No. 5 Gilman (3-6 in 2003) at No. 11 Dunbar (11-2)
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Outlook: Ben Eaton Jr., 15, started putting space between himself and his father in the middle of last month. "He said he preferred that his mom take him to football practice," said Ben Sr., 56, coach of Dunbar. "He didn't want me to become too familiar with what [Gilman] had out there." The father will be on the opposite sideline from his son, a 6-foot, 215-pound, sophomore linebacker-running back, when the Poets play host to the Greyhounds in their season opener. "My wife, Sandra, said she hates it," said Ben Sr. "This is the first time any of us have been in this situation."
No. 14 John Carroll (7-3 in 2003) at No. 10 Joppatowne (8-5)
Time: 7 p.m.
Outlook: Second-team All-Metro RB Dane Frank and the visiting Patriots are defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference champs. In this Harford County rivalry, the Patriots will try to repeat last year's 14-13 victory over the defending public school Class 1A state champion Mariners, who are led by Maryland-bound DE Jeremy Navarre.
No. 7 Broadneck (13-1 in 2003) at Chesapeake-AA (6-4)
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Outlook: The visiting Bruins are ready to begin defense of their Anne Arundel County and 4A East region titles. Broadneck returns All-County players Brandon Johnson (RB, 1,340 yards, 19 touchdowns), Chris Desautels (county-record 11 field goals), and second-team All-County Bruins Tony Marino (quarterback) and Rick Sowells (linebacker). The single-wing Cougars are coming off the school's second winning season and are hoping for an encore with returning All-Metro all-purpose back Gary Townes (1,314 yds, 15 touchdowns).
St. John's, D.C. (6-4 in 2003) at No. 3 Calvert Hall (4-6)
Time: 1 p.m.
Outlook: Coach Jay Robinson could have a team the caliber of the Cardinals' 10-1 squad in 2002 with quarterback Andrew Robinson and running back Mike Newton leading the offense and 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end Dane Robinson headlining the defense. The visiting Cadets of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference are solid. Wake Forest-bound wide receiver E.J. Wynn and Division I prospect Rico McCoy, a linebacker, will test the Cardinals. - Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley