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Preview of Thursday's games

October 16, 2008

Bishop Walsh Spartans (5-1)at St. James Saints (4-2)

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

Series: St. James leads, 7-5.

Last meeting: 2007 -- St. James, 35-12.

Last week: Bishop Walsh beat Randolph-Macon, 27-14; St. James beat Maret, 37-12.

Notes: BW QB Jared Matthews ran for two TDs and threw for another against Randolph-Macon. ... The Saints will see plenty of RB Dylan D'Atri, who rushed 19 times for 95 yards. ... St. James rebounded from a two-game losing streak with a big road win. ... Mike Russ had 234 yards passing and four TDs, three to Spencer Draper. ... A win guarantees the Saints a winning season in coach Chris Milmoe's first year.

Walkersville Lions (1-5) at North Hagerstown Hubs (1-5)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Walkersville leads, 11-4.

Last meeting: 2007 -- North Hagerstown, 30-15.

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Last week: Walkersville lost to Tuscarora, 13-10 in OT; North lost to Middletown, 42-28.

Notes: Walkersville battled once-beaten Tuscarora to a 7-7 draw, forcing overtime. ... A 28-yard field goal by Jeremy Musselman gave the Lions a temporary lead before Tuscarora won on a TD. ... Musselman QBs the Lions and threw for 122 yards. ... North let a 21-7 lead against Middletown slip away. ... Hubs QB Steve Coccodrilli threw for 179 yards and 3 TDs but he was also intercepted three times.

Clear Spring Blazers (1-5) at Patterson Mill Huskies (0-6)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: First Meeting.

Last week: Clear Spring lost to Catoctin, 46-0; Patterson Mill lost to Harford Tech, 28-6.

Notes: Blazers have not scored a touchdown in their last three games. ... Jon Conners had 56 yards rushing for the Blazers' lone highlight. ... Patterson Mill is a first-year team with juniors and sophomores. ... In all six losses, the Huskies have given up between 26 and 30 points. They've scored 6 TDs in 6 games.

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