Previews of this weekend's games

October 07, 2005

No. 1 Jefferson Cougars (6-0) at Fort Hill Sentinels (4-0)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Series: Fort Hill leads, 16-5.

Last meeting: 2004 - Fort Hill, 28-7.

Last week: The Cougars beat Musselman, 35-14. ... The Sentinels beat Hedgesville, 9-7.

Notes: The Sentinels have won the last three games in the series. ... Of Jefferson's five wins in this series, four have been at Fort Hill. ... RB Ryland Newman zipped through Musselman defenders for 191 yards last week. ... Fort Hill's Levi Mallow kicked a 27-yard FG with 12 seconds remaining to beat Hedgesville. ... Regular QB Jeff Lee did not play last week and FB Kain Metz suffered an ankle injury.

No. 2 Martinsburg Bulldogs (6-0) at Park View Patriots (1-3)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Martinsburg leads, 1-0.

Last meeting: 2003 - Martinsburg, 45-7.

Last week: The Bulldogs beat Potomac Falls, 35-9. ... The Patriots beat Broad Run, 46-23.

Notes: This is the fourth straight year Martinsburg has started 6-0. ...The Bulldogs scored in each quarter against Potomac Falls. ... RB Josh Tywman scored twice and QB Cameron Shelton threw two TD passes. ... The Patriots broke a three-game losing streak on the arm of QB Christopher Leizear, who threw for 376 yards and four touchdowns against Broad Run.


No. 3 Tuscarora Titans (4-0) at Urbana Hawks (3-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Urbana leads, 1-0.

Last meeting: 2004 - Urbana, 70-0.

Last week: The Titans beat North Carroll, 34-7. ... The Hawks lost to Westminster, 27-25.

Notes: The Titans faced Urbana in their season opener last year, the first varsity game for the Tuscarora program. ... For the first time ever, Tuscarora received points in the Maryland state football poll. ... QB Chris Castro had a hand in three touchdowns and Cruz Mannherz rushed for 144 yards against North Carroll. ... Urbana's Sean Alder rushed for 103 yards and one TD and Mike Roche had a 97-yard kickoff return against Westminster. ... The Hawks had a 35-yard field goal attempt partially blocked at the end of the game.

Winters Mill Falcons (3-1) at No. 4 Middletown Knights (4-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Middletown leads, 2-0.

Last meeting: 2004 - Middletown, 36-7.

Last week: The Falcons beat South Carroll, 30-21. ... The Knights beat Liberty, 20-14.

Notes: Middletown is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2001 when it went 11-1. ... In 2003, Middletown beat the Falcons, 49-0. ... Kevin Linehan led the Knights' romp over Liberty with 104 yards rushing and 67 yards passing. ... Winters Mill's Jordan Wike had 3 TDs and rushed 22 times for 157 yards in the Falcons' win over South Carroll.

No. 5 Mercersburg Blue Storm (5-0) at Blair Academy Buccaneers (1-1)

When: Saturday, 2:30

Series: Blair Academy leads, 9-0.

Last meeting: 2004 - Blair Academy, 34-0.

Last week: The Blue Storm beat Lawrenceville, 20-0. ... The Buccaneers defeated Wyoming Seminary, 28-15.

Notes: Mercersburg's defense came up big with 4 interceptions. ... Neil Gordon had a pair of interceptions and Vincent Rey had one, along with 12 tackles. ... The Blue Storm offense ran only 25 plays to 62 for Lawrenceville. ... Mercersburg has not won six games to start a season since 1995 when it went 8-1. ... Blair has won six New Jersey Prep Class A titles and 4 of 6 MAPL titles.

No. 6 Thomas Johnson Patriots (3-1) at North Carroll Panthers (1-3)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Thomas Johnson leads, 16-2 (since 1987).

Last meeting: 2004 - North Carroll, 8-0.

Last week: The Patriots beat Century, 41-0. ... The Panthers lost to Tuscarora, 34-7.

Notes: The Panthers have won the last two meetings after losing 16 straight against the Patriots. ... Not since 2000 have the Patriots started a season 3-1. ... The Panthers were held to 23 yards rushing by Tuscarora and their only TD came on an interception return.

No. 7 Greencastle Blue Devils (4-1) at Susquenita Blackhawks (1-4)

When: Today, 7:30

Series: Susquenita leads, 5-1.

Last meeting: 2004 - Greencastle, 35-14.

Last week: The Blue Devils nipped East Pennsboro in overtime, 21-20. ... The Blackhawks were pounded by West Perry, 39-14.

Notes: Greencastle nailed down the win despite being outgained by almost 140 yards. ... Ty Thrush scored three times for Greencastle. ... Susquenita QB Tim Wagner threw for 117 yards and one TD and rushed for one score in the loss to West Perry.

North Hagerstown Hubs (2-2) at Brunswick Railroaders (2-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: North Hagerstown leads, 9-7.

Last meeting: 2004 - North Hagerstown, 47-0.

Last week: The Hubs beat Smithsburg, 48-13. ... The Railroaders beat South Hagerstown, 35-20.

Notes: The Hubs have won four of the last five meetings and have not lost at Brunswick since 1999. ... North broke a two-game losing streak with a dominating win over Smithsburg. ... The Hubs picked up 393 yards on the ground. ... Brunswick ran roughshod over South with Eric Zwilsky's 187 yards leading the way. ... Aaron Main also passed for 114 yards.

Clear Spring Blazers (1-3) at South Hagerstown Rebels (0-4)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: South Hagerstown leads, 1-0.

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