MSA B Conference


* Carver (1-8) -- After a combined 15-6 record in 1988-89 Carver slipped badly last year. This year could be the same if coach Ken Shell doesn't find some linemen. The Bears have all their skill players back on offense but graduated all of their linemen. QB Anthony Miller and SE George Kearney could be key performers if the Bears develop a line.

* Dunbar (7-2) -- In his fifth season at Dunbar, coach Pete Pompey is becoming accustomed to the slow turnouts. He doesn't complain anymore, and he has moved the opener back to Sept. 20. TBs Paul Banks and Tim Armstrong could roll up big numbers if Pompey can find some linemen to go with OT Derrick Player, an impressive 6-5, 285-pound sophomore. Dunbar has won 27 games under Pompey. Lake Clifton is the only B Conference team to win as many during the same period.

* Edmondson (4-4) -- The Redskins are optimistic. There was a good turnout and there are 8 starters back, most on defense. FB Paul Page, SB Craig Hinton, OG Dante Barksdale, LB Steve Everett and DE Maurice Slyth and DE Brenton Smith are expected to lead the Redskins. Edmondson has had 1 winning season since James James replaced Pete Pompey in 1987.

* Mervo (5-4) -- Mervo finished second to Lake Clifton in Division II last season and only 4 starters return, but the consensus among the conference coaches is that this is the team to beat. Mervo had a strong turnout (65 players, not including freshmen), one reason opposing coaches are making the Mustangs the favorites. Coach John Blake says the Mustangs have talent at the skill postions and thinks the linebackers, led by Bobby Giles, may the team's strength.

* Northern (2-6) -- The Vikings have 8 starters back, most at the skill positions. Coach Ike Hemphill thinks this may be Northern's year. "I think we will be the team to watch," he said. "We're overdue." QB George Wilkerson will spark the option, and DT Damon James is expected to solidify the defense. The offensive line is developing slowly, but the Vikings have time. They don't open until Sept. 27 at Poly in a non-league game.

* Northwestern (4-4) -- Coach Lynn Badham has turned this program around in 2 seasons. From 1984-88, the Wildcats were 2-42-2 and in the past 2 years, they are 10-7. But the summer turnout has been slow, and several players expected to return haven't shown up as in previous years. However, Badham is optimistic. OL/DL Thaddeus Reyer and OL/DL Kevin Smith and SE/RB/DB Bomani Murphy form a good nucleus.

* Patterson (8-2) -- The Clippers failed in their attempt to win back-to-back title games, losing to Lake Clifton (28-25) in the conference title game. Patterson has talent at the skill positions, led by QB Buddy Edmond, who passed for 1,801 yards and 22 TDs last season. RB/LB John Sauer, RB/DB Avon Paul and SE/DB Ron Green have talent and experience. Coach Roger Wrenn is trying to find some linemen, and overall experience is lacking. Patterson's 17 wins over the past 2 seasons are more than any other B Conference team has.

* Southern (1-9) -- There are 13 starters back, but the Bulldogs have just 25 players. Coach Jack Nehsmann says the line, where 4 regulars return -- Mike Phelps, Troy Shifflett, Tyrone Smith and Craig Hager -- should be the strength. The skill positions could be a problem. Nehsmann has 3 QBs, but the receivers have been inconsistent. RB Chris Lewis and FB Charles Harris are also returning starters.

* Walbrook (3-5) -- Students are back at the Walbrook Junction campus after 3 years at Southwestern while asbestos was removed from the school building, and the football team won't have to travel from Southwestern to Walbrook every day for practice. Coach Billy Hice had 45 players out, more than in each of the previous 3 years. There are 7 regulars back and a lot of talent moving up from a 6-1 JV.

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