Meade experiences a new joy High school report


* THERE IS A SEASON, TURN, TURN, TURN: In the biggest upset of the first week of the high school football season, Meade, 1-9 last year, beat perennial playoff participant Springbrook of Montgomery County, 20-14. Springbrook had been ranked No. 6 in the Washington area, but did Meade's second-year coach Hayse Henderson think it was an upset?

"No," he said.

Now, that's confidence.

Sophomore Kenny Walker ran for 165 yards on 13 carries for three touchdowns, but, said Henderson, "Kenny Walker wasn't the key. Our two-way tackles, Alfred Harris and Lavaniel Hicks, were."

So how did last year's doormat turn it around?

"Last year I had a team with only seven seniors," Henderson said. "Only five were starters. This year I have about 30 seniors on the team."

Experience certainly counts, for both coach and players. "Last year was my first year," said Henderson, who installed a wishbone attack. "Some of them are going to buck what you're saying. I think I've adjusted to them and they've adjusted to me. I just think we're a much better team than what people are saying."

* THE OFFICIAL CLOCK WAS A SUNDIAL AND THE SCORE WAS XXVIII TO IX: Patapsco ran several plays from a single wing Friday against Patapsco. A group of coaches scouting the game saw it happen. The older ones recognized the formation. The younger ones thought it was a variation on the shotgun.

* HEY COACH, LET'S PLAY 'EM ALL ON THE ROAD: Coming off a 3-7 season, Woodlawn opened at Central Maryland Conference favorite Westminster Friday night. The Warriors weren't

intimidated. Thanks in part to an intentional safety, they pulled an 18-15 upset.

With about four minutes to go, and leading by five, Woodlawn took the ball at its 10 and moved to the 30. But a holding call helped force it into a fourth down situation back at the 10. Coach George Goudy called for the safety to gain a free kick.

"Our quarterback, Rodney Petit, had a great kick," Goudy said. "He punted the ball 50 yards and they couldn't field it." Woodlawn then held on defense as the Owls drove to midfield before losing the ball on downs.

Petit ran for a touchdown, passed to Omar Johnson for another and Johnson ran for the other Warriors score.

"Our kids put it all together," Goudy said. "They played as well as we can play."

* YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY: Last year Forest Park beat Seaford, Del., which also lost only to Delaware's state champs. Saturday night in Seaford, though, the Foresters lost six of eight fumbles and the game, 14-0.

"We played well defensively," said Forest Park coach Obie Barnes. "But we're younger than we really wanted to think."

* NO WONDER THEY CALL IT FOOTBALL: Last year, said North County coach Chuck Markiewicz, "We felt we lost 30-40 points because we didn't have the ability to score if it wasn't a touchdown."

This year, the first points of the school's second season came on a 23-yard field goal by Chuckie Griffith, the first in school history. Griffith added an extra point in his only attempt for the difference in the Knights' 22-21 win at Oakland Mills.

And punter Eric Howard put a 52-yarder out of the end zone, pinned the Scorpions at their 10, and floated a couple with the wind that couldn't be returned.

Hands counted in this game, too. Senior Troy Ross caught scoring passes of 75 and 12 yards from Reggie Moore to overcome a 21-10 Oakland Mills lead.

And in an age of specialization, Markiewicz pointed out "our unsung hero," junior Vinnie Elliott, who backed up three defensive backs, both slotbacks and a split end.

* ONE IS ENOUGH ALREADY. PLEASE, DON'T TELL NBC ABOUT THIS GUY: After knocking off Bel Air, 46-30, Kenwood coach Fred Myers was raving about his 18-man squad. "One kid we talk about as 'Lou Holtz,' who played all over," he said. Meyers was referring to J.R. Matthews, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound senior guard/nose guard/linebacker/tailback.

"He didn't get out of the game until there were five seconds left," Meyers said. "He came over and said 'Thanks, coach.' "

Matthews' effort for a team that was 0-10 last year won't show up in the stats. Those of some of his teammates will. Quarterback Jesse DeBord completed 16 of 28 passes for 317 yards. Steve Hewitt caught eight for 137 yards. And Joe Gray caught eight for 159 yards and four TDs, adding a fifth on a 62-yard interception return.

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