Now, Gladiators on the run 1993 Howard County high school Glenelg

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

Glenelg has some voids to fill if it hopes to duplicate last season's 8-3 record and first playoff appearance in seven years.

Subtract six Baltimore Sun first-team All-Howard County players lost through graduation, including the county's leading rusher, Paul Brosenne (1,442 yards, 14 touchdowns), and you can almost hear the gulp in the throat of third-year coach Ed Ashwell.

But Ashwell doesn't want this year's team to think it can't have another 8-3 season and that it won't continue a turnaround at Glenelg. The team was 2-8 in Ashwell's first year.

On the plus side, the Gladiators have 13 starters returning -- 11 of them seniors. All but two defensive starters are back. Preventing other teams from scoring should be Glenelg's major strength. The Gladiators gave up only 8.7 points per game last season.

Offensively, much depends upon the heir apparent to Brosenne at running back -- 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior James McKenney, who rushed for 321 yards last season.

A lot also will rest on the left arm of junior Sean Lookingbill, who completed 60 of 112 passes for 704 yards and five touchdowns last season. Lookingbill was voted by the coaches as first-team All-County.

Glenelg averaged 28 points per game, but lost seven offensive starters, including wide receiver Aaron Gross (34 catches, 505 yards, four touchdowns).

Senior Steve Carroll returns at wide receiver. Senior Matt Beuning and junior Mike Deming return at running back.

Glenelg will have to throw to its running backs a lot more often this season.

Ashwell expects to have an offense that runs 70 percent of the time.

He hopes the team's turnover ratio is as good as last season, when the Gladiators made just 17 turnovers while forcing 33.

Mike Bolea (6-1, 220) is a standout who returns on the offensive line, as is Jeremy Smith (6-3, 245).

"One of our weaknesses is that we must replace three starters on our offensive line," Ashwell said.

Senior linebacker Ray Holter should help with the blocking, as will senior lineman Toby Heusser (6-1, 210) and junior newcomers Matt Lopez and Zach Guerra (6-2, 195).

Glenelg returns two outstanding senior defensive backs in twins Jeff and Chris Cordisco.

Senior Dan Gardner returns at linebacker and senior Brian Connors at nose guard.

Junior Mike Goldberg will play linebacker.

"We'll be competitive, but need a good start to carry us through because we have a tough early schedule," Ashwell said. "We'll need to control the ball and play mistake-free."

The Gladiators play the same non-league opponents as last year -- Liberty, Boys' Latin and South Carroll.

Then they open the league season with back-to-back games against Oakland Mills and Howard, teams hoping to challenge Wilde Lake for county supremacy.

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