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Liberty (1-0) at No. 12 Francis Scott Key (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

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Outlook: Key will attempt to continue its ground dominance in its home opener. The Panthers rushed for 294 yards in beating North Carroll, 28-7, last week. They were led by junior Layton Hersh and senior Josh Rutter. Liberty, however, is no pushover. Last week, the Lions overcame an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit and beat Winters Mills, 25-18, as junior quarterback Matt Anuszewski completed 15 of 24 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Winters Mill (0-1) at Smithsburg (1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Winters Mill again will look for its first varsity football win this week but should have a difficult time of it against a tough Smithsburg squad. Smithsburg opened its season last week with a 48-6 thrashing of Northern-Garrett. Liberty looked good in its varsity debut last week, building an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing steam in a 25-18 loss to Liberty. Joe Taylor led the Falcons, rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and catching two passes for another 65 yards.

No. 13 South Carroll (1-0) at North Carroll (0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After opening the season last week with a 35-7 win over rival Westminster, South Carroll looks to go to 2-0 against North Carroll, a team that it defeated, 26-8, a year ago. Strong-armed quarterback T.J. Swanson completed 17 of 25 passes for 280 yards, as his team racked up 400 yards of total offense in its opener. North Carroll appears to have improved from last season but still lost its opener in a rout to No. 12 Francis Scott Key.

South Hagerstown (0-1) at Century (0-1)

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Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: South Hagerstown, a Class 1A state semifinalist a year ago, is looking to rebound from last week's season-opening 48-25 loss to Walkersville. It will try to do it against a Century team that couldn't muster much offense in last week's 28-7 loss to Catoctin. In that game, Knights quarterback Bubby Donovan completed 4 of 8 passes for 53 yards, and Jason Kingan rushed six times for 38 yards.

Westminster (0-1) at Martinsburg (W.Va.) (2-0)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Martinsburg, the consensus top-ranked team in West Virginia, looks to remain perfect in its home opener. Led by double-threat quarterback Nate Sowers, the Bulldogs have outscored their first two opponents 86-28. Westminster, meanwhile, looked anemic at times in last week's 35-7 loss to South Carroll. The Owls lost 11 yards over their final seven possessions.- Rich Scherr


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