Annapolis' Johnson now ninth on county's career rushing list


With 183 yards yesterday at Arundel, Annapolis' Rayvon Johnson moved into ninth place on the county's career rushing list, with 2,826 yards in 15 games over two seasons, passing Severna Park's Mark Frye Jr., who went on to become a lacrosse All-American at Loyola College.

Frye ran for 2,751 yards in three seasons (1994-97) for the Falcons.

Since the start of his senior season, Johnson has vaulted from No. 16 on the county career list to No. 9, passing Frye and Severn's Dennard Melton, who was 10th with 2,430 yards in four varsity seasons (1994-97).

Johnson is the only county player to run for 2,000 yards with 2,060 in his junior year.

Next for Johnson is Brandon Steinheim, who starred at Division III Wesley (Del.) and holds eighth place after gaining 2,975 yards in three years (1990-92) at Chesapeake.


The Northeast Eagles ended their county-record 25-game losing streak by extending the skid of Federalsburg's Colonel Richardson to 23 straight with a 47-27 victory Friday.

Meanwhile, the Glen Burnie Gophers (0-5) dropped their 22nd in a row, 41-18, to South River (2-3). The Gophers travel to Northeast on Friday for a 7: 15 p.m. kickoff in Pasadena.

In the Eagles' win, running back Rodney Jones scored a school-record six touchdowns and ran for 254 yards, the 12th best single-game total in county history.


Much of the success of the high-powered Annapolis offense, which is averaging 42.6 points per game and set a county record for most points (93, two games) in a week, goes to assistant coach Billy Phoebus in the tower. Phoebus is speaking nothing but touchdowns into the headphones of head coach Roy Brown.

Did you know that Severna Park junior linebacker Todd Soroka was an NFL Pass, Punt and Kick winner at the regional and sectional levels for 12- and 13-year-olds? He just missed the finals as a Severna Park Middle School 8th grader.

Two former county athletes -- Pete Medhurst (Southern-Harwood, football) and Brian Nehman (Arundel, baseball) -- handle the play-by-play duties on WNAV's (1430 AM) broadcast of Annapolis football games, while Joe Miller (Southern, football) does the play-by-play on Jones Cable.

CBS star Mark McKewen made an appearance at the Buddy Hepfer retirement party at the Columbian Center in Severna Park last week. McKewen wrestled for Hepfer at Arundel High for three years and is expected to speak when Hepfer is inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

Joe Parker, an All-County and All-Metro end at Arundel in 1996, is a sophomore wide receiver for Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and recently had the distinction of having six pass receptions in one game called back on penalties against the Red Raiders.

Two other Arundel alumnus -- Tim Giles and Brandon "Aggie" Agamennone -- are making their marks in professional baseball after each was All-Metro and county Player of the Year during their senior years (1993 and '94).

Giles, a first baseman-designated hitter in the Toronto Blue Jays' system, completed a huge Double-A season at Knoxville, Tenn., in the Southern League. He was named team MVP after batting .311 with 18 homers and a league-leading 114 RBIs in 140 games.

A right-handed pitcher at Arundel and Maryland, Agamennone was a combined 11-5 for the Montreal Expos at Single-A Jupiter in the Florida State League and at Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped the Expos to the Double-A Eastern League title.

Fourth Cannon card show

The Friends of Joe Cannon Stadium are holding their fourth annual sports card and memorabilia show on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. Little League teams will be admitted free if they show up in uniform with a coach and will be given a tour of Cannon Stadium. Proceeds from the show go to the group's baseball scholarship fund. To reserve a table or schedule your team, call John White at 410-360-1768.

Ebersole scholarship

At their homecoming yesterday, North County's football team presented Gail Ebersole of Brooklyn Park a $2,500 donation to the math scholarship fund established by her son, Kevin, before his death on Sept. 20.

Kevin played football for the Knights and graduated in June 1998 before learning he had bone cancer.

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