Team-by-team view

Annapolis Panthers

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: Roy Brown (career: 50-33)

Top players: Donnell Foote, Sr., RB-QB-DB; Joe Plattner, Sr., T-DT; Derek Johnson, Sr., G-DG; Mike Donlin, Sr., C; John Paul Williams, Sr., T-DT; Peter Ludlam, Sr., QB-S; Albert Creek, Sr., FB-LB; Cleveland Graves, Sr., LB; DeWayne Hunt, Jr., RB-LB; Henry Downs, Jr., G-LB.

Outlook: Falling off a ladder while painting his house this summer and breaking his pelvis, Brown felt an urgency to be on the field for the start of his ninth season. All-County DB Foote, along with 10 other returnees, dominated Brown's thoughts as he lay in bed during July. "I'm 100 percent now and excited about this season," said Brown, who has a right to be optimistic. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Foote, who covers the 40 in 4.5 seconds, is the man. Foote played QB, RB, WR, CB, DB (four interceptions) and kick returner for the Panthers last season, but Brown hopes to keep him at RB and in the secondary this year. That's if Ludlam (5-10, 170) can produce at QB. The Panthers are strong and seasoned in the trenches with the likes of second-team All-County linemen, Plattner (6-1, 230 pounds) and Johnson (5-10, 215) and the emergence of Downs (5-10, 215). Team speed and size are also pluses. Brown sees the first three games -- Largo and Paint Branch at home, and at Frederick -- as determining the kind of season the Panthers can have. Annapolis can go 8-2 or 9-1 and be a playoff team.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1996 record: 4-7

Coach: John Moscato (first season)

Top players: Ted Calabrese, Sr., QB-DB; Brian Smith, Sr., RB-CB; Alan Creveling, Sr., FB-LB; Sam Creveling, Jr., WB; Nate Kuh, Sr., WR; Mike D'Ambrosio, Sr., FB- LB; Tom O'Conner, Sr., T-LB; Joe O'Conner, So., OL-LB.

Outlook: A father-son coaching duo brings the Cavaliers their third head coach in three years. Moscato, whose dad John Sr., will be an assistant, is coaching his first high school team after running an adult team in Great Britain and youth teams in Middle River, Overlea and Catonsville. "I didn't expect to see as much talent as I've seen," said Moscato. "Our defense will be a strength, and we just might surprise some people in our conference." Reason for Moscato's optimism are returnees such last year's backup QB Calabrese (5-11, 175) and RBs Smith (5-10, 175) and Alan Creveling (6-1, 195). Alan Creveling will team with D'Ambrosio (5-8, 190), Tom O'Conner (6-3, 185) and sophomore David Tekippe (5-10, 210) to give the Cavs a solid group of LBs. Another sophomore in Joe O'Conner (6-4, 285), who Moscato says is "extremely mobile," and Alan Creveling's brother, Sam (5-9, 170) are expected to anchor the defensive line. A .500 season is a possibility.

Arundel Wildcats

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Bill Zucco (career: 34-18).

Top players: Rob Connolly, Sr., FB-LB; Trevor Baumgartner, Sr., C-DG; Rodney Farmer, Sr., SE-punt ret.; Graham Harris, Sr., G-LB; Dennis Gills, Sr., RB-DB; Anthont Dennis, Sr., DT-FB; Domenic Greco, Jr., RB-DB; Jason Carter, Jr., QB; Jeff Blachley, Jr., DL.

Outlook: After showcasing prolific passer Erik Lipton (Maryland) the past three years, the Wildcats' offense has been grounded, literally. Zucco is wisely adjusting to his personnel and is excited about Connolly (5-9, 175). "Rob will be one of the better fullbacks in the county," said the sixth-year head coach. "He's a punishing runner who can carry people with him." Connolly, Greco (5-11, 175), a second-team All-County DB as a sophomore and Everett (6-0, 190) up from JV will run behind three-year varsity linemen, Baumgartner (6-0, 200) and Harris (5-10, 185). Carter (6-0, 170) has no pressure to be another Lipton and will look deep for the speedy Farmer (6-1, 170). "Defense is still our calling card," said Zucco. "We're not very big, but we won't be pushed around because a lot of guys are also on the wrestling team and are very strong." Zucco sees his team as a sleeper with a 6-4, 7-3 season likely -- and an outside shot at playoffs.

