In his first season as head coach of the Severn football team, Jim Doyle says he's not setting too lofty goals for his Admirals.
At least, according to his definition of "lofty."
"Our goal, as it has always been, is to go 10-0 and win the championship. That's what we're shooting for," said Doyle, who served as an assistant coach for six years under Doug Williams. Williams left totake a position at Catoctin in Frederick County.
Sitting in his office below the gymnasium at Severn School after a practice, Doyle appears thankful to be where he is and even more appreciative of the direction his team is heading.
While he admits being less conservative than his predecessor, Doyle maintains that there will be "no drastic change in Severn's basic structure or coaching philosophy."
"I've been here and I know the kids real well, so things won't change much at all," he said. "Doug was a real good coach, and I learned a lotfrom him and we're just going to continue with the things we've beendoing."
The Admirals, who shared the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference title last year with St. Mary's and St. Paul's, willoperate without two players who combined for more than 2,100 yards of offense last season.
With quarterback Kyong So and running back Daniel Wu in college, Doyle finds himself with the unenviable task offilling a tremendous offensive void.
"We're not only going to miss them offensively, we'll also miss their senior leadership," said Doyle, who formerly served as the Admirals' offensive coordinator. "Kyong was a three-year starter for us and he was our leader. We're goingto need some of our new seniors to step up and fill that role."
One such senior is tailback/inside linebacker Jason Wade. Wade, who started at fullback last year, is expected to provide the Admirals withthe necessary explosiveness out of the backfield as well as on-the-field leadership.
Filling in for Wade at fullback and doubling as an outside linebacker will be 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior Randy Morse.
"Wade will be our team leader,"
Doyle said. "He leads well on and off the field, and the kids all respect him.
"I think we'll beable to do almost everything we did last year offensively, and more.We have some definite weapons this year, and I'm excited about it."
Another player Doyle is excited about is sophomore quarterback Brad Fowler, who has been given the early nod after playing at the junior varsity level last season. Fowler, a 6-foot-2 170-pounder, has a strong arm and mobility.
In front of Fowler will be a talented veteran offensive line that includes seniors Todd Muendel, Brian Kight andBen Andrew.
Junior Jake Mack, a second-team All-County selection last season at defensive back, returns to the secondary and also willgive the Admirals a deep threat offensively from his flanker position.
Fowler's other two primary targets will be junior split ends Mike Fisher and Chris Pitkin -- both of whom have proved to possess a knack for getting open.
The Admirals also should be sound defensively with nine starters returning. Senior Ryan Cudnik returns at defensive tackle and will be joined in the trenches by first-year seniors John Collins and Graydon Ripley.
"I think we're going to be pretty good with all the experience we have," Doyle said. "But I've learned in my years around this league that there's a fine line between being3-7 and 8-2."
. . . in brief
School mascot: Admirals
School colors: Maroon and white
Name of field/stadium: Lynch Field
Address: Water Street, Severna Park, Md. 21146
Phone number: 647-7700
Headmaster: Edson P. Sheppard Jr.
Athletic director: Fred Hewitt
Cheerleading adviser: Susan DiLisi
School enrollment: 500
League/classification: Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference