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North County reinstates 6 suspended players


North County has reinstated the six football players who were suspended Sept. 20 because of an alleged summer camp incident, the Capital/Gazette newspapers reported yesterday.

The students involved returned to school Wednesday, and all but one of the six - three varsity and three JV players - were allowed to play this week. The varsity player who didn't play in Friday night's 41-0 loss at Severna Park was kept out because of an unrelated incident, Knights coach Greg Justice said.

North County principal Patricia A. Plitt received an anonymous letter Sept. 12 that alleged a possible assault on one of the football players during the team's summer camp Aug. 23-25 at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland.

Plitt said there would be no other action by the school. The incident is still being investigated by the Garrett County State's Attorney's Office, the Capital/Gazette reported. That could take a couple more weeks.

Football schedule change

In case you were wondering what happened to the Chesapeake (2-1) at No. 6 Annapolis (3-0) football game Friday night, it was rescheduled for 7:15 p.m. tomorrow.

The host Panthers postponed the game early Friday afternoon because of wet field conditions at Al Laramore Field.

Bruins extend hex

Not only was No. 15 Broadneck's 22-0 upset of No. 4 Old Mill on Friday the fourth straight victory for the Bruins over the Patriots, but it also left Broadneck 12-5 against Old Mill since the two schools started playing in 1987.

The two Class 4A East teams are 3-1 each in their quests of returning to the playoffs.

"Oh my goodness, yes, it's frustrating, " Old Mill coach Mike Marcus said about the Bruins having the Patriots' number.

"Before the game, Coach [Sam] Steinmark [former Navy assistant, now Broadneck assistant and the father of Bruins quarterback Fred Steinmark] told me I've really done a great job with this team. I said yeah, but one thing, Coach Herrick has done a better job."

Jeff Herrick is the Bruins' head coach.

The loss was also the first seen by Marcus' son, Jacob.

"The last week he's been real disappointed, because we've been going on about 3 1/2 hours' sleep," Marcus said.

"I guess he knew it was a big game this week, and he wasn't sleeping very well, either."

Jacob was born a few months ago. His mom, Debbie Marcus, who is an athletic trainer on leave and her husband's former stat keeper, brought the little one to the game Friday night.

Eshawn Jones, who gave Broadneck a 15-0 lead with 5:01 left in the game with a 55-yard run, said the option from Fred Steinmark to him was "a play I wanted all year. It was a big score. I've been waiting for that breakaway run."


Jeff Hoffman ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns in Severna Park's 41-0 rout of North County. The Falcons (3-1) visit No. 4 Old Mill (3-1) on Friday. ... Hassan Muhammad scored four touchdowns to pace Meade (2-2) to a 26-0 romp over Glen Burnie (0-4). ... Paul Lutz of Northeast (2-2) was a real workhorse in the Eagles' 27-12 victory at Queen Anne's (0-4), carrying 37 times for 203 yards and two scores. ... Unranked Old Mill (6-1-1) has emerged as a team to be reckoned with in county boys soccer. The Jeff Martin-coached Patriots visit No. 5 Severna Park (6-2) for a 7:15 p.m. game Tuesday . ... Paul Shea stepped down as North County boys lacrosse coach. In 25 seasons, he has the county's second-highest win total among public-school coaches at 245-129 (.655), trailing Arundel's Clint Gosnell (285-118, .707 in 26 seasons). One private-school coach tops Gosnell in winning percentage - former St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead, who was 230-95 (.708) in 21 years. ... The No. 9 Severna Park volleyball team (4-3) visits No. 7 Broadneck (4-1) at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. No. 5 Arundel (5-0) will play those two this month as the top two teams to play for the county title will be settled.

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