Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Roy Brown (career record: 41-22).

Top players: Carey Stone, Sr., E-LB; Harold Adams, Sr., RB-DB; Marty Sellers, Sr., RB-DB; Brandt Hager, Sr., FB-LB; Donald Snowden, Jr., C; Eric Pickett, Soph., DB; Donnell Foote, Soph., QB.

Outlook: Only two returning starters each on the offensive and defensive units could be cause for panic. Not so in Annapolis where the future is bright. "We're very young, but we have the potential to be a pretty good team," said Brown. "We may start as many as three sophomores on our offensive line, but the line could be a strength after they get game experience." Once the linemen click, the offense could be very productive with Sellers (94-for-642 rushing), who averaged nearly seven yards as a junior, the go-to back. "We're counting on a big year from Sellers and Adams has run the ball well in scrimmages," said Brown. Foote, whose older brother Darryl was an outstanding Panther quarterback who currently starts at Bowie State, made the varsity as a freshman TE but has the tools to develop into a fine QB. Stone (LB) and Adams (DB) lend senior guidance to the defense as the two returning starters.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Paul Terhes (first season).

Top players: Brian Judy, Jr., RB-LB; Chuck Jones, Sr., NG; Mike Massarini, Sr., S; Ray D'Ambrosio, Jr., QB; Joe Petrocelli, Jr., RB-DB.

Outlook: The Cavaliers opened earlier than all other county teams and posted a 22-12 victory over Model School of Washington. Judy rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown (67 yards) fueling optimism in the Cavaliers and Terhes. "I know most of the kids after assisting Del Hughes last year," said Terhes, who is recovering from a recent chest tumor surgery and made his first appearance this fall at the team's opener. "Jim Nemeth [assistant who ran the team in Terhes' absence] has been practically living at my house and things have gone well," said Terhes, who retired as head coach at Surrattsville in 1991. Judy will be the main man and Jones (5-9, 230) will anchor the lines both ways as the Cavs aim for improvement after going 6-24 the last three seasons.

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: Bill Zucco (career record: 17-14).

Top players: John Norsworthy, Sr., FB-LB; Mike McKnight, Sr., DB; Joe Williams, Sr., RB-DE; Charles Kight, Sr., T-DT; Isaac Haertel, Jr., C; Jamie Doffemyre, Sr., DB; Bill Clyburn, Sr., QB-DB; Erik Lipton, Jr., QB; Joe Parker,, Jr., TE; Gene Collins, Sr., WB; Chris Gonzales, Sr., T; Brian Bayne, Sr., DB; Jason Lee, Sr., DL.

Outlook: All-County and second-team All-Metro LB Norsworthy, who was second in the county in first hits (121) last year, heads up this seasoned, hard-hitting squad. Norsworthy is one of four three-year players, the others being All-County DE Joe Williams, who will move to RB-LB; second-team All-County DB, McKnight (four interceptions), and two-way tackle, Kight (6-2, 240). "And we've got a bunch more playing their second year of varsity," said Zucco, who led the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance since 1985. Zucco and his Cats take pride in their ferocious hits, and Zucco loves this year's defense. On offense, Haertel is back at center, but inexperience rules the rest of the line. "That's one of our concerns along with inexperience in the backfield, but we've got the quarterbacks [Lipton and Clyburn] and ends to throw it," said Zucco, who is excited over the speed of two rookie senior ends in Danerian McCants (6-5, 190) and Curtis Hance.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 6-3. Coach: Jeff Herrick (career record: 28-31).

Top players: Gerry Case, Sr., SB-DB; Jesse Young, Jr., C; Marty Toskov, Sr., DT; Renardo Walker, Sr., LB; Chris Martin, Sr., RB-DE; Brad Harrell, Sr., DB; Mike Threadgill, Sr., DB; Erik Holt, Jr., DE; Brooks Barnard, Soph., PK-P; Martel Threadgill, Fresh., RB.

