Johnny Ray Edged Out In Race To Set New State Passing Record North County Star Threw For 2,020 Yards And 16 Touchdowns


November 26, 1990|By PAT O'MALLEY

North County quarterback Johnny Ray is not a state record holder, but he came close as we continue our fun and games with high school football stats.

And I want to tell you about tonight's South Atlantic Amateur Boxing Championships that will feature eight local fighters.

North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz brought it to my attention over the weekend that his 6-foot-2, 160-pound quarterback had been knocked off the single-season passing yardage pedestal by Junior Bynum of McNamara High in Forestville in Prince George's County.

Bynum beat out Ray by 210 yards, capping his season at 2,230 yards in the air.

Ray finished the 10-game season with 161 completions in 337 attempts for 2,020 yards, which was believed to be a state record. It actually was for a couple of days and would have been his had he thrown for more than the 25 yards he put up in his final game.

In that final game, a 20-0 victory over Cardinal Gibbons of southwest Baltimore on Nov. 9, the first-year Knights had opportunities to run the pigskin and did rather than throw their usual 30 passes a game. Ray threw a season-low seven times, completing three for just 25 yards while Vernon Dawson rambled for 213 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown scamper.

Meanwhile, Bynum exploded in his final game on Nov. 11, a 47-3 rout of Our Lady of Good Counsel (3-7) of Wheaton by completing 23-of-30 for 312 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a six-pointer.

Most of his final yardage came in the third period as McNamara (9-1) erupted for 34 points. In that period, Bynum fired two of his touchdown passes from 20 and 29 yards out. Bynum had 20 touchdowns for the season and was intercepted 16 times while Ray tossed 16 touchdown passes and was picked off 17 times.

Ray's 16 touchdown passes tied the county record for a single season previously set by Southern's Bob Holman in 1971.

Going into the final weekend, Ray held a 77-yard advantage over Bynum, 1,995 to 1,918. Just a slightly above-average game, based on what he did in his first nine games, would have given Ray the record.

Ray only needed to throw his average 33 passes for about 236 yards (just above his average 222 per game) and would have edged Bynum by a yard despite the latter's potent finale.

It was Ray who first passed the state record of 1,880 set by Dave Mikush of Baltimore's Gilman School in 1980. Ray surpassed Mikush on Friday, Nov.

2, completing 17-of-26 for 313 yards in a 25-20 victory over South River.

That ran his total to 1,980.

The same weekend, Bynum threw for 185 yards in a 24-14 win over St.

John's of D.C. to pull up to 1,918 behind Ray.

Baltimore's Southwestern quarterback Diarra Davis finished runner-up to Ray in the metro area with 2,003.

Until Ray, the county record was held by Brooklyn Park's Dave Fajerski, who in 1988 threw for 1,633.

Ray was at from Brooklyn Park until this year's merger with Andover to become North County High.

So, now the unofficial all-time state yardage passing Top 10 looks like this: (1) Junior Bynum, McNamara, 2,230 (140-for-282, 20 TDs) 1990; (2) Johnny Ray, North County, 2,020 (161-for-337, 16 TDs), 1990; (3) Diarra Davis, Southwestern-Baltimore, 2,003 (115-for-209, 22 TDs), 1990; (4) Dave Mikush, Gilman, 1,880 (130-for-246, 17 TDs), 1980; (5) Mike D'Andrea, Glenelg-Howard County, 1,790 (130-for-283, 11 TDs), 1990; (6) Gary McIntosh, Gonzaga-D.C., 1,724 (121-for-201, 12 TDs), 1984; (7) Pat Denney, Walt Whitman-Montgomery, 1,679 (96-for- 185, 16 TDs), 1988; (8) Ray Williams, O'Connell High of the D.C. Metro League, 1,642 (115-for-223, 17 TDs), 1990; (9) Dave Fajerski, Brooklyn Park, 1,633 (105-for-237, 14 TDs), 1988; and (10) Buddy Edmond, Patterson-Baltimore, 1,629 (85-for-158, 20 TDs).


One other football note, did you see where Thomas S. Wootton (12-0) won the "Montgomery County Bowl" in the state 4A semifinals by 20-7 over defending state champion Springbrook (11-1)?

You can't cry over spilled milk, but if William Beverly of Old Mill (9-2) with his 20 touchdowns had been able to play in last week's 17-7 quarterfinal loss to Wootton, the Pats might be playing in this coming weekend's state championship game against Baltimore County's Randallstown.

And the Pats would have had a legitimate shot at winning the state title over the Larry Washington-led Rams. Randallstown (12-0) advanced to the finale by stunning Oxon Hill (11-1) of Prince George's County, 21-7.

One of the 12 wins for Randallstown this season came over Annapolis, in the second week of the season by 14-6. Washington, who had two touchdowns and 203 yards against Oxon Hill to run his postseason totals to seven touchdowns and 522 yards, got fewer than 100 yards against Annapolis.

Old Mill ripped Annapolis, 28-0, and its defense was considered to be the best in the county. So, as a consolation, the Patriots always can wonder and dream about what would have happened had Beverly not been hobbled by an ankle injury.

"You can't deal in ifs," said Old Mill head coach Pete Regala.


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