Making up ground easy for Edgewood

THE BALTIMORE SUN

To Edgewood football coach Fred Myers, it is the ideal situation.

To the people outside the Rams' football program, Myers' crop of running backs is more like an embarrassment of riches.

In their run-oriented wing T offense, Myers and offensive coordinator Chris Johnson have spread around the handoffs and that has proved successful early as the No. 14 Rams have racked up 579 rushing yards en route to a 2-0 start.

Senior Ike Wright, the tailback in the formation, has 21 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns, while senior Corey Trice, who as the fullback gets the bulk of the work, has 30 carries for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

In the wing back position, senior Mike Squires has 90 yards on 13 carries and Marlon Lee, a senior transfer from Parkville, has only two carries for 6 yards, but Myers is committed to finding ways to get him the ball more.

"There are subtle differences with all four, but the great thing about it is, they all support each other, block for each other and really get along," said Myers, whose team plays tomorrow at Elkton. "Normally, you have one back that you feature, but the problem people are going to have is they can defend Ike, but you better watch Corey and Mike Squires. Then we can throw in Marlon as a changeup. It's a lot to defend."

At 5 feet 6, 165 pounds, Wright has the shifty moves while Trice (5-7, 165) uses his vision and ability at finding a seam. Squires (6-1, 177) will run over the opposition, and Lee's speed makes him dangerous to break a long one.

"We really are blessed," said Myers, who lost Trice last year to a groin injury and saw Wright fill in nicely in his absence.

Isabel halts games

More than 40 games, matches or meets were postponed as a result of Hurricane Isabel.

It was hoped that football games originally scheduled for Friday could be played yesterday, before it was later announced that all weekend athletic events were off.

The following football games have been rescheduled for tomorrow: Aberdeen-North East, Havre-de Grace-Bo Manor, St. Mark's (Del.)-Bel Air, Sparrows Point-Harford Tech, Chopticon-Fallston, C. Milton-Wright-St. Paul's, Joppatowne-Archbishop Curley and Edgewood-Elkton.

North Harford football coach Ken Brinkman said his team's game against Loch Raven will not be made up because of scheduling conflicts.

The Bull Run cross country meet at Hereford, featuring all Harford public schools, is tentatively being rescheduled for Oct. 4.

Decision day nears

Numerous Division I women's volleyball programs have been wooing John Carroll's 6-1 outside hitter, Kayani Turner, over the last year. The senior, speaking after the Patriots' three-game victory over Chapelgate on Tuesday, said that she has narrowed her choices to three schools.

Turner, who is averaging around five kills a game for the undefeated Patriots, said she will choose among Washington, Arizona and Illinois.

Browning finding niche

Fallston senior Krissy Browning played right wing for the Cougars last season, but a switch to the "rover" position this year has paid immediate dividends. In four games, Browning has four goals and two assists, including scoring both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over North East last Tuesday.

Alice Puckett, coach of the top-ranked Cougars (3-0-1), said the main difference this year is Browning is required to stay ahead of the ball.

"It's a lot different because instead of just being on the outside of the field, you have to play all over and come back," said Browning, who had six goals and five assists last year.

Aberdeen gets offensive

After being shut out Thursday by Elkton, the Aberdeen boys soccer team scored 15 goals in its past two games, both easy victories. A 7-0 victory over Perryville and an 8-0 win of North East improved the Eagles' record to 8-3 with some tough county games ahead.

Senior midfielder Zach Grubb had four goals and two assists against Perryville, and senior forward Henry Campbell notched a hat trick against North East.

Et cetera

Havre de Grace coach Johnny Brooks said that Division I prospect Jeff Shivers, a 6-7, 280-pound two-way lineman, is questionable for the Warriors' game tomorrow at Bo Manor. If Shivers, who hurt his knee on the Warriors' first play from scrimmage this season and hasn't played much since, can't go, that would make three starting members of the Warriors defensive line unavailable. ... Kate Weaver scored two goals as the Edgewood girls soccer team got in the win column with a 2-0 victory over Elkton on Wednesday. Also in girls soccer, North Harford has outscored its opponents 15-1 en route to a 4-0 start. ... In boys soccer, Harford Christian's 5-1 win over Granite Baptist on Tuesday featured four goals by Curtis Ballard. For 3-1 Bel Air, Alex Pfau has four goals and three assists.

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