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Previews of this weekend's games

September 28, 2007

Liberty Lions (1-2)at North Hagerstown Hubs (0-3)



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: North Hagerstown leads, 6-2.

Last meeting: 2006 - North Hagerstown, 40-26.

Last week: The Lions defeated Westminster, 33-0. ... The Hubs lost to Musselman, 19-18.

Notes: Liberty snapped a 16-game losing streak with its big win over Westminster. ... Ethan Dorsey ran for 68 yards and 4 TDs. ... The Lions allowed only 59 yards in total offense. ... The Hubs have not lost four straight games since losing six straight across the 2001 and 2002 seasons. ... North was victimized by the field goal last week as Musselman's Corey Smith booted four, including the game-winner as time expired. ... QB James Brunson did not start last week against Musselman. ... North missed all of its extra points following two TDs by Brunson and one from Dervon Wilson.

Williamsport Wildcats (1-2)at South Hagerstown Rebels (0-3)



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: South Hagerstown leads, 20-11.

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Last meeting: 2006 - South Hagerstown, 26-7.

Last week: The Wildcats defeated Baltimore Lutheran, 41-0. ... The Rebels lost to Linganore, 58-7.

Notes: The Rebels are 0-3 for the third straight season. ... The Rebels have lost six straight going back to 2006. The Rebels' last win? Against Williamsport, 26-7, last Oct. 20. ... Williamsport found an opponent to its liking, pounding out 300-plus yards on the ground against Baltimore Lutheran. ... Cortez Boyce had two interceptions for Williamsport. ... Kyle McDannell had 118 yards on 15 carries and scored 3 TDs. ... South's epitaph against Linganore last week came early, falling behind 51-0 at halftime. ... South's three losses have come against teams with a combined record of 11-1. ... Ian Anderson ran 85 yards for a score that kept the Rebels from being shut out. ... The Rebels have scored 49 points in three games. Last year, it took until the fifth game to score as many.

Francis Scott Key Eagles (1-2)at Boonsboro Warriors (2-1)



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Boonsboro leads, 22-9.

Last meeting: 2002 - Francis Scott Key, 37-7.

Last week: The Eagles lost to Thomas Johnson, 34-6. ... The Warriors beat Poolesville, 42-21.

Notes: These two teams met regularly from 1972 until 2002, the year before the merger of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League and Central Maryland Conference. ... FSK's last win at Boonsboro was in 1988. ... A Boonsboro win would give the Warriors a second straight 3-1 start. ... The Eagles were dominated by a very good Thomas Johnson team. ... FSK had 114 of its 142 yards on the ground. ... Tyler Bridges ran for 58 yards. ... Brendan Blanchette scored a touchdown. ... The Warriors piled up 432 yards in their win over Poolesville. ... Andrew Griffith ran for three scores, Ryan McLean and Brandon McLean each scored once and John Shobe threw a TD pass to Chris Selby. ... The Warriors are the highest-scoring team in Washington County, averaging 36.7 points per game.

Clear Spring Blazers (0-3)at Smithsburg Leopards (3-0)



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Smithsburg leads, 3-0.

Last meeting: 2006 - Smithsburg, 41-8.

Last week: The Blazers lost to Hancock, 18-0. ... The Leopards beat Winters Mill, 38-30.

Notes: The Leopards could start 4-0 for the second time in the last four years, having gone 8-0 in 2004. ... The Blazers have lost 10 straight games. ... The Blazers had five turnovers against Hancock. Clear Spring had one drive reach the Hancock 4-yard line before stalling. ... Smithsburg QB Bryan Faulders was player of the week in the MVAL Antietam after throwing for a school-record 295 yards and two TDs to Kevin Kocsis. ... Kocsis caught 9 passes and Josh Conway caught 7. ... The Leopards have averaged 35.7 points per game this season.

Hancock Panthers (2-1)at Elkton Christian Crusaders (5-0)



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: First meeting.

Last week: The Panthers defeated Clear Spring, 18-0. ... The Crusaders defeated Carson Long Military, 47-0.

Notes: The Crusaders have averaged nearly 25 points scoring and 10.6 on defense in their first five games. ... Last week's shutout of Carson Long was their first of the season. ... This is Elkton Christian's second full year of varsity football. ... Both of Hancock's wins have come on the road this season. ... With a win, the Panthers could start 3-1 for the first time since 2004 when they began 4-0. ... Josh Unger led Hancock's win over Clear Spring with 147 yards rushing and 2 TDs.

Jefferson Cougars (1-4)at Musselman Applemen (3-2)



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Musselman leads, 12-8.

Last meeting: 2006 - Jefferson, 29-10.

Last week: The Cougars lost to Urbana, 13-12. ... The Applemen beat North Hagerstown, 19-18.

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