After Arundel's football victory over Broadneck on Friday, Wildcats coach Chuck Markiewicz lamented the bumpy surface at Carroll Field and Puglise Stadium in Gambrills that his team plays its home games on. But looking to next season, the coach's eyes beamed with delight.
"Well, hopefully next year, it will be faster because we're going to have some turf," said Markiewicz, who is in his seventh year as coach at his alma mater and 20th overall in the county.
"This is definitely a field that needs fixing," said Bruins coach Jeff Herrick, who, like Markiewicz, is an Arundel graduate.
The crowd Friday night saw a lot of speed from the Wildcats on a field that is bumpy and leads the league in divots. The fifth-ranked Wildcats won, 34-28, and Markiewicz can only imagine what his no-huddle, spread offense will do on a synthetic turf field every home game.
Arundel wide receivers Brandon Johnson-Farrell, Joshua Hutchins, Alec Lemon and Sean Fitzgerald were zooming up and down the field on offense, while John Holland and company were showing their speed on defense.
The county has announced that it will be installing a couple of synthetic Safety Turf fields a year until each high school has one.
Seahawks get revenge
South River field hockey coach Katie Corcoran didn't have to worry about motivating her players for Saturday's season opener. The Seahawks were facing the team that beat them in last year's Class 4A state title game.
Showing midseason form, the Seahawks avenged that loss with a 3-0 victory over Quince Orchard of Montgomery County in the opening round of the South River Invitational. The Seahawks went on to beat No. 15 Severn, 3-0, in the tournament finale.
Against Quince Orchard, which won the state final, 1-0, in November, Brooke Griffin, Kaitlin Maloy and Mary Kay Harris scored the goals, and Stephanie Peterson had two assists.
"I think they held onto what happened last year, the ones returning, and they wanted to prove themselves," Corcoran said. "The teamwork was superb. They all just worked so well together. I couldn't have asked for more."
Griffin added a goal and two assists against Severn, while Melissa Nelson and Kerri Dress also scored. Goalie Virginia Jorden had 10 saves for the day as she, Hope Battista and Casey Disharoon led the defense.
Bobby Cooper, South River's highly touted quarterback, threw the ball only three times, completing two passes for 40 yards, as the Hawks rolled up 409 rushing yards in a 34-6 rout of Glen Burnie Friday. ... Nick Whittles was a bright spot for Archbishop Spalding in the Cavaliers' 47-14 loss to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. He rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. ... Riverdale Baptist spoiled the inaugural football opener for Annapolis Area Christian School by routing the Eagles, 46-0, Saturday.
Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.