Cecil County Football Capsules
Harford Tech at Bohemia Manor When: 7 p.m. Friday Last Meeting: Oct. 2, 2015 – Harford Tech won, 26-19
Outlook: The Bohemia Manor and Harford Tech football teams will face off tonight hoping to find the win column after they each lost their respective Susquehanna Division openers a week ago.
The focus for the Eagles (2-2 overall, 0-1 Susquehanna), who allowed 19 unanswered second-half points in last week’s loss to Rising Sun, will be to put together four quarters of football. Against the Tigers, they led by one score at the break but suffered a fumble on the opening drive of the third quarter and never recovered.
Expect Bo Manor to concentrate on ball control during the final 24 minutes against Harford Tech (2-2, 0-1), preventing turnovers on offense and dictating the clock with a run-heavy attack. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense must do a better job of getting the opposing offense off the field in the wake of a second half against the Tigers in which they were gashed for a 14-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in the go-ahead touchdown.
Joppatowne at North East When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Oct. 2, 2015 – Joppatowne won, 3512
Outlook: Fresh off their biggest offensive outburst in more than a decade, the North East football team will look to continue lighting up the scoreboard tonight when they host winless Joppatowne.
Although they lost, the Indians (0-4 overall, 0-1 Susquehanna) scored 36 points against Patterson Mill last Friday, creating plenty of momentum as they prepare for their secondstraight home game against a team without a win.
Against the Huskies, North East found running room on the ground en route to six trips to the end zone. Look for a similar strategy tonight against the Mariners (0-4, 0-1), who allowed 228 rushing yards to running back Raiquon Estep and three total rushing touchdowns in last Friday’s loss to Elkton.
Perryville at Patterson Mill When: 7 tonight Last Meeting: Oct. 5, 2015 – Perryville won 28-14
Outlook: A secondstraight road game to begin Susquehanna Division play greets Perryville in Week 5 as it takes a bus ride to Bel Air to visit Patterson Mill.
The Panthers (1-3 overall, 1-0 division) will need to overcome the aggressive play style of the Huskies (13, 1-0), who will try to capitalize on last week’s success when they scored six touchdowns in a win over North East.
A good way for Perryville to maintain control of the scoreboard will be to score early and then generate a defensive stand on the ensuing Patterson Mill possession.
Expect the Panthers to pound the football and create a downfield passing attacking once a ground game has been established. The Huskies’ run defense proved vulnerable against the Indians, therefore it’s likely that Perryville coach Chris Johnson will be hoping to move the sticks—and find the scoreboard—using a similar blueprint.