Preseason Top 15

1. Gilman

1998 record: 10-0

Skinny: The defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champs return savvy in All-Metro QB Ryan Boyle (20 TD passes), size in 6-foot-4, 248-pound TE-LB Richard Touhey, and backfield experience in 6-0, 220-pound FB Mike Faust.

2. Randallstown

1998 record: 11-1

Skinny: Second-team All-Metro LBs Quan Mitchell and Mykal Bouie are the centerpieces to a defense that returns nearly intact. Third-year starting QB Archie Trader returns to a loaded offense.

3. Wilde Lake

1998 record: 9-2

Skinny: Massive linemen such as Emanuel Glover (6-5, 300) and 290-pound Burns twins Chris and Pat will clear the way for QB Chad Fawcett and speedy RB Mario Merrills.

4. Milford Mill

1998 record: 8-2

Skinny: Rated among the nation's top recruits by several tout sheets, All-Metro QB-DB Richard Johnson will have the same top two receivers, Renard Stancil and Brandon Thompson. Fourth-year LB-RB Muhummad Howard bench presses 350.

5. Hereford

1998 record: 10-2

Skinny: Watch All-Metro linemen C.J. Felheim (6-4, 230) and Adam Hendrix (6-4, 250), as well as Rob Bateman (five TD receptions) and RB Matt Curtis (890 yards, nine TDs).

6. Annapolis

1998 record: 8-3

Skinny: All-Metro RB Rayvon Johnson and All-County TE-S Marvin Charles return from last season's Anne Arundel County 4A League titlists, a 3A school this fall.

7. Oakland Mills

1998 record: 12-1

Skinny: The defending Class 1A state champs have backfield speed. Senior RB J.T. Rembert and RB-DB A. G. McCray are two of eight starters back for a team with 11 straight wins.

8. Eastern Tech

1998 record: 12-1

Skinny: WR-DB Steve Lawston, DB Jerome Owens, each a second-team All-Metro player, and QB Scott Pearce (19 passing TDs) return new coach Bruce Strunk's Class 3A state runner-up.

9. Patterson

1998 record: 10-1

Skinny: Linemen Matt Belcastro (6-3, 290) and Matt Williams (6-5, 336) are the keys for the defending Baltimore City East Division champs.

10. Mount St. Joseph

1998 record: 5-5-1

Skinny: Senior WR Rob Abiamiri (6-3, 200) and LB-SS Chad Allen (six interceptions in '98) are among six returnees for last fall's MIAA A Conference runner-up.

11. McDonogh

1998 record: 8-1

Skinny: Second-team All-Metro LB T. C. Cosby leads 10 starters back for a team with 16 straight league wins going for its third straight MIAA B Conference title.

12. Loyola

1998 record: 6-4

Skinny: College recruiters want OL-DL George Gavrilla (6-5, 310). He, LB-RB Ricky Schultz, a 210-pounder who runs a 4.6-second 40, and DT Derek Melchor (6-4, 250) lead the Dons, winner of three of the last four MIAA A Conference titles (they lost last fall).

13. Dunbar

1998 record: 5-5

Skinny: The Poets return nine starters, including linemen Antoine Colvin (6-5, 290), Terrence Gibson (6-7, 340) and LB-C-DE James Matthewss (6-0, 225).

14. City

1998 record: 7-3

Skinny: Nathanial Clayton (6-4, 260) returns to a tough offensive line. QB Jawan Yancey and top receivers Todd Galloway and Brandon Watson are also among eight returning starters.

15. C. Milton Wright

1998 record: 10-2

Skinny: The Mustangs return solid lines, along with WR-DB Justin Rice and WR-DB Derrick Autry. But questions rest in a new offensive backfield.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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