CLASS 4A LEAGUE
Coach: Roy Brown, sixth season.
1993 record: 7-3.
Top players: Orlando Downs, Sr., QB-S-P; Teshawn Cooper, Sr., RB-DB; Beau Watkins, Sr., C; Bernard Turner, Sr., T-DT; Reggie Snowden, Sr., SE; Danny Edwards, Sr., G-LB; Oscar Ross, Sr., G-LB; Roland Fowlkes, Sr., LB-PK; Geoff Mears, Sr., RB; Chris Brianas, Sr., RB.
Outlook: Experience is lacking, but the Panthers' overall team speed, quickness and strength in the trenches and a bevy of shifty running backs is not. Coach Brown (36-17, five years) lost 20 seniors, each of whom had three years of varsity experience, including All-Metro and All-County running back Kenny Boyd (county-leading 1,365 yards and 17 touchdowns), but is encouraged with the overall make-up of this year's squad. The offensive line has Brown particularly excited because Annapolis loves to keep it on the ground. "Our linemen are pretty quick and potentially could be better than last year's with a little seasoning," Brown said. Two-time All-County center Watkins (6 feet 3, 210 pounds) and second-team All-County guard Turner (5-11, 245) who has moved to a two-way tackle spot, are three-year starters expected to anchor the line and open gaping holes for Cooper (5-5, 150), Downs (5-10, 160), Mears (5-9, 160), Brianas (5-11, 165) and junior Marty Sellers (5-8, 160). Fowlkes (6-1, 185), who will also be the place-kicker, will lead a defensive unit with no returning starters.
Coach: Bill Zucco, third season.
1993 record: 6-4.
Top players: Casey Trout, Sr., RB-S-P; Mike Haertel, Sr., FB-LB; Vince Faunteroy, Sr., RB-LB; Doug Downes, Sr., G; Chris Eakins, T-DT; Andy Pelfrey, Sr., C-LB; Eric Lundborg, Sr., SE; Russ Allen, Sr., DB; Charley Kight, Jr., T-DT; John Norsworthy, Jr., LB-FB.
Outlook: Coming off its first winning season since 1985, including upset victories over perennial powers North County and Severna Park, Arundel is braced for contender status. The Wildcats have a host of returnees with varsity experience, and Zucco (9-11) is banking on a fast start. "I really think we are headed in the right direction with more numbers and the largest turnout  since I've been head coach," Zucco said. "The quarterback position is a key." Arundel lost two-year starter Pat Cilento to a transfer (Sherwood, Montgomery County) and is counting on junior Pat Clyburn (6-3, 180) and sophomore Eric Lipton (6-1, 170) to step up. Trout (6-1, 180), a superb athlete, Haertel (5-10, 180) and Pelfrey (6-2, 200) are key seniors expected to lead what should be a typical punishing Wildcat defense. Zucco is also excited about his offensive and defensive lines, which feature three athletes at 220 pounds. "We will hit you and play pretty good defense, and if our offense jells early, we could be right there," Zucco said.
Coach: Tom Kraning, seventh season.
1993 record: 4-6.
Top players: Matt Michalowicz, Sr., QB; Chris Timmons, Sr., G; Tom Marshall, Sr., G; Neal Huber, Sr., T; Chris Oberdalhoff, Sr., T; Tom Detrich, Sr., C; Sean Borgert, Sr., NG; Nick Polling, Sr., DT; Derrick Shreve, Sr., DT; John Brooks, Sr., S.
Outlook: Kraning (16-44) is bubbling with anticipation not only because of a wealth of size, experience and intelligence (18 players with a 3.25 GPA or better), but also because "it's by far the best group I've had in terms of talent, work, attitude wise and otherwise." With perhaps the most depth and size (average nearly 230 pounds on both sides of the ball) in school history, Chesapeake will operate a near two-platoon system. The Cougars showed vast improvement last fall, and most of the team is back with additions from a turnout of 120 players promising. Michalowicz (6-0, 175), who passed for 964 yards as a junior, will guide a wing-T offense featuring a few wrinkles. The quarterback, who covers the 40 in 4.6 seconds, had his throwing arm analyzed by a computer, and Kraning said he "has changed his delivery and is tremendously improved." The defensive line rivals the size of most major colleges with hulking down linemen, Polling (6-3, 320) and Marshall (6-4, 260), a transfer from Frederick, while on the other side of the ball are Huber (6-2, 260), Oberdalhoff (6-3, 250) and Detrich (6-1, 240). Overall team speed is not lacking either.
Glen Burnie Gophers
Coach: Dave Rigot, 18th season.
