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.

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