Baltimore City teams at a glance 1993 Baltimore County/ City high school football preview

September 02, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Curley Friarss

1992 record: 0-8. Coach: Barry Brownlee.

Top players: Tim Schorr, Sr., OT; John Foos, Sr., LB; Rick Leandri, Sr., DT-G; Chris Schwoy, Sr., FB-LB; Brian Moyer, Sr., RB.

Outlook: The Friars, who return 14 starters, have high hopes of improving on last season. "We had 56 kids show up -- which is more than ever. They're working very hard and have a great attitude. An early win would carry us," Brownlee said.

Boys' Latin Lakers 1992 record: 4-5. Coach: Drew Haugh.

Top players: Mike Cangemi, Sr., RB; Chris Baggin, Sr., OL-DB; Scott Adler, Sr., RB-WR-DB; Mike Huddles, Jr., QB; Larry Mosely, Sr., DE-LB.

Outlook: The Lakers return nine starters, including eight two-way players and 1,000-yard rusher Cangemi out of the power-I. "Outside of our division we have an awful tough schedule, with two A Conference teams. We're solid with our first 22, but we don't have much depth," Haugh said.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Frank Trcka.

Top players: Rocky Keener, Sr., QB-S; Kevin Dukes, Sr., RB-DB; Cory Butts, Jr., WR-DB; Chris Cortina, Sr., FB-NG; Bryan Evans, Sr., C-DT.

Outlook: There are 10 starters back from the MSA A Conference team of last year, with third-year veterans Keener, Dukes and Butts all running the 40-yard -- in under 4.5 seconds. "I think it's looking positive. We've got a lot of speed and I think we'll surprise a few people," said Trcka.

Carver Bears 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Leroy Nichols.

Top players: James Hall, Sr., OT-LB; Thomas Wilson, Sr., OT-DT; Nathan Thomas, Sr., G-LB; James Rooths, Jr., RB-LB; Troy Austin, Soph., RB-QB.

Outlook: The Bears will try to regroup with a new coach -- who replaced Ken Shell -- and minus second-team All-Metro and first-team All-City quarterback/defensive back Anthony Miller, who graduated. "We're trying to groom a new quarterback, but we're set defensively. We've got 11 starters back and we like what we see," Nichols said.

City Knights 1992 record: 10-0. Coach: George Petrides.

Top players: Dwight Banks, Sr., WR-DB; Ricky Dangerfield, Sr., RB-DB; Xavier Logan, Sr., G-LB; John Jones, Jr., C; Teron Matthews, Sr., QB.

Outlook: There will be less of an emphasis on the running game, but it seems the Knights have simply reloaded. Matthews (6-3, 190) is a good passer, and Banks an excellent target. Dangerfield is fast out of the backfield and the offensive line averages 245 pounds. "It's a different schedule, but our kids are prepared and I think we'll have something to say about things in the end," said Petrides.

Dunbar Poets 1992 record: 10-1. Coach: Stanley Mitchell.

Top players: Sean Lipscomb, Sr., WR-S; Jimbo Elliott, Sr., OT-DT; Tommy Polley, Soph., TE-LB; Rodney Elliott, Sr., QB; Tyrone Lemon, Sr., C-DE.

Outlook: Riding the wave of unrest at their school has been difficult for first-year coach Mitchell and some Poets. But seven starters are back, including Lipscomb (700 receiving yards) and second-team All-City player Polley. "We're going to try to be competitive and stay in the game," said Mitchell, who took over for Pete Pompey, who is on administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged misuse of funds in the athletic department's account.

Edmondson Redskins 1992 record: 4-6. Coach: James James.

Top players: Alvin Ledbetter, Sr., OT-DE; Darren Parker, Sr., OT-DT; Ervin Griffin, Sr.,

DT; Jamal Morant, Sr., RB; Chris Nesmith, Sr., DB.

Outlook: With eight returning two-way players, including linemen that average 250 pounds, the Redskins stand a strong chance of improving over last season. "We'll have to build around our line and Morant, but Coach James is optimistic," said assistant coach Paul Shuford. "We have a lot of hard work but should be competitive if we stay healthy."

Forest Park Foresters 1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Obie Barnes.

Top players: Robert Arther, Sr., RB-DB; Newman Thompson, Sr., QB-CB; James Heath, Sr., WR-S; Steven Wells, Sr., G-LB; Lionell Yewitt, LB-T.

Outlook: The Foresters don't have the size of past teams, but they are extremely fast with Arther and Thompson being legitimate 4.5-second 40-yard -- sprinters, and at least four others coming in under 4.8. "Our strengths are the skill positions, the defensive secondary and the linebackers. I like the schedule, but it's up to us to score points and reach the playoffs," Barnes said.

Gilman Greyhounds 1992 record: 7-3. Coach: Sherm Bristow.

Top players: Jamie Biddison, Sr., LB-DB; Dylan Schlott, Sr., TE-DE; Mark Cornes, Sr., QB-LB; Jimmy Zimmerman, Sr., RB-DB; Than'l Badder, Sr., OL-LB.

Outlook: The Greyhounds have 25 players back. Seven starters return to the defense and six to the offense. "We have some concerns on the offensive line, but we want to win the league," said Bristow.

Lake Clifton Lakers 1992 record: 1-9. Coach: David White.

Top players: Ricky Matthews, Sr., LB-RB; Dennis Harding, Sr., WR; Tori Gilliard, Jr., G-DT; Kenneth Williams, Jr., RB-LB.

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