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BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES LOCAL SPORTS: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 3-6. Coach: Drew Haugh (career record: 23-41).

Top players: Adam Bercollone, Jr., QB-DB; Ryan Molett, Jr., TB-OLB, T.W. Winston, Sr., OT-DT; Jason Leneau, Soph., TB-WR; Jake Hunter, Sr., TE-DE; Patrick Radebaugh, Jr., WR-DB; Greg Patchek, Jr., FB-LB; Rob Turci, Sr., OG-LB-DT; Greg

Hochstadt, Soph., FB-LB; John Riechl, Jr., OG-LB.

Outlook: Boys' Latin looks to continue with the momentum it picked up at the end of last season, when it won three of its last four games. Haugh likes Molett and Leneau in the backfield, and, overall, this may be his most athletic team. A lack of depth on the line may hurt, but Boys' Latin should be competitive in the MIAA B Conference.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Lou Eckerl (career record: 2-8).

Top players: Ryan Hartley, Sr., FB-DB; John Brecht, Sr., OT; Dave Sulla, Sr., WR-DB; Mike McCormick, Sr., SE-DB; Donald Davis, Sr., RB; Eddie Brown, Sr., DB.

Outlook: After a 2-0 start last season, Calvert Hall faded, losing its final eight games. Seven players return, but Eckerl is excited about an incoming crop of junior varsity players, who brought Calvert Hall the MIAA A Conference JV title last season, to go with the seniors. Eckerl says his team will be quicker and competitive, playing a rather difficult schedule.

Carver A&T; Cobras

1994 record: 0-5 (junior varsity). Coach: Pete Skeels.

Top players: Rob Thaxton, Sr., RB-LB; Gary Lam, Jr., C-DT; Rob Rossi, Jr., QB-LB; Jason White, Soph., RB-DB; Noah Carrington, Soph., T-DT.

Outlook: Carver Tech, one of two new varsity programs in the county, will play a nine-game schedule. Skeels said practices and scrimmages have become much smoother and the players are optimistic. Inexperience will be a problem, but Skeels thinks Carver could reach the .500 mark, playing an independent schedule.

Catonsville Comets

L 1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Warren Como (career record: 48-31).

Top players: Rashaam Harcum, Sr., RB-DB; Jack Rusf, Sr., OT-DT; Tom Bloom, Sr., QB; Ryan Davis, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Catonsville returns 15 lettermen, but only four have considerable playing experience. It has good size on the lines and Harcum and Ryan should excel. Como said he will start at least 10 underclassmen, and how quickly they mature probably will tell if the Comets can contend for the 1A-2A league title.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Rick Zentz (career record: 36-30).

Top players: Chris Bunn, Sr., OL-DL; Eric Emerson, Sr., OL-DL; Tom Nida, Sr., OL-DL.

Outlook: With Bunn, Nida and Emerson, Chesapeake has an experienced and solid front line. The problem is Zentz doesn't have a big runner, so he expects to throw more. Chesapeake doesn't have much experience, but it should be a factor in the 1A-2A league.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Jeff Mann (career record: 5-5).

Top players: Matt Pesci, Sr., C-DE; Adam Retchless, Sr., OT-OG-DE; Cliff Berger, Jr., QB; Tom Bell, Jr., FB-LB; Jeff Thomas, Sr., TB-DB; Jeff Gavin, Sr., TE.

Outlook: Mann, in his second year, likes the attitude of his team, which could be in the middle of the 3A-4A race. Pesci and Retchless will lead both sides of the line, but Dulaney lacks depth. Its opener with Calvert Hall should be a good indicator.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Ron Shultz (career record: 62-47).

Top players: David Parker, Sr., OG-LB; Zack Berling, Sr., OT-DT; Kevin Underwood, Sr., DB-WR, Tim Miller, Jr., QB; Brawley Evans, Sr., RB-DB; Kevin Baugman, Jr., FB-LB; Steve Zarus, Sr., DT; Mike Wilson, Jr., WR.

