Vikings lack experience at skill positions 1993 Howard County high school football preview Mount Hebron

September 02, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Mount Hebron coach Mark Cates hopes his Vikings will improve upon last season's 1-9 record. But nothing's certain.

On the plus side, the Vikings return 10 starters; on the negative side, they graduated 11 seniors, including the team's six most skilled players.

"We'll be green at the skilled positions offensively," Cates said. "But we have six people competing at running back and we should have a balanced offense."

Mount Hebron has two quick quarterback candidates in 5-foot-10 sophomore Brent Wilhoite and 6-2 junior Kevin Woods. They'll be throwing to junior wide receiver Leonard Frieson.

Sophomore Keith Radcliffe and junior Mike Tittsworth are two of Hebron's most promising runners.

They'll be running behind junior linemen Jeff Machiran, Brad Black, Scott Baker and Jason Robertson and sophomore David Jaeger.

One of the biggest problems Mount Hebron must overcome is its lack of size. Its linemen are almost all in the 180-pound range. Baker is an exception at 6-3 and 211 pounds.

Defensively, the Vikings have an outstanding lineman in senior Matt Fadrowski.

"He's quick and aggressive," Cates said. "On special teams he's the kind of hitter who opens eyes."

Another quality returning senior is defensive back Brian Benicewicz. He and Fadrowski are the only returning seniors who started last year, so the Vikings will be young.

Other returning defensive starters include sophomore linebacker Jeremy Desor, junior linebacker Nick Canjea and defensive lineman Tittsworth. Woods saw a little time at defensive back last year.

Although the team will be young, Cates hopes it won't be as green as last year, when he started six sophomores and two freshmen.

"I look for the team to grow and have an improved record," Cates said. "I think we'll surprise some people."

L Cates thinks his freshman class offers a lot of future hope.

"We have a strong and skilled freshman class," Cates said.

But he doesn't foresee many of those freshmen playing varsity unless injuries force it.

"Last year we had a lot of one-way players, but this season we'll be playing a lot more two-way ball," he said.

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