Calvert's stumble could be big gain for county's football teams


Calvert's football team lost this weekend and faces a really tough game this week in Largo (4-1), ranked No. 16 by the Washington Post.

Calvert (5-1) dropped a 21-8 decision to Class 2A Lackey (4-2) and that is great news for 4A East Region teams.

Calvert was leading the East over Anne Arundel teams and had a shot at taking a playoff spot from a county team.

The Baltimore Sun's No. 10 Arundel (5-1) has taken over the top spot in the East and Calvert is in danger of not qualifying for the playoffs.

Another loss by Calvert would virtually knock the Cavaliers out of postseason play and open up an opportunity for Anne Arundel County to send two teams to the playoffs.

Even if Calvert finishes 8-2, it's likely the Southern Maryland team would not have enough playoff points to qualify. Because the Cavaliers play only a few 4A teams, it's imperative they go 10-0 or 9-1 to have a shot.

Arundel, No. 11 North County and unranked Severna Park and Annapolis -- all three 4-2 -- are very much alive down the stretch.

Losing, 35-24, to Arundel last week, Glen Burnie (3-3) was virtually eliminated from postseason play.

It could be a wild finish. Arundel is the only one that could go 9-1 while three of them could go 8-2 and all four contenders conceivably could finish 7-3.

While Glen Burnie is still mathematically alive, its chances are remote.

Too many things would have to happen for the Gophers to slip in.

Did you know this would be the 18th consecutive year that coach Dave Rigot's Gophers have not made it to the playoffs?

Did you know Southern's Buck Gardner holds the record for most consecutive years (20) of not making the playoffs?

Do you realize Rigot (77-99), whose Gophers play host to Meade (1-5) this week, is also one loss away from becoming just the second county football coach to lose 100 games?

Did you know Gardner (97-112) was the first and needs only three more wins to become the first coach to win and lose 100?

Depending on how much longer he coaches, Severna Park's Andy Borland would be the next to turn the trick.

In his 22nd season, Borland stands at 124-94.

If Chesapeake's Tom Kraning continues at his current pace, he could reach 100 losses the fastest of any coach in county history.

Kraning, in his seventh season, is 17-49 and can get No. 50 this week at Annapolis.

Did you know Kraning, Rigot, Bart Rader (61-65, 12th year) of Northeast and Broadneck's Jeff Herrick (26-29, sixth year) are the only county public school coaches among 11 with five years or more experience who never have made it to the playoffs?

Questions without answers

Was "why isn't Mark Frye getting the ball more" the most asked question by Severna Park football fans after the Falcons' 46-26 loss at North County Friday?

Going into the game, Frye was averaging 132 yards rushing, but only got the call four times in the second half.

Frye, who was 13-for-71 rushing, carried only twice among the Falcons' 12 third-period plays (not counting four punts) with the team clinging to a 20-19 lead.

After North County's Topper Ellis started his incredible four-touchdown binge in the second half, Frye did not get a carry until Ellis had ripped off three touchdowns to give the Knights a 38-20 lead.

Frye got the ball one more time, scoring on a 3-yard run against North County's second-team defense with 1:10 left.

Borland called a timeout to get the meaningless touchdown, Frye's 14th of the season.

Did Ellis prove he is the county's fastest runner not only by scoring five touchdowns against Severna Park and leaving defenders standing still, but by catching Frye from behind on a 75-yard kickoff return to the Knights' 16 in the first period?

* How about South River coach Dave Summey going for the win at home by attempting a two-point conversion run late in the game only to fail and lose, 22-21, to LaPlata (5-1) of Charles County?

Why go for the win in that situation when you can tie with a kick and play overtime on your home turf?

Tom Malloy kicked an extra point for South River (2-4) after the Seahawks' first touchdown but never kicked again.

* Finally, the quote of the week: "Four years ago, there were about 40 teams around the state who wanted to schedule our football team because we were 4A [and worth eight playoff points] and losing," said Arundel athletic director Bernie Walter.

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