Calvert Hall Cardinals 1992 record: 2-9. Coach: Bill Mackley.
Top players: Kevin Tyler, Sr., RB-S; Mike Callahan, Sr., LB-FB; Brad Sonczewski, Sr., C; Jason Conroy, Sr., G-LB; Chris Hayes, Sr., DE-TE.
Outlook: There are 23 returning players, including 17 starters, who are itching to get back to the 9-2 record of 1991. "We feel that we can be competitive with anybody in the league. We're not going to sneak up on anybody, but we have some great
hopes and expectations," said Mackley.
Catonsville Comets 1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Warren Como.
Top players: Don Senkus, Sr., QB; Mark Stone, Sr., TE-LB; John Rehmert, Sr., OG-LB; Jason Brooks, Sr., RB-LB; Dino Davis, Sr., OG-NG.
Outlook: Catonsville will have to present a more versatile offense to compensate for the loss of James Lewis, who amassed 170 points and more than 2,000 yards. The team is relatively inexperienced, but has good size and returns seven starters on defense. There is potential at the county 2A level.
' Chesapeake Bayhawks 1992 record: 8-3. Coach: Rick Zentz.
Top players: Lamar King, Sr., TE-LB; Jermaine Johnson, Sr., QB-S; George Seaboldt, Sr., OG-DT; Young Pak, Sr., T; Jason Johnson, Sr., SE-DE.
Outlook: New coach Zentz has shifted the 240-pound King, the county's top collegiate prospect, to tight end in hopes of isolating him more often in the open field and keeping him fresher. He has a lot of veterans to play with, though depth could be a problem. In the regular ranks, the Bayhawks boast size and speed and will pass much more often than five times a game. A return to the 2A playoffs is a solid possibility.
Dulaney Lions 1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Chuck Klimek.
Top players: Chris Karptalla, Sr., RB-DB; Ron Parrott, Sr., T; Marlon Gittens, Sr., WR-DB.
Outlook: Dulaney still has a long way to go to revisit its glory days of the '70s. Only nine players return, and only two were starters. The lines are particularly inexperienced, but there are sufficient numbers. The season's outcome depends on how quickly newcomers progress.
Dundalk Owls 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Ron Shultz.
Top players: Rick Venker, Sr., QB; Damon Everett, Sr., LB; Jason Bondy, Sr., TE; Larry Watts, Sr., T; Michael Zemberski, Sr., FB.
Outlook: Without its mammoth size of a year ago, Dundalk will play more diverse football. John Satterfield and company, who plowed the ball through the opposition behind a huge line, are gone. There is talent at the skill positions and the team is quicker. If the front wall jells for new coach Shultz, the Owls will be dangerous.
Eastern Technical Mavericks 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Jim Salters.
Top players: Ira McCullough, Sr., RB-LB; Jason Kerner, Sr., G; Dwan Jones, Jr., RB-DB; Brian Nagle, Sr., LB; Tom Hoffer, Jr., T.
Outlook: The Mavericks figure to be competitive again thanks to decent size and four starters back on offense and defense. This team beat Randallstown and took the other 3A-4A powers into the final quarter before losing. But depth could be a factor again and a key injury might be devastating.
$ Franklin Indians 1992 record: 3-7. Coach: Claude Darr.
Top players: Jerry Streicher, Sr., T; Brian Foltz, Sr., WB-LB; James Mitchell, Sr., FB-DT; Kenny Goins, Sr., SE-DB; Danny Johns, Jr., OG-LB.
Outlook: Franklin has dropped to the Baltimore County 2A-1A league, where it won't encounter as many bulky teams and should fare better. The Indians had three straight poor seasons and last year's JV team was 0-9. Veteran coach Darr has a small squad, but some depth and a surprise or two among the underclassmen.
Hereford Bulls 1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Frank Ewing.
Top players: Don Pope, Sr., T; Andy Minton, Sr. TB; Roy Collins, Jr., QB; Glen Warner, Jr., C-DT.
Outlook: Football is not an easy sell at Hereford, but Ewing has growing program and a team that has reached respectability. Depth is no longer a severe problem. With just four senior starters, the Bulls will be young and probably will improve as the season progresses.
Kenwood Bluebirds 1992 record: 9-2. Coach: Fred Myers.
Top players: Eric Hiltz, Sr., T; Earl Henson, Sr., G; Dave Orndorff, Sr., G; Tony Guido, Sr., TE; Harry Horney, Sr., T; Chad Burns, Sr., FB.
