Spalding's 'Batman' relies on a partner to run


Darren "Batman" Johnson's prolific 333 yards rushing against Calvert Hall on Saturday in Archbishop Spalding's 32-30 victory is the fourth-highest single-game effort in county history, only seven yards off the record.

The county record also occurred against Calvert Hall, in the final game of 1994 when Jason Lilly of St. Mary's ran for 340 yards.

"Batman was something else," said Spalding's first-year coach Mike Whittles. "He ran hard the entire game behind our tackle Joe O'Connor."

O'Connor, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound senior, anchors both sides of the Cavaliers' front lines, and Whittles is very high on his college football potential.

Johnson, 6-3 and 185 pounds, and O'Connor also are members of the Cavaliers' juggernaut basketball team.

Off to a 1-1 start, host Spalding will play two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion and No. 10 McDonogh (1-0) 7: 30 p.m. Friday in Severn. The Cavs' season-opening loss came at the hands of A Conference St. Mary's by 34-19. Spalding led the Saints, 19-7, in the third period before losing Johnson to leg cramps.

While Whittles did not want to make excuses, it was obvious that the loss of Johnson was crucial. Spalding led by two touchdowns with Johnson running for 111 yards. After his departure, the Cavs rushed for 42 yards.

Passing fancy

Mike Pfisterer is the latest in a long line of outstanding quarterbacks at North County since the Ferndale school opened in 1990, but he may end up as the Knights' and the state's most productive passer.

After two games into his junior season, including a 365-yard effort in a 33-14 victory over Meade last week, Pfisterer has thrown for 2,643 career yards.

Barring injury or any other consequence, Pfisterer (508 yards passing as freshman, 1,504 as sophomore and 631 this season) has at least eight games left this season (playoffs not included) and all of next year to join the exclusive 4,000-yard passing club.

The program has 10 members with Glen Burnie resident Lucas Phillips, who played at Mount St. Joseph (1993-1996), atop the state career list with 6,286 yards and Arundel's Erik Lipton (1994-96) fourth with his state public school career record of 4,769 yards.

Both marks are within reach with the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Pfisterer at the controls in the Knights' run-and-shoot attack.

Zack McQuigg of Glenelg in Howard County has thrown for more than 3,000 career yards for the Gladiators and figures to pass Lipton's mark. But the 6-3, 205 pounder is a senior, and his final career total will be within Pfisterer's sights.

More records

To set the record straight, Jason Galloway's state record-tying 14 pass receptions for Old Mill against Annapolis in the season opener went for 236 yards, the state's fourth-best mark.

North County's Mike Quarles had a state-record 277 yards with 12 catches in a 1992 game, followed by Chopticon's Steve Hoopengardner 268 (on 11 catches) in 1966 and Corey Wright's 238 yards (13 receptions) for North County in a '96 contest.


You may have missed the state's new realigned regions. Eleventh-ranked C. M. Wright (2-0) of Harford County and No. 12-ranked Westminster (2-0) of Carroll County are in the hunt for 4A East region playoff berths with Anne Arundel's larger schools. No. 15 Severna Park (2-0), North County (2-0) and Broadneck (1-1) are the county front-runners The state draw to match regions for the 1999-2000 state tournaments has the East region schools pitted against the West (Montgomery and Frederick) in all state semifinal action. The No. 9-ranked Mercy at No. 10 Glen Burnie volleyball match, postponed last week because of a Baltimore Catholic school holiday, has been rescheduled for 5: 15 p.m. tomorrow. Despite playing only half a game against both Broadneck and Northeast last week in a pair of Falcons victories, junior Kristen Burke totaled five goals and one assist for the No. 2-ranked Severna Park field hockey team. "Kristen has been on fire, always on her right wing post," said coach Lil Shelton. Senior forward Mandi Stevens scored three goals in North County's 5-0 field hockey victory over Meade last week, getting the Knights, who were 0-9-1 last year, off to a 2-0-1 start under coach Brian Bowles. The No. 2-ranked Severna Park girls soccer team (2-0) will be hosts for a tournament that includes No. 9 Mercy (2-1) and two Montgomery County teams. Friday, the latter plays Walt Whitman, 5: 15 p.m. with Severna Park against Walter Johnson at 7: 15. The winners play Saturday at 7: 15, consolation 5: 15.

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Pub Date: 9/15/99

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