan Hamper completed six of 10 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, and also ran one in on a keeper. The Cavaliers hope for more of the same against two-time defending Class 2A state champ Urbana, which has a 28-game winning streak dating back to 1997. Urbana has outscored its opponents, 151-6. The Hawks collected their second shutout of the season last week, walloping Bel Air, 64-0. Urbana routed the Cavaliers, 49-0, last season.


Bowling Brook (1-2) at Beall (2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook This is the first meeting between the Thoroughbreds and Beall. The Mounties of Allegany County have accumulated 1,248 yards in three games and are powered by junior halfback Zach Roberts, who has scored five touchdowns. Moorefield pinned Beau with its only loss last week, a 33-24 defeat. Bowling Brook spoiled its first home opener last week with a 14-8 loss to Gettysburg's Fairfield High. Although the Thoroughbreds outrushed the Knights, 180-157, Bowling Brook was penalized nine times for 51 yards and had two punts blocked - the first being recovered by Fairfield in the end zone for a touchdown. Senior tailback Jerry Eagleton gained 54 yards on eight carries and scored on a 59-yard scamper.


Francis Scott Key (3-0) at Smithsburg (1-2)

When: 8 p.m.

Outlook: The Eagles put an undefeated season on the line against Smithsburg. Key easily dispatched North Hagerstown, 24-0, last week with senior quarterback Ryan Bordner completing four of eight passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a 5-yard score. The Eagles defense has held opponents scoreless over seven quarters. The Leopards have 17 sophomores, Inexperience that was key in last week's 28-0 loss to Walkersville. The Eagles lost, 14-7, to the Leopards last season.

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