1999 FALL SPORTS PREVIEW; FOOTBALL

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Boys' Latin Lakers

Coach: Drew Haugh (career: 47-57).

1998 record: 5-5.

Top players: Brandon Carver, Sr., RB-DT; Dan Berger, Sr., QB; Ryan Lafferty, Sr., LB; Karl Mallory, Sr., DE-RB; Brian Nee, Sr., TE-DE; Ryan Hurwitz, Sr., G-DT; Trip Onnen, Jr., OT-DT.

Outlook: With seven starters returning to a team that competes in the difficult Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, Haugh looks to equal last season's record.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

Coach: Jay Robinson (1st year).

1998 record: 5-6.

Top players: Lou Lombardo, Sr., OT; Ryan Wineke, Sr., C; Joe Hinz, Sr., QB; Mark Terry, Sr., RB; Jonathan Edwards, Sr., LB; Tim Kenny, Jr., DL.

Outlook: The Cardinals had a turnout of 52 players and fared well in a scrimmage with Howard County power Wilde Lake. Of the Cardinals' quest to dethrone MIAA A champ Gilman, Wilde LaKe coach Doug DuVall said, "Gilman better have a great team, or they're going to get beat" by the Cardinals.

Catonsville Comets

Coach: Warren Como (73-46).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Doug Johnson, Sr., QB: Steve Matthews, Sr., RB; Teon Randall, Sr., RB; Andrew Bloom, Sr., TE-LB; Donte DeSilva, Sr., OL; Darius Johnson, Sr., DT-G; B.J. Page, Sr., TE-WR-DB; Jarus Thomas, LB.

Outlook: Down from the 3A-4A, where it nearly defeated Milford Mill in overtime, the Comets return 13 starters, several players up from a 7-2 JV, and "size and speed all over the place," said Como. "The line [averaging 270 pounds] is the biggest I've ever had." Catonsville should challenge Hereford in Class 1A-2A.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

Coach: Rod McMillian (0-20).

1998 record: 0-10.

Top players: Vayan Cann, Sr., OL; Mario Coleman, Sr., RB-LB; David Darden, Sr., WR; Shane Kelley, Sr., OL-DL; Dayvon Telp, Sr., DB-RB; Kevin Williams, Sr., OL

Outlook: McMillian is optimistic about winning in the Class 1A-2A league. Telp, among eight returning starters, rushed for more than 1,000 yards and five TDs a year ago.

Dulaney Lions

Coach: Steve Watts (first year).

1998 record: 0-10.

Top players: Rob Nelson, Sr., QB; Kevin Joyce, Sr., RB; Steve Kwon, Sr., WR.

Outlook: In the difficult Baltimore County 3A-4A league, the Lions will be hard-pressed to reach .500. But 92 boys tried out, so Watts is optimistic.

Dundalk Owls

Coach: Eric Webber (5-5).

1998 record: 5-5.

Top players: Melvin Curry, Sr., QB-DB; Esker Mance, Sr., RB-LB; Rodney Evans, Sr., RB; Jermaine Smith, Sr., RB-DB; Chad Rojers, Sr., OT; Tom Bates, Jr., G-LB; Rick Coffrin, So., C.

Outlook: The Owls, of the county's 3A-4A league, "set a goal to win more than last year," said Webber. "We've got a veteran club, but depth will be a problem."

Eastern Tech Mavericks

Coach: Bruce Strunk (31-13).

1998 record: 12-1.

Top players: Jerome Owens, Sr., DB; Steve Lawston, Sr., WR-DB; Jason Hartman, Sr., RB-LB; Scott Pearce, Sr., QB; Jeff Gutowski, Sr., TE-DE; Josh Fortner, Sr., OL-DE; Troy Mason, Sr., RB-LB; Nick Adams, Sr., TE-DE; Lenny Swiger, Sr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Nine starters return from a team that won its first Baltimore County 3A-4A title and North region crowns before finishing second in the state. Lawston (6-1, 190) and Owens earned second-team All-Metro honors, and Pearce, who threw 19 touchdown passes, earned second-team All-City/County honors. Fortner (6-4, 255) anchors the line. Strunk transferred from Randallstown, replacing former coach Nick Arminio after he took a job in New Jersey.

Franklin Indians

Coach: Greg Fuhrman (19-49).

1998 record: 1-9.