Outlook: Herrick is not as concerned with his offense where he has only two returning starters in Case and Young, but is hoping his experienced defense will fulfill its potential. "It's one of our younger teams, but talented," said Herrick. "We can match or better last year's record if our defense plays up to its capability." Committed to the run-and-shoot, Herrick is starting a freshman in Mike Threadgill at RB, but is still undecided over senior Chip Tate and sophomore Jonas Weatherbie, son of the Navy coach, Charlie Weatherbie, at QB. Martin is a three-year starter at DE and is joined by five other returnees in Holt (DE), Threadgill's older brother, Mike (DB), Harrell (DB) and Walker (LB), who is 6-3 and 225 pounds. Also, back is kicker/punter Barnard, who kicked four of seven field goals as a freshman.

Chesapeake Cougars

L 1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Tom Kraning (career record: 19-51).

Top players: Ryan Moore, Sr., QB; Kevin Necessary, Sr., RB; Mike Stevens, Sr., SE; Bob Boyer, Sr., DG; John McCarthy, Sr., DE; Matt McCann, Sr., DE; Rob Bookhamer, Jr., LB; Chad Duncan, Jr., RB; Allen Stroud, Jr., LB; Shariff Holder, Jr., RB; Jeff Reynolds, Jr., DG.

Outlook: Kraning is hoping that attitude, size and speed are the ingredients for his first winning season in eight years. "In the past only about a third of the team was football players no matter how many we carried, but this year at least 25 of the 34 are players," said Kraning. "And the attitude is excellent." The Cougars linemen average nearly 200 pounds with two 300-pounders on the defensive front. Junior DGs Reynolds (6-4, 330) and Nick Poling (6-2, 308) pose a huge roadblock. "Reynolds is not fat. He can bench his body weight," said Kraning. "And Poling is down from 330 after running hills for several months." QB Moore will have more weapons at his disposal this season with such speedy backs as Necessary (4.6), Holder (4.56), junior end Earl Kerns (4.5), and Duncan (5-11, 185), who is all muscle.

Glen Burnie Gophers

L 1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Dave Rigot (career record: 80-100).

Top players: Joe Queen, Sr., RB; Bobby Beale, Sr., RB; Cory Davis, Sr., RB; Jason Bell, Sr., RB; David Marcus, Sr., SE-DB; Tom Fout, Sr., DE; Ben Henderson, Sr., E-DB; Lenny Holmes, Jr., QB; Robert Green, Jr.,T; John Dorsey, Jr., T; John Wright, Jr., G-DT; Greg Lindsay, Soph., DT.

Outlook: A young but huge and athletic team has Rigot bubbling with optimism. "We can be an 8-2 or 7-3 team this year," said Rigot after two straight 6-4 campaigns. Three of last year's losses were to 4A playoff teams North County, Arundel and Severna Park. "Big doesn't necessarily mean good, but we've got some talent," he said. The Gophers boast a huge offensive line with juniors Green (6-4, 278), Dorsey (6-1, 280) and Wright (6-3, 220), but are small defensively. "But we're really fast and quick on defense, and it depends on how well we mesh," said Rigot. Fout (6-1, 190) will head the defense and Lindsay (6-5, 280) provides a lot of bulk as he learns his position. Holmes, an Old Mill transfer, will start at QB in the Gophers' running offense and have four solid backs in Queen, Beale, Davis and Bell. Marcus, a North County transfer, will be a passing target and start in the defensive secondary. "We just have to avoid shooting ourselves in the foot as we've done in recent years," said Rigot.

Meade Mustangs

1994 record: 1-9. Coach: Jerry Hartman (career record: 3-17).

