Top-ranked City, with 12 starters back, looks too tough, even for 4-0 Gilman

The Inside Stuff

October 08, 1992|By Bill Tanton

City College hasn't won back-to-back Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference football championships since 1965-66.

George Petrides, City's coach since 1975, is keenly aware of that.

He was the center on those City teams in the '60s, which were coached by George Young, now the New York Giants' general manager. The quarterback was Kurt Schmoke, now the mayor of Baltimore.

But City, which went undefeated and won the title last year, is 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the conference, ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun and favored to win it all again.

Petrides doesn't want to look beyond his team's league game against Gilman at home tomorrow (3:30 p.m.). And he shouldn't.

Gilman is 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the A Conference, a difficult opponent at the very least.

"All I'm thinking about is Gilman," Petrides says. "Gilman is Gilman. They wait for you to make a mistake.

"I saw Gilman beat Calvert Hall last week [17-6]. They have a scrappy defense. This is going to be a great game."

I'm not sure it'll be a great game, but it should be a good one. City, with 12 starters from its championship team, appears too strong for anybody.

Its offense, with eight starters back, says Petrides, "is probably better than last year's." The defense (four starters have returned) "is coming on," says the coach.

The most heralded of City's stars is 6-foot, 180-pound Terrence Suber, the starting quarterback for the third straight year.

"All the colleges are recruiting him," says Petrides. "I've got a tape here I have to send to Penn State, another one for Clemson.

"Terrence is an exceptional athlete. He runs a 4.4 40. He also plays basketball and baseball. He led the state in home runs, and he made some sensational catches in center field.

"Suber can be a quarterback in college, but he'll probably be a defensive back or a running back. He could play anything but the interior line."

Suber is one of Baltimore's best high school players in years, but Petrides understands the role an offensive line plays in making a back a star.

"Our greatest strength," says the coach, "is our offensive line. It's the best I remember here, including the ones I played on.

"We have four starters back. Shawn Scott and Xzavier Logan are the guards. Scott goes 245, and the colleges are after him. Logan's a junior.

"Jayson Burke is an outstanding tackle, and Marshall Holmes is the center. All of them are not only big and fast, but they're athletic, too."

Sounds to me as if City is on its way to another title. Its toughest test should come Nov. 14 against No. 2 Loyola, also undefeated.

"There's another team, Loyola," says Petrides, "with a third-year starter [Billy Evans] at quarterback."

It's more than a coincidence that the top two teams have third-year guys at QB. Loyola entertains Mount St. Joe Saturday at 2 o'clock.

* Sometimes at a news conference even a team owner can have his eyes opened, which is what happened at the Spirit news conference here this week.

The Spirit, the new Baltimore entry in the National Professional Soccer League, announced that it has signed former Towson State star Barry Stitz and that 15 of its games will be broadcast over WTMD (89.7 FM), Towson State's radio station.

Then coach Kenny Cooper gratuitously reported that on his recent trip back home to England, where he's exploring international competition involving the Spirit, there are 92 professional soccer teams.

"But only 12 of them make money," Cooper said.

Spirit owner Bill Stealy winced.

"You didn't have to tell me that," said Stealy, a Baltimore area businessman in his first year as a soccer owner.

Maybe old pro Cooper was just softening up the boss for the inevitable financial losses.

* This is a time of the year when there are charity golf tournaments galore -- and every one I know of is for a good cause. That includes, of course, the Lt. James M. Love Memorial tournament to be held Oct. 19 at Bay Hills in Arnold.

Love, a one-time Naval Academy lacrosse goalie, was killed when his helicopter crashed en route to the Desert Storm operation. He left a wife and three young children.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to the scholarship fund at Archbishop Spalding High School, Love's alma mater. Saturday is the deadline for entries. For details call John Kaulius at (410) 987-2811.

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