1993 record: 6-4.
Top players: Rolando "Rocky" Newton, Sr., RB-DB; Jermaine Smith, Sr., QB; Ron
Sisk, Sr., C-LB; Jay Sponaugle, Sr., FB-LB; Derrick Wilborne, Sr., G-NG; Ron Piller, Sr., T-DT; Carvell McLean, Sr., T-DT; Seku Carter, Sr., TE; Troy Talbot, Sr., DE; Tyrone Davis, Sr., DB.
Outlook: Plans to throw the football more than other Gopher teams have been nixed. "Jermaine [Smith] broke the thumb on his throwing hand in preseason practice and is expected to miss our first two games," said Rigot, who has turned to sophomore JV grad, Mike Evans (5-11, 160) to take over. When Smith (6-0, 170), who has a strong arm, returns, the Gophers will pass, and until then, a lot of the offensive load is on the shoulders of Newton, a Division I prospect who runs the 40 in 4.6. Newton (6-0, 180) was an All-County DB last year and played with a cast on his broken right hand that prevented him from carrying the ball on offense. Sponaugle (5-9, 175) and junior Joe Queen (6-0, 175) will give Newton an occasional break rushing, and Sponaugle also will play LB on a defense that Rigot (74-96) says "has some question marks, don't know what to expect. We've got a couple big kids and a lot of speed." Among the bigger players are Sisk (6-2, 240), a second-team All-County C last year who doubles at LB, Wilborne (6-0, 235), McLean (6-2, 215) and Piller (6-1, 205). "I really don't know what to expect from this team because I'm concerned about our overall size," Rigot said.
Coach: Jerry Hartman, second season.
1993 record: 2-8.
Top players: Adam Butts, Sr., RB-LB; Ray Otis, Sr., RB-S; Shane Edwards, Sr., T-DT; Don Messinese, Sr., T; Malcolm Johnson, Sr., WR-CB; Bernard Gaither, Sr., CB; Mike Keaser, Sr., G-DT; Carl Scott, Sr., LB; Marc Bass, Sr., NG; Robby Porter, Jr., G-DE.
Outlook: An intense off-season conditioning program could turn the Mustangs' record around. "Our overall strength has greatly improved because the kids religiously lifted [weights] February through June, and through the summer they lifted and did a lot of running," said Hartman, a former college assistant. As a result, Hartman's offensive line, featuring four returning starters, can bench press 300 pounds from tackle to tackle. Edwards (6-2, 245) and Messinese (5-10, 210) are two of the key linemen and Porter (6-2, 235), a two-way starter in the trenches,
is out with a ruptured tendon in his ring finger, but if he returns, will make it easier for speedy backs Butts (5-11, 190) and Otis (5-8, 155) to find daylight. Butts, ranked 12th in his class with a 3.8 GPA, was a second-team All-County DB who has moved to LB on defense. He and Otis both bench over 300 pounds and run the 40 in 4.7 and 4.5, respectively. Otis is an integral part of a seasoned secondary that includes Johnson (5-8, 150) and Gaither (5-11, 160). Sophomores Danny Todd (6-2, 225) and Justin Patton (6-1, 185) are expected to contribute at LB and DB, respectively.
North County Knights
Coach: Chuck Markiewicz, eighth season.
1993 record: 9-2.
Top players: Mike Smith, Sr., DL; Reno Owens, Sr., S; Steve Tomshack, Sr., LB; Rodney Smith, Sr., DE; John Williams, Sr., DT; Ron Wisniewski, Sr., DT; Topper Ellis, Sr., RB; Earl Sewell, Sr., QB; Lou Brown, Sr., SB; Toney Fowlkes, Jr., S.
Outlook: The Knights have gone 35-9 with three straight playoff appearances in four years under Markiewicz (52-22, seven years). Annually North County graduates prolific offensive producers from its run-and-shoot offense, and big-time defenders such as 1993 Baltimore Sun Defensive Player of the Year LB Troy Fowlkes (now a Maryland redshirt). "We're going strictly two-platoon football for the first time, and our defense is our strength right now," Markiewicz said. "Our offense is currently on six cylinders, but we expect to get it up to eight." The entire defensive secondary led by Owens (6-1, 170), a three-year starter, returns along with Smith (6-0, 255), a second-team All-County DL, to anchor what should be an outstanding unit. Ellis (5-6, 160), who caught 29 passes in the regular season, runs a 4.4 in the 40 and has been moved to the ace back position. Brown (5-11, 165) grabbed 36 passes in 1993 and will be back in the slot again along with sophomore Corey Wright (5-4, 130), who Markiewicz says is "like trying to catch a water bug with tweezers." Sewell (5- 11, 165) takes over at QB, and Markiewicz is confident he can run a typical North County 30-points-a-game offense.
