McDonogh's Sabelhaus lands in national spotlight


McDonogh's All-Metro senior quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus, tabbed the nation's top Division I prospect by SuperPrep Magazine, will be featured on ESPN's Scholastic Sports America on Monday.

"ESPN was out at McDonogh last week filming Bobby in the classroom, again in practice and at our game against Episcopal [a 34-0 win]," said Bobby Sabelhaus Sr.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Sabelhaus, whose appearance will be aired at 5:30 p.m., has passed for 39 touchdowns and 4,679 yards -- 799 shy of the state passing yardage record set in 1969 by John Carroll graduate Al Neville.

Presently ranked second behind Neville on the all-time list, Sabelhaus has 846 passing yards and six touchdowns this year for No. 3 McDonogh (3-1).

Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Boston College, Notre Dame and Ohio State are interested in Sabelhaus, a 3.0 student who scored 1,250 on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

Schwoy also featured

ESPN's Scholastic Sports America will pay a visit to McDonogh again on Friday to feature McDonogh's All-Metro striker Laurie Schwoy for a segment that will be aired at a date to be determined.

Open tourneys loom

Though last Saturday was the formal deadline for entering the experimental open state tournaments for soccer and volleyball, teams may enter until the day of the draw -- and pay a $100 late fee to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association -- said executive secretary Ned Sparks.

Teams also may withdraw from the tournaments up to the day of the draws, which are Oct. 23 at North County at 2 p.m for soccer, and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. for volleyball, Sparks said.

"No one has said they wouldn't participate, but we're still opening mail," said Sparks, adding that the blind draws will be conducted using lottery machines.

Franklin on upswing?

Franklin's football team, coached by Claude Darr, is 4-0 for the first time since 1989.

The Indians are led by quarterback Chris Demetrakis (343 passing yards, four touchdowns), running back Kenny Vialva (195 yards, three touchdowns) and split end Edwin Aponte (five receptions, 153 yards, three touchdowns).

Lansdowne limping along

Injuries forced Lansdowne to forfeit last week's football game to Hereford, but athletic director Ed Walker said the Vikings are determined to complete the year.

"He [Coach Terry Brooks] had 10 kids who were hurt and only 10 who were healthy. With 11, we'd have played," said Walker.

The four players who won't return have a broken foot, a broken vertebra, a broken hand and a broken elbow.

"As of yesterday [Monday], we had 14," Walker said. "We hope to have 17 by next week."

Patterson perfect, Dunbar close

Top-ranked Patterson (4-0), which has outscored its opponents, 148-0, is the MPSSAA's only football team that is unscored upon. No. 2 Dunbar (3-0) has allowed the state's next least amount of points, outscoring opponents, 98-6, with two shutouts.

Douglass (0-4), meanwhile, remains the only MPSSAA team that has not scored, having been outpointed, 154-0. Next up for Douglass is No. 5 Poly (3-1), which -- other than losing to Dunbar, 26-6 -- has outscored opponents, 105-6.

Small world

The Small twins, Taber of City and Sharif of Forest Park, both running backs, will be on opposite sides when their squads meet in football at City at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

City won last year's game, 16-15.

Gilman gets offensive

No. 6 Gilman (2-1), a football program known traditionally for its defensive play, has quite an offense this season.

Senior running backs David Biddison (6 feet 1, 195) and R. C. Kauffman (6-1, 180) have combined for 412 yards and five touchdowns in three games.

Quarterback Lorne Smith (6-4, 175), an All-Metro lacrosse player, has completed 14 of 28 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns while also averaging 40.9 yards per punt.

And Corey Popham, an All-City/County soccer player, is 9-for-9 on extra-point kicks with 50 percent of his kickoffs having landed in the end zone.

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