Catonsville Comets 1991 record: 2-8. Coach: Warren Como.
Top players: Don Senkus, Jr., QB; Matt Caulk, Sr., QB; Jason Brooks, Jr., RB; Brian Black, Sr., RB; James Lewis, Sr., RB-LB.
Outlook: Como, a former Woodlawn assistant, takes over a program that has seen little success in recent years. Barring injuries, however, this year could be different. The Comets had ,, 65 players show up for preseason practice, including several who could put a jolt into the offense. Leading the way is newcomer Lewis, also a basketball standout. Como said he most likely will use Lewis at running back to complement Brooks and Black. At quarterback, Senkus and Caulk continue to battle for the starting position.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 1991 record: 8-3. Coach: Ken Johnson.
Top players: John Eltringham, G, Sr.; Keith Brown, FB, Sr.; Lamar King, RB-LB, Jr.; Jermaine Johnson, QB, Jr.; Rob Barnes, C, Jr.
Outlook: The Bayhawks are loaded in the offensive backfield, so moving the ball should not be a problem. A playoff team that lost to Wicomino in the Class 2-A opening round, the school had an undefeated JV, and most of the players joining the varsity were linemen, making a nice fit. But the defense is being rebuilt, so there might be some high-scoring games in this team's future.
Dundalk Owls 1991 record: 5-5. Coach: David Dixon.
Top players: Tom Kuhn, T, Sr.; Mike Fearson, T, Sr.; John Satterfield, RB, Sr.; Rich Venker, QB, Jr.; James Tyler, FB, Sr.
Outlook: The Owls are thinking playoffs with an extra-large offensive line that averages 255 pounds, some depth, a good kicker and an ability to run the football over opponents. "I'm cautiously optimistic," said Dixon. It shouldn't take long to find out how good they are; the opener is with Wilde Lake.
Dulaney Lions 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Chuck Klimek.
Top players: Todd Retchless, QB, Sr.; Mike Fleming, FB-LB, Sr.; Emmerich Yoder, DE-TE, Sr.; Jong Yi, WB-DB, Sr., Marlon Gittens, SE-DB, Jr.
Outlook: The Lions figure to rely on their skill-position players because the offensive and defensive lines are inexperienced. If senior backups from last season develop up front, they could produce a winning season.
EVT Mavericks 1991 record: 7-3. Coach: Jim Salters.
Top players: Brian Reese, LB-FB, Sr.; Ira McCullough, TB-LB, Jr.; Eric Messercola, QB-S, Sr.; Robert Sheets, DT-OT, Sr.; Ryan Barrow, DT-OT, Sr.
Outlook: Without Daryl Ray, who broke virtually all of the school's offensive records, EVT's running game will not be as strong or as outside-oriented. The Mavericks will punch the ball up the middle more often with Reese, and Messercola will add an aerial threat. With big backs and more balance, Salters is optimistic.
Franklin Indians 1991 record: 3-7. Coach:: Claude Darr.
Top players: Daryl Chambers, Sr., WR-LB; William Collins, Sr., QB; Bryan Foltz, Jr., SE-LB; David Hurren, Sr., G-FB; Bryan Taylor, Jr., C; James Mitchell, Jr., DE.
Outlook: After a down year in 1991, Darr has radically altered the offense in an attempt to boost point production. The new single-wing scheme will put Collins in the shotgun and give him the option to pass or run. Darr said it was his quarterback's great athletic ability that allowed him to make the transition. He said the team should "definitely fair better than last year."
Hereford Bulls 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Frank Ewing.
Top players: Steve Talbott, C, Sr.; Joe Fava, RB, Sr.; Josh Rohlfs, QB, Sr.; Greg Breeback, DB, Sr.; Frank Meisel, CB, Sr.; Gabe Selko, CB, Sr.
Outlook: With some added numbers, Hereford is looking for a winning record after victories in three of its last four games in 1991. But only one defensive starter is back and the lines have to be fortified. Expect the Bulls to run. They completed four passes last year.
