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BALTIMORE CITY TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Archbishop Curley Friars

1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Barry Brownlee

Top players: Tim Asher, Sr., TE-DE; Pat Lee, Sr., QB-WR; Harold Moller, Sr., OL-DL; Mickey Glendon, Sr., NG-RB; Don Campbell, Sr., RB; Will Lutostanski, Sr., L; Jack Berkeridge, Jr., C; Bill Curran, Jr., QB; Nick Brownlee, Jr., WR; Ivan Mister, Jr., LB.

Outlook: Curley has steadily improved over the past three years, going from two winless seasons to a three-victory campaign last year. And with 10 returning starters among a turnout of 40 players, Brownlee is optimistic about his team's chances in the MIAA B Conference.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1993 record: 6-3-1. Coach: Frank Trcka

Top players: Corey Butts, Sr., WR; Melvin Miller, Sr., LB-FB; George Blythe, Sr., QB; Dennis Chesgreen, Sr., OL-DL; Corey Debman, Jr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Returning from last year's Crusaders, who tied St. Paul's for the MIAA B Conference crown and beat Loyola, 39-0, is Butts (6 feet, 180 pounds), who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard -- and scored eight touchdowns. Running backs Chuck Brown and Chris Burley are equally fast, said Trcka. Eight starters are back, including several defensemen from a squad that shut out its last three opponents.

Carver Bears

1993 record: 5-5. Coach: Ronald Frierson

Top players: Quinton Askew, Sr., C; Damon Davis, Sr., G; Jason Johnson, Sr., TE-DE; Kenneth Taylor, Sr., OT; Kevin Ellis, Sr., DT; James Rooths, Sr., WR-CB; Ector Hendricks, Sr., OLB; El Malik Roberson-El, Sr., FB-OLB.

Outlook: First-year coach Frierson struggles to contain his enthusiasm for this year's 3A league squad. "We're strong in the secondary and our running backs and receiving corps have a lot of speed," Frierson said. "We'll put a good team out, but we're a few players from being dominant." Davis (5-10, 236), Askew, Johnson (6-6, 215), Taylor (6-1, 240) and Rooths are fourth-year starters, but the Bears have two sophomores and a freshman battling to play quarterback.

City Knights

1993 record: 9-2. Coach: George Petrides

Top players: Eddie Hooper, Sr., L; Jonathan Jones, Sr., L; Erin Watkins, Sr., LB; Joe Davis, Sr., DB; Walter Vaughn, Sr., LB; Damian Beane, Jr., FB; Jemini Jones, Jr., FB-LB; Jermaine Peterson, Jr., QB; Taber Small, Soph., RB.

Outlook: City, the 3A City League runner-up, graduated two All-Metros and two second-team All-Metros, so Petrides says this year's squad must "share the load." It's offensive line averages 260 pounds, led by three-year starter Jonathan Jones (6-2, 250). The Knights' defensive line is smaller, but "much quicker," said Petrides. Small, Jemini Jones and Kevin Griffin (WR) have game-breaking speed.

Douglass Ducks

1993 record: 4-5. Coach: John Nash

Top players: Samuel Epps, Sr., OL-LB; Taiwon Brown, Sr., C-DL; Alan Thompson, Soph., RB-DB.

Outlook: Only three starters return for the Ducks, who haven't posted a .500 season since 1980. The Ducks will be young and inexperienced, which in the 3A league with powerhouses City and Poly, spells big problems and another losing season.

Dunbar Poets

1993 record: 9-3. Coach: Stanley Mitchell

Top players: Shamai Butler, Sr., OL-DL; Carl Carter, Sr., DL-OL; Rodney Graham, Sr., OL-DL; Dante Jones, Sr., LB-WR; Terrence Hinton, Sr., FB-LB; Bruce Pendles, Sr., S; Gary Smith, Sr., DB-WR; Dwayne Green, Jr., OL-DL; Tommy Polley, Jr., TE-LB; Alli Culpepper, Soph., LB-RB.

Outlook: Six returning two-way starters, including second-team

All-Metro LB Polley (6-5, 195), will handle the bulk of the chores as the Poets try to dethrone Forest Park in the 2A league. Polley has 174 career tackles and 24 career sacks. He also has caught 28 passes for 479 yards and two touchdowns. "My line averages 235 pounds and has some sleepers, but it's developing slowly," said Mitchell. It will need to develop quickly with junior QB Anthony Wiggins, a first-year starter, and early games against Randallstown and Poly.