Broadneck Bruins

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Jeff Herrick (career: 37-42).

Top players: Brooks Barnard, Sr., PK-PT-WR; Jonas Weatherbie, Sr., QB; Earl Downs, Sr., WR-S; Martel Threadgill, Jr., RB; Lehrman Dotson, Jr., WR; Fred Davis, Jr., slot; LaRon Colbert, So., slot; Dorian Watkins, Jr., DB; Dustin Hall, Sr., LB; Jeff Logan, Jr., LB; John Cifolilli, Jr., DL; Walt Wagner, Sr., T -DE.

Outlook: After his Bruins suffered what he called "Redskin-itis" (fast start, slow finish) last season, Herrick is hoping for a different ending with experience and athleticism. The Bruins lost their final three games last fall, although the North County loss has been adjusted as a forfeit and victory. "I believe in taking it one game at a time now more than ever because we looked ahead last year (6-1 start) to the possibility of our first playoff berth," said Herrick, begnning his ninth season at the Cape St. Claire school. Herrick is counting on a group of three-year players to have a positive impact, most notably All-County kicker Brooks Barnard, second team All-County QB Weatherbie and speedy two-way back Downs. Barnard (6-3, 175), actually a fourth-year starter, averaged 35.7 yards a punt and led the county in field goals (five). His speed also makes him a deep threat along with Downs (6-3, 195) and Colbert (5-10, 150) when Weatherbie (89-for-152, 1,023 yards) is not handing off to Threadgill (904 yards, 13 touchdowns rushing). Watkins (5-10,170), a 4.0 student who Herrick says is "the best DB I've coached," joins Downs in the secondary behind two superb LBs in Hall (6-0,200) and Logan (6-2,185). With six Class 4A teams on their schedule, the Bruins could go 7-3.

Chesapeake Cougars

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: Tom Kraning (career: 28-62)

Top players: Jason Gogolinski, Sr., RB-LB; Ryan Plews, Sr., TE-DE; Ray Wagner, Sr., NG-DE-WR; Dirk Schanberger, Sr., G-DE; Mike Bombard, Sr., G-DT; Aaron Riddle, Sr., T-DT; John Eser, Sr., S; Damien Moulden, Sr., QB; Charles Owens, Sr., WR-LB.

Outlook: Kraning, who has never had a winning season in his nine years as Cougars coach, notched his first .500 campaign since his inaugural thanks to a forfeit from North County. If the Cougars can survive the first couple games (LaPlata and South River) without eight academically ineligible players, (five would start on defense), it could be an up year. "The big thing we have going for us is that this is a very intelligent group [Eser, Gogolinski and Plews rank in the senior class top ten academically]," said Kraning. "It's a total pleasure coaching these guys, and if the eight ineligible return by the third game, we could be a pretty good team." Kraning 6eels that Gogolinski (6-1, 175), also a basketball/lacrosse athlete, will emerge as one of the county's "top players." Gogolinski and Owens (5-10, 180) give the Cougars 4.6 speed out of the backfield while Jon Larsen (5-7, 160) and Brandon Finley (5-8, 165) are quick and shifty. The versatile Wagner (6-3, 215) will play long snapper, WR, DE and NG. "Our ground game with Moulden running it, should be a strength," said Kraning. Expect a 4-6, maybe 5-5 season.

Glen Burnie Gophers

1996 record: 2-8

Coach: Dave Rigot (career: 87-113)

Top players: Davon Cruz, Sr., QB; Greg Lindsey, Sr., G; Mike Litz, Sr., C; Greg Skipper, Sr., WR; Corey Jackson, Sr., WR; Carl Owens, Sr.,LB; Nate Smith, Sr., T -DT; Jason Lodenkemper, Sr., DE-LB; Sharif Magruder, Sr., CB; Greg Formwalt, Jr., DE; Luis Martinez, Sr., PT-SB.

