HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Annapolis Panthers

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: Roy Brown (career record: 45-28).

Top players: Donnell Foote, Jr., WR-DB; Donald Snowden, Sr., G; Carlos Cardoza, Sr., T; Greg Gulley, Sr., G; Danny Curran, Sr., TE; Leon Allen, Sr., TE; Joe Plattner, Jr., T; Mike Donlin, Jr., C; Shomar Johnson, Sr., QB; Greg Hunt, Sr., DB; Ken Mines, Sr., RB-DB; Koron Ford, Sr., RB-DB; Carlos Wilkens, Sr., DL.

Outlook: Brown has constructed a new backfield with the versatile Foote (6-2, 205 pounds) moving from quarterback to receiver with Johnson (5-11, 175) taking the snaps. Mines (6-1, 170), Ford (5-9, 150) and junior fullback Albert Creek (5-10, 160) possess breakaway speed behind a front line steeped in experience. Guards Snowden (6-0, 235)and Gulley (6-0, 215) and tackles Plattner (6-1, 230) and Cardoza (5-11, 235) know the X's and O's of the Panthers' smash-mouth brand of football. "We are capable of having a decent offense with more team speed," said Brown. "Our defensive line is also experienced, but our question marks are at defensive end and linebacker." The defensive secondary with the likes of Hunt (6-1, 160), Mines, Ford, Foote and junior Peter Ludlum (5-10, 160) should be solid as the Panthers go after their first winning season since finishing 7-3 in 1993.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1995 record: 3-7-1.

Coach: Jim Nemeth (first season).

Top players: Brian Judy, Sr., RB-LB-PT; Ray D'Ambrosio, Sr., RB-S; Joe Petrocelli, Sr., RB-S; Zain Marfani, Sr., G-DT; Kevin Gibbons, Sr., T-LB; Pat McLaughlin, Sr., TE-LB; Alan Creveling, Jr., FB-DE.

Outlook: Nemeth replaces Paul Terhes, who was forced to step down after another setback in his bout with cancer. Nemeth says expectations are high after the Cavaliers finished last season with a 2-1-1 run. "Our kids learned how to win at the end of the season and they liked it, " said Nemeth. The positive conclusion of '95 carried over into last week's season opener as the Cavs humbled Model School of D.C., 50-7. Judy (5-9, 175), an all-county punter and the team's top back and linebacker, started off with three touchdowns and 165 yards rushing against Model. A four-year starter, Judy will be the team's centerpiece both ways. Petrocelli (5-11, 170) and Creveling (5-9, 195) spice up the offense while Gibbons (5-10, 220) and McLaughlin (5-10, 160) join Judy in a solid linebacking corps.

Arundel Wildcats

1995 record: 10-1.

Coach: Bill Zucco (career record: 27-15).

Top players: Erik Lipton, Sr., QB; Joe Parker, Sr., E; Brendan Rath, Sr., G; Isaac Haertel, Sr., C; Jason Baumgartner, Sr., C-G; Jason Miller, Sr., FB-LB; Jimmy Lazzarro, Jr., LB-FB; Ricky Graves, Jr., RB.

Outlook: Another undefeated regular season is unlikely, but the Wildcats should be in the running for a 4A East playoff berth with the return of the county's premier passing duo in Lipton to Parker. The 6-4, 200-pound Lipton, who was the county offensive Player of the Year in '95 after setting school records for completions (110), yards passing (1,894) and TD passes (18) -- all county leading totals -- is the most sought-after Arundel football player since '71 grad and former NFL running back Louis Carter. More than 100 schools have contacted Lipton, including Tennessee, Florida State, Miami, Maryland and Penn State. Maryland has offered a scholarship and Penn State rolled out the red carpet for a Lipton visit. Parker (6-3, 185), first-team All-Metro last year, averaged 23.5 yards a catch on 28 receptions and seven touchdowns. "We may never have another passing attack like this, but our problem is replacing nine of 11 defensive starters, " said Zucco, the '95 county Coach of the Year. Junior linebacker Lazzarro (5-11, 190), whom Zucco says is "tough as nails," is expected to anchor the untested defensive unit.

