Ward, Wrenn, Borland reach 100 victories
Overlea's Terry Ward thought it might never happen. Roger Wrenn of Patterson was reflective. And Severna Park's Andy Borland, who apparently had done it before, downplayed it.
Each coach had a different reaction to recording his 100th career victory over the weekend.
"Winning 100 games doesn't mean you're good. All it means is you're old," said Borland, 51, whose seventh-ranked Falcons defeated Queen Anne's, 35-10, on Saturday. "I've been fortunate to have great athletes the past few years. Anybody can win with great athletes."
Borland, 100-84 in 19 seasons, is actually a career 106-78 on the field. Borland turned his program in months after the 1978 season ended when an out-of-state transfer student proved to be technically ineligible, and Severna Park forfeited six victories.
Ward, 100-87-2 in 21 seasons, coached at Sparrows Point from 1970-87, where he endured several losing years before taking over for Norm Johnson at Overlea in 1989. Ward is 22-3 with the Falcons.
"There were times when I thought I would get my 100th loss before my 100th win," said Ward, after the 18th-ranked Falcons defeated Towson, 38-14, on Friday. "There were some years when a victory was really something to be savored. I hope I haven't forgotten that. . . . I don't think I have."
Wrenn apparently hasn't.
"I don't remember every play, but I sure remember every game," said Wrenn, 100-70-2 in 18 seasons. "These moments are etched and engraved on your brain forever.
"This is such a great game. People haven't emphasized lately what an outstanding experience it is: the ups and downs, the highs and lows . . . the way it condenses all of life's experiences."
Wrenn's 100th victory -- 26-21 over Parkside on Saturday -- was unique in that No. 12 Patterson had to rally from a halftime deficit, although the Clippers had three touchdowns called back. Last season, the Clippers rarely trailed and won by an average margin of almost 27 points.
Records, streaks, milestones
* No. 3 Randallstown and No. 2 Wilde Lake extended the area's longest winning streaks to 15 with shutout victories during the weekend. Randallstown beat Franklin, 28-0, on Friday and Wilde Lake defeated Dundalk, 27-0, on Saturday.
* Sparrows Point extended the area's longest losing streak to 14 after Saturday's 26-0 loss to John Carroll.
* Archbishop Spalding's 34-8 loss to Northeast on Friday extended the Cavaliers' winless streak to 22.
* Kenwood has scored 66 points in its first two games, three more than it scored all last season.
No substitute for good subs
There's not much that Joe Brune hasn't seen in his 25 years as Loyola's coach, but the closing moments of Saturday's 14-14 tie with St. John's of Washington were "pretty bizarre" even to him.
After a blocked field-goal attempt and a 63-yard return set up the fourth-ranked Dons' game-tying touchdown, Loyola was unable to kick the potential game-winning extra-point with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining.
Loyola kicker Chris Ginter did not miss the kick; he never had the opportunity. Brune said he was trying to make substitutions before the kick, but a mix-up of who was coming and who was going led Brune to call a timeout. Unfortunately for Brune, the team had no timeouts left, and instead of being allowed to try a game-winning PAT, the Dons had to kick the ball away.
"It was really a mess-up on my part," Brune said. "We really had not practiced substitutions in that situation. Prior to the game, I reviewed it with them. I thought they were clear on it, but apparently they weren't.
Loyola's Jeff Zielinski came up with a disputed interception at the St. John's 2-yard line with six seconds left, but time expired before Loyola's offense could get back on the field.
* Most TDs: Demont Blackmon, Aberdeen, 4.
* Longest TD rushing: Demont Blackmon, Aberdeen, and Gerald Cager, Severna Park, 85 yards.
* Longest TD passing: Jay Glickson, Pikesville, 84 yards to John McCarthy.
* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Kenny Simmons, Loch Raven, and Hosea Tomlin, Southwestern, 85 yards.
* Longest punt return for a TD: Lonnie Bishop, Pikesville, 73 yards.
* Longest interception return for a TD: Tony Conrad, Calvert Hall, 76 yards.
* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: Matt Arnone, Pikesville, 72 yards.
PD * Longest field goal: Mike Weichert, C. Milton Wright, 42 yards.
* Demont Blackmon, Aberdeen, 20 carries, 258 yards, 4 TDs.
* Lawrence Worthington, Edgewood, 20 carries, 240 yards, 2 TDs.
OC * Alphonse Generette, Glen Burnie, 19 carries, 174 yards, 1 TD.
* Buddy Edmond, Patterson, 13-for-25, 301 yards, 2 TDs.
* Jerome Dennis, Milford Mill, 9-for-18, 225 yards, 2 TDs.
E9 * Danny Brown, Perry Hall, 9-for-13, 214 yards, 1 TD.
* Ronnie Green, Patterson, 5 catches, 141 yards, 2 TDs.
* Wes Wedmore, Perry Hall, 5 catches, 96 yards, 1 TD.
@4 * Joe Gray, Kenwood, 2 catches, 90 yards, 2 TDs.
Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Sun.