1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Ron Frierson (career record: 3-7).
Top players: Damean Johnson, Sr., WR; Andre Falcon, Sr., TE; Keonte Hazelton, Sr., LB-RB; Alexander Gough, Jr., LB; Terrill Fulton, Jr., OT-DT; Andre Moore, Jr., QB.
Outlook: The Bears return 12 starters, including eight two-way players. Offensively, the focus will be on returning signal-caller Moore, who will have as his targets two of the city's fastest players in Johnson, an All-Metro sprinter, and Falcon, a third-year starter. "We'll pass the ball quite a bit and we'll test some secondaries, but we have some questions about whether our defense can hold up," said Frierson. Fulton (6-1, 240) anchors the line on both sides of the ball as the Bears aim for .500.
1994 record: 8-2. Coach: George Petrides (career record: 115-72-1).
Top players: Jemini Jones, Sr., RB-LB; Damian Beane, Sr., RB; Quantay Johnson, Sr., OG; Kevin Griffin, Sr., WR-LB; Taber Small, Jr., RB-DB; Michael Johnson, Jr., QB; Jermaine Peterson, Jr., QB; Chris Perkins, Jr., C.
Outlook: City, down to 2A from 3A, returns its starting backfield ,, of Beane and Small, whose combined rushing totals surpassed 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns, and Michael Johnson, who again has Griffin to throw to. Jones was the leading tackler last year, and Small and Beane led the team in interceptions. Quantay Johnson and Perkins lend experience to a questionable corps of linemen. "With some of the former MSA teams like Gilman, St. Joe and Loyola, we have a tougher schedule than these kids have seen in two years," said Petrides. "But we're ahead of schedule offensively, and I like what I see."
1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Barry Brownlee (career record: 9-31).
Top players: Bill Curran, Sr., QB-S; Jack Berkeridge, Sr., OL-DL; Ivan Mister, Sr., RB-LB; Nick Brownlee, RB-CB.
Outlook: Curley had its first winning season in 15 seasons last year and seven starters return among 14 veterans. Overall, 40 players tried out. "It's a good start and we'd like to be able to match last year or add a few more wins," said coach Brownlee, whose team went 1-4 in the MIAA. Curran (5-10, 170), Berkeridge (5-11, 240), Mister (5-10, 180), Brownlee (5-9, 175) are all team captains and are dispensing valuable leadership. "We really need to work on fundamentals," said Brownlee. "But we have really good attitudes and the kids are working hard."
1994 record: 0-10. Coach: David White (career record: 74-48).
Top players: Kwan Titus, Sr., TB-CB; John Robinson, Jr., QB-S; Allen Thompson, Soph., RB-DB; Monroe Brown, Soph., C-DT.
Outlook: White, formerly at Lake Clifton, is trying to inject some enthusiasm into a program that occupied the 3A Division cellar last year. "I've been combing the halls looking for kids, but I think I've got some who really want to improve on last year," said White. "Most of them are underclassmen who are willing to learn."
1994 record: 12-0. Coach: Stanley Mitchell (career record: 20-4).
Top players: Tommy Polley, Sr., LB-TE; Anthony Wiggins, Sr., QB; Deon Johnson, Sr., OL-DL; Dwyane Green, Sr., OL-DL; Ali Culpepper, Jr., RB-LB; Antar Simsel, Jr., OL-DL.
Outlook: Six quality starters are back from last year's 2A state champ, including Polley (42 career sacks), Wiggins (1,571 passing yards, 10 TDs) and Culpepper (1,507 all-purpose yards, 10 TDs). But the question, as the Poets move up to 3A, is whether their depth will hold up against a stiffer schedule. "The older kids feel in their hearts that they can win it again, but they'll have to pass down their leadership to the younger kids," Mitchell said. "We have several holes and a lot of inexperience."
1994 record: 7-3. Coach: Pete Pompey (career record: 154-64).
Top players: Charles Wilson, Sr., LB-TE; Donald Goodman, Sr., QB; Corey Brown, Sr., RB; David Merritte, Sr., LB-S-RB; Samuel Scott, Jr., RB-CB, Dante Connor, Jr., OL-DL.
Outlook: Running backs Goodman, Brown, Merritte and Scott all return to the offense, and the hard-hitting Wilson (6-2, 185), the second-leading tackler last year, returns to the defense. But the team may not be as talented overall as last year. And Pompey's schedule could be the area's toughest, with state champ Dunbar; Howard County runner-up Howard; two-time league champ Potomac of Prince George's County; another Washington-area power, DeMatha, and two excellent teams from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. "We lost some critical kids on the line and, with the teams we have to play, I'm not sure how well they'll respond early," Pompey said.
Forest Park Foresters
1994 record: 4-6. Coach: Obie Barnes (career record: 87-83-4).