Broadneck Bruins

1995 record: 2-8.

Coach: Jeff Herrick (career record: 30-39).

Top players: Jesse Young, Sr., C; Erik Holt, Sr., DE-SE; Billy Currence, Sr., G- DT; Nate Kern, Sr., G-DT; Jonas Weatherbie, Jr., QB; Earl Downs, Jr., SE; Rashaud Shirley, Sr., S; Matt Costello, Sr., T; Martel Threadgill, So., RB; Brooks Barnard, Jr., SE-K-PT.

Outlook: Consistency on defense is what Herrick is looking for in this seasoned group. With what was one of their youngest teams in Herrick's seven years, the Bruins lost three games by a total of eight points while getting hammered in the other five losses. "Last year was very disappointing, but the kids worked very hard in off-season and really want to turn it around," said Herrick. The coach is encouraged by the return of nearly the entire team including eight starters on offense and four on defense. Young (5-10, 195) and Holt (6-3, 195) are three-year starters and co-captains. Herrick has high hopes for QB Weatherbie (6-1, 190), the son of Navy coach Charlie Weatherbie, and young RB Threadgill (5-9, 165). Costello (6-3, 210) is a superb long snapper when not at tackle and Barnard (6-3, 165) will keep busy catching passes, kicking and punting. Sophomore cornerback Dorian Watkins (5-9, 160) is a player to watch.

Chesapeake Cougars

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: Tom Kraning (career record: 23-57).

Top players: Rob Bookhamer, Sr., LB; Alan Stroud, Sr., LB; Chad Duncan, Sr., RB-LB; Shawn Plews, Sr., QB; Ryan Plews, Jr., TE; Paul White, Sr., T-DT; J.R. Morell, Sr., G-NG; Marvin Hazen, Sr., WR-S; Charles Owens, Jr., RB; Ray Wagner, Jr., DE; Sean Oakley, Sr., C.

Outlook: If the Cougars can, in the words of Kraning, "learn to play from behind," their fortunes could be reversed. Chesapeake has never played catch-up well in Kraning's eight years. With possibly the top linebacking trio in the county in Bookhamer (6-1, 185), Stroud (5-10, 180) and Duncan (6-0, 185) to go with a good-sized line led by White (6-2, 230), the defense could be outstanding and keep the Cougars from falling behind. Bookhamer, who Kraning says "reads better than anybody we've ever had," and Stroud, were second-team All-County in '95. Duncan also gives the offense a power runner with speed to complement the quick-to-the-hole Owens (5-10, 180) and QB Shawn Plews (6-2, 190). One of Shawn's favorite targets will be younger brother, Ryan Plews (6-2, 180). "Our Achilles' heel right now is a lack of depth on the line because of academic ineligibility, but once we get everybody back, it should be a really good group," said Kraning.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1995 record: 5-5.

Coach: Dave Rigot (career record: 85-105).

Top players: Rickey Crawford, Jr., DE; Lenny Holmes, Sr., QB; Mike Litz, Jr., C; John Wright, Sr., TE-DE; Robert Green, Sr., T; Rahsaan Tyler, Sr., FB; Rick Tracey, Sr., G-LB; Sharif Magruder, Jr., RB; Davon Cruz, Jr., DB; Mike King, Sr., QB-LB.

Outlook: Defense is still Rigot's big concern as he begins his 20th season at Glen Burnie. "We have not played well defensively the last couple years and it showed in what was a big disappointment last year," said Rigot, who with a strong returning nucleus predicted a seven- or eight-win season in '95. All-county, second-team All-Metro DE Crawford (6-2, 195) led the county in sacks (15, one short of county record) and was in on 80 tackles, but needs help. The team's strength is an experienced and big offensive line, led by Wright (6-4, 220), Green (6-4,280), Litz (6-1, 240) and Tracey (5-10, 180). King (5-8, 165) will play QB until the academically ineligible Holmes (6-4, 205) returns. Holmes completed 52 of 104 passes for 821 yards and nine touchdowns in only eight games last year and Rigot says he "is as good as anybody we've had."