Outlook: It would be the story of the year if Rigot, who has deplored the passing game for 20 years, had his first playoff season with his new offense. "We've gone to the run-and-shoot and hope to be a lot better this year," said Rigot, whose Gophers can only go up after winning only one game and claiming a forfeit last fall. Rigot announced his retirement after last season, but when another in-school teacher could not be found to coach the team, he returned. Cruz (6-0, 180) will guide the drastic offensive change from the wing-T and power-I with Skipper (6-4, 175) and Jackson (6-0, 165) expected to be primary targets. Lindsey (6-4, 285) and Litz (6-1, 235) should be two of the county's top linemen. Defensively, Owens (5-10, 195), Magruder (5-8, 175) and Lodenkemper (5-10, 190) form a strong nucleus of returnees. If the offense gets in trouble, the toe of Martinez (5-8, 165), who Rigot says averages 40 to 45 yards a punt, should bail out the Gophers. This is a mystery team with a chance to go 6-4, or 4-6.

Meade Mustangs

1996 record: 8-3

Coach: Mark Frye (first season)

Top players: Tanardo Sharps, Sr., RB-DB; Malwan Johnson, Sr., QB-DB-WR; Edmund Carazo, Jr., WR-DB; Randy Barron, Sr., C; Mike Dodson, Sr., LB; Carlos Gonzales, Sr., LB; Robert Dutton, Jr., FB-LB; Wilbert Vaughn, Sr., T-DL; Andrew Smith, Jr., WR-QB-DB; Marcus Davis, So., G.

Outlook: Jumping into his first season as a head coach, Frye is in his second stint at Meade. He was an assistant under Hayes Henderson in 1990-91 before moving to Severna Park, where he coached the Falcon JV to three county titles and was a valuable assistant to Andy Borland. Frye succeeds Jerry Hartman, who stepped down after last season and two straight playoff appearances. Hartman (19-24) did not leave the cupboard bare. All-Metro RB Sharps (19 touchdowns, 1,765 yards rushing) and All-County DB-QB Johnson (five interceptions, 730 yards passing) lead a host of returning skilled players. "We graduated practically the entire offensive line, except for our center (Barron, 6-0, 200), but we are solid at the skill positions," said Frye. "I'm hoping we can make up for our lack of size with speed." Frye is keeping the multiple-set offense that Hartman used but has added his own passing package with Johnson (5-10, 170) and Sharps (5-11, 180) the focus. "I think we're going to have a really good passing attack to go with Tanardo," said Frye. Johnson will start his third season at QB but could move to the flank by mid-season in favor of Smith (6-1, 190), a transfer from El Paso, Texas. "Andrew has a great arm, and we may take advantage of it later," said the coach. Carazo (5-11, 180) and senior Aaron Dillard (6-0, 165) give the Stangs a couple deep threats. On defense, Carazo, Johnson, Sharps and Smith form as quick and good a secondary as is found at this level. Linebacking, featuring Dodson (6-0, 195), Dutton (6-0, 190) and Gonzales (5-11, 185), will be tough, too. The Mustangs rank as the county team to beat, with at least 8-2 expected.

North County

1996 record: 0-11

Coach: Chuck Markiewicz (career: 70-38)

Top players: Robby Hemphill, Sr., G; Andrew Walenga, Sr., LB; Michawn Yuvienco, Sr., LB; Mike Parks, Sr., QB-LB; Dominic Harris, Sr., B; Nick Meade, Sr., DL; Otis James, Jr., RB.