Top players: Mike Hyman, Sr., RB-LB; Adam Kerstetter, Sr., RB; Tavon Davis, Jr., RB; DeLance Cummings, Jr., QB; Ricardo Washington, So., QB.

Outlook: Fuhrman feels the Indians will definitely win in the county's 1A-2A league. "We have three players who are 260 [pounds] or better -- we have size in the line," Fuhrman said. "We have depth and speed in the backfield. The kids are showing unsolicited enthusiasm in practice, hitting hard in practice. It sounds like football."

Hereford Bulls

Coach: Steve Turnbaugh (39-8).

1998 record: 10-2.

Top players: C. J. Feldheim, Sr., RB-DE; Adam Hendrix, Sr., OL-DL; Sean Wdowiak, Sr., QB; Ryan Vogel, Sr., RB-LB; Matt Curtis, Sr., RB-DB; Rob Bateman, Sr., TE- WR-DB; Kress Adamson, Sr., LB; Ray Causey, Jr., RB-LB; Todd Leitzel, Jr., SE-DB; Chris Parker, Jr., OT-DT.

Outlook: All-Metros Feldheim (6-4, 230), clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40 by his coaches, and Hendrix (6-4, 250) are among 10 returning starters. The Bulls, reclassified from Class 1A to 2A this season, also boast 6-4 Bateman (16 receptions, 300 yards, five TDs), 205-pound Vogel (520 yards, seven TDs) and Curtis (890 yards, nine TDs). Adamson, a John Carroll transfer, had seven sacks and four fumble recoveries, and Causey had five sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Hickey School Bears

Coach: Dan Bungori (first year).

1998 record: 5-4.

Top players: Steve Rau, Sr., LB-RB; Darius Womack, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Bungori, a John Carroll graduate and a former All-Atlantic Coast Conference receiver at Maryland, replaced Herb Lynch, who took a job in the film industry.

Kenwood Bluebirds

Coach: Rob Pellitier (5-4).

1998 record: 5-4.

Top players: Jeff Lyon, Sr., QB; Scott Yard, Sr., LB-RB; Steve Griffin, Sr., OT- DT; Barry Jones, Sr., DB-RB; Jimmy Stoneburner, Sr., LB; John Alkire, Sr., SE-S.

Outlook: The Bluebirds, of the county's 3A-4A league, return 13 starters, including three who have started for three seasons. Jones had eight interceptions last season. The Bluebirds feel they have a shot at beating Hereford in their opener.

Lansdowne Vikings

Coach: Ted Bell (6-4).

1998 record: 6-4.

Top players: Jerald Hurt, Sr., RB-LB; Micah Stanovich, Sr., QB; Greg Rush, Sr., C-DT; Anthony Wright, Sr., TE-DE; Boomer Hladkey , Jr., LB.

Outlook: Second-team All-City/County pick Hurt (1,748 yards, 23 TDs) is among five returning starters to a team that, lacking size and experience, will have to pass more in the county's 1A-2A league.

Loch Raven Raiders

Coach: Chuck Weitz (18-22).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Brian Jones, Sr., OT; Kevin Jones, Sr., G; Brian Bianco, Sr., RB; Leroy Lambert, Sr., DT; Donald Fitch, Sr., S; Justin Scholathauer, Sr., DE; Eric Douglass, Sr., RB; Marty McBurney, Sr., RB.

Outlook: The Raiders, who nearly beat Hereford last season, will try to blend six returning starters with those up from a 7-3 JV team to go against a touch county 1A-2A league. Kevin Jones and Lambert (both 245), and Brian Jones and Bianco (both 225) are keys to that end.

Loyola Dons

Coach: Joe Brune (194-24-4).

1998 record: 6-4.

Top players: Ricky Schultz, Sr., LB-RB; George Gavrila, Sr., OL-DL; Brennan Creaney, Sr., QB; Mike McKenna, Sr., SE-DB; Rob Collins, Sr., C-DL; Bret Smagala, Sr., OT-DT; Derek Melchor, Sr., OT-DT; J.G. Guidera, Jr., QB; Aaron DeGraffenreidt, Jr., OT-DT.

Outlook: Ten players return to a team trying to make it four MIAA A Conference titles in five years. Schultz, a three-year starter and All-Metro lacrosse player, and Gavrila (6-6, 290) lead a contingent who should challenge again.

