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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Baltimore City

Archbishop Curley Friars

1996 record: 2-8

Coach: Sean Murphy (first year)

Top players: Ken Borst, Sr., LB; Wilber Cox, Sr., G-DT; Greg Moxey, Sr., QB; Chris Lyles, Sr., FB-DT; Chris Heummer, Sr., S.

Outlook: The Friars, of the MIAA B Conference, have a new coach in former Towson University player Murphy. "The numbers are up. I think we have a chance to do pretty well," Murphy said.

Carver Bears

1996 record: 1-9

Coach: Ron Frierson (career: 8-22)

Top players: Jeffrey Blair, Sr., C-DE; Steve Queen, Sr., RB-WR; Leonard McNill, Sr., DB; Reginald Durant, Jr., RB-LB; Juwan Johnson, Jr., RB; Djuan Collins, Jr., WR; Derron Burton, So., OG-DT.

Outlook: 14 starters return and are hungry to improve over last season's showing in the city's West Division, Frierson said, "It's a better division for us. We've got some speed, and we're encouraged."

City Knights

1996 record: 9-3

Coach: George Petrides (career: 128-81-1)

Top players: Warren Smith, Sr., WR-DB; James Gee, Sr., WR-RB-DB; Bryant Johnson, Sr., WR-DB-RB; Ricky Holloway, Sr., Logan Davidson, Sr., OT; Chris Ekwuene, Sr., OL; Anthony Salley, Sr., OL.

Outlook: City, reclassified from Class 2A to 3A, will be one of the favorites in the East Division. All-Metro Smith (6-4, 190) had 46 receptions for 851 yards and 10 touchdowns, second-team All-Metro Gee had 10 interceptions. That duo and Johnson (6-4, 205) will work behind Holloway (275), Davidson (355) and Ekwuene (290), but quarterback is a question mark.

Douglass Ducks

1996 record: 3-5

Coach: David White (career: 78-64)

Top players: Ronald Baldwin, Sr., G; Lonnie Langley, Sr., RB; Monroe Brown, Jr., C; John Simmons, Jr., OL-DL; Fred West, Jr., QB-WR.

Outlook: The Ducks, of the City's West division, stand a realistic chance of rising above a .500 record with seven starters back.

Dunbar Poets

1996 record: 9-3

Coach: Stanley Mitchell (career: 42-7)

Top players: Denelle Hale, Sr., QB; Dahnel Singfield, Sr., WR-DB; Devin Murphy, Sr., DB; Matheno Howell-Bey, Sr., WR; Kirk Williams, Sr., LB; Naeem Harrison, Sr., TE-DE; Tyrell Henderson, Jr., DB-RB.

Outlook: Second-team All-Metro Singfield (34 receptions, 571 yards, seven touchdowns), Hale (630 rushing, five touchdowns; 1,284 passing, seven touchdowns) lead the way. Murphy was a starter. First-team All-City/County Barnes (Poly), Henderson (Hickey), Harrison (Perry Hall) and Williams (Florida) all are transfers. The Class 2A Poets are in the city's East.

Edmondson Redskins

1996 record: 3-7

Coach: Pete Pompey (career: 160-78)

Top players: David Bass, Sr., QB; Phillip Gilliam, Sr., TE-LB; Khalil Bey, Sr., C; Diararra Woods, Sr., WR-DB; Raytron Leak, So., RB-LB.

Outlook: The Redskins play tough teams such as two-time Class 4A state champ Sherwood of Montgomery County, Patterson and Virginia power H.D. Woodson. "I want the kids to be able to judge themselves, and competition's the only way," said Pompey, who has eight starters back.

Forest Park Foresters

1996 record: 4-6

Coach: Obie Barnes (career: 96-94-5)

Top players: Eugene Redfern, Sr., WR; Tamah McCray, Sr., RB; Joshua Smith, Jr., C-LB; Duane Alexander, Sr., LB-G.

