With A Little Help From His 'Sons,' Borland Makes It 100

September 16, 1991|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff writer

CENTREVILLE — When Andy Borland became head football coach at Severna Park High inthe fall of 1973, Gerald Cager Jr. was just 4 months old.

That baby now stands 6-foot-5, weighs 210 pounds and wears a Falcons uniform.

In Saturday's 35-10 victory over Queen Anne's, Cager helped Borland -- who once coached Cager's father -- to win his 100th career victory.

"Mr. Borland's the man. I look up to him so much," said Cager, who rushed six times for 105 yards, including an 85-yard third-quarter touchdown to give the Falcons a 28-3 lead.

"Back when Coach Borland first started at Severna Park, he coached my dad, Gerald Sr., who's now 42 -- but don't tell (Borland) that," Cager, 18, added. "My dad ran track for him. He also coached my cousin Donny, who's 40 now."

With his 100-85 record, Borland joined an elite group: Annapolis' Al Laramore (156-67-2), Joe Papetti (154-82-3 at Glen Burnie and South River) and Jerry Mears (129-68-2 at Arundel and Meade).

Cager and his second cousin, 5-foot-7, 220-pound running back John Jennings, come from a talented line of players who have been coached by Borland at Severna Park.

"He's like a great-grandfather to all of us," said Jennings, 17, who scored two touchdowns on 13 carries for 133 yards, all in the first half. "He's an excellent coach, and he's seen alot. Everybody has learned something from him. That's why we keep coming back."

"He's coached so many of us that winning this game waslike a family affair," said Cager. "This meant a lot. It's just likehaving a baby, I guess. I'm so happy, I could cry myself."

Katie Borland, 53, Andy's wife of nearly 28 years, said, "They're all his sons."

She witnessed the milestone with one of her three daughters,a son-in-law, a son-in-law-to-be and two grandchildren.

"We've had many good sons, very many over the years," she added. "Now, he has done something that most people are unable to do. He loves what he's doing."

But Borland, who began coaching in 1963, said, "When you win 100 ball games,all it says is that you're old, not necessarily that you're good.

"I think there are a whole lot better coaches than I am," said Borland, 51, standing outside his squad's locker room as Cager and Jennings emerged together.

Cager is a county champion high-jumper, and Jennings led the county a year ago with 13 touchdowns in 1,350 yards rushing.

"Those two are great athletes," he said, pointing to the pair. "It's just that I've been very fortunate to havesome great athletes over the years. And anybody can win with great athletes."

The Queen Anne's crowd got a good look at some of those athletes as Severna Park scored on its first three possessions for a 21-0 halftime lead. John Milisitz was good on all five extra-point kicks.

The Falcons (2-0) racked up 244 of their 300-yard total in the first half. At that point, Jennings, who didn't run the ball in thesecond half, had more yardage than the Lions, who totaled just 95 first-half yards.

On its game-opening drive, Severna Park rambled 78yards in 11 plays for Jennings' touchdown from 4 yards out. Jenningsrushed seven times for 55 of his 102 first-quarter yards.

His second touchdown dive from just one yard out culminated a 10-play, 97-yard march with 1:53 remaining in the first period. Colin Harding's 32-yard reception and a 20-yard run by Travis Koballa (43 yards, four carries) highlighted that drive.

Harding, a 6-5, 190-pounder who also recorded a sack in the game, scored the Falcons' third touchdown with 10:07 left in the second quarter. The Falcons went 51 yards in just four plays to set up quarterback Tim Bowerman's 18-yard flag pattern strike to Harding. Jennings had a 30-yard run in that drive.

Interceptions by sophomore Sean Miller killed two Queen Anne's drives inside the 10-yard line in the first and second quarters.

The Lions (0-2) had gone four plays from their own 35 in the first quarter before Miller robbed quarterback James Melvin at the 3-yard line, settingthe stage for Jennings' second score. In the second quarter, Miller stole the ball in the end zone after Queen Anne's had gone 13 plays from their own 20 to the Severna Park 12.

The Falcons' dominance enabled Borland to pull most of his starters for the second half and thus conceal secrets from the scouts of future opponents who attended the game, including those from Annapolis, Meade and Broadneck high schools.

"We didn't show them anything," said Borland, who is going for his fourth county 4A League title in the last five years. "I just started playing everybody and we only ran one or two plays all day. We just ran the things the other teams already know that we do."

Queen Anne's was held in four plays to start the third period, but the Lions took possession at the Falcons' 48 on the ensuing punt when Severna Park's Koballa tried unsuccessfully to grab the ball between a group of defenders.

The Lions, who totaled 237 yards, recovered andwent six plays before Michael Jordan kicked a 35-yard field goal.

On their initial play of the third quarter, the Falcons went ahead, 28-3. From the Severna Park 15-yard line, Cager took a hand-off from Miller, the reserve quarterback. He galloped around the right side and went untouched down the sideline.

A 1-yard keeper by Melvin ended a seven-play, 52-yard scoring drive and brought the Lions to 28-10 with 9:37 left in the game, but John Novak countered four minutes later with a 52-yard punt return for the winning margin.

"I have a lot of fun at games like this," said Borland. "I'm 51 years old, I feelgreat and I'm having fun. I guess I'll keep doing this until it's not any fun or until my legs won't let me walk out there anymore."

He glanced over at his wife, who was playing nearby with a grandchild.

"You know, I've never had to eat a TV dinner? That's the kind of support I've gotten from my wife through my whole coaching career. Man, I couldn't do it without her."

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