McDonogh Eagles

Coach: Dom Damico (56-40).

1998 record: 8-1.

Top players: T. C. Cosby, Sr., RB-LB; Pat Bydume, Sr., RB-DB; Jay Mayes, Sr., DE-WR; Walid Hajj, Sr., WR-DB; Ken Sanders, Sr., OL-DL; Joe Shek, Sr., OL-DL; Kellen Williams, Jr., OL-DL; Eric Hamilton, So., RB-DB.

Outlook: Eight starters return for the Eagles, who are two-time defending MIAA B Conference champs. Cosby, a second-team All-Metro, will lead McDonogh as it tries to sustain its 16-game winning streak against league opponents.

Milford Mill Millers

Coach: Reggie Brooks: (32-9).

1998 record: 8-2.

Top players: Richard Johnson, Sr., QB-DB; Muhammad Howard, Sr., LB; Derren Hankins, Sr., RB; Pierre Pope, Sr., OL-DL; Renard Stancil, Sr., WR-DB; Brandon Thompson, Sr., SE-DB; Darryl Moore, Sr., C-NG.

Outlook: All-Metro Johnson, a 4.3-second 40-yard speedster who is among the nation's most highly recruited players, is among 10 returning starters to a squad which narrowly missed last season's playoffs. Stancil and Thompson were Johnson's top two receiving threats last year. Howard, who bench-presses 350 pounds, and Hankins, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, add balance.

Overlea Falcons

Coach: Terry Ward (162-112-2).

1998 record: 3-7.

Top players: Zach Sergotick, Sr., QB; Kelly Motley, Sr., QB; Michael Banks, Sr., OT-DT; Alex Erdman, Jr., RB.

Outlook: Hard times continue in this once-dominant program, which will try to improve on last season's record in the difficult county 1A-2A league. Seven starters are back, but the Falcons won't are struggling to field a JV for the second straight season. Erdman was last season's top rusher.

Owings Mills Eagles

Coach: Randy Pentz (12-9).

1998 record: 3-7.

Top players: Mike Dease, Sr., QB; Brian Plowden, Sr., RB; John Patchett, Sr., WR-RB; Doug Wilson, Sr., OL-DL.

Outlook: With eight starters for a team that will challenge in the county's 1A-2A league, Pentz has visions of two years ago, when his Eagles went 9-2 and reached the 1A playoffs. "One of our best assets is overall team speed," Pentz said. "This was our best turnout ever. I'm very excited."

Parkville Knights

Coach: Joe Bosley (44-62).

1998 record: 4-6.

Top players: Jairus Johnson, Sr., RB-DB; Brandon Riesett, Sr., OL-DL; Justin Ugwu, Sr., RB-LB; Michael Hall, Sr., RB-DB; Devon Hardy, Sr., RB-LB; Danjuan Perlie, Sr., WR-DB; Evan Katauskas, Jr., OT-DT; Marty Richardson, Jr., OL-DL; Luther Washington, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: In a 3A-4A league that could be the area's most difficult, the Knights could be a huge surprise. "We're two-to-three players deep in spots, and we've got four guys who run a 4.6 or better," said Zentz. "We're ahead of where we've been in past years." Zentz has set a goal to try and surpass the school's all-time victory total -- six.

Patapsco Patriots

Coach: Al Bennetta (30-38).

1998 record: 8-2.

Top players: Randy Cook, Sr., G; Damon Dukes, Sr., WR; Seth Dukes, Sr., LB-RB; Danny Gordon, Sr., RB; Rob Pike, Sr., C-DE; Travis Johnston, Sr., RB-LB; Dan Lyden, Sr., OT-DT; Calvin Wilson, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Eight starters return from a team which contended in the county's 1A-2A league and narrowly missed the playoffs in one the school's best seasons. The Patriots move in Class 3A this year and should be in the mix of the 3A-4A league race. Wilson, who caught nine TDs last season, moves to QB.

Perry Hall Gators

Coach: Bob Hruz (first year).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Jovan McLendon, Sr., QB; Zeke Harrison, Sr., RB-LB; Brian Vecchione, Sr., G-LB; Dale Seward, Sr., WR; Billy Trentzsch, Sr., WR.

Outlook: Hruz replaced Joe Stoy, who retired after 96 career wins. The Gators return 10 starters but will be hard-pressed to equal last season's victory total in the difficult county 3A-4A league.