@Kenwood Bluebirds 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Fred Myers.
Top players: Joe Gray, SE, Sr.; Steve Hewitt, QB, Sr.; Butch Inglesias, WB, Sr.; Frank Choi, G, Sr.; Eric Hiltz, C, Jr.; Tony Guido, TE, Jr.
Outlook: This is a pass-happy team that has a strong receiving corps. The Bluebirds will be rather young with the accent on juniors, but will not be blessed with a lot of depth. Linebackers will feature the defense. A 3-A school, Kenwood plays 2-A competition, so Myers will not go to the playoffs even if the team wins the league.
@Lansdowne Vikings 1991 record: 0-10. Coach Gary Hesselbein.
Top players: Teon Jones, Sr., QB-DE; Louis Hererra, Sr., G-LB.
Outlook: It remains uncertain whether Lansdowne will even be able to field a varsity team this season. According to school officials, the team will need to recruit at least double its current number of players to be able to compete. The other option is disbanding the varsity and concentrating on developing the JV team.
Loch Raven Raiders 1991 record: 7-3. Coach: Robert Helms.
Top players: Michael Brammer, QB, Sr.; Ken Griffith, G, Sr.
Outlook: The Raiders' roster is full of seniors, but they are mostly inexperienced and it may take a while to jell. Helms is depending heavily on Brammer, who completed 60 percent of his passes last season, and Griffith for leadership. The JV team was mediocre. "If we get nine lives, we'll be all right," said the coach.
Milford Mill Millers 1991 record: 8-4. Coach:: Bob Greene
Top players: William Johnson, Sr., OL; Raymond Pitchford, Sr., RB; Damon Johnson, Jr., WR/CB; Andre Eure, Jr., WR/CB; Stacey Mitchell, Sr., QB.
Outlook: After a season in which the Millers advanced to the state semifinals only to lose to Wilde Lake, 42-0, coach Bob Greene is looking to take his team a step farther. And with more speed and a dramatically bigger line, Milford Mill might have what it takes. Leading the way will be Pitchford, a converted offensive lineman who will be running behind a line averaging more than 240 pounds. Mitchell has talented receivers in Eure and Damon Johnson.
Overlea Falcons 1991 record: 11-1. Coach: Terry Ward.
Top players: Bernard Fitchette, QB, Jr.; Tyrese Barmer, TB, Sr.; Phillip Brown, FB, Sr.; Mike Knoedler, C, Jr.; Lonnie Means,
DE-TE, Sr.; Igwe Blount, DE-TE, Jr.
Outlook: The Falcons reached the state 2-A finals before losing to Middletown and have the horses to make it back. The speed is there among the backs and ends, and Ward said "we're strong up the middle." But the forward walls need to progress and some young players must produce.
Owings Mills Eagles 1991 record: 4-6. Coach: Ray Groszkowski.
Top players: Clint Helphenstine, Sr., G-LB; Joel Lichtenberg, Sr., G; Sandy McCaulley, Sr., T; Jeremy Dayton, Sr., TE.
Outlook: The Eagles were dealt a serious blow when standout RB Grant Johnson decided to skip his senior season to concentrate on wrestling. This leaves Owings Mills without a real star, though Groszkowski says the team makes up for it with overall aggressiveness and cohesiveness. With most of the line returning, the Eagles could surprise.
@Parkville Knights 1991 record: 5-5. Coach: Phil Donlin.
Top players: Steve Toutsis, OG-DT, Sr.; Matt Dattaglia, E, Sr.; Ray Bonincontri, E, Sr.; Ken Bradford, T, Sr.; Rob Washkevich, DT, Jr.; Terrance Edmond, RB-CB, Sr.
Outlook: A senior-dominated team, the Knights have to be consistent to make a big impact. This is a squad that seems to play to the caliber of the opposition. The quarterbacking and linebacking have to jell. Defense strength should be on the outside -- ends and corners.