Outlook: Dundalk enjoyed one of its best turnouts, attracting 86 players. The Owls return only five experienced linemen, but Schultz thinks his defense will be strong. How quickly its younger players adjust should tell if Dundalk will push toward the .500 mark.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Nick Arminio (first season).

Top players: Rodney Pierce, Jr., QB; Larry Jaski, Jr., FB-MLB; Jason Wagner, Jr., DB-TB; Craig Biggers, Sr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Arminio, who previously coached in New Jersey, inherits a team that has an offensive and defensive line with four seniors. Eastern Tech will have underclassmen at the skill positions and not much depth overall. Arminio expects Eastern Tech to stumble from the outset while adjusting to his system, but should improve steadily.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 10-1. Coach: Robert Smith (career record: 13-17).

Top players: Kenny Vialva, Jr., FB-LB; Tim Goins, Sr., TB-DB; Adrian Smith, Sr., RB; Bill Franklin, Sr., OL-DL; Joe Tenero, Sr., DL-TE; Mike Trott, Sr., QB-LB.

Outlook: Six seniors return from a team that went undefeated during the regular season, but lost to C. Milton Wright in the state 3A quarterfinals. Smith, replacing 25-year coach Claude Darr, likes his backfield of Vialva, Goins and Smith, but overall, his team will be inexperienced. Playing a 3A-4A schedule, after a 1A-2A schedule, means it will be tough to repeat last season's showing.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Steve Turnbaugh (first season).

Top players: Gary Lang, Sr., TE; Dan Stewart, Sr., FB; Louis Thomas, Sr., HB; Jeremy Riddle, Sr., QB; Carl Yelton, Jr., RB-LB; Jason Murphy, Soph.; LB-FB.

Outlook: Turnbaugh, replacing longtime coach Frank Ewing, will look to Lang, Stewart and Thomas for leadership. Hereford will be young at many positions, but Turnbaugh likes its attitude. Expect Hereford to experience growing pains while adjusting to its coach's system.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 4-6. Coach: Greg Fuhrman (career record: 6-23-1).

Top players: Steve Kelley, Sr., LB-FB; Israel Ray, Jr., QB-DB; Scott Coppinger, Sr., OG-LB; Matt Horton, Sr., C-LB; Keith Katzenberger, Sr., TE-LB; Derek Krumholtz, Sr., TE-DB.

Outlook: Kenwood won four of its final six games in 1994 after starting 0-4. Fuhrman is pleased with a turnout of 25 players, and preparation has gone much smoother than in his first year. Kenwood will depend on its defense and special teams, but can't afford any injuries because of lack of depth.

Lansdowne Vikings

1994 record: 0-10. Coach: Terry Brooks (career record: 0-20).

Top players: Dan Lowman, Sr., TE-DL; Mike Queen, Sr., WR-DB; Mike Taylor, Sr., OL-DL; Nick Shockney, Sr., OL-LB; Bruce Setherley, Sr., C-DE.

Outlook: Lansdowne, which has lost 41 games in a row, might end its streak this season. All but three players return from last season's squad, including Lowman, Queen and Taylor, who are college prospects. Brooks, in his second year, said his team is more confident and stronger. Playing as an independent may help Lansdowne change its losing ways.

Loch Raven Raiders

1994 record: 1-9. Coach: Bob Helms (career record: 27-45).

Top players: Joel Middlesworth, Sr., FB-LB; Ron DeJuliis, Sr.; QB.

Outlook: Loch Raven, coming off back-to-back 1-9 campaigns, looks to improve behind an experienced front line. The Raiders have little speed, which will be a major problem, especially defensively. Helms would be very pleased if Loch Raven goes 5-5, but that may be difficult.

Loyola Dons

1994 record: 7-3. Coach: Joe Brune (career record: 172-114-1).

Top players: Ryan Burch, Sr., TE-LB; Mike Latchford, Sr., C-DT; Shannon Young, Sr., FB-LB; Todd Pivec, Sr., TE-DE; Rory Maher, Sr., OG-LB.

Outlook: Loyola graduated its entire offensive line that Brune credited for last season's success. The Dons will have experienced linebackers and in the defensive secondary. Loyola should contend in the MIAA A Conference, but it can't afford injuries because of a lack of depth.

