The Place to Be: Oxon Hill
The game: Eleanor Roosevelt at Oxon Hill.
Kickoff: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Records: Raiders 2-0, 0-0 Prince George's 4A; Clippers 1-0, 1-0.
Last season: Eleanor Roosevelt, 30-6.
Key players: Eleanor Roosevelt QB Wendall Williams, RB Edwin Rios, LB Robert Petty; Oxon Hill QB-S David Driggers, RB Jason Jackson, T-DT Matt Powell.
Raiders' key to victory: Use their speed. Coach Rick Houchens has one of the quickest teams around. Williams and Rios are the top two playmakers, but RBs Jermaine Ennis and Javon Green also have the ability to break off a big play.
"We focus a lot on speed work," Houchens said. "We then try to scheme things around our kids and put them in position to make plays."
Petty is the most physical player in the Raiders' defense. He had several big hits in a 44-12 victory over Woodbridge on Saturday, including a jarring hit that knocked Vikings QB Abey Malave-Lopez out of the game in the fourth quarter.
This game should be the first real challenge for the Raiders, who led Woodbridge, 32-6, at halftime and routed Riverdale Baptist, 50-0, in their season opener.
"The kids will be excited to have a chance to" play a league game, Houchens said. "We feel like we have something to prove this year. We have a good, competitive team that we feel is among the best out there. . . . We want to earn that respect. In our county, that isn't easy."
Clippers' key to victory: Control the line of scrimmage. In the season's first two weeks, Oxon Hill was able to run the ball successfully and put points on the scoreboard. Jackson rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-14 victory over Northwestern last week and RB Terrence Battle rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a game that was suspended by lightning with Oxon Hill trailing H.D. Woodson, 42-26.
Defensively, the Clippers must contain the Raiders' speed and not allow Roosevelt's running backs to get outside. With Powell the only two-way starter on the lines, Oxon Hill should be fresh.
"We still need some work," Oxon Hill Coach Cliff Haskins said while watching Roosevelt's victory over Woodbridge. "We made a lot of mistakes [against Northwestern], we just got away with them. That was a big game because Northwestern beat us last year and it was the first time they had beaten us since 1982. Both teams' players attended camps this summer and there was a little talking back and forth."
It also was an important victory because it gave the Clippers some confidence. After finishing 4-6 last season and bringing a young team (only nine seniors) into 1999, getting into the win column was important.
Directions: Beltway to Indian Head Highway (Route 210) south. Turn left onto Oxon Hill Road and make a right onto Livingston Road. At the first light, turn right onto Wentworth Drive. Turn right on Haven Avenue, then make immediate left onto Shelby Drive. Go one block and turn right on Leyte Drive to school entrance.
BY THE NUMBERS
Average weight, in pounds, of each starter on Oxon Hill's offensive line.
Average margin of victory in Eleanor Roosevelt's first two games.
Times Eleanor Roosevelt assistant coach Mancel Johnson has taken a piece of sod from an opponent's field following a road victory. The Raiders plan to create a sod cemetery similar to that at Florida State.
Other Games of Note
Northwestern at Largo, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: RB David Okunola rushed for three touchdowns and Largo surprised Parkdale last week, 20-6. He likely will need a similar effort if the Lions are to defeat Northwestern, which stumbled in a 20-14 loss to Oxon Hill last week. The Wildcats were hurt by crucial turnovers that killed drives, including an interception in the end zone and a fumble inside the 10-yard line.
Crossland at Central, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Perhaps the biggest surprise in the county--maybe the entire Washington area--has been Central's 2-0 start. RB Amir Davis rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown in a 12-0 victory over DuVal last week as Crossland won its second consecutive road game. On Saturday, Central will play its home opener against Crossland, which completed its game against Thomas Johnson of Frederick, Md., on Monday night.
Forestville at Phelps, Friday, 6 p.m.: Forestville opened with a 58-3 victory over Colonial Forge--a new school in Stafford County, Va., with no seniors--then beat Bladensburg (which has not won since 1997), 40-0, last week. And now the Knights face Phelps, which ended an 18-game losing streak by beating Charles Hickey, 38-0, last week.
* THIS WEEK'S GAMES
DeMatha at Eastern, 7
Douglass at Linganore, 7
Bowie at North Carroll, 7:30
Forestville at Phelps, 6
Northwestern at Largo, 7:30
Pallotti at Beall, 7:30
Parkdale at High Point, 7:30
Potomac at Paul VI, 7:30
Surrattsville at Fort Hill, 7:30
Thomas Johnson at Friendly, 7:30
Anacostia at McNamara, 1
Crossland at Central, 1:30
E. Roosevelt at Oxon Hill, 1:30
Fairmont Heights at Bladensburg, 1:30
Gwynn Park at DuVal, 1:30
Riverdale Baptist at Victor Cullen, 1:30
Suitland at Laurel, 1:30
* LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Bowie 21, Laurel 0
Central 12, DuVal 0
Chopticon 21, Gwynn Park 20
Crossland at Thomas Johnson, susp.
DeMatha 35, Fork Union Military 7
Douglass 27, Surrattsville 0
E. Roosevelt 44, Woodbridge 12
Fairmont Hgts. 24, Coolidge 0
Forestville 40, Bladensburg 0
Hylton 30, Friendly 6
Largo 20, Parkdale 6
McNamara 21, O'Connell 16
Oxon Hill 20, Northwestern 14
Potomac 56, Edgewood 26
Suitland 15, High Point 10
T. Roosevelt 8, Riverdale Baptist 6
CAPTION: Quarterback Dante Harris of No. 13 High Point sets up for a short pass to fullback Fred Couch (2) in 15-10 victory over No. 6 Suitland. The Eagles host Parkdale on Friday.