Edmondson Redskins

1993 record: 0-10. Coach: Pete Pompey

Top players: Samuel Scott, Soph., DB; Willie Taylor, Sr., DE; Charles Wilson, Jr., TE.

Outlook: Pompey, who was transferred from Dunbar, is back at the program where he compiled a 100-40 record over 15 years. But a young Redskins squad, in a 4A league that includes improved Patterson, Lake Clifton, Mervo and Southern, has a huge task.

Forest Park Foresters

1993 record: 6-4. Coach: Obie Barnes

Top players: Thaddeus Davis, Sr., OL; Damon Harrison, Sr., LB; Dave Medlin, Sr., CB; Hestrum Hargrove, Sr., OL-DL; Mckinley Jones, Sr., QB; Donaz Williams, Jr., LB-TE; Jaleel Oglesby, Jr., LB; Aaron Thompson, Soph., RB.

Outlook: Forest Park, last year's 2A league champ, plays one of the area's toughest schedules for the second straight year with City, Cambridge, Patterson and Dunbar. Still, the Foresters missed last year's playoffs by less than a point. Only four starters, including all three linebackers, are back. But Barnes has several players up from a 5-2 junior varsity he calls "the best since I've been" at Forest Park.

Gilman Greyhounds

1993 record: 7-2. Coach: Sherm Bristow

Top players: David Payne, Sr., OL-DL; Alex Mueller, Sr., OL-DL; R. C. Kauffman, Sr., RB-LB; Ben Wilson, Sr., LB-G; David Biddison, Sr., LB-RB.

Outlook: Gilman's turnout of 100 students, in addition to nine returning starters from last year's MIAA A Conference runner-up, will help negate the graduation of two All-Metros on defense and a three-year starting quarterback. Biddison (200 pounds) and Kauffman (180), who combined for over 900 yards last year, will run behind Payne (6-2, 280), Mueller (6-5, 260) and a good-sized line. QB Lorne Smith (6-4, 175) appears ready to shed his back-up role.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1993 record: 7-3. Coach: David White

Top players: Tory Gilliard, Sr., OL-DL; Kenny Williams, Sr., RB; Eric Foreman, Sr., TE; Mike Morris, Sr., S; Greate White, Jr., QB; Donell Parshall, Fresh., RB.

Outlook: The Lakers, 4A runners-up to Patterson, have a solid line that averages 240 pounds, led by Gilliard (6-2, 260), Cameron Battle (6-0, 220) and Erik Blackwell (6-0, 270). Williams (6-2, 210) should add to last year's 400 yards and five touchdowns and take pressure off White. The speedy, strong Parshall is a product of the Hanlon Park recreation program. White, in his first starting role, is a mobile threat.

Mervo Mustangs

1993 record: 4-6. Coach: John Blake

Top players: Clarence Johnson, Sr., RB; Sean Matthews, Sr., LB; Antoine Johnson, Sr., QB; Duncan Anderson, Sr., RB-QB; Mike Jones, Jr., DL; Talian Walker, Soph., DT.

Outlook: With a turnout of 75 prospects, including 10 returning starters, Blake is optimistic about improving. Matthews and both Johnsons were members of the Pop Warner national champion Northwood squad three years ago. Matthews and Clarence Johnson each shone at July's Art Monk camp.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Mike Working

Top players: Larry Bell, Sr., LB; Juvon Norris, Sr., RB; Cliff Dawson, Sr., DE; Gary Moore, Sr., P-PK; Devon Mellerson, Jr., DE; Matt O'Donnell, Jr., WR; Danny Rosewag, Jr., WR; Lucas Phillips, Soph., QB.

Outlook: Working, last year's McDonogh coach, moves to another MIAA A Conference program. He calls Mellerson (6-2, 225) and Norris "outstanding players" and likes Dawson's quickness. "The team has set some goals, and I've encouraged them to be realistic," said Working. "They reported earlier to practice than most everyone else, so they're kind of anxious to beat up on someone else."

Northern Vikings

1993 record: 0-10. Coach: Ike Hemphill

Top players: Mike Wilson, Sr., DT-G; Clarence Massey, Sr., TE; Sean Managault, Sr., WR.

