Severn opts to take the selfish approach


Please forgive Severn School's football team for sounding selfish, but the Admirals are tired of sharing.

After an 8-2 campaign in 1990 that included a dramatic season-ending 7-6 victory over archrival St. Mary's, the Admirals were crowned tri-champions of the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference along with the Saints and St. Paul's of Baltimore County.

Last season, the Admirals finished 6-1 in their conference (7-3 overall) and handled St. Mary's, 16-6, in their season finale, but still had to settle for co-champion honors with St. Paul's -- a team they bowed to 13-7 just a week before.

"It's nice that we've had our hand in it [the conference title] the past two years, but I think the guys would like to win the title outright," said Severn second-year coach Jim Doyle.

"Our goal is to beat St. Mary's, as always, and to beat St. Paul's, which we haven't done the past two years. If we can do that, we can be the lone C Conference champs."

The Admirals set the foundation for success this summer with their off-season workout program appropriately titled "Bigger, Faster, Stronger." The evening program incorporated weight training, running and agility drills with information about proper diet.

"The B-F-S program has done a lot for us," said Doyle. "We're pretty small, but we're strong for our size, and we're quick. Most of the guys made a commitment and spent 16 weeks of the off-season on the B-F-S program. We're hoping to transfer that onto the ball field."

Dolph Habeck, a junior fullback, said he and his teammates attended the summer workouts not only because they wanted to, but because they felt they needed to.

"We're not physically big, but we're tough," said Habeck, a stocky 5-foot-10, 165-pounder, who saw limited time on varsity last year behind starting fullback Randy Morse. "We know we aren't big, so we know we have to be smarter." Indeed, the Admirals are small.

At 5-10, 210 pounds, senior two-way tackle Chris Cossentino is the only Severn player over the 200-pound mark. Moreover, the rest of Cossentino's teammates weigh less than 190 pounds, which raises the question: Is Severn too small to win?

Doyle doesn't think so.

"Our line is small, so we're not trying to knock people down, but rather we'll be trying to finesse them a little bit," said Doyle, who served as an assistant coach for five years before taking over last year for Doug Williams. "What we do have is a lot of people back at the skilled positions. I think we have the best group of skilled players that we've ever had here."

Senior quarterback Brad Fowler returns and will navigate a solid corps of receivers that includes senior split ends David Lachapelle (6-3, 182) and Chris Pitkin (6-4, 187) and junior wide receiver James Carpenter.

The Admirals are without Jason Wade who graduated after leading the county in rushing last season, but retain the services of tailback Jamand "Jake" Mack, who missed half of last season after suffering a knee injury in an Oct. 5 contest with Curley.

"We're looking to go for broke," said Habeck. "We want to win the MSA C Conference title, but this year, we want it alone. We're tired of being co-champs and tri-champs. We want to be the single champions."

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