When Ken Johnson left Randallstown for Chesapeake (Baltimore County) in 1990, he was fully aware that he was saying goodbye to a team capable of winning its second state 4A football championship.
The Larry Washington-led Rams did just that by sweeping to a 13-0 mark under new coach John Buchheister.
But Johnson hasn't had regrets.
"This is the best move I've ever made. I miss Randallstown, but I'm a teacher before I'm a football coach. And once you're in the system, you stay on that track," Johnson said.
That meant becoming the physical education department chairman and athletic director at Chesapeake when those positions became available.
"It was a promotion for me financially and security-wise," he said.
Despite the move, Johnson (48-18 with one state 4A title at Randallstown) has not become a stranger to victory. The Bayhawks have won 14 of 16 games since his arrival. They are 5-0 and ranked No. 10.
Johnson does not have the size or numbers he enjoyed at Randallstown, but still has forged an explosive offense (averaging 31.4 ppg) and solid defense (6.6 ppg) behind running back Gee Bullock, guard/linebacker Dave Crickard, guard/defensive tackle John Eltringham and linebacker Lamar King.
There is some slight movement on the issue of the Baltimore City public schools' joining the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
Don Williams, supervisor of physical education and athletics for the city schools, said that deputy superintendent Dr. Lillian Gonzalez has requested a written report from each of the 16 schools' athletic directors and principals with their opinions on joining the state association.
However, Williams is quick to warn that the lastest development may not necessarily be a prelude to a decision by the administration on the issue any time soon.
"She simply wants to get some background information, so, that if [city schools superintendent] Dr. [Walter G.] Amprey wants information, she can be prepared with something in writing," Williams said.
Notable performances from last week: Girls -- Fullbacks Lisa Behr, Heather Hicks, Jen Jaskulski and Shannon Skoop of the Institute of Notre Dame limited Pompei and Mount Hebron to just four shots on goal in two victories, as IND, which has allowed just two goals all season, improved to 5-0. . . . IND's Shannon Becker had three goals and an assist in the wins over Mount Hebron (6-3) and Pompei (7-0). . . . Joppatowne's Thori Staples had six goals in soccer wins over North Harford (3-1) and Havre de bTC Grace (7-0). . . . Old Mill's Teri Lee had a goal and two assists to lead the Patriots to soccer victories over Arundel (5-0) and Broadneck (3-1). . . . Loch Raven's Michelle DeJuliis had seven goals and two assists in soccer victories over Owings Mills (10-0) and Hereford (4-0). . . . Bel Air's Amy Sullivan had four goals and an assist in soccer victories over Franklin (4-0) and Edgewood (4-1). . . . Severna Park's Stephanie Roberts had four goals in soccer wins over Southern-AA (4-0) and Northeast (6-1). . . . St. Mary's Randall Goldsborough had a goal and two assists in soccer victories over McDonogh (2-0) and Spalding (3-1). . . . Centennial's Carlyn Cangiano sparked the Eagles to volleyball victories over Howard and Mount Hebron. She had a serve percentage of .917, nine aces, five blocks and seven kills. . . . St. Paul's Tricia Burdt had the winning goals in field hockey victories over ranked teams Centennial (3-0) and Severn (1-0).
Boys -- C. Milton Wright's Brian Harris set a course record at the South Carroll Cross Country Invitational with a clocking of 16 minutes, 47 seconds over the 3.1-mile course. . . . Loyola's Gavin McCarty won the Anne Arundel County Cross County Invitational A2 Division (mid-sized schools) in 17:53. . . . Old Mill's Scott Boetig won the Anne Arundel County Cross County Invitational A1 Division (large schools) in 17:06. . . . Gilman won the team division of the Anne Arundel County Cross Country Invitational A2 Division, edging Loyola, 59-62. Chas Iliff, who placed third, was Gilman's top finisher. . . . Hammond soccer player Brian Thierrin had four goals and an assist in wins over Aberdeen (5-3) and Glenelg (2-1)