Baltimore City teams at a glance 1993 Baltimore County/ City high school football preview

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1992 record: 0-8. Coach: Barry Brownlee.

Top players: Tim Schorr, Sr., OT; John Foos, Sr., LB; Rick Leandri, Sr., DT-G; Chris Schwoy, Sr., FB-LB; Brian Moyer, Sr., RB.

Outlook: The Friars, who return 14 starters, have high hopes of improving on last season. "We had 56 kids show up -- which is more than ever. They're working very hard and have a great attitude. An early win would carry us," Brownlee said.

Boys' Latin Lakers 1992 record: 4-5. Coach: Drew Haugh.

Top players: Mike Cangemi, Sr., RB; Chris Baggin, Sr., OL-DB; Scott Adler, Sr., RB-WR-DB; Mike Huddles, Jr., QB; Larry Mosely, Sr., DE-LB.

Outlook: The Lakers return nine starters, including eight two-way players and 1,000-yard rusher Cangemi out of the power-I. "Outside of our division we have an awful tough schedule, with two A Conference teams. We're solid with our first 22, but we don't have much depth," Haugh said.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Frank Trcka.

Top players: Rocky Keener, Sr., QB-S; Kevin Dukes, Sr., RB-DB; Cory Butts, Jr., WR-DB; Chris Cortina, Sr., FB-NG; Bryan Evans, Sr., C-DT.

Outlook: There are 10 starters back from the MSA A Conference team of last year, with third-year veterans Keener, Dukes and Butts all running the 40-yard -- in under 4.5 seconds. "I think it's looking positive. We've got a lot of speed and I think we'll surprise a few people," said Trcka.

Carver Bears 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Leroy Nichols.

Top players: James Hall, Sr., OT-LB; Thomas Wilson, Sr., OT-DT; Nathan Thomas, Sr., G-LB; James Rooths, Jr., RB-LB; Troy Austin, Soph., RB-QB.

Outlook: The Bears will try to regroup with a new coach -- who replaced Ken Shell -- and minus second-team All-Metro and first-team All-City quarterback/defensive back Anthony Miller, who graduated. "We're trying to groom a new quarterback, but we're set defensively. We've got 11 starters back and we like what we see," Nichols said.

City Knights 1992 record: 10-0. Coach: George Petrides.

Top players: Dwight Banks, Sr., WR-DB; Ricky Dangerfield, Sr., RB-DB; Xavier Logan, Sr., G-LB; John Jones, Jr., C; Teron Matthews, Sr., QB.

Outlook: There will be less of an emphasis on the running game, but it seems the Knights have simply reloaded. Matthews (6-3, 190) is a good passer, and Banks an excellent target. Dangerfield is fast out of the backfield and the offensive line averages 245 pounds. "It's a different schedule, but our kids are prepared and I think we'll have something to say about things in the end," said Petrides.

Dunbar Poets 1992 record: 10-1. Coach: Stanley Mitchell.

Top players: Sean Lipscomb, Sr., WR-S; Jimbo Elliott, Sr., OT-DT; Tommy Polley, Soph., TE-LB; Rodney Elliott, Sr., QB; Tyrone Lemon, Sr., C-DE.

Outlook: Riding the wave of unrest at their school has been difficult for first-year coach Mitchell and some Poets. But seven starters are back, including Lipscomb (700 receiving yards) and second-team All-City player Polley. "We're going to try to be competitive and stay in the game," said Mitchell, who took over for Pete Pompey, who is on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged misuse of funds in the athletic department's account.

Edmondson Redskins 1992 record: 4-6. Coach: James James.

Top players: Alvin Ledbetter, Sr., OT-DE; Darren Parker, Sr., OT-DT; Ervin Griffin, Sr.,

DT; Jamal Morant, Sr., RB; Chris Nesmith, Sr., DB.

Outlook: With eight returning two-way players, including linemen that average 250 pounds, the Redskins stand a strong chance of improving over last season. "We'll have to build around our line and Morant, but Coach James is optimistic," said assistant coach Paul Shuford. "We have a lot of hard work but should be competitive if we stay healthy."

Forest Park Foresters 1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Obie Barnes.

Top players: Robert Arther, Sr., RB-DB; Newman Thompson, Sr., QB-CB; James Heath, Sr., WR-S; Steven Wells, Sr., G-LB; Lionell Yewitt, LB-T.

Outlook: The Foresters don't have the size of past teams, but they are extremely fast with Arther and Thompson being legitimate 4.5-second 40-yard -- sprinters, and at least four others coming in under 4.8. "Our strengths are the skill positions, the defensive secondary and the linebackers. I like the schedule, but it's up to us to score points and reach the playoffs," Barnes said.

Gilman Greyhounds 1992 record: 7-3. Coach: Sherm Bristow.

Top players: Jamie Biddison, Sr., LB-DB; Dylan Schlott, Sr., TE-DE; Mark Cornes, Sr., QB-LB; Jimmy Zimmerman, Sr., RB-DB; Than'l Badder, Sr., OL-LB.

Outlook: The Greyhounds have 25 players back. Seven starters return to the defense and six to the offense. "We have some concerns on the offensive line, but we want to win the league," said Bristow.

Lake Clifton Lakers 1992 record: 1-9. Coach: David White.