Outlook: The Foresters, Class 1A this year, could be one of the West's better teams. "We've got three quarterbacks up from the JV, which was 6-3," Barnes said. "The problem is, we have talent but no depth."

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1996 record: 0-9

Coach: Mike Gucwa (career: 0-9)

Top players: James O'Neill, Sr., TE-NG; Floyd Dean, Sr., RB-S; Tony DeShields, Jr., FB-LB.

Outlook: 10 returning starters are amid a 22-player turnout for the MIAA B Conference members. "It's going to be tough, but we hope to break the win column once or twice," said Gucwa.

Gilman Greyhounds

1996 record: 4-6

Coach: Biff Poggi (first year)

Top players: Sam Wilson, Sr., G-DL; Evan Shay, Sr., OL-DL; Chisom Opara, Jr., WR-RB-S; Damian Davis, Jr., RB-S; Felix Isuk, Jr., LB; Sheena Ekundayo, So., RB-DB.

Outlook: The Greyhounds, under Poggi -- who replaced retired long-time coach Sherm Bristow -- are athletic with good size in key positions with Davis (6-1, 200), Opara (6-2, 198), Faust (5-11, 200), Wilson (6-4, 240) and Shay (5-11, 245). But they'll be hard-pressed in the MIAA A.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1996 record: 10-2

Coach: James Monroe (career: 17-5)

Top players: Darnell Pearsall, Sr., RB-DB; Robert Carrothers, Sr., RB-DB; Jason Carrothers, Jr., RB-DL; Joe Able, Sr., QB; Eric Thompson, Sr., TE-S; Renaldo Horsey, Sr., OG.

Outlook: Lake Clifton reached the Class 4A state semifinals and returns five starters but has little depth on the line. Second-team All-Metro Pearsall has rushed for 2,600 yards and 20 touchdowns in two years, runs a 4.5-second 40 and caught five interceptions last year. Thompson (6-3, 190) had six interceptions, and Able (6-3, 170) is a third-year starter.

Mervo Mustangs

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: John Blake (career: 36-52-1)

Top players: Aaron Brown, Sr., DT-OT; Timothy Wilkins, Sr., SS-SE; Aaron Willie, Jr., OT.

Outlook: The Mustangs, in the East Division, returned just five starters. So they'll employ many of the players up from a 4-1 JV squad. "Our division's the toughest of the two, and it's going to be brutal, week-in, week out," Blake said. "Our kids will just have to step up."

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1996 record: 6-4

Coach: Mike Working (career: 33-17)

Top players: Shaz Brown, Sr., WR; Kyle Lott, Sr., OG; Oby Arah, Sr., OG; James Baronas, Sr., TE; Reggie Chambers, Sr., DE; Nick Johnson, Sr., DT; Ryan Andrew, Sr., NG; Andre Reid, Sr., DB; John O'Donnell, Sr., S; Greg Jones, Sr., RB-WR; Andrew Michalowicz, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The three-time champs are better than last year. Brown (26 receptions, 636 yards, six touchdowns) was second-team All-City/County. Chambers (6-2, 210) runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and will play alongside sizable athletes such as Baronas (6-7, 225), Lott (6-4, 280), Arah (6-4, 265), and Andrew (6-4, 220). Michalowicz (6-2, 195) can throw and "runs like a running back," said Working.

Northern Vikings

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Shelly Rambeau (first year)

Top players: Robert Wesley, Sr., C; Marbe Hughly, Sr., RB; Corey Rideout, Sr., WR-DB; Tai Wan Beney, Sr., WR-DB; Sean Gilliam, Sr., T; Johnny Woodhouse, Sr., G; Ramone Gray, Jr., DE-TE.

Outlook: Rambeau had 75 turn out, but he was the only coach -- no assistants -- early on. "We'll need some time to jell, but there's a lot of raw talent and enthusiasm," said Rambeau, whose Vikings compete in the city's East Division.