Old Mill Patriots
Coach: Pete Regala, 12th season.
1993 record: 1-9.
Top players: Chuck Manns, Jr., QB-P; Josh Mayne, Sr., C-NG; Jesse Mayne, Sr., FB -LB; Josh Hines, Sr., FB-LB; Eric Donoway, Sr., G-DE; Tim Gentry, Sr., TE-DE; Alex Schildt, Sr., TE-DE; Rico Tasker, Sr., RB; Joey Rogers, Sr., T-DT; Tim McGurk, Sr., PK.
Outlook: Regala (52-60) knows better than most what it's like to tumble from the top to rock bottom. It was only 1991 when his Pats won a county championship and earned a playoff berth, but after three wins in the last two seasons, that feeling of euphoria seems an eternity away. Unfortunately, getting it back may be even farther with what Regala calls "a very young, very small and inexperienced team." The team's kicking game could be its strength. Returning All-County punter junior Chuck Manns (6-2, 185), who averaged 39.7 yards per boot, should get to punt much more than PK Tim McGurk (6-1, 150) because of an ineffective offense. Manns is coming off a nagging hamstring injury sustained at the end of the Patriots' baseball season and reinjured again in the summer. He is also the team's QB, and if he is unable to take the snap, Manns could set a school record for punts attempted while McGurk might get few chances to lift it from the tee. Regala hopes the Mayne twins, Josh (NG, 5-8, 215) and Jesse (LB, 5-9, 175), Rogers (DT, 6-2, 260), Hines (LB, 5-9, 175) and junior Raymar Thompson (DT, 5-11, 210) on defense will keep things respectable.
Severna Park Falcons
Coach: Andy Borland, 22nd season.
1993 record: 8-2.
Top players: Mark Frye, Sr., RB-CB; Ryan Moore, Sr., RB-S; Jermond Davenport, Sr., FB-LB; Kevin Grizzle, Sr., TE-DE; Matt Hart, Sr., C; Billy Erskine, Sr., QB; Eddie Brooks, Sr., DE; Chris Milito, Sr., T-DT; Ron Nichols, Sr., TE; Jihad Morris, Jr., FB-LB.
Outlook: With two 4.5 sprinters in Frye (6-0, 175) and Moore (5-11, 175), it's obvious that the Falcons will keep the ball on the ground as they've always done under Borland (120-92). The dean of the county coaches is talking about using "a shoot and run" and being "as criminal as we can be because we've got the smallest team we've had in awhile," but in the end, the Falcons will run twice as much as they pass despite a pretty good QB in Erskine (6-4, 195). Frye, All-County in 1993 after rushing for 1,003 yards on 134 attempts (7.4 yards average) and scoring 11 touchdowns, and Moore (333 yards, 6.3 per carry) have been clocked at 4.5 in the 40. It's Borland's opinion that they "are even quicker than 4.5" and says "we hope to have it in the hands of one of the two almost every play." Things will start with promising C Hart (6-0, 255) who missed last fall with a knee injury, and if the Falcons throw the ball, Grizzle (6-3, 190) will be the prime target. Grizzle also will play DE on a unit featuring Frye and Moore in the secondary, All-County returnee Davenport (6-0, 205), who had 133 tackles and two interceptions as a junior, and talented junior Morris (6-3, 205) at LB.
CLASS 3A-2A LEAGUE
Coach: Jeff Herrick, sixth season.
1993 record: 6-4.
Top players: Jason Smith, Sr., SB; Damian Watkins, Sr., RB; Steve Luckey, Sr., T; Brian Hannon, Sr., WR; Cory Brown, Sr., C; Eric Elston, Sr., S; Mike Chaney, Sr., LB; Pete Savio, Sr., LB; Steve Heidler, Sr., LB; Arto Vartanian, Sr., DT.
Outlook: If the Bruins stay healthy and either senior Kevin Healy (5-9, 145) or junior Gerry Case (5-10, 165) can get the ball to Smith nearly as often as second-team All-County QB Sean Ryan did last year, Broadneck could earn a 3A playoff berth. Healy and Case are vying for the QB job in the Bruins' run-and-shoot, which centers around Smith, an All-Metro receiver who caught a state-record 75 passes for a county-record 1,065 yards and school-record 12 touchdowns last year. Herrick (22-28) is also expecting big things from three-year starter Hannon (6-0, 165) and first-year senior Sasan Sattari (5-11, 185) out on the flanks, and Watkins (5-10, 185) at ace back. Veteran linemen Luckey (6-4, 275) and Brown (5-9, 210) are being counted on to provide senior leadership. The defensive focus will be on two-year starting DL Elston (5-11, 160) and Vartanian (6-2, 265), who comes to Broadneck by way of Chicago's Elk Grove High where he started two years, and linebackers Chaney (5-10, 160), Savio (6-0, 175), Heidler (5-10, 170) and Chris Martin (5-10, 165), a junior. "We should improve and be in the running for a playoff spot," Herrick said.