Top players: Damion Moss, Sr., WR-S; Wilson Rodriguez, Sr., MLB; Elijah Thurmon, Sr., TE-LB; Roman Harrison, Sr., RB-DB; Dennis Harris, Sr., RB-LB; Jessie Barnes, Jr., RB-DB; Robert Porter, Sr. OL-DL; Danny Todd, Jr., T-LB; George Fewster, Sr., C-MG.

Outlook: Despite winning only one game last fall and losing its final four games, Meade showed vast improvement by having a chance to win three of the last four, including a 14-7 loss to state champion North County and an 8-7 defeat to quarterfinalist Arundel. "But the kids have to understand that almost doesn't count, you don't get anything for it," said Hartman. "They are developing pride and playing hard, and yes, we have athletic ability, but it alone doesn't win football games." Talent does, and Meade appears to have enough, especially on defense, to turn the corner. Moss is a state champion in the long jump (6-6) and won both the vertical jump (32-0) and the 40 -- (4.5) at the Maryland football camp this summer. Hartman is also excited about Fewster at MG and Rodriguez at MLB. Offensively, he plans to alternate Harrison, Harris and Barnes at tailback in hopes of putting points on the board while two sophomores gain experience at QB.

North County Knights

1994 record: 11-2. Coach: Chuck Markiewicz (career record: 63-24).

Top players: Maurice Bowie, Sr., QB-DB; Cesar Romero, Sr., LB; Cornelius Burley, Sr., DB; Richard Allen, Jr., G; Kiki Ellis, Jr., RB; Chris Mangum, Jr., SE; Cory Wright, Jr., WR; Ryan Ross, Sr., WR; Kenny Parks, Jr., SE; Toney Fowlkes, Sr., DB; V.J. Impallaria, Sr., PK.

Outlook: The Knights could start nine juniors on offense without losing a beat as they set out to defend their 4A state title. It looks like a typical Knights' squad -- solid on offense, defense and special teams. Bowie, perhaps the best athlete on a team loaded with athleticism, takes over at QB where Markiewicz has produced four All-County QBs in five years. Markiewicz calls the 6-foot-1 and 170-pound senior a "blue-chipper." Bowie runs the 40 in 4.6, boasts a strong arm and has been a back-up QB for a couple years while distinguishing himself as a second-team All-County DB (five interceptions) and split end. "Moving Maurice to QB opens up a spot at end for Parks and we have to decide whether to keep Maurice on defense," said Markiewicz. Parks joins second-team All-County receiver Mangum, Ross and Wright the main targets. Another Ellis will be the ace back in Kiki, the younger brother of Topper, who graduated with a county record 2,478 all-purpose yards and All-County honors. "Kiki is faster [4.5] than Topper, but not as strong," said Markiewicz. Defensively, the Knights have improved their man-to-man and will be led by Burley (DB), a three-year starter, and two-year starters Romero (LB) and Fowlkes (DB). Impallaria, second-team All-County in '94, spent the summer kicking into a net in his back yard, and junior Dariusz Czaplinski has impressed with his punting.

Northeast Eagles

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Bart Rader (career record: 51-69).

Top players: Duke Arrington, Sr., G-DL; Chris Katzenberger, Sr., C; Tyrone Eaton, Jr., RB; Robbie Evans, Jr., RB; Kevin Doucet, Sr., G-LB; Scott Shanks, Sr.,G; Billy Parks, Fresh., TE-LB.

Outlook: A veteran line coupled with speed and power in the backfield makes running the football nearly imperative, and such is the case in Pasadena. "We're short on passers and receivers, but we can run," said Rader who expects big improvement from his Eagles. Eaton, who rushed for nearly 800 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards a carry as a sophomore, will combine his speed and moves with the sheer power of Evans (6-0, 200). Evans was a tackle last year but has made a smooth transition running behind the blocking of the seasoned line anchored by co-captains, Arrington and Katzenberger. "Nobody has stopped them in our scrimmages," said Rader. Doucet and Parks, who started as a freshman, spearhead a defensive unit that will be an Eagle strength. A weakness will be playing the first two games with just 18 players while 11 more are academically ineligible until game three.