Outlook: Markiewicz and his Knights took an 0-11 hit for an ineligible player -- home-schooled student, not enrolled in school system and not eligible to participate in athletics -- who only played five downs. The Knights' remarkable 62-16 run, four region titles, five playoff appearances and a state title in 1994 since opening in 1990 was reduced to 53-25 and three region titles. Erasing the blemish with a big season won't be easy, with a different sort of frustration upon the coach. "Last year, it took us two hours to put in our offense," said Markiewicz, who after two weeks has not decided on a QB. Senior Mike Parks (6-0, 170), a WR last season became the fourth candidate for the job last week. All-County QB Mike Evans, the latest in a long line of run-and-shoot passers in Ferndale, graduated after rewriting the county and state single season records. While the offense, lack of size and experience (one of his youngest teams) have Markiewicz concerned, the defense has him excited. A corps of returning linebackers in Parks, Walenga (5-10, 180) and Michawn Yuvienco (5-10, 180), who was second team All-County; Harris (5-8, 150) in the secondary and down linemen Meade (5-9, 230) and Hemphill (6-2, 230) promise a chance to be in every game and have a typical North County season, like 8-2 or 7-3.

Northeast Eagles

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: Steve Sweet (first season)

Top players: Mike Little, Sr., RB-CB; Ron Vansorsdale, Sr., FB-LB; Len Bossom, Sr., T-DT; Don Wilhelm, Sr., T-DT; Chris Strevig, Sr., G-LB; Bill Robbins, Sr., TE-LB; Joe Rothgeb, Jr., RB-LB; Dominic Serio, Sr., RB-LB; Jason Hilton, Jr., QB -DB; Blair Thomas, So., QB.

Outlook: After assisting Bart Rader (60-80) the final two years of the latter's 14 at the helm, Sweet is the new boss. The largest turnout (70) in memory at the Pasadena school has resulted in Sweet keeping 25 on varsity and 40 on JV, mostly freshmen. "We are developing a team atmosphere with all the football players eating lunch together, and we're working with the Bucs (youth group)," said Sweet. "The Bucs are running our offense and defense." Surprisingly enough, Sweet is keeping the ancient Wing-T offense but will use more play-action than his predecessor. "Ours will be more like the Delaware Wing-T, while Rader's was pretty much run gut, run gut and hammer it down," said Sweet. "We don't expect to power anybody with our backs." Little (5-8, 170), Vanorsdale (5-9, 165), and JV grads Rothgeb (5-8, 155) and Serio (5-8, 160) are expected to take most of the handoffs from junior QB, Hilton (5-7, 155). Sweet can also add some speed to the backfield by using the tenth grader Thomas (5-9, 150) at QB. Two-way tackles Wilhelm (6-0, 190) and Bossom (5-8, 170) and G-LB Strevig (5-9, 190) anchor the Eagle lines. "The defense with our linebackers, Strevig, Robbins (5-9, 175) and Troy Bolling (5-11, 200, junior) looks pretty good," says Sweet, who can expect a .500 season at best, but a promising future with a program in sync.

Old Mill Patriots

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: Pete Regala (career: 62-80).

Top players: Anthony Snukis, Sr., G-DL; Chris Wiley, Sr., T-DT; Wendell Sterling, Sr., TE-DE; Chris Lenhart, Sr., C; Dan Bevenungen, Jr., T-DT; John Reed, Sr., T-LB; Everet Anderson, Sr., RB; Charles Beverly, Sr., RB-WR; Brian Graddy, Sr., DB; Brandon White, Jr., WR-DB.

Outlook: As he announced after last season, this will be Regala's 15th and final year as only Old Mill's second coach. Regala could go out a winner (like 6-4) with nearly 20 returning seniors led by a huge offensive line. Snukis (6-3, 285), who is being looked at by a host of colleges, will line up in the trenches both ways along with the junior Bevenungen (6-4, 300), Wiley (6-4, 270) , converted FB Reed (5-10, 190), Sterling (6-2, 190) and Lenhart (6-1, 240) at center. JV grads Craig Hall and Brian Williams, both juniors, are vying for the QB post run by Beverly the past couple seasons. Beverly starts the season academically ineligible and will be moved to RB or WR when he returns. Anderson (5-7, 160) is expected to be the tailback with Alfonzo Mills (5-11, 225), who transferred back to Old Mill from Texas, at fullback. "Defensively, we have quite a few quality kids back," says Regala. Aside from the aforementioned linemen, Mills and Reed at LB, the Patriot secondary boasts quickness and experience with Graddy (5-8, 150) and White (5-10, 165).

