In his five seasons as coach of Dulaney's boys soccer team, Steve Shaw never had it easy against Eastern Tech.
Shaw's 3-1-1 record against the Mavericks includes a victory by an own goal, an overtime win, a scoreless tie and last fall's 3-0 shutout loss in the Baltimore County championship game.
"I've always been impressed with Eastern Tech," Shaw said. "The game's become a nice rivalry."
The rivalry continues today at 3:45 p.m., when sixth-ranked Eastern Tech (1-0) visits the fourth-ranked Lions (1-0) in a non-divisional contest.
The strength of each team starts on defense.
First-team All-City/County defender Dan Keppeler, a junior, leads Dulaney, which is coming off a 14-5-1 season that included its third straight regional title and a Class 3A runner-up finish.
First-team All-City/County defender Matt Friskey, a senior, anchors Eastern Tech, which posted a 16-2-1 record last fall that included 14 shutouts. It also won its first county and regional crowns before losing in the Class 2A state semifinal to eventual champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
The Lions had to overcome a 1-0 deficit to win this year's season opener, 2-1, in overtime against Catonsville. James Russo and Eric Frey scored the goals.
In last week's surprisingly easy 3-0 win over Dundalk, the Mavericks got a goal and an assist each from Isaiah Ramsey and Jimi Miller.
Gilman's Victor Abiamiri and Ambrose Wooden are expected to perform before two Florida State assistant football coaches in Friday's game at St. Paul's as the recruiting of the area's two hottest players heats up.
Seminoles assistants Odell Haggins and Joe Kines will be there "to watch both of them," Gilman assistant coach Keith Kormanik said yesterday.
Abiamiri is an All-Metro defensive end. Wooden is an All-Metro quarterback who is being recruited as a defensive back and for his overall athleticism. They are allowed five official visits during the fall, in accordance with NCAA rules.
Each will visit Notre Dame on Dec. 4-5. Abiamiri also will visit North Carolina in late November or early December - a period during which the players are working out the details for official and unofficial trips to schools such as Michigan, UCLA, Southern California, Stanford and Maryland.
"USC, UCLA, Stanford - they want to see all three of those California schools," said Kormanik, who is coordinating the visits. "They may take paid visits to one or two of them [California schools] and visit the other one or two unofficially."
Up for challenge
As if last year's 47-6 blowout loss to Eastern Tech (0-1) isn't enough, wide receiver Antowan Bell of Overlea (1-0) said he has other incentives heading into Friday night's game against the Falcons' 10th-ranked neighborhood rivals at CCBC-Essex.
"I went to Golden Ring Middle with about half of their team," said Bell, who is getting looks from Georgia, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia. "We're ready this year, and we think we can take them."
Entering the season, Terrell Watson was an eighth-grader the last time Kenwood's football team experienced a win.
But last weekend, the junior rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-0 shutout of Baltimore City's Southside Academy that ended the Bluebirds' 22-game losing streak.
Smith takes charge
Patterson junior fullback-linebacker Thomas Smith scored three touchdowns, had 10 tackles, intercepted a pass and tipped another pass that was intercepted by a teammate in last weekend's 49-0 rout of Northwestern.
The victory by the ninth-ranked Clippers was career win No. 200 for coach Roger Wrenn.