Northwestern Wildcats

1996 record: 3-7

Coach: Leroy McKenzie (first year)

Top players: Brian Starks, Sr., RB-LB; Joey Marine, Sr., OG-DT; Jamada Samad, Sr., FB-DL; Tavon Reed, Sr., RB-DB; Donte Thompson, Sr., OT; Rufus Davis, Jr., C; Willie Saunders, Jr., G; Saeed Samad, Jr., LB-OL.

Outlook: The Wildcats had a turnout of 35 players, with eight starters returning. "We're going to get after people," said assistant Doug Robertson.

Poly Engineers

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: Augie Waibel (career: 257-62)

Top players: Jake Bobian, Sr., OL; Jason Simms, Sr., RB; Carlton Saunders, Sr., DB; Damian Mindley, Sr., DL; Craig Green, Sr., DE; Timmy Frazier, Jr., QB; Ed Henry, Jr., SE-P; Jason Harvey, Jr., OG-FB; Bryan Cowan, Jr., DL; Tony Clark, Jr., DE.

Outlook: The Engineers return 12 starters and will be going all out for Waibel, who is retiring after this season. Saunders (seven FTC interceptions) and Frazier (6-0, 185) have excellent skills. Harvey (6-0, 200) and Simms (5-11, 200) loom large in the backfield, Bobian (6-2, 235) anchors the offensive line, and Cowan (6-0, 290), the defensive line. "We have a nice group," said Waibel.

Patterson Clippers

1996 record: 9-2

Coach: Roger Wrenn (career: 155-79-2)

Top players: Alan Clay, Sr., WR; Trinnell Gregory, Sr., DE-OT; Rob Huber, Sr., OT-DE; Leonard Bridgeforth, Sr., RB-LB; Dino Alger, Jr., QB; Brian Hopson, Jr., RB-LB; Brendan Williams, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Competing in the city's East division, the Clippers return eight starters among 17 lettermen. Among them are Clay (23 receptions, 351 yards), Hopson (interceptions' leader), Williams (three sacks) and Bridgeforth, the No. 2 rusher with 720 yards and six touchdowns.

Southern Bulldogs

1996 record: 0-10

Coach: Jack Nehsmann (career: 24-54)

Top players: Michael Nelson, Sr., FB-LB; Quante Eggleston, Sr., SE-S; Thomas Williams, Sr., C; Davon Cox, Sr., G-LB; Tom Kehs, Sr., OT-DT; Tyrone James, Sr., DE-OT; Gregory Jones, Jr., RB-DB; Tyrell Kyle, Jr., LB-FB.

Outlook: Three-years starters Nelson, Eggleston and Jones are among nine returning veterans and 42 players who have Nehsmann expecting an improvement against West division opponents.

Southwestern Sabers

1996 record: 4-6

Coach: Terry Levrett (first year)

Top players: Dominic West, Sr., RB; Eddie Chapple, Sr., OL-DL; Paul Bryant, Sr., QB; Nathaniel Baker, Jr., RB; Lonnie Irvin, Jr., T; Dejuan Lumpkin, Jr., WR.

Outlook: Levrett, coach of the area's top-ranked state champion Sabers' basketball team, hopes to bring similar success to the football program that'll compete in the difficult East Division. Levrett, who coached the JV for nine years, takes over for Gerald Boyd, who stepped down.

Walbrook Warriors

1996 record: 1-8

Coach: Kelvin Bridges (career: 8-21)

Top players: Lemuel Thomas, Sr., RB-LB-S; Reggie Leake, Sr., RB-LB; Donnell Rouzer, Sr., OT-DT; Mike Dorsey, Sr., QB; Terrence Hamlet, Sr., C-LB; Tyrone Moore, Sr., G-LB; Robert Smith, Sr., DB-WR; Troy Miller, Sr., DB-RB; Willie Robinson, Sr., DB.

Outlook: The West Division Warriors "have a decent schedule and should be better than 1-8," Bridges said. At a University of Maryland summer combine camp, Thomas (5-8, 162) ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and bench pressed 185 pounds 16 times.

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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