Top players: Danaz Williams, Sr., LB-TE; Lonnie Byrd, Sr., RB-CB; Calvin Thurmond, Sr., WR-S; Dominic Boyd, Sr., NG-OG; Aaron Thompson, Jr., RB-CB; Elwood Miles, Jr., OL-DL.
Outlook: Forest Park's schedule is lighter, with the exception of Poly and City, and because of Dunbar moving up to 3A. And with 10 returning starters, four of them two-way players, Barnes is optimistic about reversing last year's record. Thompson (6-1, 200) rushed for 700 yards and eight TDs, and Byrd had 550 with six TDs. Thurmond caught 22 passes for four TDs and Williams is the top returning tackler. "In some ways, we're better than the 7-3 team of two years ago. This team believes it can go places," said Barnes.
1994 record: 4-5. Coach: Mark Agent (first year).
Top players: Reggie Jones, Sr., WR; Lafawn Weaver, Sr., WR; Kevin Rowe, Sr., LT-DE; Diondre Collins, Sr., FB-LB; Izeem Wilder, Sr., RB.
Outlook: Agent replaces longtime coach Frank Trcka, who retired after being diagnosed with cancer last spring. Agent has plenty of enthusiasm for the program and likes his team's chances of winning the MIAA B title. Agent, a former Gilman and University of Maryland player, calls Rowe (6-4, 230) a Division I prospect. "We have a good 15 or 16 solid kids, but with 25 overall, our numbers are low," said Agent. "But the intensity and enthusiasm is great. I think we'll be physical, aggressive and really get after people."
1994 record: 6-2. Coach: Sherm Bristow (career record: 93-34-2).
Top players: Whit Warlow, Sr., OL-DL; John Wise, Sr., OL-LB; John Battaglia, Sr., OL-DL; Chase Martin, Sr., TE-LB; John-Allen Sykes, Sr., RB-DB; Packer Rodgers, Sr., C-LB; Russell Wrenn, Sr., QB.
Outlook: Bristow's team of last year, the MIAA co-champ with Mount St. Joseph, was an unusual one. It had perhaps the most explosive offense and perhaps the best offensive line that the school will experience in this decade. Gone are two first-team All-Metros, both offensive players, and two second-teamers. But there is plenty left, including a powerful defensive group that opposing teams have come to fear. "Warlow [6-5, 240] is our best defensive player, and we hope to be better in that area," said Bristow. "Every year, we expect to compete for a championship, and this year's no different."
Lake Clifton Lakers
1994 record: 6-4. Coach: James Monroe (first year).
Top players: Donnell Spalding, Sr., OL-DL; Rodney Scott, Sr., OL-DL; Antonio Cabbagestalk, Sr., OL-DL; Antoine Cabbagestalk, Sr., OL-DL; Terrill Lowery, Jr., WR; Darnell Pearsall, Soph., RB.
Outlook: Monroe takes over for David White, who is now the athletic director at Douglass. Another White, Greate, last year's quarterback, transferred to Walbrook, and All-City running back Kenny Williams (Florida A&M;) has graduated. But Greate White's favorite receiver, and perhaps the city's best returning wide-out, is back in second-team All-Metro Lowery. The line averages 225, but a key could be whether Mike Randolph, a sometime starter last year, can handle the quarterbacking chores. "We'll give up less points defensively than in previous years," said Monroe. "I think this will be an entirely different football team. We're looking for better things."
1994 record: 3-7. Coach: John Blake (career record: 24-44-1).
Top players: Mike Jones, Sr., OL; Sean Nelson, Sr., DB-RB; Dante Briley, Sr., DB; Wallace Williams, Sr., TE-DE; Talien Walker, Jr., DE-OT.
Outlook: Word is that Mervo is a dangerous team, but Blake is trying to keep a lid on things. "Let's just say we have a veteran team," Blake said. "We're satisfied at this point." His linemen, including Division I prospects Williams (6-4, 210), Jones (6-4, 320) and Walker (6-3, 230), comprise a line averaging 230 on offense and 220 defensively.
Mount St. Joseph Gaels
1994 record: 8-1. Coach: Mike Working (career record: 26-12).
Top players: Danny Rosewag, Sr., WR; Archie Wannamaker, Sr., RB; DeVaughan Mellerson, Sr., DT-DE; Matt O'Donnell, Sr., WR; Lucas Phillips, Jr., QB; Ben Dyer, Jr., DT; John Working, Jr., LB; Nick Johnson, Soph., LB.
Outlook: The Gaels return 16 starters, nine on offense, from a team that won the MIAA A Conference crown after going 3-7 the year before. Phillips threw for 1,739 passing yards and 17 TDs last year, Wannamaker rushed for 1,009 and 11 TDs, and Rosewag caught nearly 1,000 yards worth of passes for 10 TDs to lead an offense that averaged just under 40 points a game. The offensive line averages 245 pounds, and the defensive 235. "We look pretty good," Working said.