McDonogh Eagles

1994 record: 6-3. Coach: Dom Damico (career record: 32-27).

Top players: Tim Cober, Sr., DE-OT; Jeff Miyamato, Sr., RB-LB; Matt Osborne, Sr., OG-DB; Rick Cober, Jr., C-LB; C.J. Smith, Soph., WR-DB.

Outlook: McDonogh graduated 16 seniors from last season's squad, including All-Americans Bobby Sabelhaus (Florida) and Dwayne Stukes (Virginia). Only three of its 36 players are seniors, and Damico likes the team's attitude. McDonogh could be competitive in the MIAA A Conference, but can't afford any injuries because it lacks depth.

Milford Mill Millers

1994 record: 4-6. Coach: Reggie Brooks (first season).

Top players: Brandon Scarbough, Sr., RB; David Bazemore, Soph., RB; Fred Ballard, Sr., OG-LB; Ty Burris, Jr., DT-OT; Lindsay Hamilton, Jr., WR-DB.

Outlook: Only three seniors who started last season return for Milford Mill. The addition of Scarbough, who transferred from Liberty, and Bazemore gives Milford Mill speed in the backfield. Brooks likes his first 11 players, but there's a big drop-off after that, which could prove crucial as Milford Mill moves up to 2A.

Overlea Falcons

1994 record: 6-3. Coach: Terry Ward (career record: 142-92-2).

Top players: James Holley, Sr., RB; Mike Spence, Sr., OT-DT; Joe Chromo, Sr., OG; Jason Dayberry, Sr., OG; Kwame Koomson, Sr., WR; Matt Davis, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The Falcons look to rebound after their streak of six straight 1A-2A titles ended last season. Holley may have a 1,000-yard rushing season behind the line of Spence, Chromo and Dayberry. Ward is excited about Davis, who at 6 feet 4 is the coach's biggest quarterback. A lack of depth will hurt Overlea, but it will be a factor in the 1A-2A again.

Owings Mills Eagles

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Ray Groszkowski (career record: 52-61).

Top players: Anthony Smith, DT, Jr.; Sean Myles, LB-WR-De, Sr.

Outlook: Groszkowski said things were heading in the right direction last season after consecutive victories over Overlea and Pikesville, but then the Eagles lost their last five games. Only four starters return, but Groszkowski said he has a little more depth. But Owings Mills may be hard-pressed to improve, what with the likes of Towson, Overlea and Catonsville in the 1A-2A.

Parkville Knights

1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Phil Donlin (career record: 196-120-3).

Top players: Ryan Wood, Sr., RB-DT; Shawn Matthews, Sr.; RB-DB; Dan McGraw, Sr., QB; Gary Taylor, Sr., RB.

Outlook: Wood, Matthews and Taylor give Parkville a solid backfield. There isn't much size or depth in the line, which will mean big problems, especially against the likes of Perry Hall, Randallstown and Woodlawn in the 3A-4A league.

Patapsco Patriots

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Al Bennetta (career record: 8-22).

Top players: Kris Hallengren, Sr., DT-DE; Keith Brooks, Sr., OG-DE; John Shank, Sr., OG-LB; Todd Johnston, Sr., RB-LB; Dominic Smith, Sr., QB-DB; Russell Shifflett, Soph., LB-RB.

Outlook: Bennetta has his biggest squad, with 25 players, and the team will be playing an independent schedule. Patapsco will return nine players and Bennetta likes the squad's attitude. Lack of depth, especially on defense, will be a problem, but the Patriots should be at least competitive playing an independent schedule.

Perry Hall Gators

1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Joe Stoy (career record: 61-37).

Top players: Kevin Znamirowski, Sr., QB; Haki Lee, Sr., RB; Chaz DeGalleford, Sr., DL; Kamau McCray, Sr., SE-DB; Chris Zorn, Jr., Jerry Merriweather, Jr., SE-DB; Aaron Smith, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Perry Hall may be the team to beat in the 3A-4A. The Gators return players at all their offensive skill positions, including Znamirowski, who passed for 682 yards and passed and ran for six touchdowns, and McCray, but return only one starter on the line. Stoy says his team will be quicker than last year, but will miss All-Metro kicker Jason Bloom (New Mexico), especially in close games.