Old Mill Patriots

L 1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Pete Regala (career record: 54-68).

Top players: Chuck Manns, Sr., QB-P-PK; Anthony Washington, Sr., RB-LB; Isaac Beard, Sr., RB-S; Raymar Thompson, Sr., OL-DL; Darrell Stokes, Sr., WR-DB; Charles Beverly, Soph., QB-DB.

Outlook: Three lean seasons (5-25) since winning the county title and making the playoffs in 1991, have been "definitely frustrating," said Regala. Improvement will come as fast as the Patriots' offensive line develops. "We're starting nearly all sophomores and juniors on the line, so it depends on how fast they come along," said Regala, whose skill positions are strong. Co-captains Manns and Beard are vital to any success the Pats may have. Manns, a superb athlete and pro prospect as a baseball outfielder, is a Division I-caliber punter (All-County as a sophomore and second team last fall) and very good QB. "Chuck means a lot to our team, and also may place-kick and play some DB," said Regala. Beard and Washington will be keys offensively and defensively.

Severna Park Falcons

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: Andy Borland (career record: 128-95).

Top players: Jihad Morris, Sr., RB-LB; Jimmy Henson, Sr., G-NG; Joe Cornett, Sr., G-LB; Chad Roberts, Sr., C; Chris Field, Jr., T-DT; Craig Cohen, Sr., RB; Charles Robinson, Soph., RB; Mike O'Malley, Jr., QB-DB; Greg Korwek, Soph., QB; Darrin McAllister, Soph., DB-PK; Troy Sedgwick, Jr., CB; Josh Cornett, Soph., WR.

Outlook: County foes won't believe it until they see it, but the Falcons are abandoning their power-I and throwing the ball. "We have one of our smaller and younger teams, but we're pretty quick and a coach can either stick to a system or change to fit your kids," said Borland, who after 22 years of smash-mouth football is opening things up. "I found a passing package I really liked, but we will still use the power-I when we get closer to the goal line." Korwek, a back-up as a freshman, will start at QB with O'Malley, who sat out last year with an injury and is currently recovering from a sprained wrist, the back-up. Roberts (C), Henson (G) and Field (T) are the three key linemen if the new scheme is to work. Cohen, Morris and Robinson give the Falcons speed in the backfield and on the flank. Henson (NG), Field (DT) and Morris (LB) are expected to anchor the defense. "Of the 20 we may start, 14 of them are underclassmen and six might be sophomores," said Borland.

St. Mary's Saints

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Brad Best (career record: 38-22).

Top players: Josh Rudder, Sr., G-LB; Braxton McNeil, Sr., G-DT; Brian Kingsbury, Sr., FB-DE; Zach Burke, Sr., TE-DT; Chris Johnson, Sr., T-DT; Matt Murphy, Sr., SE; Jim Hardesty, Sr., WB-DE; Sean Doordan, Sr., C-DL; Rusty Hanna, Sr., WB-DB; Rashi Reed, Jr., RB; Monte Graves, Jr., T-LB.

Outlook: Adding Graves to a defensive unit that has eight returning starters, including second-team All-County LB Rudder (6-2, 210) and DT McNeil (6-3, 245), the Saints should be the most improved team in the MIAA A Conference. Graves, an Annapolis High transfer, was MVP in the Art Monk summer camp. The Saints lost their first five league games in '94 before ending with a 39-20 win over Calvert Hall. "We surprised some teams our first year in the A Conference, but they didn't take us lightly last year," said Best. "We were pretty young, but now they have experience, the mental aspects and overall we have the most athletic team we've had." The Saints lost a lot of offense in All-County RB, Jason Lilly (1,402 yards, 14 touchdowns) and second-team All-County QB, Brad Davis (1,383 yards, nine TDP). Reed was Lilly's back-up, and senior Kevin Grace played behind Davis, but is battling sophomore Ryan Metzbower for the starting role.

