Cecil County Football Capsules
North East at Perryville When: 7 p.m. Thursday Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2015 – Perryville won, 35-0
Outlook: While the playoffs don’t begin for another three weeks, the Perryville football team is already in must-win mode.
Most likely needing to win their remaining three games to secure a spot in the 1A East Region playoffs, the Panthers (2-5) will be desperately trying to find the win column when they host Cecil County rival North East (0-7) on Thursday Night Football.
Expect Perryville, which is no stranger to trick plays, to possibly turn to the unorthodox to surprise North East in an effort to find the scoreboard. The Panthers will also rely on their smash-mouth offense, led by senior fullback Zac Zacerous, in an effort to move the football and control the game clock.
Meanwhile, the Indians will enter the contest hoping to snap a 20-game losing streak. They came close to upending both Patterson Mill and Joppatowne and held a 14-point lead over Rising Sun at halftime two weeks ago before experiencing a blowout loss last Friday to Harford Tech. Anticipate North East bouncing back and producing a close game as it attempts to emerge victorious for the first time since 2014.
In a game between a pair of teams hungry for victory, this could be a high-scoring affair.
Patterson Mill at Rising Sun When: 7 p.m. Thursday Last Meeting: Sept. 23, 2015 – Rising Sun won, 20-13
Outlook: Perhaps no outcome last week was more shocking than Rising Sun’s 56-21 loss to host Joppatowne—the Tigers’ worst Susquehanna Division loss since it fell to Elkton, 35-0, on Oct. 24, 2014.
After throwing for just 44 yards on seven completions, Rising Sun quarterback Nate McCullough will look to re-gain his form as he attempts to re-align an offense that amassed 266 total yards a week ago. If they hope to find success through the air, the Tigers’ running game, which found the end zone twice against the Mariners, will need to set the tone early.
After experiencing slow starts in many of its games this season, scoring early could be key for Rising Sun if it hopes to win the game.
It will be an emotional contest for the visiting Huskies, who are playing for the first time since the sudden death of junior offensive and defensive lineman Issac Pfarr, who passed away over the weekend.