In a weekend in which Severna Park football coach Andy Borland became the fourth in county history to reach the 100 mark in career wins, arch-rival Annapolis came back from the dead and outlasted Meade, 15-8.
After two weeks of the young football season, it's safe to say that the ultimate winner of Class 4A Region IV could go 7-3. Yes, thestate's most competitive league is very competitive indeed.
And the wishbone offense is not going to become the offense of the '90s either.
It's also safe to say that despite what Meade coachHayse Henderson says, that is not a wishbone offense he runs. It maybe a wishbone look or formation, but it's nowhere near a true wishbone.
Henderson, who has 98 to go to reach 100 career wins, boasted all last week about the success of his wishbone in a season-opening major upset at Springbrook, 20-14.
I watched Friday night as his Mustangs dropped a tough one Friday night at Annapolis, and I only saw the wishbone option run four or five times. The rest of the time, it was an offense similar to the A formation run by Annapolis.
Sometimes the Mustangs had flankers out in more of a passing formation thana three-back wishbone. If we are to compare, then let's say the Annapolis wishbone won out Friday night, but you won't hear Panthers coach Roy Brown say he's running a wishbone.
Last season, after his Mustangs lost three of their first four games on the way to a dismal 1-9 campaign, Henderson brought his troops into Severna Park and playedvery well before losing, 29-13. They played well because they did not run the true wishbone, which can cause a lot of fumbles.
Let's face it, when you have a back like Meade's sophomore speedster Kenny Walker, who needs to run a wishbone? Just get the ball to that kid because he's a threat to score each and every time he touches the ball anywhere on the field.
The only coach doing things differently is the guy at North County who brought the run-and-shoot here. Chuck Markiewicz introduced the run-and-shoot to our forever wing-T county three years ago when he was coach at Meade and went 7-3.
From there, he started the North County program and went 8-2 last season. He's offto a 2-0 start this fall. His close friend, Jeff Herrick, is foolingwith the passing offense this year at Broadneck (0-2) and showed signs of breaking out Friday night with a 16-point final period in a 20-16 loss to Glen Burnie (2-0).
So, count Hayse Henderson among the basic "keep it on the ground" coaches in the county and forget that wishbone stuff.
North County and Broadneck dare to be different, and Queen Anne's, the ninth team in the region, wishes the school couldmove across the bridge or be annexed to our county. Since nine of the Lions' 10 games are against Anne Arundel teams, we should at least consider giving them a membership card.
Other than Chesapeake and Queen Anne's, the one thing the other seven 4A teams have in common is that they are capable of beating one another any given week. That'swhy there's the possibility of a 7-3 team (overall) winning the Region IV title and automatic playoff berth.
Just look at this past weekend. Meade came back at Annapolis Friday night and took an 8-7 leadwith 6:56 to go before the Panthers marched 62 yards in two plays toscore, winning the 15-8 thriller.
That left both Annapolis and Meade at 1-1.
We mentioned Glen Burnie's four-point victory over Broadneck, and while the Bruins remain win-less in two games, you know they are capable of knocking off one of the big boys (Severna Park, Old Mill and Annapolis) before all is said and done.
Glen Burnie's defense makes that team a threat every week, no matter who the opponent.
Arundel may be 0-2, but it is also capable, as a 9-8 loss to North County Friday night indicates. The Wildcats could surprise one ofthe contenders before their annual late-season accumulation of bumpsand bruises overcomes them.
Markiewicz was none too happy with his team's effort against Arundel Friday night and said so afterward.
"We won a game we did not deserve to win," said Markiewicz on the 24-Hour Sportsline Friday night. "Arundel outplayed us all night, but they made two mistakes, a safety and a touchdown in the last minute and 30 seconds. It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."
Sophomore quarterback Reggie Moore, who was only 14-for-38 for 143 yards, hit TroyRoss in a crowd for the game-winner, covering 31 yards. Ross gathered in the pass inside the 10 with a swarm of Wildcats around him and made a nifty move to get into pay dirt.
While it went in the "W" column, the effort felt like a loss, and it will concern Markiewicz allweek as his team prepares for a visit to Annapolis.
Certainly what happens Friday night will give Markiewicz an indication of what's ahead in Class 4A for his Knights.
No matter what happens, North County will have all of its opponents worried throughout the season because its run-and-shoot will only get better as Moore matures.
Old Mill (2-0) hammered Chesapeake (1-1) 28-0, with Harold Pe
ters running for 132 yards and three touchdowns (15, 10 and 6 yards). The team travels to Severna Park Friday night for what might be a test for both teams.
Severna Park stomped Queen Anne's, 35-10, after racing out 21-0 at the half to give Borland his 100th win (100-84), but the big guy is not convinced that his Falcons are as powerful as everyonethinks.
"People keep saying we have an NFL team down here, but I don't know where they're getting that stuff," Borland said Thursday afternoon while watching the JV Falcons of coaches Bob Ferguson and Dick Keck defeat Queen Anne's, 26-13.
"There is a lot of balance in our league, and I don't think I've ever seen it this even. I told youabout Meade last year, that they would be somebody to reckon with this year. They proved it the first week at Springbrook."
As for thesmaller schools, South River's defense did it again. Coming off a 6-3 thriller in overtime over Broadneck the opening week, the Seahawks (2-0) blanked St. Mary's (2-1) 6-0 on a Chris Messineo 10-yard run inthe final period.
Northeast evened its record at 1-1 by extendingArchbishop Spalding's (0-2) winless game streak to 23, by 34-8 in Pasadena Friday night.
Saturday afternoon at Severn School, Southern's Dawgs (1-1) rallied for a dozen points in the last period to outscore the host Admirals (1-2), 27-23.
"We played a real good first half (21-7 lead), but in the second half we had a punt blocked and a couple other turnovers, and gave them the ball down close," said Severn coach Jim Doyle.
"Still had a chance to win at the end of the game, but they stopped us twice inside the 20 in the last five minutes."
Junior receiver/back Jake Mack caught four passes for 78 yards from quarterback Brad Fowler, carried six times for 38 yards and completed a pass for 48 yards. Jason Wade scored three touchdowns on a 20-yard pass from Fowler, a 67-yard interception return and a 42-yard run.
On the winner's side, Curtis Holland scored the game winner on an 11-yard sprint in the final moments, and head coach Buck Gardner took an intentional safety in the waning seconds to prevent a Severn touchdown.