St. Mary's Saints

1996 record: 8-2

Coach: Brad Best (career: 53-27).

Top players: Ernie Listman, Sr., RB-MLB; Rob Hoffman, Sr., WB-DT; Eric Pickett, Sr., WB-DB; Ryan Metzbower, Sr., QB-DB; Alex Kruthaupt, Sr., G-LB; Conor Hughes, Sr., WB-DE; Chris Brown, Sr., WB-DE; Beau Pich, Sr., QB-DB; Tim Shanley, Jr., PK-PT-QB-LB; J.D. Magnolia, Jr., T-DT.

Outlook: Last year's MIAA A Conference tri-championship and The Sun's final No. 1 ranking was costly. "I had to go out and buy a lot of new helmets, because we had the biggest turnout ever for football and are carrying 42 on the varsity and 38 on JV," said Best, who is starting his ninth season. "This year's team is very similar to last year's [best in Saints history] in that it's not that big, but quick [interior linemen average 5.0 in the 40] and experienced." All-County down lineman Hoffman (6-2, 220), who

had 80 tackles,, nine sacks and three blocked punts as a junior, will anchor the bone-crunching defense with second team All-County MLB Listman. Listman (5-10, 205) is a bull who will also be a factor at fullback, where he gained nearly 400 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns as a junior. Pickett (5-8, 160) and Metzbower (5-10, 170), both 4.5 runners, give the secondary and offense a lot of speed. Metzbower will start the season at QB, but could be moved later to WR in favor of Howard county transfer Pich (5-11, 170). Best is predicting big things for Shanley, the fourth (other three attended Naval Academy) and final brother in a family of outstanding kickers. Shanley (6- 1, 205), is a junior QB-LB, but more importantly to the Saints, their place kicker and punter. "Mark Kiefer (1993 All-Metro kicker now at Villanova) worked with Tim last summer and said he thinks he can be better than he was," said Best. "We can be better, too." The Saints are capable of an encore at 8-2 or 9-1.

Severn Admirals

1996 record: 5-4-1

Coach: John Beckman (career: 12-7-1.

Top players: Dennard Melton, Sr., QB-DB; Von Craig, Sr., RB-DB; Lee Scott, Sr., TE-FL-LB; Jeff Jackson, Sr., SE-DB; Randy Newman, Sr., SE-DB; Greg Cooper, Sr., DE; Zach Stauffer, Sr., DE-DL; Doug Hughes, Sr., G-DT; Dan Lilly, So., FB-LB; Joey Salsich, So., T-DT.

Outlook: If opponents can catch Melton (6-0, 200) and Craig (5-11, 170), they will have a chance to beat the Admirals. Few high school teams possess the speed Severn has out of the backfield with Melton, 4.6 in the 40 and Craig even faster at 4.5, sometimes 4.4. The Admiral duo finished two-three in county rushing last year with Melton gaining 1,282 yards and 23 touchdowns, Craig 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns. QB Melton will once again run the option, but Beckman is encouraging him to throw more this season. "We have to throw more to be successful and keep teams from overplaying the option," said Beckman of Melton, who completed only 12 of 45 passes for 283 yards in 1996. While his offense will strike fear in foes with its game breaking ability, Beckman is excited about the prospects of his defensive line with Cooper (6-3, 210), Hughes (6-3, 220) and newcomers Stauffer (6-3, 240) and Salsich (6-3, 235). Severn could have a 7-3 or 6-4 season.

Severna Park Falcons

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Andy Borland (career: 141-102)

Top players: Josh Cornett, Sr., WR-DB; Grek Korwek, Sr., QB; Charles Robinson, Sr., RB; Darin McAlister, Sr., PK-TE; Ronnie Howard, Sr., T-DT; Bob Connor, Sr., G-ILB; Chris Nardone, Sr., C; Adam Baxter, Sr., G; Danny Allen, Sr., DE; Derrick Jackson, Sr., FL; Brycen Erbe, Sr., DT; Doug Enzler, Sr., SE; Nick Dewind, Jr., T; Ryan McGarry, Jr., DE.

