Mustangs crowd All-County list Wright's Fordyce makes most of his senior year Player of the Year

November 29, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff writer

Brad Fordyce believes a player's senior year should be his best one.

A two-way starter in football, he backed this thinking with action in helping C. Milton Wright to its third straight unbeaten regular season.

In the process, his work earned him the honor of The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Football Player of the Year.

That work included leading the county in tackles and finishing among the leaders in pass receiving. For 10 games, the 6-foot, 185-pound player had 203 defensive hits, including 103 solo tackles, and caught 16 passes for a county-high 393 yards and four touchdowns.

The season did not exactly start out with a promise of that kind of season. Coach Steve Harward, searching for a starting quarterback, put Fordyce at the position in preseason camp.

"That just wasn't my style," Fordyce recalled. "Also, I'd smashed my fingers and had trouble with snaps."

Harward then picked junior Mike Schmidt for the position, and Schmidt responded with 602 passing yards and five touchdowns. "He did a great job," said Fordyce of his replacement.

Fordyce's playing role was nothing new because he's been doing it since about the fourth grade, and "it's a lot of fun every year," he said. What turned out to be new was assuming a role as one of the team captains.

"That means you're a leader, and I felt I had to get the job done. I put extra pressure on myself to do well," he said.

A three-year starter, he prefers defense and cites the Elkton game (a 13-0 win) as one he remembers best. "I had an interception and made some big hits," Fordyce said.

Still, the thing that impressed him most about the team was the way it came together.

Several starters went down with season-ending injuries.

"We lost some starters, but it always seemed as though others were ready to step up and play well," Fordyce said.

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