Realignments Dim Already Hazy Playoff Picture

GRIDIRON NOTEBOOK -- Pre-season notes from the Carroll County football scene

Regions Bring In Outside Powers

September 01, 1991|By Staff report

It's not like Carroll County teams have a habit of making the state football playoffs very often -- only three times since 1980 -- but the road there gets a little more difficult for most of the high schoolteams this year.

Westminster and South Carroll now have to face teams from traditional football power Prince George's County thanks toregion changes, North Carroll and Liberty are stuck with powerful teams from Allegany County after changing classifications and regions, while Francis Scott Key is stuck with perennially strong Wilde Lake of Howard County in its region.

The change is most dramatic for North Carroll and Liberty. Oakland Mills of Howard County and Linganore of Frederick County had been the top dogs in Class 3A Region I, but with the two Carroll schools inClass 2A Region I, the best teams likely will be Allegany and Fort Hill from Allegany County, North Hagerstown of Washington County and Middletown and Walkersville of Frederick County.

Class 1A Key has traditionally had to contend with the likes of Milford Mill (BaltimoreCounty) and Brunswick (Frederick County) in Region II, but now they'll also have to compete in the same region with newcomer Wilde Lake, one of the top small-school teams in the state. Class 4A Westminster,moved from Region I to Region II, no longer has powerful Thomas Wootton and Seneca Valley of Montgomery County in its region, but insteadmust deal with High Point and Laurel of Prince George's County, bothstate tournament teams from last year.

Class 3A South Carroll's move to Region III means DuVal (state appearances in 1988 and 1989) and Bladensburg (1990), both from Prince George's, are in the region, along with Linganore (five visits in the 1980s). Oakland Mills, another generally strong team, has dropped down to Class 2A.

100TH GRID SEASON SET AT WMC

WESTMINSTER -- The 1991 football season represents the 100th anniversary of Western Maryland College's first year on thegridiron and, appropriately enough, the Green Terrors may reach a milestone in terms of wins.

Western Maryland enters the year with 396 victories, along with 363 losses and 46 ties, and will attempt to join just 29 other National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III schools with at least 400 wins.

The college will celebrate the anniversary in several ways. A commemorative logo has been designed and will be featured on the Green Terror jerseys and on banners at Scott S. Bair Stadium. In addition, historical articles in home game programs and a reunion of the 1951 team on the 40th anniversary of its undefeated season also are planned.

This will actually be the 97th season of football at the college. Western Maryland teams were not fielded in 1895, because too many parents refused permission for their sons to play, and from 1943 to 1945, due to World War II. Green Terror squads have captured 13 championships, including the dual-title seasons of 1962 and 1963, when they won both the Mason-Dixon Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference-Southern Division.

There have been four undefeated seasons in the first 96 campaigns, including back-to-back ones in 1929 (11-0) and 1930 (9-0-1) under legendary coach Dick Harlow. Harlow completed his tenure at Western Maryland in 1934, before moving on to become head coach at Harvard, with the third undefeated team that went 8-0-1. The 1951 unit was the last one to go unbeaten, defeating eight opponents under the direction of Charlie Havens, the winningest coach in school history with 77 victories.

COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAMS ON THE RADIO

WTTR-AM (1470) will broadcast weekly high school football games after the Orioles season ends.

The broadcast team will consist of Charles Beckhardt, play-by-play; Jeff Adams,color commentary; and Dwight Dingle, who will provide coaches' interviews on the "Countdown to Kickoff" pre-game show.

Pre-game coverage of all games begins at 7:05 p.m. The schedule is:

Oct. 11, Laurel at Westminster; Oct. 18, North Hagerstown at Francis Scott Key; Oct. 25, Westminster at Liberty; Nov. 1, Southern at North Carroll; andNov. 8, Westminster at South Carroll.

GREEN TERRORS PLANNING SOVIET TRIP

If you see a Western Maryland College football player eagerlytrying to raise money, it won't be for new uniforms or practice equipment.

The team is planning a March trip to play an exhibition game against a Soviet team in Moscow. Cost would be about $1,000 per student, and most of the players have expressed interest. WMC football players who also play baseball, though, wouldn't be able to go, since they'll be in Florida on a spring trip.

The trip, which coach DaleSprague began planning before the recent failed coup attempt, would be for six days and would include a game against the Moscow Bears. International Sports Connection, which organizes overseas sports tours,is planning the trip.

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