Outlook: Hemphill has 16 players, just three starters, but he returns plenty of speed and a line that averages 265 pounds. Wilson (6-4, 225), Managault (6-2, 180) and Massey (6-2, 225) represent the most talented.

Northwestern Wildcats

1993 record: 1-8. Coach: Wayne Jackson

Top players: Sadique Allison, Sr., WR; Demonta Stanton, Sr., WR; Robert Pouncey, Sr., QB; Chris Bryant, Sr., QB; Kevin Watson, Sr., OL-DL; Darnell Prater, Sr., OL-DL; Sean Fortune, Sr., DB.

Outlook: Of the Wildcats' 36 players, 25 are returning. And of those, seven started last year. "I think we can improve, if we execute like we're capable," said Jackson, whose club competes in the 2A City League.

Patterson Clippers

1993 record: 9-2. Coach: Roger Wrenn

Top players: Willie McGirt, Sr., QB; Ryan Lewis, Sr., RB-S; Tyrone Bailey, Sr., G-DT; Joe Mechlinski, Sr., C-LB; Wendell Collins, Sr., DE; Melvin Braxton, Sr., CB; Tim Horky, Sr., WR-LB; Charles Lund, Sr., DT; Terry Otto, Jr., G-DT; Rahim Booth, Jr., T.

Outlook: The outlook is very good, with 19 players -- including 11 starters, back from last year's 4A league champ. McGirt (6-2, 185), Lewis (4.4 in the 40-yard --), Bailey (6-3, 278) and Mechlinski (119 tackles last year) are being highly recruited. McGirt has passed for 2,387 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons. Lewis, last year's second-best defender (98 tackles), comes off a 1,186-yard, 15-touchdown campaign. The line averages 253 pounds.

Poly Engineers

1993 record: 11-1. Coach: Augie Waibel

Top players: Sebastian Smothers, Sr., DT; Darnell Dezurn, Sr., DT; Randall Beman, Sr., RB; Dwayne Powell, Sr., C; Francis Giles, Sr., WR; Vernon Holley, Sr., LB; Nate Johnson, Sr., LB; Troy Brown, Sr., DE-DT; Martin Prosper, Sr., FS; Gary Richardson, Sr., CB-RB.

Outlook: Waibel's Engineers were 3A league champs and state runners-up last year. He said the defense could be as good or better than last season's squad. If the offense comes around, so could the entire team. Second-team All-Metro Smothers (6-0, 235), a Division I prospect who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard --, is among 11 returning starters. There also are several players up from an 11-2 junior varsity.

Southern Bulldogs

1993 record: 4-6. Coach: Jack Nehsmann

Top players: Andre Scott, Sr., RB; William Blue, Sr., WR; Elliott Nickols, Jr., FB-LB; Tavon Dempsey, Sr., OT-DT; Tyrone Wise, Jr., C; Timmy Beswick, Jr., G.; Tyrone Brown, Jr., LB; Charles Johnson, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Of the 4A Bulldogs' 28 varsity players, six are returning starters. Scott (4.6 in the 40), Blue (4.7) and Johnson (4.7) represent the team's speed, and linemen Dempsey (260) and -- at 250 each -- Wise, Joe Beadles and Don Randall the team's size. Johnson, who runs the option and throws well, and Scott, who rushed for 950 yards last year, should benefit from a mature offensive line.

Southwestern Sabers

1993 record: 2-8. Coach: Gerald Boyd

Top players: Dan Boyd, Sr., QB; Kevin Graham, Sr., LB; Jamal Avery, Jr., WR; Joe Fish, Jr., OL; Antoine Smith, Jr., C.

Outlook: Just 30 players reported to camp for first-year coach Boyd, whose squad returns 12 players, 10 of whom were starters. Coach Boyd, who established the football program at Walbrook in the 1970s, will look to Dan Boyd (no relation) and the speedy Avery.

Walbrook Warriors

1993 record: 4-6. Coach: Kelvin Bridges

Top players: Maurice Selby, Sr., QB; Richard Harris, Sr., WR; Jovan Stanley, Sr., FB-LB; Damon Allen, Sr., TE; Norris Johnson, Jr., RB-DB.

Top players: Selby, a three-year starter, is among five returning veterans for the 4A Warriors. Stanley (220) and Allen (6-5, 195) will be the focus of the offense. Bridges is in his first season, replacing Billy Hice.

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