Previews of today's prep football games

September 20, 2007

Baltimore Lutheran Saints (1-1) at Williamsport Wildcats (0-2)

When: Today, 4 p.m.

Series: First meeting.

Last week: The Saints lost to Sparrows Point, 47-8. ... The Wildcats lost to Northern Garrett, 12-0.

Notes: The Saints beat Clear Spring 21-0 two weeks ago. ... The Wildcats have struggled to get their offense going so far this season. They've managed just six points, 11 first downs and 294 yards in their first two games combined. The Wildcats' defense played well against the Huskies, allowing only 140 total yards. But they were penalized for 95 yards, including three 15-yarders on the Huskies' first possession which led to their first score.

Sidwell Friends Quakers (0-2) at St. James Saints (1-1)

When: Today, 4:30 p.m.

Series: Sidwell Friends, 23-5-2.

Last meeting: 2006 - Sidwell Friends, 12-0.

Last week: The Quakers lost to Crossland, 20-7. ... The Saints lost to Maryland School for the Deaf, 30-17.

Notes: The series dates back to 1959. The Quakers have won the last 11 meetings. ... This is the first Mid Atlantic Conference game this season for both teams. The Quakers have just one touchdown in their first two games of the season. They lost two fumbles in the loss to Crossland last week. The Saints managed just 151 yards of offense against MSD, running just 30 plays as the Orioles chewed up the clock with a strong running attack. MSD gained 306 yards on the ground. The Saints were still in the game into the fourth quarter pulling within 22-17 on Ben Farquhar's 42-yard field goal.


Boonsboro Warriors (1-1) at Poolesville Falcons (1-1)

When: Today, 6:30 p.m.

Series: Boonsboro leads, 2-0.

Last meeting: 1974 - Boonsboro, 15-7 (OT).

Last week: The Warriors defeated Southern Garrett, 54-14. ... The Falcons lost to Smithsburg, 42-7.

Notes: The teams played a home-and-home series in 1973 and 1974. ... At one time, both teams had "Warriors" as their nickname. Poolesville changed its mascot several years back. Ryan McLean scored three TDs and Andrew Griffith had two for the Warriors in their rout of Southern Garrett. The Warriors led 20-14 midway through the second quarter before scoring 34 unanswered points the rest of the way. The Falcons trailed Smithsburg 42-0 before getting on the scoreboard midway through the fourth quarter. The Falcons gained 87 yards and had just five first downs against the Leopards.

South Hagerstown Rebels (0-2) at Linganore Lancers (2-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: First meeting.

Last week: The Rebels lost to Berkeley Springs, 56-22. ... The Lancers defeated Thomas Stone, 49-15.

Notes: An odd bit of MVAL scheduling pits the Class 2A Rebels against the 4A Lancers. The Rebels surrendered 210 rushing yards to Berkeley Springs last week, giving the Indians a short field to work with most of the night. The Rebels trailed 56-8 before scoring the final two touchdowns of the game. Wes Samples threw two touchdown passes to Cory Shank and finished with 131 passing yards. The Rebels fumbled nine times, losing four.

Hancock Panthers (1-1) at Clear Spring Blazers (0-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Hancock leads, 2-1.

Last meeting: 2006 - Clear Spring, 27-14.

Last week: The Panthers lost to Petersburg, 15-12. ... The Blazers lost to Bishop Walsh, 44-6.

Notes: The Panthers were less than two minutes from starting the 2007 season 2-0. Petersburg scored the winning touchdown with 1:14 left in the game to beat the Panthers. Josh Unger ran for 112 yards and a touchdown last week to lead the Panthers. The Blazers got their first score of the season, a touchdown pass from Jesse Jarvis to Keith Gilchrist, as time ran out in the loss to Bishop Walsh. Bishop Walsh gained 370 total yards. Freshman RB Dylan D'Atri ran for 245 yards and three TDs.

Urbana Hawks (1-1) at Jefferson Cougars (1-3)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: First meeting.

Last week: The Hawks lost to Martinsburg, 13-6. ... The Cougars defeated Potomac Falls, 41-21.

Notes: Hawks RB Kevin Wilkes ran 27 times for 137 yards and a 10-yard score. ... The Urbana defense did not allow Martinsburg in the end zone. The Bulldogs scored on a kickoff return and two field goals. The Cougars ended a three-game losing streak by scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half after trailing Potomac Falls 21-20 at halftime. Cougars RB Dewey McDonald had nearly 200 yards of offense (142 rushing, 51 receiving) as Jefferson rolled up 399 yards against Potomac Falls. QB Brandon Hyler ran for two TDs and threw for another.

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