Football games


Football games


Centennial (5-3, 4-3) at Howard (1-7, 1-6)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions are fresh off their first win of the season, a 28-12 defeat of Atholton. Maurice Thomas rushed for three touchdowns as Howard scored in every quarter. Centennial, which started 5-0, continued its slide by losing its third straight, a 14-7 squeaker against Wilde Lake. The loss was especially disheartening considering the Eagles have never beaten the Wildecats.


No. 4 Glenelg (8-0, 7-0) at Wilde Lake (5-3, 4-3)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Few athletes have ever had a day like Glenelg's Kevin Ganascioli did last week against Mount Hebron. Ganascioli scored six touchdowns, one short of the state record. He carried the ball 10 times for 219 yards, rushing for three scores, caught a touchdown pass, had two interceptions, running one back 76 yards for a score and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. He also made 11 tackles and recovered a fumble. Wilde Lake will try and find a way to bottle up Ganascioli, only a junior, with a defense that allowed only seven points in a win over Centennial last week.

Atholton (0-8, 0-7) at Long Reach (5-3, 4-3)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Long Reach has been inconsistent through eight weeks, much to the dismay of head coach Pete Hughes. The Lightning should have a big size advantage up front against the Raiders, who scored twice on long touchdown passes from quarterback Vyt Rivers last week, but still fell to Howard 28-12. Expect Long Reach to run the ball behind Davon Gilmore, who has the ability to punish would-be tacklers.

River Hill (4-4, 4-3) at Mount Hebron (4-4, 3-4)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: River Hill quarterback Matt Hostetler, a three-year starter, surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for career passing last week, but it didn't stop the Hawks from falling hard to Hammond, 51-24. Both teams have shown the ability to air it out, as Vikings quarterback Maurice Workman tossed three scores in the fourth quarter to make a late run at Glenelg last week.

Hammond (3-5, 3-4) at Oakland Mills (5-3, 5-2)

When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: If the playoffs started this week, Oakland Mills would be in the 1A postseason, an impressive feat after the Scorpions started 0-3 before going on a five-game win streak. Running back Justin Barnes has been electric, rushing for 246 yards and two scores last week to go over the 1,100-yard mark for the year in a 26-0 win over Long Reach. Hammond has turned its season around and the Golden Bears played their best game a week ago, getting two rushing touchdowns from Tye Murphy (88 yards rushing) and two from Ravi Nastvogel in a 51-24 thumping of River Hill.

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