Catonsville Comets 1991 record: 2-8. Coach: Warren Como.
Top players: Don Senkus, Jr., QB; Matt Caulk, Sr., QB; Jason Brooks, Jr., RB; Brian Black, Sr., RB; James Lewis, Sr., RB-LB.
Outlook: Como, a former Woodlawn assistant, takes over a program that has seen little success in recent years. Barring injuries, however, this year could be different. The Comets had ,, 65 players show up for preseason practice, including several who could put a jolt into the offense. Leading the way is newcomer Lewis, also a basketball standout. Como said he most likely will use Lewis at running back to complement Brooks and Black. At quarterback, Senkus and Caulk continue to battle for the starting position.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 1991 record: 8-3. Coach: Ken Johnson.
Top players: John Eltringham, G, Sr.; Keith Brown, FB, Sr.; Lamar King, RB-LB, Jr.; Jermaine Johnson, QB, Jr.; Rob Barnes, C, Jr.
Outlook: The Bayhawks are loaded in the offensive backfield, so moving the ball should not be a problem. A playoff team that lost to Wicomino in the Class 2-A opening round, the school had an undefeated JV, and most of the players joining the varsity were linemen, making a nice fit. But the defense is being rebuilt, so there might be some high-scoring games in this team's future.
Dundalk Owls 1991 record: 5-5. Coach: David Dixon.
Top players: Tom Kuhn, T, Sr.; Mike Fearson, T, Sr.; John Satterfield, RB, Sr.; Rich Venker, QB, Jr.; James Tyler, FB, Sr.
Outlook: The Owls are thinking playoffs with an extra-large offensive line that averages 255 pounds, some depth, a good kicker and an ability to run the football over opponents. "I'm cautiously optimistic," said Dixon. It shouldn't take long to find out how good they are; the opener is with Wilde Lake.
Dulaney Lions 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Chuck Klimek.
Top players: Todd Retchless, QB, Sr.; Mike Fleming, FB-LB, Sr.; Emmerich Yoder, DE-TE, Sr.; Jong Yi, WB-DB, Sr., Marlon Gittens, SE-DB, Jr.
Outlook: The Lions figure to rely on their skill-position players because the offensive and defensive lines are inexperienced. If senior backups from last season develop up front, they could produce a winning season.
EVT Mavericks 1991 record: 7-3. Coach: Jim Salters.
Top players: Brian Reese, LB-FB, Sr.; Ira McCullough, TB-LB, Jr.; Eric Messercola, QB-S, Sr.; Robert Sheets, DT-OT, Sr.; Ryan Barrow, DT-OT, Sr.
Outlook: Without Daryl Ray, who broke virtually all of the school's offensive records, EVT's running game will not be as strong or as outside-oriented. The Mavericks will punch the ball up the middle more often with Reese, and Messercola will add an aerial threat. With big backs and more balance, Salters is optimistic.
Franklin Indians 1991 record: 3-7. Coach:: Claude Darr.
Top players: Daryl Chambers, Sr., WR-LB; William Collins, Sr., QB; Bryan Foltz, Jr., SE-LB; David Hurren, Sr., G-FB; Bryan Taylor, Jr., C; James Mitchell, Jr., DE.
Outlook: After a down year in 1991, Darr has radically altered the offense in an attempt to boost point production. The new single-wing scheme will put Collins in the shotgun and give him the option to pass or run. Darr said it was his quarterback's great athletic ability that allowed him to make the transition. He said the team should "definitely fair better than last year."
Hereford Bulls 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Frank Ewing.
Top players: Steve Talbott, C, Sr.; Joe Fava, RB, Sr.; Josh Rohlfs, QB, Sr.; Greg Breeback, DB, Sr.; Frank Meisel, CB, Sr.; Gabe Selko, CB, Sr.
Outlook: With some added numbers, Hereford is looking for a winning record after victories in three of its last four games in 1991. But only one defensive starter is back and the lines have to be fortified. Expect the Bulls to run. They completed four passes last year.
@Kenwood Bluebirds 1991 record: 3-7. Coach: Fred Myers.
Top players: Joe Gray, SE, Sr.; Steve Hewitt, QB, Sr.; Butch Inglesias, WB, Sr.; Frank Choi, G, Sr.; Eric Hiltz, C, Jr.; Tony Guido, TE, Jr.
Outlook: This is a pass-happy team that has a strong receiving corps. The Bluebirds will be rather young with the accent on juniors, but will not be blessed with a lot of depth. Linebackers will feature the defense. A 3-A school, Kenwood plays 2-A competition, so Myers will not go to the playoffs even if the team wins the league.
@Lansdowne Vikings 1991 record: 0-10. Coach Gary Hesselbein.
Top players: Teon Jones, Sr., QB-DE; Louis Hererra, Sr., G-LB.
Outlook: It remains uncertain whether Lansdowne will even be able to field a varsity team this season. According to school officials, the team will need to recruit at least double its current number of players to be able to compete. The other option is disbanding the varsity and concentrating on developing the JV team.
Loch Raven Raiders 1991 record: 7-3. Coach: Robert Helms.
Top players: Michael Brammer, QB, Sr.; Ken Griffith, G, Sr.