With the first full high school football weekend behind us, my "Q's and A's" bag is full and needs to be emptied. So, let's get right to it, sports fans.
Don't forget any questions or remarks you might have can be left on my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499.
*Aren't the remarks of Heisman Trophy candidate Shawn Moore of the ninth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers a great example to all student-athletes? "Graduating was my first and utmost goal when I came to the University of Virginia. If you take into consideration everything that has happened to me in college -- my football career, the academics, my social life -- the thing that I will cherish the most was walking down the Lawn and receiving my degree," said Moore after receiving his degree in psychology this summer.
Moore, who is currently a graduate student in Virginia's Curry School of Education, is attempting to become the first graduate student to win the Heisman.
*Will Navy be able to stop Moore and the Cavaliers offense this Saturday in Charlottesville? Whether it does or not, didn't the George Chaump era at the academy begin on an impressive note with the 28-17 victory last Saturday over Richmond?
*How about more than 100 people showing up Monday for the first weekly Navy QB Club luncheon at the Loew's Annapolis Hotel? Don't Navy fans love Athletic Director Jack Lengyel's idea of the QB Club, which provides an opportunity to meet and talk football with coach Chaump and some of his players? Navy sports fans are invited to show up and have lunch with the coach and his troops every Monday at the Loew's.
*Have you heard that the Anne Arundel County contingent at DeMatha High in Hyattsville contributed to the top-ranked Stags' season-opening romp over No. 1 Gilman of Baltimore, 31-12, with senior fullback Joe Aben of Riva scoring on a 1-yard plunge? Aben is 6-1 and 215 pounds, plays fullback-linebacker, and according to coach Bill McGregor, "doesn't come off the field. He's a really tough kid." And a good student as well, with a 3.40 GPA and 1,050 on his SATs.
*After a 2-8 campaign last fall and Friday night's heart-breaking 7-6 loss to South River, why should Broadneck Athletic Director Tim McMullen be worried about his football team with an outstanding coaching staff headed by Jeff Herrick? "I think Jeff has an excellent staff with Ken (Kazmarek), Pat Kostkowski who came back this year (coached Brooklyn Park's varsity for a year), Bruce Villwock and Art Tate, and I'm confident our football program will soon start showing results," said McMullen.
*Isn't it neat to see a couple of former head youth football coaches in the high school coaching ranks in Tate (former Pasadena Charger head coach) and Vince DePasquale, commissioner of Anne Arundel Youth Football Association after coaching in the Cape St. Claire program, now JV coach at St. Mary's High School?
*By the way, does McMullen, a Towson State grad, have a penchant for grads from his alma mater on his coaching staff? He has six head coaches from the Tigers: Herrick, basketball coach Ken Kazmarek, lacrosse coach Clay White, soccer coach Kevin McMullen and cheerleading coach Holly Johansen.
*Hadn't you soccer fans better show up early next Tuesday night at Broadneck High to get a good seat for the annual Severna Park-Broadneck soccer twin-thriller with the girls playing at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.?
*Was that super defense or what by Coach Pete Regala's Old Mill football team last Friday night in its 33-0 romp over LaPlata of Charles County? The losers got only 89 yards rushing with 50 coming on one play at the end of the game when the Pats were in a prevent defense. Can you believe that Old Mill recovered all seven LaPlata fumbles?
*Why wasn't star running back Ahmed Middleton's name in the Annapolis football program last week?
*Wasn't that quite a triumphant return to Anne Arundel County as a head coach for former Southern-Harwood and U. of Maryland star Dale Castro, who guided his High Point Eagles to a 19-13 victory at favored Severna Park last Friday night?
*Aren't congratulations in order for two former Severna Park High School girls lacrosse stars, Erika Mawhorr (1989 Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year as a junior) and Betsy Elder, who were named High School All-Americans for leading the Falcons to the state title last spring? It was the first year of eligibility for High School All-Americans in lacrosse as the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association finally recognized the stick sport with state championship status.
*Didn't the MPSSAA's chief, Ned Sparks, bring back shades of former Annapolis High 1986-1987 seniors Matt Abruzzo and Norm Stapleton, when he blocked the attempt of a Bohemia Manor High School male in Cecil County from playing field hockey? Do you remember Abruzzo and Stapleton being told to turn in their field hockey sticks and kilted skirts for the same reason rendered this week to the Cecil County male field hockey aspirant? The MPSSAA feels that by allowing one boy to play, it would lead to eventual domination of the sport by boys as more signed up.
Girls are allowed to play football and wrestle, so by preventing the boys from playing field hockey, are we saying the boys are better athletes? What do you think?
*Do you think that longtime Arundel High boys lacrosse coach Clint Gosnell took the Wildcats' field hockey job this fall with the notion that boys soon will be allowed to play? *When is some guy going to test volleyball in Anne Arundel County, another girls-only sport that is a popular international male sport? If they ever let guys play volleyball in the county, will helmets be mandatory? Wouldn't boys playing volleyball give a new meaning to the term "kills"? And would dinks have to be changed to dunks?
*Can you blame North County's Brian Cook for wanting everyone to know that the Knights' football team (6-3 over Meade) was NOT the first to win an athletic game at the new school? Instead it was the Knights' junior varsity boys soccer team by 1-0 over Mount St. Joe a couple of hours before the pigskin contest?
*By the way, what's the big deal over mentioning that there were once Brooklyn Park and Andover high schools? "I don't think you have to make reference to where they (the athletes) went to school last year if they are named Player of the Week for what they did at North County," cried a woman on the 24-Hour Sportsline at 6:15 a.m. yesterday.
She was referring to the Female Athlete of the Week, cross country runner Tanya Hecox, who ran at Andover last year ... oops, there I go again.
Really, isn't that being a little too sensitive? Are we to act as if Andover and Brooklyn Park never existed? Wasn't that young woman or any other former athlete at either school, a part of a treasured history that should be remembered as well?
*Attention unemployed: Did you know Anne Arundel Community College Athletic Director Buddy Beardmore is looking for head coaches for softball and women's lacrosse? If interested, give Beardmore a call at 541-2300.
*Have you marked your calendar on Sunday, Oct. 14, the date of the gala seventh annual Anne Arundel Community College Fighting Pioneers bull roast? For tickets call 541-2515.
*Finally, isn't it great that the county is going to honor the national American Legion Champion Mayo Post No. 226 team of Coach Bernie Walter? The event will be at Sunday's grand opening of Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans before the Arundel Suns-Oriolelanders All-Star Baseball Game.