Ce­cil County Foot­ball Cap­sules

Cecil Whig - - & - WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

North East at No. 1 Aberdeen When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Oct. 3, 2008 – Aberdeen won 14-12

Out­look: It’s been tough sled­ding for the North East foot­ball team out of the gate, fac­ing back to back games against non-di­vi­sional teams cur­rently ranked inside the Whig’s UCBAC Foot­ball Poll. Af­ter fall­ing to visit­ing Havre de Grace in the sea­son opener, 38-0, the In­di­ans must turn around and travel to top-ranked Aberdeen.

For first-year North East head coach Chris Sch­le­ich, the fo­cus will be to keep his young team from be­com­ing dis­cour­aged de­spite dif­fi­cult con­tests to open the year. Much calmer wa­ters await the In­di­ans once Susque­hanna Divi­sion play be­gins in Week 4.

Against the Ea­gles, an­tic­i­pate North East to strug­gle to keep up on the score­board but ex­pect the Ce­cil County squad to con­tinue im­prov­ing on both sides of the ball as play­ers and coaches adapt to a new sys­tem and a new mind­set af­ter fin­ish­ing last year with­out a win.

C.M. Wright at Ris­ing Sun When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 2015 – C.M. Wright won 19-0

Out­look: When Ris­ing Sun and C.M. Wright meet on the grid­iron this week, it will be game be­tween a pair of teams look­ing to re­bound af­ter tough losses in Week 1.

In the wake of a six-win cam­paign a year ago, the Tigers did not open the 2016 sea­son the way they hoped, suf­fer­ing a 46-7 loss to South­ern in non-con­fer­ence ac­tion. The Mus­tangs are sim­i­larly search­ing for the win col­umn af­ter be­ing shut out by Elk­ton, 31-0, to be­gin the year.

The Whig’s cov­er­age of C.M. Wright last week re­vealed a smash mouth team that will run the ball of­ten. If Ris­ing Sun can find a way to halt the Mus­tangs’ ground game, it will have a chance to break away on the score­board.

Al­though it came in a loss, the Tigers show­cased a twodi­men­sional of­fense against South­ern, with quar­ter­back Nate McCul­lough throw­ing the ball 20 times and the back­field rush­ing 29 times.

Ex­pect a com­pet­i­tive con­test as both teams try des­per­ately not to fall to 0-2.

Bo­hemia Manor at Win­ters Mill When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 2015 – Bo Manor won 28-3

Out­look: Head coach Joe Graf earned his first win as head coach of Bo­hemia Manor last week when his team de­feated visit­ing Stephen De­catur 20-14.

The Ea­gles will look to keep his un­blem­ished record alive when they travel to face Win­ters Mill in Week 2.

Bo Manor will take the field tonight fol­low­ing a game in which its lead run­ning back, Bobby McClen- nan, rushed for 215 yards and three touch­downs on 15 car­ries. Three other run­ners com­bined to rush for 66 yards on 13 car­ries as the Ea­gles dis­played the same ground-and-pound for­mula that has pro­duced nu­mer­ous play­off ap­pear­ances over the past decade.

In tonight’s road game against a non-con­fer­ence foe, ex­pect more of the same.

Per­ryville at Wilm­ing­ton Friends (Del.) When: 2 p.m. Satur­day Last Meeting: Oct. 15, 2004 – Per­ryville won 24-8

Out­look: An out-of-state, non-con­fer­ence op­po­nent will greet Per­ryville in Week 2 as it at­tempts to re­bound from a sea­son-open­ing lopsided loss to Edgewood.

The Panthers suf­fered early turnovers in their de­feat to the Rams, find­ing them­selves down early and un­able to bat­tle back on the score­board. They must avoid a sim­i­lar start to the con­test on Satur­day against Wilm­ing­ton Friends if they ex­pect to emerge vic­to­ri­ous.

Per­ryville may have an up­per-hand early as it comes in hav­ing al­ready played a game, while its op­po­nent will be cel­e­brat­ing its sea­son opener and will likely need a lit­tle time to ad­just to play­ing mean­ing­ful foot­ball.

If the Panthers can find the score­board early and set the tone, their first win of the sea­son may not be far be­hind.

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