When Fred Kaiss did not get the head coaching job at newly opened North County this season, he was about to leave the state in pursuit of his coaching goals.
Members of Southwestern's football team probably are glad he stayed.
Kaiss, an assistant coach last year at Andover and four years at Brooklyn Park before the two schools merged to form North County, became Southwestern's third coach in as many years this season. And under Kaiss, the Sabers have become a contender in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference (2-2 overall, 2-1 in the league) after an 0-9 season in the B Conference last year.
As offensive coordinator at Andover last season, Kaiss helped turn another losing program around. The Archers, coming off eight straight losing seasons, finished 6-4 last year after having won a total of just five games in their previous four years.
"I was upset at North County because I didn't even get an interview for the job," said Kaiss, who was considering a job as assistant coach at Clear Springs in Tampa, Fla. "[Boys' Latin assistant coach] Roy Carpenter said Southwestern would be a great situation for me. He told me to call Southwestern athletic director Dave Lang, and things worked out real well."
Kaiss instituted the run-and-shoot offense at Southwestern, and quarterback Diara Davis has responded with some big numbers.
Davis, who missed all of last week's practices with a slightly separated shoulder, completed 22 of 34 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of Friday's 20-6 win over Boys' Latin. Davis, who had passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns last week against St. Mary's, suffered a slightly sprained ankle against Boys' Latin and was spelled at times.
Records, streaks and milestones: No. 12 Loyola's 10-0 upset of top-ranked Poly on Saturday ended the area's longest winning streak at 14 games. The Dons had not beaten Poly since 1983.
* Patterson, which defeated Southern of Baltimore, 35-6, on Friday, now owns the area's longest winning streak, 12 games.
* Catonsville's 26-6 loss to No. 16 Perry Hall on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 17 games.
* Archbishop Spalding extended its winless streak to 16 games after a 50-6 loss to St. Mary's on Saturday.
* No. 9 C. Milton Wright's 7-6 win over No. 13 Edgewood on Friday was its first over the Rams since C. Milton Wright opened in 1979.
* No. 11 Aberdeen registered its third straight shutout with its 33-0 rout of Joppatowne on Friday.
Someone finally found a way to stop Oakland Mills running back Korey Singleton -- if you consider rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown being stopped.
Singleton had rushed for 829 yards (276.3 per game) and 13 touchdowns in his three previous games before Saturday's against Mount Hebron, which the fourth-ranked Scorpions won, 21-6. Singleton left the game midway through the third quarter with a bruised neck.
Surprisingly, Oakland Mills trailed, 6-0, at halftime after having scored 96 points in its previous two games.
With Singleton out in the second half, P.W. Brooks (five carries for 98 yards) picked up the slack, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Teammate Eric Graham rushed for 101 yards.
Maybe Douglass should have considered trying a fake punt on Friday, at least it couldn't have been blocked.
St. Paul's blocked four Douglass punts in its 33-6 victory.