Larry Washington's five-touchdown performance in No. 1 Randallstown's 42-6 victory over Catonsville Friday may have led the Rams to victory, but Ken Wesley's two touchdowns that capped the win were an inspiration for the Rams.
This season has been difficult for Wesley, who has struggled with a new role and a nagging knee injury, while the rest of the team has flourished with an 8-0 record.
Wesley became so frustrated he quit the team after a victory over Perry Hall, Oct. 5.
"I just didn't feel like playing anymore," Wesley said. "The knee hurt and I felt like I wasn't getting the recognition I was supposed to. I really wanted to run the ball."
However, after watching the Rams beat Parkville Oct. 12, Wesley decided to swallow his pride and accept his role.
It's not difficult to understand Wesley's frustration. Wesley and Washington were supposed to be one of the area's top backfield duos this season after they combined for more than 1,600 yards last season. But coach John Buchheister introduced a new offense in his first year at Randallstown that diminished Wesley's role.
While Washington already has run for more than 1,000 yards, Wesley has run for just 351 yards, although he has scored eight touchdowns.
Buchheister has used Wesley at split end since he returned to the team and says he may insert him back into the starting backfield after the end of the regular season.
"Right now, he gives us one of the best deep threats around," Buchheister said. "He's a Division I-AA player. He may be the fourth or fifth best back in the area. His role this year has changed from last year, but it's more important this year."
Wesley's return has been a boost for the defense, where he had little trouble regaining his starting spot at safety.
"He is the key man on defense," Buchheister said. "He's back there, and that's what really makes us better."
Randallstown's Washington has five interceptions and has returned them for a total of 230 yards and two touchdowns.
Glen Burnie ended Severna Park's state-record 87-game volleyball win streak with an overwhelming 15-5, 15-3, 15-6 victory Friday, but Gophers coach Juanita Murdoch-Milani said that the torch may have passed only temporarily in Anne Arundel County.
"He [Severna Park coach Tim Dunbar] is fortunate. He's sitting in a great position right now," said Murdoch-Milani, noting that the Falcons started one freshman, three sophomores and a junior in their first six. "Other coaches would give their eye teeth to have that team."
Randallstown, under the direction of coach Link Bogart, won the Baltimore County badminton championship for the second time in three years with a 12-3 victory over Towson Thursday in the final match. That victory gave the Rams an 8-0 record for the season. Jenny Wilkerson had an 8-0 record competing in girls singles, and Angela Stiegler and Felicia Uman were 8-0 competing in girls doubles.
Street and Smith's magazine is out with its high school basketball previews.
Western is ranked No. 3 nationally among girls teams, and Dunbar is No. 18 among the boys.
Western senior center Dana Johnson has been chosen a second-team All-America. St. Mary's Laura Coakley received honorable mention.
Southern's Anthony Dantzler and John Salley, Dunbar's Terrance Alexander, Walbrook's Stevie Thomas and St. Frances' Devin Gray are among the seniors receiving honorable mention.
Dunbar's Michael Lloyd, Keith Booth and Donta Bright are among the underclassmen receiving honorable mention.
Former Milford Mill basketball standout Chuckie Moore, who earned All-JuCo and All-Region 20 honors in his freshman year at Garrett Community College, is listed as one of the top 12 junior college guards by Basketball Times.
Records, streaks, milestones: Old Mill running back William Beverly scored his 17th touchdown of the season in Friday's 20-2 victory over Arundel, three short of what is believed to be the Anne Arundel record of 20, set by Arundel's Troy Turner in 1985. . . . North County quarterback John Ray had four touchdown passes nullified by penalties in Friday's 27-6 victory over Northeast, but still passed for 117 yards (and one touchdown) in boosting his season's yardage to 1,662 and eclipsing the Anne Arundel County record of 1,630 yards by Brooklyn Park's Dave Fajerski in 1988. . . . Severna Park's girls soccer team capped its third straight unbeaten season with Friday's 6-1 victory over Meade. The two-time state 4A-3A champion Falcons (12-0) extended their winning streak to 35 games and are unbeaten in their past 43.
Overtime: Mercy High will hold a free basketball clinic, featuring Future Stars International, for girls from grades seven through 12 Nov. 11 from 3-5 p.m. For more information, call Mary Ella Marion at 529-4716. . . . Owings Mills needs two varsity and junior varsity boys basketball opponents for Dec. 5, 6, 7, 10 or 11. Call Ray Groszkowski at 887-1700.