Meade Mustangs

1995 record: 8-4.

Coach: Jerry Hartman (career record: 11-21).

Top players: Malwan Johnson, Jr., QB-DB; George Houston, Sr., T-DT; Danny Todd, Sr., T-MLB; Robert Williams, Sr., WR; Rico Walker, Sr., G; Nathaniel Hall, Sr., C-NG; Justin Patton, Sr., TE-DE; Jesse Barnes, TB-DB; Tornardo Sharpes, Jr., DB; Greg ** Vaughn, Sr., G-DE.

Outlook: Hartman says two questions face his Mustangs: "No. 1, can we replace the skill and big-play players we lost? And do we want to achieve the same results as last year, or do we want to take it one step farther [beyond the state semis]?" Graduation hit the defensive secondary the hardest with the loss of All-Metro DB Damion Moss (11 interceptions) and mates who totaled over 30 interceptions. A nucleus on the offensive and defensive lines has Hartman optimistic. Todd (6-2, 275) is a monster who will play tackle and middle linebacker and he will be surrounded by the likes of Houston (6-1, 265), Walker ( 6-2, 265) and Hall (6-0, 265). Johnson (5-10, 165) has improved his passing, which makes him even more dangerous on the option and rollouts. Patton (6-0, 205) a three-year starter both ways, will be a Johnson target.

North County Knights

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Chuck Markiewicz (career record: 70-27).

Top players: Richard Allen, Sr., DE; Marvin Mobley, Sr., MLB; Bobby Lincoln, Sr., NT; Jimmy Harrison, Sr., DT; Michawn Yuvienco, Sr., DB; Sean Brown, Sr., DB; Chris Mangum, Sr., SE; Corey Wright, Sr., WR; Kenny Parks, Sr., SE; Kiki Ellis, Sr., RB; Erik Nolan,, Sr., G; Tony Chase, Sr., T; Brandon Johnson, Jr., DE; Robby Hemphill, Jr., G.

Outlook: After four straight playoff appearances and a 4A state title in 1994, the Knights lost three games for the first time in the program's six-year history and missed the playoffs. With 15 returning starters (eight on offense, seven defense), and a couple new wrinkles defensively and offensively, the Knights intend a return to the top. "What happened last year is all the motivation they need," said Markiewicz. DE Allen (6-3, 230) and MLB Mobley (6-0, 190), first- and second-team All-Metro, respectively, last year, will anchor the Knights' new 4-3 defense. Defensive coordinator Brad Wilson is employing the scheme so the Knights will be more aggressive. Allen, whose 4.7 speed and size enabled him to post nearly 90 tackles while also doubling on the offensive line, could be tremendous this season playing defense only. Ellis (5- 7, 150), who ran for 601 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, will be the ace back in the Knights' run-and-shoot offense that will occasionally feature no-back formations and the shotgun. "I'm not crazy about the shotgun, but if we can get the snap crisper from Cody [Stewart], we will use it," said Markiewicz. Senior Mike Evans (6-0, 160), who transferred from Glen Burnie two years ago, is expected to be the QB. All-County receivers Mangum (36 receptions for 481 yards, eight touchdowns) and Wright (32 rec., 474 yards, 6 TDs) will be the go-to guys.

Northeast Eagles

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: Bart Rader (career record: 55-75).

Top players: Rob Evans, Sr., RB-DL; Tyrone Eaton, Sr., RB-DB; Tom Collins, Sr., QB-DB; Anthony Maggio, Sr., T-DT; James Hilton, Sr., RB-DB; Paul Grubb, Sr., G- NG; Lee Petty, Sr., RB-LB; Miguel Smith, Sr., T-DT; Billy Parks, Jr., TE-LB.

