The date of the Central-Forestville football game was incorrect in some editions of yesterday's paper. The game will be played today at 3 p.m. (Published 10/09/1999)
Uphill Road for Forestville
CENTRAL AT FORESTVILLE
Central Coach Robert Cashwell calls his team's game at Forestville the start of the second season. That is because the contest marks the first of a five-week stretch of Prince George's 2A/1A league play -- and playoff implications are huge.
Off to its best start in the '90s, Central (5-0) faces an uphill battle the remainder of the season. The combined record for the Capitol Heights school's first five opponents is 6-19.
"It's what I call a neighborhood brawl," said Cashwell, whose team defeated Forestville, 21-20, last season. "I have this feeling we're going to go after each other. I'd be willing to pay to see it if I wasn't standing on the sidelines."
Forestville (4-1), the defending league champion and state finalist, will try to contain Central's three running backs -- Amir Davis (returning after sitting out two weeks with an ankle injury), Martin Gibson and Leonard Marti. Each is averaging more than 100 yards per game. Forestville CBs Larry McClain and Donte Taylor, who are among Maryland's leaders with four interceptions each, will pressure Central's passing attack.
High Stakes All Around
SPRINGBROOK AT SHERWOOD
Sherwood (3-2) will attempt to end a two-game losing streak when it hosts Springbrook (3-2 overall, 3-2) in a Montgomery 4A matchup. The Sandy Spring school is coming off a 35-14 defeat last Friday to Watkins Mill. Coach Bob Milloy said his team got banged up a bit in that game and will be without DB Wes Sconce (strained lower back).
"We're going in the wrong direction," Milloy said.
Milloy said tackling has been a problem for his defense. They must find a way to stop Springbrook RB Curtis Harris, Montgomery's second-leading rusher with 673 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 93 carries (an average of seven yards per carry).
"They're an awfully good team with pretty good balance," Milloy said. "I don't see any weaknesses."
The pressure will be on Springbrook to contain QB Shai Warsaw, who has passed for 653 yards and eight touchdowns, and RB Eddie Beccles, the county's third-leading rusher with 558 yards. Springbrook suffered a 32-12 loss to Churchill last Friday.
"This is a big game for both teams," said Springbrook Coach Mike Smith. "Whoever loses this game is out of the playoff window."
Keeping an Eye on Oakton
CENTREVILLE AT OAKTON
No. 16 Centreville (4-1 overall, 1-0), the two-time defending Virginia AAA Concorde District champion, is off to another strong start this season. But Coach Mike Skinner said he is not overlooking district foe Oakton (3-2, 1-0).
Last season, Centreville and Oakton met twice. The Wildcats defeated Oakton, 21-14, to secure the district title, and again defeated Oakton in the regionals, 21-19. Oakton Coach Pete Bendorf is not afraid of pregame hype.
"Whoever wins will be well on their way to winning the district championship," said Bendorf, whose team's only losses have come to Virginia AAA Patriot powerhouses No. 13 Robinson and No. 14 Lake Braddock (both 5-0). "For us, we're all shooting for Centreville."
Centreville offense is led by RB Mike Williams, who rushed for 151 yards in the team's 20-7 victory over South Lakes last Friday. Wildcats QB Sam McElory's also is a threat out of the backfield with his foot speed and passing accuracy.
Top Notch Competition
TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AT MODEL
Last season, two prominent deaf publications separately ranked Model and the Texas School for the Deaf as the top-ranked football programs for deaf students. "The deaf community is building this game up," Model Coach Bob Miller said.
The game also marks the return of Texas Coach Andy Bonheyo, who coached Model in the early '90s. The last time the two teams played was in '96 when Texas won 14-0; Texas also won the game in '88, 18-13.
Miller directed Model to an 8-1 record last season after implementing a wing-T offense. Led by senior QB Patrick O'Doherty and senior RB James Bunch, Model is off to a 3-0 start. O'Doherty has completed 50 percent of his passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He has also rushed for 149 yards and five touchdowns. Bunch has rushed for 792 yards on 71 carries.
"He's made a lot of the right decisions so far," Miller said of O'Doherty.
Texas (3-3) is led by RB Brandon Reese, who is approaching the Texas private school record for career rushing yards (6,971). Reese has rushed for more than 200 yards in three games.