Man, do I owe an apology to 1981 Northeast High grad Dawnie Dorsey. I made a mistake that until just this past week was never brought to my attention.
Seems that Dorsey holds the county record for most touchdowns scored in a season with 23 in 1981 and 22 in regular season.
Many of us have been reporting that Arundel's Troy Turner held the county record with his 20 TDs in 1985 and that Old Mill's William Beverly had tied it this season. Turner scored 19 in regular season and one more in a 15-14 playoff loss to Seneca Valley of Montgomery County.
Beverly scored all 20 of his during the regular season.
"Dawnie Dorsey, 23 touchdowns in 1981," said the anonymous voice on my 24-hour Sportsline the other day.
That remark got me wondering, and back to my archives I went, searching for the 1981 records. Sure enough, right in my original copy, there it was -- Dawnie Dorsey of Northeast, the 1981 The Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year, 22 TDS in the regular season.
The 5-foot-5 package of dynamite had added one more that season in a 13-10 Class A semifinal playoff loss to Richard Montgomery High in Rockville. Dorsey also finished with county records of 132 points scored in regular season and 23 TDS and 138 points overall.
Dorsey led the Eagles of football coach Harry Lentz to an overall 9-2 record. In his junior year, Dorsey tallied 15 TDs to give him 38 in two years. He doesn't hold the career record, though. That belongs to Turner, who had 51 in three seasons for the Wildcats. And according to coach Buddy Hepfer, he had "another 15 called back."
The most points Turner had in a season was 126 in 1985, which is second on the all-time list, while Beverly is a close third with the 122 points he had this season. In career totals, Turner holds the record with 316 points.
I don't know how I missed Dorsey's record when I researched our All-Decade Football Team for the 1980s. Dorsey was one of the backs on the All-Decade Team and somehow his county record TD total was overlooked.
Since there is no official county record book, usually someone will call with a correction on what we claim is a record, but in this case, it didn't happen until just recently.
I admit my mistake, especially since I've covered county sports longer than anyone else (21 years), but hopefully we've got it straightened out.
I'm sure the record still means something to Dorsey to this day.
In other county sports news, Crofton youth football coach Bob Cilento will go after a second county championship in the same year tomorrow at Broadneck High when his 95-pound Cardinals (11-0) meet Fort Meade (9-1).
Cilento, a longtime coach at nationally known Springbrook in Montgomery County, led Crofton to an unbeaten county championship in 10-and-under baseball this past summer. His son, Billy Cilento, a superb athlete, has played a prominent role on both teams.
Billy was a standout pitcher, catcher and hitter on his dad's baseball team and is a quarterback-defensive end for the football team. It's rare to win two countywide titles, but the Cilentos have a shot tomorrow.
This will be the football team's second straight appearance in the county 95-pound championship game. Last year, the Cards dropped a 6-0 thriller to the Andover Apaches, who were coached by Warren Rice, who moved up to 115-pound football this season.
Defense is the Crofton cornerstone. They have nine shutouts and have yielded only 12 points in 11 games. Cilento credits his defensive coordinator, Norris Roy Sr.
The kids on this Crofton team are very fortunate to have a quality head coach. Coach Cilento was an assistant to the very successful Bob Milloy at Springbrook for several years.
Springbrook is seeking a seventh state championship and meets Thomas S.
Wootton of Montgomery County tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the State Class 4A semi-finals.
Cilento also is a longtime assistant basketball coach with the Blue Devils and is the school's head baseball coach. He led the Devils to the final four in baseball last spring and says coaching is coaching at any level.
"It's really not any different coaching at the youth level as it is at the high school level," said Cilento, who has employed the Springbrook offense at Crofton with great success.
That offense blends the pass and run effectively and offers the element of surprise quite often.
"We can throw the ball, but Billy hasn't thrown that much this year, because we've gotten ahead early and put games away," says Cilento. "There were a lot of games where Billy only played about half the game at quarterback.
"I really enjoy coaching this level (10-11-year-olds), and it's not much different than coaching high school ball."
No matter what happens tomorrow, the folks in Crofton can feel blessed to have a quality individual coaching their kids.
For high school athletes thinking about college sports, let me give you a "crash course" in academic requirements.