Chuck Markiewicz, the man who brought the run-and-shoot offense to county high school football, is starting a Run and Shoot Touch Football League this summer.
Markiewicz, the head coach at North County High who introduced the increasingly popular mostly pass offense whilehead coach at Meade in 1989, gathered high school coaches Tuesday night to plan a summer league.
"We hope to have at least 10 schools play," said Markiewicz. "We will be affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic States Passing League. Teamsin Montgomery and Prince George's County have had the league for twoyears, and Tom Clark, commissioner of the league from Bishop McNamara High, says they've never had a injury in the league."
It will bea one-hand touch league with the field divided intofive 20-yard zones. Each time a team reaches a zone it gets a first down, so that it could be first and 20 yards, or first and 2, depending on the length of the play.
If a team wants to punt on fourth down, it announces that, and the ball is moved 40 yards. No actual punting takes place.
Referees clock the quarterbacks, who have five seconds to get rid of the ball. Interceptions will be live, but fumbles will be dead.
The games will have two 20-minute halves.
Markiewicz said teams from Annapolis, Arundel, Broadneck, Chesapeake, Meade, North County, Old Mill, St. Mary's, Severna Park and South River are committed to theleague. Glen Burnie did not have a representative at the meeting, but is interested.
The league will play at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. Mondaythrough Thursday with each team playing two nights a week. Old Brooklyn Park High and Severna Park High areexpected to be the sites. Playwill be from early June until early July, with playoffs to follow.
Playoffs will be at the University of Maryland, College Park, with the top two teams from Anne Arundel against Prince George's and Montgomery County teams. Six to eight teams will compete in the playoffs.
High school football coaches cannot coach their own school teams if the summer squad consists of 50 percent or more of the players fromtheir schools. If the number of players on the team is less than 50 percent, the high school football boss can coach.
"I'm not going to coach our team, because we will have all Annapolis players," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "(Annapolis basketball coach) John Brady isgoing to coach our summer team."
Markiewicz will have former Brooklyn Park star quarterback Danny Mangum and former Andover defensive back Warren Rice run the North County team.