Coach: Bart Rader, 12th season.
1993 record: 2-8.
Top players: Jeff Dolch, Sr., QB-DB; Ron Katzenberger, Sr., RB-DB; Brad Otis, Sr., E; Curtis Henry, Sr., LB; Chris Katzenberger, Jr., C-DL; Duke Arrington, Jr., G-DL
Outlook: With an outstanding QB in Dolch (6-1, 155), a three-year starter and team captain, and two good running backs in Ron Katzenberger (5-11, 165) and sophomore Tyrone Eaton (5-7, 155), Rader (49-61) expects his Eagles to be competitive despite limited numbers. "We've only got 23 on the varsity [30 on JV], but our strength is our quarterback and running game, and we will move the ball and have a competitive team," Rader said. "Dolch throws very well, is smart and a leader." Rader's concerns are on defense where the Eagles lack experience, but he is encouraged by the play of LBs Henry (5-6, 165) and freshman Billy Parks (5-11, 170).
Coach: Buck Gardner, 21st season.
1993 record: 11-2.
Top players: Joe Kadjeski, Sr., G-LB; Mike McCafferty, Sr., SE-LB; Rico Gross, Sr., TE-DB; Phil Brown, Sr., G-DG; Chris Sutherland, Sr., T-DT; Adam Booth, Sr., QB-DE; Marcus Hicks, Sr., T-DG; Chris Worrall, Sr., WR-DE; Tyrone Neal, Jr., RB-S; Bobby Procopio, Jr., RB-DB.
Outlook: The Bulldogs graduated more than 400 points in four All-County players (three All-Metro) including county Offensive Player of the Year Corey Contee (county-leading 128 points) from the greatest team in school history. Southern was the 2A state runner-up to Damascus, losing, 13-6, in the final and a repeat is highly unlikely. "It's an entirely different team, and we will be playing teams seeking revenge from last year," said Gardner (94-109), who at least expects to be back in the playoffs. Gardner is concerned about moving the ball and banking on juniors Procopio (5-10, 155) and Neal (5-9, 140) to make things happen offensively. Gardner is more confident about the alignment on the other side of the ball with hard-hitting LBs Kadjeski and McCafferty, who played prominent roles last year, and three returning linemen in Hicks (5-11, 265), Brown (5-11, 255) and Sutherland (6-2, 235). "Right now we're trying to find the right combinations, and we've shown flashes of brilliance and flashes that have been terrible," said Gardner, the 1993 county Coach of the Year.
South River Seahawks
Coach: Dave Summey, 16th season.
1993 record: 3-7.
Top players: Russell Tongue, Sr., RB-DB; Andy Tydings, Sr., FB-DB; Tom Terry, Sr., RB-S; Andy Meyers, Sr., TE-DB; Mitch Selby, Sr., G-DT; Adrian Newman, Sr., T-DT; Mike Stevenson, Sr., NG; Phil Tayman, Jr., QB-DB; Johnny Jones, Jr., SE-S; Sam Worsham, Jr., RB-LB.
Outlook: Starting his sixth season in Edgewater after 10 years at Brooklyn Park, Summey (71-80) is more than pleased with this team's experience at the skill positions and its overall attitude. In contrast, Summey is worried about the development of his offensive line. If the line comes together, the Hawks could return to their winning ways (7-3 in 1992) because of the versatility of Tongue (6-2, 170) and QB Tayman. Tongue, who will be the workhorse back and double at LB, covers the 40 in 4.6 and has a 33-inch standing vertical jump, drawing the keen interest of Maryland as a receiver, Summey said. Tayman (5-10, 160) is developing into an outstanding QB as a junior and also will play in the defensive secondary with veterans Meyers (5-10, 170) and Terry (5-9, 155), and the junior Jones (5-7, 130), who has 4.7
speed. Newcomers who have impressed include seniors Shane Sanders (5-10, 185) and Mike Foley (5-9, 160), both G-DE; Worsham (5-9, 170) and sophomores, Tom McCaffrey (RB-CB, 5-9, 155) and T. J. Triggs (C-LB, 5-10, 160). "We lack game experience, but I really like the attitude and senior leadership of this team," Summey said.
Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers
Coach: Del Hughes, third season.
1993 record: 1-9.
Top players: Kenny Kulesz, Sr., QB; Dan Musiker, Sr., SE-DB; Steve Madden, Sr., RB-DE; Matt Gomes, Sr., G; Charlie Canter, Sr., G; Larry Cyr, Sr., RB-LB; Kevin Connor, Jr., T-DT; Bob Wiltshire, Jr., T; Joe Petrocelli, So., RB; Brian Judy, Soph., RB-LB.
Outlook: The Cavaliers already have matched last year's win total with a season-opening 34-13 win over Model School of D.C. last week. Hughes (4-16) is optimistic that his Cavs can win a few more after a great turnout. The victories might come sooner than the team's new stadium, which won't be ready until 1995. Meanwhile, Spalding will continue to play its home games at the old Brooklyn Park High field and should match up well against its MIAA B Conference foes with good overall size. Among the big linemen are juniors Charles Jones (5-9, 230), Wiltshire (5-11, 215), Connor (6-2, 220) and Ron Shreves (6-2, 205) and Canter (6-3, 195). If they give Kulesz (5-10, 150) some time to throw, he's got a couple good receivers in Petrocelli (5-8, 145), Musiker (5-9, 140) and junior John Hopple (6-0, 150). Petrocelli scored three touchdowns in the season opener, one of them on a 26-yard pass from Kulesz. Madden (5-7, 150) and sophomore Doug Johnson (5-8, 170), a transfer from Howard County's Wilde Lake, give the Cavs two quick players on each defensive end who should turn plays inside where they have some size to counter with.
St. Mary's Saints
Coach: Brad Best, sixth season.
1993 record: 7-3.
Top players: Jason Lilly, Sr., RB; Brad Davis, Sr., QB; Pete Grimm, Sr., T-DT; Mike Pagliaro, Sr., WB-DB; Dan Collins, Sr., FB-DE; Taron Jones, Sr., T; Braxton McNeil, Jr., G; Josh Rudder, Jr., LB.
Outlook: Averaging 230 pounds in the offensive line and returning a 1,000-yard runner (1,008) in Lilly (5-10, 175), the Saints, who have a lot of question marks on defense, are expected to kill some time this season in the MIAA A Conference. "We plan to use a little more ball control because this is the youngest team we've had especially on defense since my first season," said Best (33-17). "Last year we had five three-year starters, but don't have that luxury this year." Best will be counting on Lilly and Collins (5-11, 195), who moved from soccer goalie to football, to eat up the clock with three-year starter Davis (6-1, 175) at the controls. Davis passed for more than 1,100 yards last year, but might not throw as much this season. Grimm (6-4, 235) a two-way tackle, Jones (6-6, 240), a converted basketball player who needs "to learn the basics," Best said, and McNeil (6-3, 240) give the Saints some bulk and strength on the interior. Best said he and his staff expect to be doing "a lot of teaching this year, but we should be very competitive." The Saints are in the A Conference with Calvert Hall, Gilman, McDonogh, Mount St. Joseph and Loyola.
Coach: Jim Doyle, fourth season.
1993 record: 4-6.
Top players: John Vereen, Sr., RB-LB; Javal Mack, Sr., G-LB; Jason Scott, Sr., RB-LB; Todd McManus, Sr., SE-DB; Fred Macaraeg, Sr., RB-LB; Brad Graw, Sr., G-LB; Kevin Schelenski, Jr., T-DE; Willis Wu, Jr., QB; Mike Greer, Jr., G-NG; Josh Simms, Jr., SE-S.
Outlook: The Admirals will compensate for their lack of size and a host of players going both ways with great overall team speed as they compete in the MIAA B Conference. Three-year starting RB Vereen (5-10, 190) is healthy and that has Doyle (18-9) excited. "This is the fastest team overall we've had since I've been here," said Doyle, who began as an assistant to Doug Williams in 1985. Vereen, who rushed for 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 8.5 yards despite nagging injuries, covers the 40 in 4.5, has a vertical jump of 32 inches, can bench press 275 and power clean 245. "At a scouting combine this summer he was selected as one of the top 100 players in the state, and he's one of four who can run 4.8 or better," Doyle said. The other speedsters are Simms (6-1, 165), Scott (6-0, 180) and freshman Denard Melton (5-10, 170). Melton, who already has college coaches interested in his basketball ability, is playing organized football for the first time, and Doyle said he "is a natural who we will bring along slow."