Outlook: The county's surprise team last year, Kenwood must get along without its major weapons on offense, Joel Gray and Joe Cofield. But transfer Tony Maddox should shoulder the running load. Kenwood is still small as it moves up to the 3A-4A league, but there is a strong senior nucleus.
Lansdowne Vikings 1992 record: 0-10. Coach: Terry Brooks.
Top players: Bob Wheelton, Sr., QB-DB; Mike Mullin, Jr., RB-LB; Tom Birmingham, Sr., FB-LB; James Screiber, Sr., DT-OG; Dave Kreatschman, Sr., T.
Outlook: Nowhere to go except up for this program, which forfeited its first three games last year because it had only eight players. The team has had successive 0-10 seasons, but the turnout doubled for new coach Brooks and included some bulk. Lansdowne doesn't loom as a contender, but its future looks a lot brighter.
Loch Raven Raiders 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Bob Helms.
Top players: R.J. Meyer, Sr., T; Tyson Su, Sr., RB; Tim Roese, Sr., G; Mike Poskocil, Jr., QB; Bobby Thearuch, Jr., WB.
Outlook: Loch Raven is raw with only four returning seniors who played extensively and will do well to match last season's record. The pass-happy offense will be toned down and Helms will have to be patient with many youngsters. Midway through the season, however, the Raiders could make some waves.
Loyola Dons 1992 record: 9-2. Coach: Joe Brune.
Top players: Faraji Mason, Sr., DT-OL; Karl Zeller, Sr., TE-LB; Reggie Boyce, Jr., RB; Chris McGlone, Sr., C-DE; Ian Hunt, Jr., G-LB.
Outlook: The Dons might not be as good as last year's No. 2-ranked squad, but they won't fall far. Loyola's first four games are against St. John's and Gonzaga -- both of D.C. -- Mount St. Joseph and DeMatha. "We'll find out early about ourselves," Brune said.
McDonogh Eagles 1992 record: 7-3. Coach: Mike Working.
Top players: Mike Layden, Sr., LB; Mike Working Jr., Sr., LB; Bobby Sabelhaus, Jr., QB; Dennis Badham, Jr., WR; Dwayne Stukes, Jr., DB-RB.
Outlook: There are 18 starters back from a team that reversed its 2-8 record from 1991 and ended the year with a No. 14 area ranking, earning Working The Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-City Coach of the Year honors. The Eagles should improve on last year, playing with more confidence this year.
Milford Mill Millers 1992 record: 0-10. Coach: Rob Mehno.
Top players: Rodell McLaughlin, Sr., TB-LB; Damian Johnson, Sr., TB-WR; Tyrone Easley, Sr., T; Charles Williams, Sr., FB.
Outlook: Former Randallstown assistant Mehno could have a sleeper. The turnout was high (including 18 seniors) and there is plenty of speed at the skill positions. But the Millers are inexperienced up front and not very big, and they already have lost a key player in David Bell (broken arm).
Overlea Falcons 1992 record: 10-2. Coach: Terry Ward.
Top players: Bernard Fitchette, Sr., QB; Mike Knoedler, Sr., C; Igwe Blount, Sr. LB-TE; Dan Brown, Sr., WB-CB; Shawnte Dukes, Jr., RB-S.
Outlook: Overlea lost a stellar runner in Tyrese Barmer, but is loaded again and should make what has become an annual trip to the state tournament. Fitchette is an elusive quarterback and the Falcons have plenty of speed and size. It is not inconceivable that they will return to the finals for the first time since 1987.
Owings Mills Golden Eagles 1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Raymond Groszkowski.
Top players: Javon Jones, Sr., RB-LB; Akita Perkins, Jr., RB-DB; Jahmaul Robinson, Jr., T-LB; Brandon Noelte, Sr., WR; Eric Wingrat, Sr., OG-LB.
Outlook: Owings Mills will have to depend heavily on its team speed because of a lack of depth and size. There are considerable two-way performers, so injuries would be extremely harmful. But two years ago, this team made the state 1A semifinals and a winning record is possible.
@Parkville Knights 1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Phil Donlin.Top players: Damon Pickett, RB-LB; Travis Hall, Sr., RB-LB; Shane Eckels, Sr., QB-DE; Chris Halford, Sr., G; Mike Sellman, Sr., T.
Outlook: Numbers will be a difficulty for Parkville, which lost eight players for various reasons between sign-ups and the first workout. But the Knights loom as a team that can hang tough with the powers. Late-game fades were troublesome because of the depth situation. Parkville is very quick and should produce points.
