City College's success this season has not been the work of any one player.
The Knights (6-0) are the area's second-ranked team and rank fifth in scoring (30.0) and fourth in points allowed (6.7), as they prepare for Friday's showdown with No. 1 Calvert Hall, because of a host of players.
However, if there is a key to this team, it is quarterback Terrence Suber.
This season Suber, a junior, has emerged as a steadying force for the Knights' run-oriented offense, and he has been an accurate passer, completing 31 of 51 for 755 yards and nine touchdowns.
Those numbers don't rank him among the area's top 10 in passing yardage, but don't try to convince City coach George Petrides that there is a better quarterback in the Baltimore area.
"Terrence is the best quarterback around," said Petrides. "The coach at Hanover [the Pennsylvania team the Knights beat, 18-16] says he's the best he's ever seen, and that coach has over 150 wins. If he [Suber] has to throw, he will throw, and if he has to run, he will run."
The obvious comparison being made with Suber is to former City quarterback Chris Smith, the diminutive option general who ran for more than 2,000 yards while leading City to 19 victories in 1986-87, including its first win over archrival Poly in 17 years.
"He does more than Chris," said Petrides. "He throws the ball much better, but he doesn't run as well. Collectively, he's probably a better player."
FTC Street & Smith's magazine has become the first publication to rank Dunbar's boys basketball team No. 1 in its preseason poll, and several others should follow, although Poets coach Pete Pompey isn't all that excited.
"It's very nice that we are that highly thought of, but it doesn't mean a great deal until you finish No. 1," he said.
The Poets finished last season 27-1 and were ranked no lower than fifth in most national or regional publications. With a nucleus of Donta Bright, Michael LLoyd and Keith Booth, all of whom are ranked among the nation's top 50 players, the Poets are expected to be one of the country's dominant teams. No area team has been ranked No. 1 since Dunbar won a mythical national title in 1985.
Dunbar will participate in tournaments in Hawaii, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Johnstown, Pa., Erie, Pa., St. Louis and may even find time to defend its Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title.
Street & Smith's also lists Bright, a 6-foot-6 forward, as a first-team All-American.
Lloyd, a 6-2 guard, is listed among the seniors receiving high honorable mention. Southern's 6-6 senior guard, Kwame Evans, and Cardinal Gibbons' 5-10 senior guard, Quintin Moody, received honorable mention. Among the underclassmen, Booth, a 6-7 junior forward, received high honorable mention and Southern's 6-9 junior center, Abdul Brown, received honorable mention.
Notable performances last week: Girls -- Mount de Sales' Julie Shimko placed ninth and Roland Park's Amanda Rothwell placed 10th in the St. Agnes Cross County Invitational in Virginia. Mount de Sales placed fifth in team standings, Roland Park was ninth and Bryn Mawr finished 11th. . . . Poly's Anita Manning won the TAC 5K Northeast Regional for 17-18 year-olds in New York. . . . Loch Raven's girls soccer team completed the season 12-0 with a 5-3 victory over Dulaney in the Baltimore County championship game, as Michelle DeJuliis scored two goals and had two assists. She also had three goals and one assist in an 8-0 win over Patapsco. . . . Joppatowne's Thori Staples had all three goals in a 3-2 soccer victory over Fallston for the Harford County championship. . . . Old Mill's Teri Bogel had both goals in a 2-1 soccer victory over Severna Park, ending the Falcons' 57-game unbeaten streak, and she had the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Chesapeake-AA.
Park's Cathy Richman totaled six goals and two assists in field hockey wins over Key (3-0), John Carroll (3-0) and St. Timothy's (4-1). . . . Francis Scott Key's Wendy Galandak had two goals and an assist in a field hockey victory over Walkersville (7-0) and the lone goal in a loss to undefeated Middletown (2-1).
Boys -- Hereford's David Diangelo had six goals and three assists in soccer victories over Pikesville (7-2) and Patapsco (4-0). . . . Mount St. Joseph's Vince Craig had one assist and one goal in soccer wins over Boys' Latin (3-0) and Archbishop Curley (2-1, OT) and helped the Gaels football team down McDonogh (31-0) with a 38-yard field goal and 4 PATs.