City's Suber handled call for perfect season Offensive Player of the Year 1992 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY/BALTIMORE CITY FOOTBALL TEAM

November 29, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

For City's senior quarterback Terrence Suber, a lasting memory of the Knights' second straight 10-0 football season will be of a come-from-behind 12-7 victory over then-No. 7 Gilman.

For the first time in four games and for the only time during the season, City faced a 7-0 halftime deficit.

And the Greyhounds' Peter Bogue had been Suber's worst nightmare during the rain-drenched game, sacking him once and intercepting him once as Suber went 0-for-4 passing in the first half.

"Games like that, I felt I had to try and step up and be a leader," said Suber, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-Baltimore County/City Offensive Football Player of the Year. "Gilman's a game I'll never forget."

That's because Suber, who accounted for 1,596 yards of the Knights' offense this season, turned it on in the second half of that game, rushing for 68 of his team-leading 101 yards.

Suber faced a third-and-nine with 5:13 left in the third quarter when he rolled right, then turned and threw the ball against the grain, finding his speedy teammate, Dwight Banks, for his only completion.

Banks, who faced double-coverage all day, out-leaped Gilman's Jimmy Zimmerman near the left sideline. He then used his 4.5-second 40-yard speed to outrun Mark Cornes to the end zone on a play that covered 79 yards, cut the deficit to 7-6 and gave the Knights momentum for their toughest victory.

"When I played, I just tried to get the whole team involved, distribute the responsibilities on offense," said Suber, whose B-plus average earned him recognition in the National Honor Society and has sparked interest from schools such as Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina universities.

"With us being behind and having to come back like that against Gilman -- we just really showed a lot of team character coming back."

Suber demonstrated his potential last season, when he rushed 57 times for 402 yards and passed for 1,027 yards, completing 51 of 83 passes for 12 touchdowns to earn first-team All-Metro honors.

This year, the 6-foot, 180-pounder used his speed to rush for 652 yards with seven touchdowns, while completing 46-of-79 passes for 944 yards and seven touchdowns.

For the No. 1 Knights, who out scored their opponents, 268-41, including five shutouts, Suber had three interceptions as a defensive back.

Fittingly, Suber scored the Knights' final touchdown on a 10-yard run in City's 20-0 season-ending, Thanksgiving Day victory over No. 2 Poly.

The win earned City's second-straight Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title and secured its third unbeaten season since going 11-0 in 1987.

After the Poly game, Suber said, "I've never felt better about a game in my life."

MA He probably could say the same thing about his entire season.

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