@Patapsco Patriots 1992 record: 1-9. Coach: Al Bennetta.
Top players: Eric Shinsky, Sr., RB-LB; Ricky Rodgers, Sr., QB-CB; Mike Shafer, Sr., G; Cliff Dennison, Sr., T.
Outlook: Patapsco has a solid corps of seniors and for the first time in years will be shooting for .500. There isn't much size and advancing to a 3A schedule could be a detri
ment, but the team attitude has improved and if injuries can be avoided, the goal is reasonable. The main asset will be quickness.
@Perry Hall Gators 1992 record: 9-2. Coach: Joe Stoy.
Outlook: Very rosy. Franklin and Marsh both gained more than 1,000 yards last season and seven starters return on defense. The Gators lost three-year starter Charles Adams, the anchor of their line, and four starters overall on offense up front. They will start a sophomore at quarterback. But the fleet of runners is deep, Bloom is an excellent kicker and a return to the playoffs seems likely.
Pikesville Panthers 1992 record: 4-6. Coach: Curt Boushell.
Top players: Lonnie Bishop, Sr., RB-S; Ryan Diener, Sr., WR-S; Blake Levy, Sr. T-DE; Josh Katz, Sr., TE-LB.
Outlook: Boushell said last year the Panthers were big and slow and this year they are small and slow. The numbers are thin, especially in the line, but there is talent in the receiving corps and Pikesville should pass effectively. If the team stays healthy, .500 is a realistic goal.
@Randallstown Rams 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: John Buchheister.
Top players: Angelo Todd, Jr., RB; Terran Crawford, Jr. T; Jon Goldman, Sr., QB; Willie Smith, Sr., LB; Eric Ruppert, Sr., G; Nick Nell, Sr., DE.
Outlook: Todd will be a focal point after eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing as a sophomore, and he'll probably get some big holes behind the 335-pound Crawford. The Rams will have respectable speed and figure to be in the thick of the 3A-4A title race again. Buchheister is bemoaning the team's inexperience, but by the second half Randallstown will be a tough customer.
St. Paul's Crusaders 1992 record: 9-0. Coach: Mitch Tullai.
Top players: Shawn Bean, Sr., DE-TE; John Solter, Sr., FB-DE; Peter Karvounis, Sr., G-LB; Jason Rockwell, Sr., G-LB; John Greene, Sr., DT-OT; Tucker Radebaugh, Jr., QB-DB.
Outlook: For the first time in its history, four-time MSA C Conference champion St. Paul's has a 10-game schedule. All-Metro Bean leads a cast that still has a chance at the B Division crown. "We'll play nine or 10 guys both ways, and we'll have to build around our interior linemen," said Tullai, whose Crusaders were ranked No. 11 last year.
Sparrows Point Pointers 1992 record: 1-9. Coach: Russ Lingner.
Top players: John Gilliam, Sr., T-DG; Don Peters, Jr., RB-LB; David Harris, Sr., G-LB; Brian Harris, Sr., G-LB.
Outlook: Sparrows Point broke the state's longest losing streak by beating Milford Mill last season. The returning team is small and green in the backfield. Lingner is hoping a youngster named Jesse Owens can help. There is some depth on the line, however, and the Pointers should be competitive with most of the teams on their schedule.
Towson Generals rv,21992 record: 5-5. Coach: Bob Davis.
Top players: Tex DeLeon, Sr., RB; Dannie Ross, Sr., FB-LB; Dave Edmunds, Sr., TE-LB; Andy Matz, Sr., QB-DB; Scott Carpenter, Sr., RB-DE; Jeremy Tibbls, Sr., SE-S.
Outlook: Davis' wing-T offense has the weapons returning in DeLeon and Carpenter, who combined for more than 3,000 yards rushing. Overall, 12 seniors return and the team should be able to balance its offense better. Ineffective passing hurt Towson last season. Depth is adequate, so the Generals should be in the fight for the 2A-1A county title.
@Woodlawn Warriors 1992 record: 8-2. Coach: Brian Scriven.
Top players: Darrell Mance, Sr., G-LB; Donte High, Sr., G-LB; Alfonzo Darby, Sr., WR-S; Quinn Pack, Sr., WR; Keion Carpenter, Jr., QB; Chris Lyles, Sr., RB; Trevor Walker, Sr., DE.
Outlook: Woodlawn has a new coach in Scriven and is flushed with running back and receiver talent. The Warriors lost 24 seniors but have speed to burn and respectable size. Only a 2-0 loss to Perry Hall prevented them from making the playoffs last season and they should be in serious contention again.