Outlook: A winning season for the first time since 1988 (7-3, 5-5 in 1991) is a possibility for the Class 2A Eagles who will play only nine games. Two outstanding backs in Evans (6-2, 215) and Eaton (5-9, 165), both 4.6 runners, gives the Eagles ball-control and scoring potential. "Our defense should be better overall because of more experience and maturity," said Rader, who begins his 14th season in Pasadena. "Our problem is always the same. We just don't have the numbers, especially on the lines." Due to a revamping of the MIAA B Conference in Baltimore, Boys' Latin, a 26-12 loser to the Eagles last year, dropped Northeast. With only 20 varsity players, that week off (week six) could be a welcome breather for the Eagles.

Old Mill Patriots

1995 record: 2-8.

Coach: Pete Regala (career record: 56-70).

Top players: Dane Johnson, Sr., G-DL; Ben Hines, Sr., G; Tolan Anderson, Sr., TB; Doug Bast, Sr., FB-LB; Charlie Beverly, Jr., QB-DB; Dalvin Brown, Sr., DE- FB; James Ferrell, Sr., TE-LB; Steve Johns, Sr., T-DT; Rodney Watts, Sr. C.

Outlook: The Patriots are optimistic despite going 7-33 over the past four seasons. "Hopefully, we can show some improvement this year with an experienced and good-sized offensive line," said Regala, who is dismayed over the lack of interest in the program. "We're just not getting the kids out for football. Seems like more and more kids at our school concentrate on one sport year round and we only have 70 kids [JV included]." Johnson (6-1, 290), Hines (5-11, 210), Johns (6-1, 280) and junior Anthony Snukis (6-4, 260) are the key interior linemen set to provide the very quick Anderson (5-7, 155) with an escort. Regala hopes his big line can keep injury-prone QB Beverly (5-10, 160) healthy.

St. Mary's Saints

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Brad Best (career record: 45-25).

Top players: Rashi Reed, Sr., RB; Monte Graves, Sr., G-LB; Brian Kingsbury, Sr., FB-DE; Jim Hardesty, Sr., G-DE; Ryan Metzbower, Jr., QB; Jamison Mullen, Sr., WB -DB-K; Kevin Moeller, Sr., T-DT; Bryant Airey, Sr., SE-S; Adam Hillard, Sr., C- NG; Ernie Listman, Jr., FB-LB; Eric Pickett, Jr., WB-DB; Rob Hoffman, Jr., TE- DE.

Outlook: It's one of the smaller teams Best has had in his eight years at the school, but it "is definitely faster than any team

we've had." The Saints are ready for a run at the MIAA A Conference title they shared with Mount St. Joseph and Loyola last year. All-County back Reed (5-8, 155), a 4.6 runner who gained 1,133 yards and scored 11 touchdowns last year, is the top offensive threat in the Saints' combination I-formation and option offense. Metzbower (6-0, 170) started the last six games at QB in '95 and also runs the ball well, as do Kingsbury (5-10, 175) and Listman (5-10, 190). Graves (6-2, 240) is the standout LB on a defensive unit that returns eight starters. "A lot of Division I schools are interested in Monte," said Best. Other top Saints on defense will be DE's Hardesty (5-10, 180) and Kingsbury, LB Listman and NG Hillard (5-10, 210).

Severn Admirals

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: John Beckman (career record: 7-3).

Top players: Dennard Melton, Jr., QB-S; Jeff Hatch, Sr., T-DE; Sean Songer, Sr., LB; Von Craig, Jr., TB-DB; Tim Staines, Sr., G; Scott Austin, Sr., C; Bart Ross, Sr., G-DG; Wayne Corona, So., T.

Outlook: Moving blue-chipper Melton (6-1, 195) to QB was a no-brainer for Beckman. "I should be shot if I didn't run the option with Melton," said the second-year coach. "Having the ball in his hands every play makes sense. He's a natural option QB." Melton, the All-County all-purpose back his first two years in high school, put up more than 1,200 yards of total offense, including 745 rushing last year. Melton also is a standout DB where he has intercepted nine passes in two years. Even worse for Severn opponents is that Craig (5-9, 160) is faster with 4.5 speed than the 4.6 Melton and they will be running behind the likes of another Division I prospect in tackle Hatch (6-7, 240). Beckman's concerns are with his inexperienced defense, with Songer (5-10, 175) the only proven LB.

