Mervo opened its 1990 season with an upset win over Milford Mill, 18-6, Friday under the watchful eye of a familiar face -- Woody Williams, the school's new athletic director.
Williams, who was athletic director and one of the area's most successful basketball coaches at Lake Clifton from 1971-86, says he is settling in at Mervo.
"There are some similarities, but this is a different situation, different school, different people," he said. "But the requirements and responsibilities are still the same."
Last year, Williams was at Fairmont Harford Institute High after he resigned from his position as Bob Wade's administrative assistant at Maryland in May 1989. He resigned the same day Wade resigned as basketball coach.
As for his experience at Maryland, Williams said: "Life goes on. You live and learn through your experiences. Hopefully, you've benefited from your experiences. There are always positive and negative benefits, but hopefully the positive benefits will help me to be a better teacher, administrator and coach."
Williams is returning, but three other city athletic directors retired after the 1989-90 school year.
Poly's Bill Hastings, Forest Park's Evelyn Johnson and Patterson's Hy Zolet said their goodbyes in June.
Hastings has been replaced by Mark Schlenoff, who moved over from Mervo, opening the slot for Williams. Obie Barnes, Forest Park's football, lacrosse and wrestling coach, also has taken on the duties of athletic director, and Roger Wrenn is Patterson's acting athletic director.
In the first full week of the football season, with most teams playing non-league opponents, there's an opportunity to see which leagues do the best against outside competition.
The Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference is supposed to be the area's toughest conference, but only Poly and Forest Park were able to win their openers. The rest of the league went 0-5. Anne Arundel County's 4A league, another of the area's toughest, also did not live up to its reputation, as Arundel and Old Mill accounted for the only victories in a 2-6 record.
The MSA B Conference was the only league with a perfect record against outside competition, as Mervo and Patterson both won. No other B Conference teams played last week. Southern's game against Chopticon in St. Mary's County was postponed Friday because of severe storms.
Here's a look at how the other area leagues fared against outside competition last week. Anne Arundel 2A/3A/4A, 3-1; Central Maryland Conference, 5-2; Harford County, 6-3; Howard County, 4-4; Baltimore County 4A, 2-2; Baltimore County 1A-2A, 3-6; Baltimore County 3A, 2-6; MSA C Conference, 0-1.
Poly's 29-6 victory over Allegany Saturday night extended the area's longest winning streak to 11 games.
North Harford lost to Centennial, 35-13, Saturday, extending the area's longest losing streak to 13 games. Archbishop Spalding's 34-0 loss to St. Paul's was the Cavaliers' 12th straight.
Glenelg had little difficulty moving the ball Saturday against Liberty, but it didn't have a point to show for it.
Glenelg quarterback Mike D'Andrea (17-for-38, 270 yards) had the area's top passing performance of the weekend, and his main target, Juan Dorsey (10 catches, 196 yards), had the best day receiving, but the Gladiators, who accumulated 345 yards ++ total offense, lost, 19-0.
The reason? Seven turnovers.
Howard High's 1974 football team has been selected No. 20 among the South's top 20 high school football teams over the past two decades as chosen by David Barron, a sports editor for the Houston Chronicle.
Barron's selections appear in the 1991 Southern Farmer's Almanac.
Topping Barron's list is Tyler High from Tyler, Texas. In 1973, that team won 15 straight games, led by running back Earl Campbell, who rushed for 2,030 yards.
Howard's 1974 team went 12-0 while averaging 40.6 points. The 1974 team was the last of three straight unbeaten teams for coach Bill Caudill. In 1975, Howard was unbeaten until it lost in the state championship game.
There are several matchups this week featuring the area's top 10 soccer teams in non-league action.
Today, No. 4 Severna Park visits 3 Centennial at 3:30. Tomorrow, No. 10 Calvert Hall travels to No. 2 Howard at 7:30. Also, top-ranked Oakland Mills visits Loyola for a 3:45 p.m. game against the Dons, who are not ranked but are expected to contend for the MSA A Conference title. Friday, Calvert Hall travels to Oakland Mills at 3:15 p.m.
Ted Cottrell, a first-team All-Metro basketball selection from Annapolis last season who had signed with the University of Massachusetts, will instead attend Maine Central Institute. Cottrell remains committed to UMass but made the decision to attend prep school because of the difficulty of his major (sports medicine) and the number of returning players, said his high school coach, John Brady.
Overtime: Former Randallstown basketball coach Joel Beard has replaced Sam Norman at Pikesville.... Shawn Fischer has been named Gilman's aquatics director and also will be water polo coach. Ian Brooks, who was Gilman's acting swim coach last season, has been named to that position on a permanent basis. Gilman will have an ice hockey team this winter. Bob Bulkeley will coach the team, which will compete in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League.... Archbishop Spalding is accepting resumes for boys varsity lacrosse coach. Resumes should be sent to the school's athletic director, Domenic Pachence, 8080 New Cut Road, Severn, Md. 21144.