Last weekend was tough for Forest Park football coach Obie Barnes.
Not only did he have to watch his running back, Sharif Small, anguish over playing against his twin, City running back Taber in a 27-24 City 2A league loss, but Barnes had to support his son, Chris, a Poly wide receiver, after the Engineers suffered their second loss in as many games.
Barnes, whose son, Obie Jr., played for him a few years back, said: "Watching one son take hits as a player was tough enough. Next week is going to be worse."
That's because Barnes and his son, Chris, will be on opposite sidelines as Poly visits Forest Park in a critical City 2A league game.
"We don't talk about it much, and I can't know how I'll feel," said Barnes. "My players are tough kids who'll be fired up to hit hard, but my son's on the other team."
Barnes also faces his former Edmondson coach, Poly's Augie Waibel.
All-Metros at Wake
City grad and two-time All-Metro Terrence Suber, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Offensive Football Player of the Year, and 1994 All-Metro Dalawn Parrish (Howard), Howard County's Player the Year, will be starting defensive backs for Wake Forest against Navy Saturday at 7 p.m.
Suber, Parrish's tour guide during the true freshman's recruiting trip last year, is the Deacons' third-leading tackler with 25, and Parrish made eight unassisted and two assisted tackles in his first start against Clemson last weekend.
Win of a decade
Some folks at Boys' Latin were wondering if they'd see anything like it again in this century -- it being a football victory over Gilman.
But last Saturday's 20-0 shutout over the then-No. 6-ranked defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference co-champion was the first since an 82-0 shellacking in 1912, according to Boys' Latin athletic director Hugh Gelston.
Last season the Lakers went 3-6 in the MIAA B Conferencelooked upon as the weaker league. Saturday, Boys' Latin suited up just 22 players, only four of whom were seniors, compared to Gilman's 42-man roster with 22 seniors.
"Generally, people said, 'Why schedule an automatic losplaying Gilman?' but our message all week was 'Mental nutrition to beat Gilman: Feed the faith and starve the doubt,' " said eighth-year coach Drew Haugh.
"Our kids remembered beating Gilman, 6-0, as middle schoolers HTC on an eighth-grade team that was unbeaten and unscored upon. They believed we could beat Gilman's varsity," he said.
Boys' Latin, a 21-9 loser to then-No. 4 Gilman last year, was led last week by quarterback Aaron Vercollone (14-for-26 passing for 195 yards) with touchdowns of 24 and 10 yards, respectively, to Jake Hunter (four receptions, 81 yards) and Patrick Radebaugh.
Vercollone ran for the other score from four yards and also ran in the conversion. Ryan Mollett rushed for 65 yards and caught five passes for 62 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Greg Patchak caused two fumbles and cornerback Jason Leneau had an interception.
The streak is over
Lansdowne's football team, loser of 41 straight games on the field entering last Friday, ended its streak with a 14-2 victory over Colonel Richardson.
Third-year coach Terry Brooks (1-21) and his Vikings dedicated the game to athletic director Ed Walker, who will return to work next week after two weeks out with an undisclosed illness.
"The county gave us a win by forfeit over Chesapeake [ending the streak officially at 30 games] two years ago, but we didn't count it at Lansdowne," said Walker. "This one means more."
Times are changing
City (1-1), Gilman (0-1), Loyola (0-1), McDonogh (0-2) and Poly (0-2), all recent rulers of local football's now-defunct Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, have a combined 1-7 record.
"Probably the last time we were 0-2 was in 1968, and I can't remember the last time we lost an opener," said Waibel, who is 242-53 in 38 seasons.