Severna Park Falcons

1995 record: 6-4.

Coach: Andy Borland (career record: 134-99.

Top players: Chris Field, Sr., T-DT; Chad Clark, Sr., T-DT; Mike Venturella, Sr., LB; Jake Hildebrand, Sr., FB-LB; Josh Cornett, Jr., WR-CB; Mike O'Malley, Sr., QB-DB; Bill Fairbanks, Sr., C; Amiel Morris, Sr., WR-DB; Troy Sedgwick, Sr., DB; Adam Baxter, Jr., G; Darrin McAlister, Jr., LB-K; Greg Korwek, Jr., QB; Charles Robinson, Jr., RB.

Outlook: Borland welcomed back over 30 returnees, including 12 starters, and says his Falcons "should be in the hunt, up there in the county's top three." Two-way tackles Field (6-3, 240) and Clark (6-1, 250) are the cornerstones of the offensive and defensive lines. Overall team speed also is a plus, especially on offense with Robinson (5-8, 170) running the ball and the likes of Morris (6-0, 165), Cornett (5-11, 150) and senior end Mickey O'Connor (6-0, 165) catching passes. O'Malley (6-2, 185) will start both ways after starting at cornerback and backing up Korwek (6-4, 170) at QB last season. Korwek missed most of preseason with an ear infection, but did play in the team's final scrimmage against Bowie. McAlister (5-11, 175) was second-team All-County place-kicker after kicking four field goals a sophomore and also will play DB or LB.

Southern Bulldogs

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: Russ Meyers (career record: 4-6).

Top players: Mike Price, Sr., T-DT; Ron Holland, Sr., RB-DB; Matt Chase, Jr., SE -DB; Ricky Jones, Sr., RB-DL; Darius Turner, So., SE-LB; Adam Leitch, Sr., QB- DB; A.J. Cusato, Sr., T-DT; Nick Harrington, Sr., T-DL.

Outlook: Numbers are way up in Harwood, where the Dawgs boast 95 players (47 varsity) in pads, the most anyone can remember. "We've worked hard to get the kids out for football and we want to keep them around for four years to build the program," said Meyers. Class 2A Southern won its final three games of the '95 season over Northeast (29-18), Broadneck (35-10) and South River (42-34) to cop the county 3A-2A League title. With the bulky Price (6-4, 280) anchoring both sides of the line, the Dawgs hope to establish a successful running game with Holland (6-0, 180) as the main ball carrier. Holland rushed for 613 yards and eight touchdowns last year in Southern's pro-I offense. Southern has six linemen at 250 pounds or better, with Cusato (6-0, 295) the biggest. Defensively, Meyers has adjusted from a 4-3 to a 4-4 "in order to make it easier on [our] linebackers."

South River Seahawks

1995 record: 3-7.

Coach: Dave Summey (career record: 79-92-1).

Top players: Tom McCaffrey, Sr., RB; Dan Johnson, Sr., RB-DB; Dan Summey, Sr., RB-DE; Josh Raulin, Sr., G-NG; Ryan Holliday, Sr., T-DT; Mike Christenson, Sr., TE-DE; Chris Worsham, Sr., QB; Justin Terry, Jr., DE.

Outlook: Second team All-County running back Tom McCaffrey (5-9, 185) who rushed for 1,107 yards and seven touchdowns, is the workhorse of a trio of returning RBs. Fellow seniors Summey (5-10, 170), the coach's son, and Johnson (5-7, 140) combined for more than 900 yards rushing last season. Junior Alan Rynarzewski is battling the senior Worsham for starting QB. Raulin (6-0, 210), Holliday (5-8, 200) and Christenson (5-11, 170) give the Hawks experience up front, although not a lot of size. "We're small, but we have progressed in our scrimmages," said Summey, beginning his 18th season in the county, eighth in Edgewater. Summey is looking for improvement defensively, where his Seahawks gave up 38 points or more in three of their losses last season. Senior newcomer Kenny Adams (6-1, 180) has impressed at LB.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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