Questions Abound On Records Set By Quarterbacks Rapid-firing Ray On Course To Shatter Mark


October 05, 1990|By PAT O'MALLEY

My sports notebook is running over, so I thought I would unload a whole bunch of "Q's" today. Is there a better way to wrap up the week than with a batch of "Questions without Answers," sports fans?

Remember, any remarks or "Q's" of your own you care to pass on can be done by calling my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499. I'm looking forward to hearing from you sports fans.

* How about some fun with the record book by taking a trip down memory lane?

With North County's rapid-firing quarterback Johnny Ray on a course to shatter the county passing yardage record of 1,633 set by Dave Fajerski of Brooklyn Park in 1988, did you know the area record was the 1,880 by Gilman's Dave Mikush back in 1980?

* Are you aware that Navy's in-again, out-again quarterback Gary McIntosh holds the second-highest total at 1,724 yards passing, set at Gonzaga in D.C. in 1984?

* Did you know that the area record for touchdown passes in a single season is 25 by Franklin's Rich Crosby in 1985? The county record is 16 by Southern's Bob Holman in 1971.

* Now, how close are Anne Arundel County guys to the national records and does Ray have a shot? It's doubtful, football fans. Check these national marks: most passing yardage in a season -- 3,559 by Kirk Saul of Turkey Texas Valley High in 1986; most touchdown passes in a season (54) by Saul in 1986; most career yards -- 8,126 by Jeff George of Warren Central, Ind. George also holds the career record for touchdown passes (94).

The second-highest career passing yards total belongs to Brigham Young's Heisman Trophy candidate Ty Detmer, who threw for 8,005 yards at San Antonio Southwest High.

* Did you know the most total yards by a county quarterback were rung up by former Northeast star Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof who had 2,032 (1,331 passing and 701 rushing) as a senior in 1982?

Wasn't it amazing that Ziz went on to become the finest pass receiver in University of Maryland history, with a Terps' record 108 receptions and 1,895 yards? Or can great athletes play almost anywhere?

Ziz was the Anne Arundel County Sun Athlete of the Decade, and Northeast coach Harry Lentz still is bragging about him.

Finally, on this quarterback records bit, answer this trivia question by calling my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499: Who holds the county record for most touchdown passes in a game, and how many?

* What's the story behind Old Mill junior varsity football coach Jack Bliss wearing some kind of a different, but always weird, hat to his games each week?

* Did you know that veteran Old Mill athletic director Jim Dillon believes that senior Eric Scott is the best quarterback the Pats have ever had?

* Isn't it great that major NCAA Division I colleges, such as Syracuse, are taking an interest in Old Mill's do-it-all running back William Beverly? Is there another back in the county possessing all the assets Beverly does?

He has size (5-foot-11 and 185 pounds), speed, ability to run with power, quickness, soft hands for catching passes, accurate throwing arm option pass and great leadership qualities.

* For those of you who caught a glimpse of him at the end of Old Mill's 28-0 romp over Annapolis Friday night isn't junior Annapolis quarterback Richard Mears, son of the late Meade football coach Jerry Mears, a fine prospect?

* Doesn't Northeast High boys basketball coach Johnny Barbour make a good point when he says, "If a coach doesn't run the open gym in the evenings, then there will be NO open gym for the kids who aren't playing a fall sport and need a chance to play?"

Barbour was responding to Sunday's Sidelines column in which I mentioned that some coaches could be violating Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules by organizing or even coaching prospective basketball prospects in open gym.

It is the feeling of some county coaches that open gym should be eliminated so as not to tempt coaches to cheat. Those coaches believe that with open gym starting in late September that it is too long until the official starting date of Nov. 15 for winter sports for those there in the evenings not to be tempted to coach a little.

But Barbour argues, "Besides giving the kids a chance to play pick-up games and work on some things before official practice starts, it also helps me keep in contact with former players who come back to play on open gym night. And some kids actually get turned away at other gyms."

* Did you know that Otts Fratt, owner of the Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie, will welcome nearly 150 golfers at 10 a.m. next Tuesday at the Eisenhower golf course in Crownsville for the annual Sunset Tournament that benefits the Bello Machre organization of 32 county homes for mentally retarded people?

"It's really wonderful what Otts, his friends and their golfing friends do for us each year," said Bello Machre official Griff Hall. "The Sunset Tournament is a tremendous fund-raiser that helps keep us going."

For information on the Sunset Tournament, call Hall at 255-3805.

* Finally, how many of you former players from the Gambrills-Odenton Rec Council and the Pasadena Chargers' youth football organizations will be returning Saturday for homecoming festivities?

Is there a better way to say thanks to your former volunteer coaches and organizations than to stop by on homecoming?

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