Severn Admirals

1994 record: 8-1. Coach: John Beckman (first season).

Top players: Dennard Melton, Soph., RB-LB; Willis Wu, Sr., QB-DB; John Butcher, Sr., Pete Janney, Sr., FB-LB; Josh Sims, Sr., SE-LB; Adam Thomasson, Sr., C-DL; Kevin Schelenski, Sr., T-DE; Michael Greer, Sr., G-LB; Kris Shenton, Sr., G; Andrew Watts, Sr., TE-DT; Jeff Hatch, Jr., TE-DE.

Outlook: Nobody feels sorry for Beckman who says "we graduated 2,000 yards in offense in John Vereen [Co-Player of the year, 1,702 yards, 27 TDs]." Look what's back. Melton, the first freshman named first-team All-County in Anne Arundel after scoring 16 (six on returns) touchdowns, and QB Wu, a quick three-year starter who threw for nearly 500 yards, lead seven returnees on offense. Sophomore newcomer Vaughn Craig nosed out Melton (both run 4.65 in 40) in a recent race giving the Admirals extraordinary speed. "Yes, I'm excited about our offense," said Beckman, who assisted the retired Jim Doyle since 1989 and will continue Doyle's pro-set system. Defensive coordinator Sam Medile and his basic 4-4 alignment is a mainstay at Severn as it sets out to defend its MIAA B Conference crown. "Talent is one thing, but it comes down to team chemistry," said Beckman.

Southern Bulldogs

1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Russ Meyers (first season).

Top players: Bobby Procopio, Sr., RB-DB; Adam Booth, Sr., QB-DB; Brady Christian, Sr., G-DE; Ron Holland, Jr., RB-DB; Mike Price, Jr., T-DT; Nick Capparella, Jr., G-LB; Brian Kilpatrick, Jr., E-DB.

Outlook: Several new sets featuring more passing have been added to the Bulldogs' wing-T and the wide tackle-six has been replaced by a more aggressive 4-3 defense as Meyers makes his head coaching debut in Harwood. "I want to throw more, so we won't be as conservative as the past," said Meyers who succeeds Buck Gardner. "And we've switched to the 4-3 because it's a more attacking defense." Meyers came to Southern three years ago after coaching in Waterloo and Camden, N.Y., and assisted Gardner, who retired after 21

seasons, for two years. Booth has improved his arm and foot speed prompting Meyers to pass more thereby complementing Procopio, who was second-team All-County with 1,207 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing as a junior. Christian is the only returning OL, but "Jeff [Cranford, assistant] is working hard with the linemen and Price [6-4, 270 two-way tackle] has especially impressed," said Meyers.

South River Seahawks

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Dave Summey (career record: 76-85-1).

Top players: Phil Tayman, Sr., QB-DB; Lester Cox, Sr., G-LB; Sam Worsham, Sr., RB-LB; Adam Ward, Sr., T-DT; Aswin Johnson, Sr., T-NG; Matt Haynes, Sr., SE-DB; Mike Hirschback, Sr., C-DT; Danny Johnson, Jr., RB-DB; Tom McCaffrey, Jr., RB- DB; Josh Raulin, Jr., G-DT.

Outlook: Will more help for fewer numbers mean more wins in Edgewater? That's the question for Summey, who has his first volunteer coach in Chuck Golch to team with Rick Day and Jim Henne on the Hawks' staff. "I'm excited about our coaching staff and how much we can help our kids," said Summey, who has just 26 varsity players, only 23 for the first two games (three on academic probation). Six new opponents to check out will keep Summey's staff busy as they attempt to get back to the 7-3 season they had in 1992. Tayman returns at QB and Cox at G-LB, but they are only two of seven seniors with experience. "We obviously don't have a lot of depth and we have to prevent giving up big plays," said Summey.

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