Four Wildecats get taste of life on losing side

EXTRA INNINGS

July 29, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht

This, that and the other:

It took more than two years. But on Saturday night in the Big 33 Football Classic, Wilde Lake's football team, or at least a significant chunk of it, finally found out how the other half lives.

Four players from Wilde Lake's state championship football team -- linebacker Brent Guyton, lineman James Easterly, quarterback Phil White and defensive back Andre Martin -- endured a 38-0 thrashing by Pennsylvania, which ended its eight-year Maryland rivalry with its sixth victory. It was the most lopsided score in the history of the series.

"This is the first time I've lost in a long time, the first time I've lost by this much in a long time, and the first time I've ever been this down during a game," said Guyton, who made five tackles and saved a second-quarter touchdown.

The impression Pennsylvania left on Guyton is understandable. After all, he hasn't been on the losing end of a football game since the final game of his sophomore season in the playoffs against Damascus (Montgomery County). Back then, coaches were touting Guyton as a player to watch for future, big-time college consideration.

Over the next two seasons, Wilde Lake went on a roll. They won two consecutive state titles with two straight 13-0 seasons, during which they outscored their opposition 837-114 and recorded 13 shutouts.

Guyton played a key role in that success, and reaped the rewards for it. After being named the Sun's All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year last fall, he is headed to UCLA on a full, football scholarship.

Guyton's three Big 33 teammates shared similar experiences. White, still undecided about his college plans, quarterbacked Wilde Lake for three years. Easterly, who will play at Georgia Tech, played in every one of those 26 victories. Martin, who earned a scholarship to Maryland, played an important part in the Wildecats' state title last fall.

But Saturday night, Wilde Lake's fearsome foursome found themselves on the same side of the score where so many of their high school opponents have been during the Wildecats' memorable run.

Sure, a victory would have added a nice, neat exclamation point to their high school years, but the Big 33 rout probably serves as a useful bridge between the old days and the next level. More rough days lie ahead in the Division I college football classroom.

*

Kris Bryant is on the long road to recovery.

Bryant, the 6-foot, senior forward at Mount Hebron and The Baltimore Sun's reigning All-Metro Player of the Year, underwent successful surgery last week to repair the anterior cruciate she tore in her left knee while playing in a pickup game in Ocean City.

Bryant is doing five leg exercises a day to maintain muscle strength. She is doing 300 leglifts a day and has begun intensive therapy, including electric muscle stimulation. She could be rid of her crutches by next week.

"Everything is proceeding as expected, maybe a little bit better than expected," said Russ Bryant, Kris' father.

Bryant will miss her senior season, but hopes to earn a college basketball scholarship.

* Next week marks the first anniversary of one of the more ridiculous high school sports rules ever passed by the state -- that which prohibits people from bringing video cameras to high school games without permission from the host school.

Granted, the rule has little effect in Howard County, where coaches generally don't care who videotapes their games. What's interesting is the rule supposedly was sparked partly by Wilde Lake's football coaches, who taped opponents aggressively all over the state for scouting purposes. Some schools claimed that gave the Wildecats an unfair advantage.

What the rule's proponents fail to realize is programs like Wilde Lake's are blessed with assistants who don't need cameras to get a good read on an opponent. Wilde Lake proved it last year. Head coach Doug DuVall and his five assistants estimate they traveled some 4,000 miles scouting teams in the traditional manner, with pen and clipboard.

The videotape rule certainly doesn't hurt the Wildecats. If anything, it hurts programs that lack Wilde Lake's resources. Many teams don't have the kind of coaches who can split up, watch three of four opponents around the state at the same time and report back to the home base with detailed scouting reports.

Anyone can operate a camera.

* Finally, Glenelg graduate Tanissa Dorsey, who led the Gladiators the state tournament last winter and made The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro First Team, has signed to play basketball at UMBC.

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