Cecil County Football Capsules
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.