Sneak Peek

* McDonough at Leonardtown

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: McDonough, 27-13.

Records: McDonough (3-3, 3-2); Leonardtown (0-6, 0-4).

Last game: McDonough defeated Lackey, 10-0; Leonardtown lost to Chopticon, 29-10.

Outlook: McDonough has won two straight, and its offense is on a roll. The Rams' three losses have come to the league's three unbeaten teams: Patuxent (in a nonconference game), Thomas Stone and Westlake. Against each of those teams--which have six shutouts among them--McDonough has scored at least two touchdowns. QB Travis Peters, WR Travis Woodland and RB Nick Carrington are key for the Rams; the Raiders rely heavily on QB Jason Schacter and WR Tommy Davis. Leonardtown has given up 29.5 points per game.

* La Plata at Calvert

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Calvert, 26-0.

Records: La Plata (3-3, 1-3); Calvert (5-1, 3-1).

Last game: La Plata lost to Westlake, 24-18, in OT; Calvert defeated Great Mills, 28-0.

Outlook: The Warriors' 3-3 record is deceiving. If healthy, La Plata can play with any team in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and proved that last week against Westlake. But after back-to-back emotional losses to Patuxent and Westlake, things don't get easier against Calvert, which averages 39 points per game. RBs-LBs Raheem Archer and Dennis Williamson and RB-DB Titus Green will lead the Warriors; QB Orion Canine and RBs Sean Mizzer and Corey Smith, a transfer from Northern who ran for three touchdowns last week, will lead the Cavaliers.

* Great Mills at Lackey

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Lackey, 31-6.

Records: Great Mills (3-3, 2-3); Lackey (1-5, 1-3).

Last game: Great Mills lost to Calvert, 28-0; Lackey lost to McDonough, 10-0.

Outlook: After winning three of its first four games, Great Mills has dropped two in a row by a combined total of 70-6. Lackey is a physical team, but has been held scoreless three times this season and has not scored in the past six quarters. Great Mills FB Cliff Dukes was held to 22 yards last week against Calvert, but delivered some big blows defensively.

* Westlake at Chopticon

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Westlake, 45-13.

Records: Westlake (6-0, 5-0); Chopticon (2-4, 1-3).

Last game: Westlake defeated La Plata, 24-18, in OT; Chopticon defeated Leonardtown, 29-10.

Outlook: The Wolverines--four-time defending SMAC champions--have been pushed to the brink twice this season, coming from behind and winning in overtime against Calvert and La Plata. Westlake's toughest opponents are on the horizon: Suitland, Patuxent and Thomas Stone, which have one loss among them. The Braves should provide a good test as well--they're big up front, and QB Jamar Mason and WR Jamie Byroads are a constant threat to go deep.

* Northern at C.M. Wright

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Did not play.

Records: Northern (0-6); C.M. Wright (4-2).

Last game: Northern lost to Patuxent, 42-0; C.M. Wright lost to North Harford, 7-0.

Outlook: The Patriots are still searching for their first win of the season, and C.M. Wright, a Class 4A school in Harford County, will not make it easy. Northern has scored a total of 25 points this season and has been shut out three times. Senior QB Danny Terracciano completed 5 of 12 passes for 43 yards last week and senior RB Donte Hurley leads the rushing attack, but the Patriots lack a breakaway threat.

BY THE NUMBERS

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Shutouts recorded by SMAC teams last Friday. McDonough beat Lackey, 10-0; Calvert topped Great Mills, 28-0; Patuxent blanked Northern, 42-0; and Thomas Stone dropped Wakefield, 41-0.

19

Tackles made by La Plata junior Titus Green in the Warriors' 24-18 overtime loss to Westlake last Friday.

51

Passing yards for Wakefield QB Wayne Hogwood in Thomas Stone's 41-0 victory last Friday. Thomas Stone held Hogwood, who completed 4 of 13 passes, 110 yards below his average.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Patuxent at Thomas Stone

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last season's meeting: Did not play.

Records: Patuxent (6-0, 4-0); Thomas Stone (6-0, 4-0).