@Patapsco Patriots 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Richard Marron.
Top players: Daryl Esteppe, QB, Sr.; Don Manson, LB-FB, Sr.; Steve Roby, DG-OG, Sr.; Ricky Rodgers, RB, Jr.; Eric Shinsky, TB, Jr.
Outlook: The Patriots were hurt when a number of key players from an outstanding JV club decided not to play this year. But they have strong talent in the backfield, especially with the addition of JV quarterback Rodgers, who is being converted to a running back. If they can avoid injuries -- depth is lacking -- they can make some waves.
@Perry Hall Gators 1991 record: 7-3. Coach: Joe Stoy.
Top players: Charles Adams, OT-DT, Sr.; Joe Brogley, OG-DL, Sr.; Jeff Burrows, QB-S, Sr.; Mark Franklin, FB-DB, Jr.; Mandel Marsh, RB-DB, Jr.
Outlook: A younger team than last year, Perry Hall is blessed with much more quickness and has considerable size on the lines. With only five returning starters on offense and defense combined, a large burden will fall on Adams, a four-year starter, and Brogley, a three-year regular, to open the holes. The team's only county loss was to Parkville.
Pikesville Panthers 1991 record: 4-6. Coach: Curt Boushell.
Top players: Wayde Ezell, OT-DT, Sr.; Brett Gilbert, RB, Sr.; Adam Waxman, G-T, Sr.; Adam Bolton, WR-DB, Sr.; Josh Katz, TE, Jr.
Outlook: With an average of 230 pounds across the line, Pikesville will be big enough. Unfortunately, the team also figures to be ponderous. There is some depth, but not at the skill positions. The Panthers will have to grind it out and, according to Boushell, get meaner. "We're too nice, compatible, but not combatable," said the coach.
@Randallstown Rams 1991 record: 6-4. Coach:: John Buchheister.
Top players: Kevin Anderson, Sr., RB; Bill Garrett, Sr., T; Haryn Singleton, Sr., RB; Branden Holt, Sr., QB.
Outlook: With only four starters returning, this year's team will rely heavily on newcomers. One who will step right into the spotlight is Anderson, a transfer from Franklin. He and Singleton will be the featured performers in the Rams' run-oriented offense. Buchheister says the team's success will depend heavily on the ability of its young players to eliminate mental mistakes. He is cautiously optimistic.
Sparrows Point Pointers 1991 record: 0-10. Coach: Russell Lingner.
Top players: Jim Cavasina, RB-LB, Sr.; Jason Judy, G-LB, Sr.; John Gilliam, G-DT, Jr.
Outlook: One of the smallest schools in the state, Sparrows Point suffers from a dire shortage of personnel. "We're young, short of people and ugly," said Lingner. The Pointers have a 24-game losing streak dating to 1989 and may have to cancel their JV program this year simply to have enough varsity players.
1991 record: 8-2. Coach: Bob Davis.
Top players: Zach Pace, G, Sr.; Justin Austin, TE, Sr.; Mike Bangora, RB, Sr.; Tex Delon, RB, Jr.
Outlook: Towson has had three strong seasons in a row, but has failed to make the playoffs in all three, losing out on a tie-breaker last year. All the running backs return and Davis expects good quarterbacking, making postseason play a possibility again. The Generals will be quick and the accent will be on the running game from the Wing-T formation.
@Woodlawn Warriors 1991 record: 8-2. Coach: George Goudy.
Top players: Rodney Pettit, Sr., QB; Vincent Montoute, Sr., WR/DB; Chris Flenoy, Sr., DT; Trevor Walker, Jr., LB; Omar Johnson, Sr., RB; Troy Sheppard, Sr., RB.
Outlook: After missing the state playoffs by just three points last season, the Warriors will be shooting from the hip with a team that lost just three starters. Among the returners are a number of talented skill-position players, including Pettit, Montoute and Johnson. There seems to be little doubt that Woodlawn will put points on the scoreboard. It's defense that could be the key.