Hovet takes over Scorpions Star of '78, '79 is now coach

August 25, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Oakland Mills has a new head football coach but he's no stranger to the Scorpions program.

Ken Hovet, after eight years as a Scorpions assistant coach, has taken over the top spot. He replaces Ken Klock who remains as defensive coordinator.

Hovet, 32, played tight end and defensive end on two of Oakland Mills' greatest teams in 1978 and 1979. The 1978 team went 8-2 and the 1979 team was 10-1, losing to Allegany in the state playoffs.

The frustration of that loss to Allegany is part of the reason Hovet is coaching at Oakland Mills.

"I really like the school and want to pay something back to it for the education I received. The school has never won a state title in football and I feel obligated to the school to win one," Hovet said. "It seems you need that to be truly respected as a program."

Only Howard and Wilde Lake have won state football titles among county high schools.

Hovet is one of Oakland Mills' all-time greats. His jersey hangs in the gymnasium, one of five the school has retired.

He went on to play outside linebacker and letter in football for three years at Davidson College in North Carolina where he was also an honorable-mention Academic All-American.

Hovet graduated with a BA in economics and later earned a master's in business administration and a law degree from the University of Maryland.

He has his state teacher certification and will be teaching two classes at Oakland Mills this year for the first time. He's trying to discover if he'd like to teach full time.

Hovet also will work as a legal consultant during the school year, so he'll have a busy schedule.

One of the parts of coaching Hovet enjoys the most is the camaraderie among the coaching staff.

Oakland Mills has a big staff this season that includes: Klock, Sam Singleton (offensive coordinator), Bryan Winfield (defensive backs), Tony Reid (receivers), Jerome Baker (quarterbacks), Dennis Cole, Ray Wethington and Jim Euler.

"Kenny is a real student of the game and a great evaluator of talent," Klock said. "I've been coaching 18 years now and have just sort of lost the fire over the years. He'll bring new enthusiasm to the job."

Hovet is Oakland Mills' fifth head football coach, beginning with Al Wilgard (1974), Dick Sands (1975), Steve Matters (1976-1980) and Klock (1981-1992).

Oakland Mills is coming off a 3-7 season but has hopes of being one of the top three county squads this fall.

"We'll be improved over last year with a lot of size and depth among our skilled players," Hovet said.

"But we are not experienced."

Honoring Archie

Ken Hovet was one of several hundred people who attended the funeral of former Oakland Mills football great Archie Clark Saturday in Sykesville.

Hovet said that at least 50 former Oakland Mills football players attended, including Andre Vaughan and Marcus Lewis.

Ken Klock read a eulogy for Clark at the service.

Clark and two others died in a car crash on Aug. 18 in College Park.

Mr. Magoo tourney

Willow Springs Golf Course is conducting its first Mister Magoo Night Tournament this Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Mister Magoo was a cartoon character from the 1950s who couldn't see too well.

The tournament consists of nine holes of golf with glow-in-the-dark balls and pizza and beer afterward.

The cost is $30 per player.

The tournament, which sounds like lots of fun, is filled to capacity with more than 100 golfers.

Maybe the course will conduct another Mister Magoo before the season is over.

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