Baltimore County/ City high school football preview

COUNTY PLAYERS TO WATCH 1993

September 02, 1993|By Kent Baker and Lem Satterfield

Dennis Badham, McDonogh, Jr., WR, 5-9, 180 -- This All-City pick had 40 receptions for 893 yards with nine TDs, and ranked third among his teammates with five interceptions. "He runs excellent routes and he's dangerous after he gets the ball," said coach Mike Working.

Shawn Bean, St. Paul's, Sr., DE, 6-3, 215 -- This All-Metro selection led last year's 11th-ranked, four-time MSA C Conference champs with 87 tackles (64 solo) and 36 behind the scrimmage line. "He's one of our tri-captains this year," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Tullai.

Reggie Boyce, Loyola, Jr., RB-LB, 6-0, 185 -- A bull at full speed, Boyce was among the Dons' leading tacklers, rushed for more than 600 yards last season and should improve offensively and defensively.

Terran Crawford, Randallstown, Jr., T, 6-6, 335 -- This huge specimen is the focal point of the Rams' rushing game. He is often double- and triple-teamed by the opposition, and he improved game by game last year. Wears a size-18 shoe.

Alfonzo Darby, Woodlawn, Sr., WR-S, 6-2, 180 -- The Warriors are loaded in the skill positions and Darby is expected to be a major receiving threat. With Quinn Pack, he forms a speedy tandem for quarterback Keion Carpenter to target.

Tex DeLeon, Towson, Sr., RB, 5-11, 180 -- A second-team All-County pick, DeLeon churned out more than 2,000 yards from the Generals' wing-T attack last season. DeLeon should prosper again on an experienced team with 12 senior starters.

Bernard Fitchette, Overlea, Sr., QB, 5-8, 160 -- An exciting, quick player, Fitchette was responsible for almost 2,000 all-purpose yards last year and has a chance to lead his team to a state title.

Mark Franklin, Perry Hall, Sr., RB, 5-8, 200 -- With a sophomore starting at quarterback, Perry Hall will give the ball often to Franklin, who eclipsed 1,000 yards last year. He is durable and a strong inside runner.

Damian Johnson, Milford Mill, Sr., TB-WR, 5-10, 150 -- A member of the school's state 4 x 100 relay champions, Johnson is a blazer. He runs 4.4 in the 40 and will play at a variety of offensive positions to keep opponents guessing.

Jermaine Johnson, Chesapeake, Sr., QB-S, 6-3, 185 -- He will have a busier time throwing the ball this season with Lamar King switched to a receiving position. Johnson was primarily a running quarterback last season, but look for his passing statistics to soar.

Lamar King, Chesapeake, Sr., TE-LB, 6-4, 240 -- Considered the leading collegiate prospect in the county as a linebacker. Has been moved to tight end on offense to give him more open field in which to operate and should be a frequent pass target.

Mike Knoedler, Overlea, Sr., C, 6-2, 257 -- The rock in the middle of the Falcons' line has size, strength and intelligence. He is an All-County choice and a prospective Division I college player.

Tony Maddox, Kenwood, Jr., TB, 5-9, 185 -- A transfer from Eastern Technical, Maddox will have the burden of helping an offense that lost all-everything tight end Joel Gray and effective tailback Joe Cofield. He has the luxury of performing behind a veteran line that should make it easier for him.

Mandel Marsh, Perry Hall, Sr., RB, 5-7, 165 -- The other half of the Gators' running tandem, he was a 1,000-yard gainer last season. He has the speed to get outside and is used as a receiver.

Faraji Mason, Loyola, Sr., OL-DL, 6-4, 245 -- A second-team All-City pick, Mason is skilled on both sides of the ball. "He's getting stronger all the time, runs well and he's playing with confidence," said coach Joe Brune.

Ira McCullough, Eastern Tech, Sr., RB-LB, 6-0, 205 -- The leading returning rusher for the Mavericks, McCullough is a solid two-way player who is counted on to make a lot of tackles.

Damon Pickett, Parkville, Sr., RB-LB, 5-10, 185 -- The bulwark of a team that needs a lot of people to play both ways. Pickett is a three-year starter who will share the bulk of the running with fellow senior Travis Hall.

Bobby Sabelhaus, McDonogh, Jr., QB, 6-6, 220 -- From the Eagles' run-and-shoot, this second-team All-Metro and second-team All-City pick completed 117 of 209 passes for 1,925 yards and 14 TDs.

Dwayne Stukes, McDonogh, Jr., RB-DB, 5-10, 175 -- A fleet-footed, second-team All-City performer, Stukes returned one of his seven interceptions 92 yards for a TD, had 413 receiving yards and two TDs and rushed for 293 yards and a TD.

Angelo Todd, Randallstown, Jr., RB 5-9, 165 -- For a ground-oriented team, Todd figures to be a major contributor. He has quickness and elusiveness, surpassing 1,000 yards as a sophomore. Look for him to be hard to find behind 335-pound Terran Crawford.

Kevin Tyler, Calvert Hall, Sr., RB-S, 5-10, 185 -- Tyler averaged just under six yards a carry last season, rushing for nine TDs and 1,235 yards. A B student, he's getting looks from schools such as Maryland and Towson State.

Rick Venker, Dundalk, Sr., QB, 6-3, 195 -- The Owls have lost some of their overwhelming size and no longer will be able to jam the ball through opponents. That leaves an onus on Venker, the team leader who runs a 4.8 40 and has an accurate passing arm.

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