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A primer for 'Big Friday'

September 03, 2004|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

High school football season kicks into high gear this weekend with 20 games involving area teams, including 17 games tonight.

Here's a quick glance at some things to look for during the first big weekend for the prep teams:

Streaks on the line


Three teams have active double-digit regular season winning streaks: Martinsburg (23 games) plays a tough Riverside team; Maryland School for the Deaf (14 games) plays Elkton Christian, which will be playing its first varsity game; and North Hagerstown (10 games) plays Beall at School Stadium.

There are also several long losing streaks still active: James Buchanan (nine games) plays host to Greencastle-Antrim; Jefferson (18 games) travels to Sherando; Thomas Johnson (nine games) welcomes Aberdeen; Waynesboro (16 games) goes to Camp Hill; and Chambersburg (nine games) plays at Harrisburg on Saturday.

Diving into the pool


Two local schools will play their first varsity games this weekend: Clear Spring (which actually fielded a team in the early 20th century that was not completely a high school squad) travels to Northern Garrett tonight, while Tuscarora is home for perennial powerhouse Urbana on Saturday.

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The gunslingers


The top five quarterbacks (in passing yards) last season are all back this year and figure to improve on last year's numbers: Keith Ricca (St. John's at Prospect Hall), Nate Sowers (Martinsburg), Blake Border (Greencastle-Antrim), Dave Berry (Walkersville) and Cory Rhodes (Frederick), who missed part of last season with an injury.

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