Outlook: Demographics have hurt the quantity but the not quality of the Falcons as Borland begins his 25th season as head coach. The dean of county coaches is third in career wins and third in career losses and has seen a lot of changes. At one time, Severna Park was the county's largest school, but no more. "We have decent size and speed but no numbers, which is unusual," said Borland, who is used to dressing 50 to 60 players has only 40 on this year's varsity, 30 on JV. "Only about one-tenth of the 800 boys in our school came out for football." But what did come out and what is back makes the Falcons a strong contender in the Class 4A East region. Second-team All-County picks Cornett (all-purpose, 5-11, 170) and McAlister (place-kicker, 5-11, 170) are back with QB Korwek (6-3, 230) and a host of others on both sides of the football. Cornett (18 receptions, 334 yards) can fly and will be Korwek's prime target with Robinson (5-9, 175) getting the call inside along with promising sophomore FB Danny Villegas (5-10, 165). Korwek (57-for-131, 895 yards, five touchdowns) is huge with a great arm, and Borland is hoping his fourth varsity season will be his finest. The offensive and defensive lines will be big with the likes of Howard (6-3, 265) and junior Dewind (6-4, 275). Connor (5-11, 220) will be an LB to watch. Falcons should go 8-2 or 9-1 and be in the Class 4A hunt.

South River Seahawks

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Dave Summey (career: 86-95-1)

Top players: Alan Rynarzewski, Sr., QB; Tommy Ruel, Sr., RB-CB; John Adams, Sr., RB-LB; Dan Summey, Sr., RB-DB; Pete Zaccarelli, Sr., G-DE; Ryan Hauck, Sr., C- DT; Chris Carolan, Sr., TE-DB; Justin Terry, Sr., TE-DE; Aaron Aisquith, Sr., T- LB; Cory Rice, Sr., G-NG.

Outlook: The county's smallest public high school is coming off what was literally a turn-around (3-7 in 1995) 1996 season. The Hawks return a pretty good nucleus bouyed by their backfield with QB Rynarzewski (5-11, 170) and RBs Summey (5-11, 175), Ruel (5-7, 150) and Adams (6-0, 190). Rynarzewski completed 42 111 passes for 763 yards and five touchdowns last year. Summey and Adams ran behind All-County RB-DE, Tom McCaffrey (1,005 yards, 12 touchdowns). "Our backfield should be a strength, as should our senior leadership," said Summey, starting his 19th year in the county and ninth in Edgewater. Summey hopes to get a lot out of seniors Zaccarelli (5-11, 170), Carolan (5-11, 170), Hauck (6-0, 205), Terry (6-2, 205), Aisquith (6-1, 165) and Rice (5-6, 160) on defense. Anywhere from 7-3 to 5-5 is likely for the Seahawks.

Southern Bulldogs

1996 record: 3-7

Coach: Russ Meyers (career: 7-13)

Top players: Edmund Riggs, Sr., RB-LB; Jason Swingle, Sr., E-DE; Matt Chase, Sr., E-DB; Brian Kadjeski, Sr., RB-LB; Paul Brown, Sr., RB-LB; Crevante Washington, Sr., RB-LB; Chip Settle, Sr., T-DT; Ross Wood, Sr., G-DL; Albert Mudd, Sr., E-DE; ++ Jason Radcliff, Sr., RB-LB; Randy Salisbury, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The energetic Meyers, a Southern physics teacher, is optimistic that the 'Dogs can give him his first winning season in three years. Meyers has adjusted to his personnel going from a pro-I to a wishbone and spread. Junior QB Salisbury (5-8, 175), the cousin of former Southern great, Sean Salisbury (1986 All-County QB), is, Meyers said, "the main reason we've gone to the wishbone because he has a good arm, speed and can get outside." Meyers is looking for Salisbury to guide a power-game inside featuring Riggs (5-10, 200), Brown (5-10, 210) and Washington (5-10, 195) that will free up deep receiving threats Swingle and Chase (6-1, 170). Defensively, the Seadogs have depth at LB with Riggs, Kadjeski (5-7, 165), Brown, Washington and Radcliff (5-9, 175).

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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