Pikesville Panthers

Coach: Joe Bosley (17-33).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Isak Bakaev, Sr., OT; Milton Muldrow, Sr., WR; Eric Smith, Sr., RB; Steve Watson, Sr., QB; Alex Koffler, Sr., OL; Clement Sorgo, Jr., TE; Reginald Dean, So., RB.

Outlook: Last season's effort was a one win improvement on the previous record. So with 11 returning starters from a program which narrowly missed the playoffs, Bosley is optimistic, yet again. Adding to his enthusiasm is the fact that the Panthers will be opening a brand new stadium, equipped with lights, on Sept. 3.

Randallstown Rams

Coach: Anthony Knox (first year).

1998 record: 11-1.

Top players: Archie Trader, Sr., QB; Quan Mitchell, Sr., LB; James Foreman, Sr., TE-DE; Mike Goode-Carr, Sr., OL-DL; Harvey Broadnax, Sr., TE-DE; Mykal Bouie, Jr., LB; Will Epps, Jr., G; Gary Bates, Jr., SE-DB.

Outlook: Second-team All-Metros Bouie and Mitchell are among eight returning starters to a team that dethroned Hereford for Baltimore County's 1A-2A title and reached last year's 2A semifinal. The Rams, however, are under new coach, who replaced Bruce Strunk (now at Eastern Tech). In addition, the Rams have been reclassified as a 3A school and will tackle Eastern Tech and others for the county's 3A-4A crown.

St. Paul's Crusaders

Coach: Brian Abbott (36-10).

1998 record: 8-1.

Top players: Jon Berrier, Sr., LB-G; Donnell Stewart, Sr., RB-DB; Robert Steele, Sr., TE-DB; Ben Bartlett, Sr., RB-LB; Clay Goodier, Sr., LB; Chaz Wiggins, Sr., DB; Lee Penno, Sr., DE; Brendan Gill, Jr., QB; Grant Halford, Jr., RB-SS; Kris Kogelschatz, Jr., LB-C.

Outlook: Second-team All-Metro Berrier and Stewart (13 rushing TDs) are among eight returning starters who will try to wrest the MIAA B Conference crown from McDonogh.

Sparrows Point Pointers

Coach: Mike Downes (2-7).

1998 record: 2-7.

Top players: Steve Szafarz, Sr., QB; Ryan Klein, Sr., RB; Bob Clark, Sr., RB.

Outlook: Downes has 21 players, compared to eight early last fall. "So it's a step up," he said. "But a lot of them are ninth-graders who've never played football."

Towson Generals

Coach: Ed Pfaff Jr. (8-12).

1998 record: 4-6.

Top players: Mike K. Williams, Sr., QB-DB; Mike S. Williams, Sr., DE-RB; Ben Krasnoff, Sr., LB-TE; Jared Satterfield, Sr., RB-LB; Rick Adrian, Sr., OT- DT; Oliver Goodwin, Sr., C-DE; Boh Myers, Sr., OT-DT; Nate Hurd, Sr., TE-DT.

Outlook: The Generals, of the county's 1A-2A league, have eight returning starters from a team that won its last four games. Last season's 0-6 start included narrow losses to Lansdowne and Hereford. "We're not big, but we're physically stronger," Pfaff said. "And as far as heart, we have all you can have in the world."

Western Tech Wolverines

Coach: Jason Blind (3-17).

1998 record: 1-9.

Top players: Joe Cromwell, Sr., WR.

Outlook: Blind appears on the verge of having a breakthrough season with 15 returning starters, nine on offense. Cromwell, who caught seven TD passes last year, is being recruited by Virginia Tech, Kent State, Maryland, Temple and Rhode Island. He ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the Maryland camp.

Woodlawn Warriors

Coach: Reggie White (first year).

1998 record: 2-8.

Top players: Mike Lee, Sr., OL-DL; Vincent Fuller, Sr., QB-S; Noel Duhaney, Sr., WR; Cameron Ross, Sr., RB-LB; Jurell Brown, Sr., LB; Allante Harrison, Jr., DB.

Outlook: Fuller is rated among the region's best by SuperPrep. The program nose-dived last season. But White, who replaced Terry Brooks, is enthused by a 72-player turnout that includes 15 returning starters to the 3A-4A league.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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