MSA A Conference
City Knights 1991 record: 10-0. Coach: George Petrides.
Top players: Terrence Suber, Sr., QB; Dwight Banks, Jr., WR; AntonioTravers, Sr., FB; Shawn Scott, Sr., OL-DL; Marshall
Holmes, Sr., OL-DL; Carey Hugh, Sr.
Outlook: The pressure is on for the Knights, who last year surprised the conference and Petrides, The Sun's 1991 Coach of the Year. All-Metro quarterback Suber (12 TDs, 1,027 passing yards, 402 rushing) is back, behind linemen Scott (6-2, 260), Holmes (6-2, 225), Xavier Logan (6-0, 245) and tackles Gregory Gillis (6-2, 230) and Jason Burke (6-3, 240). Like Suber, Banks (4.5 40-yard --) is listed among the nation's top college prospects in Street and Smith's.
Calvert Hall Cardinals 1991 record: 9-2. Coach: Bill Mackley.
Top players: Tim Butler, Sr., S-SE; Daniel Cornitcher, Sr., OT-DT; Mike Cunningham, Sr., OG; Stan Fisher, Sr., OG; Dennis Grinestaff, Jr., QB; Adam Roberts, Jr., RB.
Outlook: The Cardinals will have a difficult time matching the performance of last year's squad, which completed the year ranked No. 5 in the area. "We'll be the smallest team in the MSA, and our biggest problem is maturity. Our strength will be in the skilled positions," said fifth-year coach Mackley.
Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders
1991 record: 5-5. Coach: Frank Trcka.
Top players: Rocky Keener, Jr., QB; Brandon Holly, Sr., OT-DT; ++ Curtis Loggins, FB; Rodney Manigo, Sr., WR-RB; John Terry, Sr., RB.
Outlook: Other than Holly (6-6, 260) and Loggins (6-1, 234), the Crusaders lack size. "We have a lot of speed, we're very quick, we just have to come together," said fifth-year coach Trcka. That, and the poise of Keener in the multiple-set offense, will key the Crusaders' attack.
Forest Park Foresters 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Obie Barnes.
Top players: Ronald Foster, Sr., LB; Bilal Bahar, Sr., RB; Kenny Smith, Sr., LB; Tonnka Bryant, Sr., LB; Antoine Hickman, Sr., LB; Trinidad Taylor, Sr., LB-OG; Robert Arther, Jr., CB.
Outlook: Although it will be superb defensively, Forest Park will lack the usual size of its lineman. "That's where we'll be hurting the most," 16th-year coach Barnes says. Sophomore quarterback Newman Thompson is up from the JV, where he led
the team to its first winning season in years.
@Gilman Greyhounds 1991 record: 5-4. Coach: Sherm Bristow.
Top players: Ronnie Crockett, Sr., WR; David Shapiro, Sr., C; Nick Maumenee, Sr., LB.
Outlook: Twelth-year coach Bristow hopes to regain the stature of his 7-2 record from two years back. And the Greyhounds could do it, with 27 returnees -- including eight offensive starters and four on defense -- from last year's 17th-ranked squad. Crockett (6-2, 175), Shapiro (5-11, 220) and Maumenee (6-1, 205) are the core.
Lake Clifton Lakers 1991 record: 0-10. Coach: David White.
Top players: Andy Gray, Sr., C-P; Dwayne Holcombe, Sr., DT; Tim Goldsby, Sr., S; Dennis Harding, Jr., SE; Ricky Matthews, Soph., RB; Curtis Scott, Sr., RB.
Outlook: Although they were coming off of a 9-1, MSA B Conference championship season last year, the Lakers were swamped in their inaugural A Conference venture. "We've been here for a season, so we'll be better for it," said eighth-year coach White. That could be, with 10 returning starters, including three-year veteran Gray (5-10, 190).
Loyola Dons 1991 record: 8-2-1. Coach: Joe Brune.
Top players: Bill Evans, Sr., QB; John Conrad, Sr., C-DT; Joe Lombardo, Sr., OT-DT; Brian Perrier, Sr., RB-DB; Greg Hoblemann, Sr., DB-RB; Orlando Mayo, Sr., LB; Karl Zeller, Sr., LB.
Outlook: The Dons lost two first-team All-Metro players and one second-teamer from a team that ended last year ranked third in )) the area. "We have good size and good speed, but we'll have to bring the young guys along," said 26th-year coach Brune. "We built our offense around a talented tailback last year. Now we'll build it around our quarterback." Linemen Conrad (6-3, 230) and Joe Lombardo (6-3, 302) will be the keys.
McDonogh Eagles 1991 record: 2-8. Coach: Mike Working.
Top players: Dwayne Stukes, Soph., RB-WR-DB; Bobby Sablehaus, Soph., QB; Jeremy Seiple, Jr., WR; Tim Yeager, Sr., LB; Andrew Osborne, Sr., LB; Robbie Allen, Sr., S.
Outlook: After going 1-9 two years ago, the Eagles acquired Working as coach and are viewed in the conference as a team on the rise. Speedster Stukes (5-11, 163) amassed 767 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He and Seiple will be targets for Sablehaus (6-6, 210). Yeager (5-10, 190) and Osborne (5-11, 180) anchor the defense along with Allen.
Mount St. Joseph Gaels
1991 record: 2-8. Coach: Tim Perry.
Top players: Dave Sunderland, Sr., OT-DT; Jim Wright, Sr., OT-DT; Johnny McAdam, Sr., C; Kemit Price, Sr., G; David Cole, Sr., G; Dominic Steward, Sr., FB; Sean Neal, Sr., QB.