Pikesville Panthers

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Joe Bosley (career record: 2-8).

Top players: Larry Williams, Sr., TB; Chad Hipsley, Sr., TE; Ron Knanukayen, Sr., OT-DT.

Outlook: Pikesville, which had only 18 varsity players last season, will have 28 this season. But the Panthers won't be big or #F experienced. Bosley said avoiding injuries and winning the close games will be the key for them to be competitive.

Randallstown Rams

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: James Carpenter (first season).

Top players: Devin Johnson, Sr., RB-DB; Corey Campbell, Sr., OG-DT; Russ Lesko, Sr., DB; Randell White, Jr., WR-QB; Stevie Thompson, Jr., DE-TE.

Outlook: Carpenter, an assistant last season, becomes the third coach in as many as seasons for Randallstown. Only six seniors return and the Rams aren't big, but are athletic and quick, especially at the skill positions. Look for Randallstown to be in the thick of the 3A-4A race with Perry Hall and Woodlawn.

St. Paul's Crusaders

1994 record: 6-3. Coach: Brian Abbott (career record: 6-3).

Top players: Chris Berrier, Sr., TB-DB; Scott Kim, Sr., LB-FB; Chris Kakel, TE-LB, Sr.; Brandon Burtner, Sr., OT-DT; William Bond, Sr., DE-OG, Sr.; Richard Reed, Sr., WR-DB; Simeon Wharton, Sr., FL-DB.

Outlook: The return of Berrier, who missed all of last season with a broken foot, makes St. Paul's a strong contender for the MIAA B title. Abbott says he doesn't have much in terms of numbers and depth and will look to his seniors to carry the team. The opener with Towson should provide an indication.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1994 record: 7-2 (junior varsity). Coach: Mike Downes (first season).

Top players: Na'im Young, Sr., FB; Paul Hiddin, Sr., HB; Mike Warren, Sr., DB; Adam Kalwa, Sr., OT.

Outlook: Walking onto the field will be an accomplishment for Sparrows Point, which didn't field a varsity squad last season. Downes, who coached the junior varsity team that went 7-2 last year, will bring up the entire JV. Sparrows Point will be young and a long way from being competitive, but playing an independent schedule may help.

Towson Generals

L 1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Bob Davis (career record: 126-122).

Top players: George Allen, Sr., OT-DT; Pete Nothstein, Sr., C; Cornell Willes, Sr., RB; Ken Glover, Jr., RB.

Outlook: The Generals should challenge Overlea for the 1A-2A title. Allen (6-2, 325) was an All-County selection last season and, with Nothstein, gives Towson a strong front line. Newcomers Willes and Glover will see a lot of time in the backfield for the Generals, whose season could be determined in back-to-back games with Chesapeake-BC (Sept. 30) and Overlea (Oct. 7).

Western Tech Cobras

1994 record: 4-5 (junior varsity). Coach: Mark Quillin (first season).

Top players: Wayne Mundell, Sr., HB; Marcus Lynch, Jr., HB; Richard Smith, Sr., FB; Kevin Sayer, Sr., WB.

Outlook: In its first year, Western Tech was able to win four games playing a junior varsity schedule. This season will be more challenging, playing an independent varsity schedule. Quillin said his team is still inexperienced, but has good speed and could break .500 if it avoids injuries.

Woodlawn Warriors

1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Brian Scrivens (career record: 14-6).

Top players: Wayne Barbour, Sr., LB; Hakim Hughes, Sr., LB; Maurice Walker, Sr., RB; Carl Robertson, Sr., OL-DL; Tavon Mason, Soph., QB.

Outlook: Seven players return for Woodlawn, which should challenge Perry Hall in the 3A-4A. Scrivens said his defensive line and linebacking corps are strong, but the secondary and quarterback remain question marks. The Warriors are inexperienced overall, and their opener at Westminster may set the tone.

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