No. 5 Annapolis could be first county team to average 40 points


With two regular-season games left, Annapolis is on a pace to become the first Anne Arundel County football team to average 40 points per game in the regular season.

The No. 5-ranked Panthers (8-0) routed Glen Burnie (0-8) by 42-0 Friday and now have 331 total points (41.4 per game).

Annapolis needs 69 points in their final two games (at North County, at Broadneck) to reach 400 (40.0). The Panthers could become the fourth county team to crack 400 and have a shot at the overall record (429) set by Southern-Harwood in 13 games in '93.

The closest a county team has come to averaging 40 per game was 1992 North County with 393 (39.3) points in 10 games. The same year, the Knights set the county mark for most points in 12 games (427) and the top overall average at 35.6.

It should be mentioned that Annapolis, with 15 consecutive wins over county opposition and a 21-1 record since 1997 (the Panthers lost their final game, 21-14, to Severna Park), does not run up scores.

Examples: 42 points against Glen Burnie in the first half; 41 first-half points in a 55-12 win over Southern; 28 first-half points in a 47-0 win over Meade; 39 first-half points in a 46-7 win over South River.

"I just don't believe in that [running up scores], never have," said coach Roy Brown.

Brown's ethics have also kept RB Rayvon Johnson's stats from being outrageous. Johnson gained 154 yards and scored three touchdowns against Glen Burnie in the first half.

In the four routs mentioned above, Johnson only played the first half in each of those and gained 680 of his 1,248 yards, scoring 13 of his 20 touchdowns.

Johnson moved into fifth place on the county career rushing list with 3,308 yards and has tied his school records for rushing touchdowns (18) and total touchdowns (20).

In Johnson's two varsity seasons, the only time Brown left him in to boost his numbers was last year's final regular-season 47-7 romp at Severna Park. Brown kept checking with statisticians that night to make sure Johnson broke the county 10-game rushing record of 1,862 yards set by Meade's Tanardo Sharps in '97.

Johnson's final carry of the night was 79 yards for a touchdown with 10: 16 left in the game to set the record at 1,947 yards.

Hall of Fame

A record crowd of nearly 500 attended Thursday's Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame ninth induction banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Former Andover and James Madison basketball scoring star Steve Stielper, wrestling's Buddy Hepfer (Arundel) and Tyrone Neal (Southern, U. of Maryland), and Old Mill track coach Ron Evans were enshrined.

Stielper, who set numerous scoring records in high school and college before being drafted by the NBA's Indiana Pacers and eventually playing professionally in Spain and Australia, delivered a stirring message.

"Sports taught me about honor, integrity, respect and discipline," said the 6-foot-7 Stielper, who thanked many of his former coaches including his mentor, Annapolis coach John Brady.

Brady was an assistant to the late Dick Hart at Andover when Stielper played.

"Mr. Brady taught me how to be a man. I learned to play not for the glory, but to play for the game."

Looking right at his father, John Stielper, his brother Mark, and his two daughters, 10-year-old Lindsay Anne and 5-year-old Stephanie Alexis, Stielper said, "Glory days [playing] are gone. The glory days are today with your family and friends."

Hepfer, who had 280 wins and three state titles in wrestling and 94 wins in football during 29 coaching years of his 32 at Arundel, was cited for his perpetual snarl and no-nonsense approach.

The fact that Hepfer didn't stay around for six more wins to reach the 100-victory milestone in football, said a lot about him. Hepfer retired as football coach after the '91 season but continued with wrestling until last year.

"I learned to take things from other coaches and use them to our advantage," said Hepfer. "I always stuck by my principles."

Neal, who was the county's first state champion wrestler at 142 pounds, won titles in 1970 & '71 representing Southern-Harwood and coach Al Hunt, whom he greatly admires.

Neal, who went on to win two Atlantic Coast Conference titles at Maryland, coached his two sons, Sherrard and Tyrone Jr., a three-time state champ at Southern now at the Naval Academy.

Evans, who won 20 state track championships (17 at Old Mill, three at Arundel) and coached over 100 individual state champions, spoke proudly of his emphasis on weight training and conditioning.

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