Top players: Ricky Matthews, Sr., LB-RB; Dennis Harding, Sr., WR; Tori Gilliard, Jr., G-DT; Kenneth Williams, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Matthews is a fourth-year starter and Harding is a blue-chipper. With Gilliard, a 6-2, 230-pounder, the Lakers are hoping to regain their 1990 MSA B Conference and 1991 MSA runner-up status.

Mervo Mustangs 1992 record: 3-7. Coach: John Blake.

Top players: Shawn Brodie, Sr., C-DL; Shawn Reid, Sr., SS-QB; Tremaine Neal, Sr., LB; Duncan Anderson, Jr., RB-DE; Antoine Johnson, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Graduated is two-way player Ronald Owens, the team's receptions leader and area's interception leader with 14, but the Mustangs should improve with Division I prospect Reid, the speedy Neal and Johnson.

* Mount St. Joseph Gaels 1992 record: 5-6. Coach: Tim Perry.

Top players: Julius Weems, Sr., RB-LB; Eddie Pailen, Sr., RB-LB; Kenny Hunter, Jr., OT-DT; Johnny Hurst, Sr., OL-DL; Bob Moffitt, Sr., LB.

Outlook: Graduated are All-Metro lineman Dave Sunderland, former All-Met quarterback Buddy Edmond and second-leading tackler and linebacker Jarmal Womble from a Gaels squad that lost four games by four points or less. But the defense is solid, and Perry's multiple-I includes speedsters Pailen, Weems and junior Larry Bell, who last year had a 25-yard touchdown in a 15-14 loss to then-No. 1 City.

Northern Vikings 1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Ike Hemphill.

Top players: Lamont Hector, Sr., DT-OT-G; Tim Forney, Sr., 5-11, 170; John Newmuis, Sr., G-DT; Clinton Lloyd, Sr., WR-CB; Mike Wilson, Jr., DT-G.

Outlook: Two years ago, the Vikings were 7-0 after going 2-6 the prior season. With 18 returning players, including Forney (700 rushing yards, four TDs), Hemphill is expecting big things. "The adrenalin is flowing after last year. We scrimmaged Pikesville and Boys' Latin and I was very pleased," Hemphill said.

Northwestern Wildcats 1992 record: 0-10. Coach: Wayne Jackson.

Top players: Kevin Russ, Sr., QB-LB; Sedique Allison, Soph., WR-QB; Albert Jarrett, Sr., RB-TE; Marlon Johnson, Soph., RB; Kevin Watson, Jr., DT.

Outlook: There's little pressure on the Vikings. "The new league alignments are a plus for the kids. They're looking forward to it," said Jackson.

Patterson Clippers 1992 record: 10-1. Coach: Roger Wrenn.

Top players: Earl Smith, Sr., CB; Stacey Platter, Sr., SE-CB; Willie McGirt, Jr., QB; Ryan Lewis, Jr., RB-LB; Tyrone Bailey, Jr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Unlike last year, when it returned 11 two-way starters, Patterson is youthful and lacks depth. But the Clippers have speed, with Division I prospect Smith (4.5 40-yard --) and experience with McGirt, who will go to the air more. "We'll be flexible to take advantage of certain skills, and be aggressive in our 4-3 defense," Wrenn said.

Poly Engineers 1992 record: 7-3. Coach: Augie Waibel.

Top players: Greg Kyler, Sr., RB-DB; Joe Brown, Sr., DT-OT; Rashaad Kitchen, Sr., LB; Malik James, Sr., S; Gary Becker, Sr., G.

Outlook: Lost to academic ineligibility is speedster Sekou Selli (592 yards, nine TDs), but Kyler (a 4.4-second 40-yard --) and 13 more starters return to a solid team. "We have the nucleus for an excellent season. And with 44 players, we have some depth," said Waibel.

Southern Bulldogs 1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Jack Nehsmann.

Top players: Bernard Cox, Sr., G-DT; Jemaine Johnson, Sr., TE-S; Lenard Lee, Sr., RB-LB; Lou Smith, Sr., OT-DT; Davon Steele, Sr., FB-LB.

Outlook: Nehsmann returns 10 starters, "a good nucleus and some players up from the [MSA B] championship" junior varsity squad, he said. "We had a real good turnout and I'm pleased. I don't see us having any easy games, but I'm expecting some big things."

Southwestern Sabers 1992 record: 4-5. Coach: John Hammond.

Top players: Terrance Wheeler, Jr., QB; Chris Ulrich, Sr., OL-DL; Ditania Kane, Sr., RB-CB; Jamal Avery, Soph., RB-QB-S; Eugene Warren, C.

Outlook: With 14 starters back, Hammond is optimistic about an improved skill level. Wheeler was the Most Valuable Player on last year's team. "We're very excited about some of the young kids coming up, but the 4A schedule is very challenging," Hammond said.

Walbrook Warriors 1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Bill Hice.

Top players: Dorian Christian, Sr., LB-RB; Dwayne McClain, Sr., RB-LB; Eric Colclough, Sr., RB-LB; Mike Douglas, Jr., DE-LB; Anthony Rollins, Sr., G-NG.

Outlook: Colclough rushed for more than 500 yards last year and Christian was the leading tackler. "I'm optimistic for a good season, say .500, but it could be better than that," said Hice. "The JV only lost one game, so I'm expecting some of them to help out."

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