Last game: Patuxent beat Northern, 42-0; Thomas Stone beat Wakefield, 41-0.

Each week, Southern Maryland Extra asks key players to preview the key game of the week. This week, Patuxent sophomore Terry Caulley and Thomas Stone senior Marcus Whalen--the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference's top two rushers--size up their teams.

Caulley on Patuxent

* Offense

"We're real strong up front. The way our offensive line follows our plays is perfect execution, and the way [fullback] Anthony Baldwin leads me through the holes, I'm fearless because I know I won't be touched."

Key stat: Caulley leads the Washington area with 1,255 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on 126 carries.

* Defense

"We're strong all around: the defensive line, the linebackers, the secondary. Our conditioning in practice, it's unexplainable, but it kicks in and even the guys who play two ways don't get tired."

Key stat: Patuxent has three shutouts this season and has given up a conference-low 41 total points.

* Special teams

"Brendan Connell is a great kicker. He can place the ball wherever Coach [Jim] Esposito tells him to. And between me, Anthony Baldwin and DeAndre Mitchell, the return game is solid, too."

Key stat: Three of the Panthers' 38 touchdowns this season have come from special teams--two on punt returns and one on a blocked punt.

* Key to victory:

"Coach always says we win the games Monday through Thursday, and this week we have to work extra hard in practice. Thomas Stone has a good offense. We'll key on Marcus, and if we shut him down, we'll win the game."

Whalen on Thomas Stone

* Offense

"Last year, I was carrying the ball 20 to 25 times a game. I was carrying the whole offense. But this year, with Mike Finamore, if you stop me, he'll break one for 80 yards on you. Our offensive line is doing such a good job opening holes, unless they put their whole team in the box, I don't see how they're going to stop us both."

Key stat: Whalen must average 195 yards a game the rest of the season to surpass his 1998 rushing total of 1,934 yards.

* Defense

"Our defensive line has really picked it up the last three games. We're solid not only on run-stop defense, but on pass coverage, too. Mike Farland and Marcus Warr have both been playing huge."

Key stat: Thomas Stone has yielded two touchdowns in the past 16 quarters.

* Special teams

"I don't think Finamore has missed a [place kick] yet. . . . And our returns are always good."

Key stat: Three times this season, a team has kicked off directly to Whalen. He returned two of the kicks for touchdowns (one 90 yards, the other 74).

* Key to victory:

"We've got to shut their running game down. [Terry] Caulley is running this year for them the same way I was last year. And as soon as I went up against a good defense--against Westlake--you learn it's easy to get shut down. We've just got to contain the outside, because he's not going to break any tackles on us."

Rushing Leaders

Name

School

Att.

Yards

Avg.

TDs

Terry Caulley

Patuxent

126

1,255

10.0

17

Marcus Whalen

Thomas Stone

99

1,145

11.6

10

Sean Mizzer

Calvert

72

733

10.2

12

Nick Carrington

McDonough

118

643

5.4

8

Titus Green

La Plata

80

639

8.0

7

Passing Leaders

Name

School

Com.

Att.

Int.

Yards

TDs

Orion Canine

Calvert

49

73

2

676

10

Travis Peters

McDonough

42

94

2

607

2

Jamar Mason

Chopticon

26

80

7

575

7

Jason Schacter

Leonardtown

39

72

4

466

6

Judd Vail

Patuxent

15

30

1

319

3

Receiving Leaders

Name

School

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TDs

Travis Woodland

McDonough

24

368

15.3

0

Jamie Byroads

Chopticon

15

306

20.4

5

Tommy Davis

Leonardtown

17

282

16.6

5

Pat Martin

Patuxent

10

220

22.0

1

Treaven Wills

Calvert

12

190

15.8

5

CAPTION: Chopticon High's David Showalter bursts past a host of Leonardtown defenders for a big gain in the second half last Saturday. Chopticon won, 29-10, to keep the Raiders winless.

CAPTION: Patuxent RB Terry Caulley

CAPTION: Thomas Stone RB-LB Marcus Whalen