1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Bruce Strunk (first year).
Top players: Willie Brown, Sr., WR-DB; Joey Brown, Sr., WR-DB; Kalish Hick, Sr., QB; Robert Dukes, Sr., RB-LB; Jefferey Blackwell, Jr., S-SE.
Outlook: Strunk, whose first assistant coaching job was at Patterson, comes, after five years as an assistant at Poly, to a 3A program that is returning eight quality starters. He has one of the city's best receiving tandems in Willie Brown, a second-team All-City pick, and Joey Brown, whom he calls "a legitimate 4.3 speedster." Hicks was their signal caller last year, and Dukes rushed for more than 1,000 yards. "We don't have a lot of size, and the kids are working with a new offense, but if they believe in themselves, they'll achieve," said Strunk, who aims for improvement on last year's record.
1994 record: 2-7. Coach: Wayne Jackson (career record: 3-15).
Top players: Baye Murphy,Sr., RB-LB; Marlon Johnson, Sr., RB; Richard Sherrill, Jr., OL-DL; Dion Faucette, Jr., C; Joseph Marine, Soph., OL-DL.
Outlook: Jackson returns only four starters from a team that struggled, but he had 50 players report to camp -- "more than we've had in a long time," he said. "Morale is pretty good, and we have the potential to be a pretty good team. We'll definitely improve on last year's record, maybe even go .500."
1994 record: 11-1. Coach: Roger Wrenn (career record: 136-76-2).
Top players: Rahim Booth, Sr., LB; Terry Otto, Sr., OT-DT; Dwayne Simmons, Sr., RB-LB; Mike Jaski, Sr., K-SE-CB; Carnest Peele, Sr., QB-S; Pat Stafford, Jr., OG-DE.
Outlook: Three first-team All-Metros and one second-teamer graduated from last year's 4A state semifinalist, representing the bulk of the Clippers' offense and defense. "We won't be as explosive as last year, but we'll be more of a grind-it-out type of team," said Wrenn, who returns eight starters, five of them two-way players. Booth was the second-leading tackler last year, and three-year starter Otto (262) and Stafford (278) anchor a corps of linemen that averages 250. Jaski, who kicked four field goals, has 4.6 speed in the 40, and Simmons was the fourth-leading tackler.
1994 record: 9-2. Coach: Augie Waibel (career record: 242-51).
Top players: Mike Brown, Sr., LB; Mike Bayne, Sr., C; Nick Ramey, Sr., RT; Carlton Dunn, Sr., RB; Willie Hudson, Sr., RB; Anthony Mason, Sr., OL-DL; Dujaun Wilson, Jr., DB-WR; Dennis Waters, Sr., DE; Dennis Waters, Sr., DE; John Pierre, Sr., RB.
Outlook: Poly graduated plenty of leadership, including three All-Metros and a second-teamer -- two on offense and two on defense. But Waibel said: "This team has potentially as much ability as last year's." The strength is in the linemen, where it needs to be so the running backs can get in gear. Bayne, Mason, Ramey and Andre Rollins average 260 pounds in the trenches, where they'll block for Hudson (185 pounds) and Pierre (190), "the two biggest backs we've had in a long time," said Waibel.
1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Jack Nehsmann (career record: 22-38).
Top players: Tim Aye, Sr., DB-WR; Brian Kennedy, Sr., QB-S; David Burgess, Sr., LB; Tyrone Brown, Sr., LB, Kevin Hardesty, Jr., RB.
Outlook: Southern graduated RB Andre Scott, who rushed for over 1,000 yards, but returns eight starters. "For the first time, we don't have a big running back," said Nehsmann. "We'll just have to really spread the ball and keep people honest."
1994 record: 1-9. Coach: Gerald Boyd (career record: NA).
Top players: Jamal Avery, Sr., CB-WR; Andrew Horne, Sr., DB-WR; Donte Hunt, Jr., OL-DL; Albert Turner, Jr., QB.
Outlook: Only three starters return for what could be a long season for the Sabers. Matching last year's victory total would be considered a success. "We'll be extremely young and we are dominated by freshmen and sophomores," said Boyd. "We're anticipating taking some big lumps during the early part of the season. If the kids can mature a little bit, by the latter part of the season, they'll hopefully learn our system and make some progress."
1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Kelvin Bridges (career record: 3-7).
Top players: Norris Johnson, Sr., RB; Rodney Samuel, Sr., DB-TE; Greate White, Sr., QB; Raymond Richardson, Sr., CB.
Outlook: With the exception of a blowout by Patterson, Walbrook was in striking distance in each of last year's losses. "This year, I had to cut some kids because of attitude, and we're a different ball team of solid guys, focus and dedication," said Bridges, in his second year. He'll look to Johnson, the team's top rusher the past two years, and Samuel and Lake Clifton transfer White, who threw for over 1,000 yards last year.