With speed to burn, Lions aim to blaze past the opposition 1993 Howard County football preview Howard

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

If you were a high school football coach which would you want -- great team size or great team speed?

Howard High coach John Quinn hopes that speed is more important than size when it comes to winning high school football games because his team has speed to burn, especially in the offensive and defensive backfields.

L Quinn has two backs who can run a 40-yard -- in 4.5 seconds.

One of them, senior Guy Smith, built his reputation last season by rushing 156 times for 1,119 yards and 13 touchdowns. He rushed seven times for over 100 yards.

Those efforts earned him a first-team slot on The Baltimore Sun's All-Howard County football team.

Senior Scott Struther is another 4.5 man who hopes this will be a big year for him.

Then there's junior quarterback Dalawn Parrish and his three senior wide receivers -- Carlton Fox, Eddie Oh and Brian Bush -- all of whom run a 4.6.

Parrish sparked Howard to five straight wins when he took over at quarterback midway through last season.

"He threw for 500 yards and rushed for 500 yards," Quinn said. "With him at quarterback we can run the option play."

Fox, also made first-team All-County by catching 35 passes for 399 yards and five touchdowns. He'll be playing his third varsity season. Also a defensive star, Fox led the defensive backfield with 51 tackles.

Bush is Howard's best deep threat offensively. And he made five interceptions as a defensive back.

Oh is a first-year player who also will work as a defensive back.

That's six guys with at least 4.6 speed. That's awesome.

But there's not much size on the lines to go with that speed.

Senior Matt Allen has good size (6-2, 240) and will anchor the offensive line. But beyond him?

"We lack size, experience and depth on our line, although even our linemen are quick," Quinn said. "But if we stay injury-free we'll be good."

Howard produced its best season since 1975 by going 7-3 last year. The Lions beat every county opponent but Glenelg and Wilde Lake.

"We'll be better this year," Quinn said. "But everyone else has gotten better too."

Last year Quinn had an experienced line with some size, but inexperienced skill people. This year will be just the opposite.

Some other returning players for Howard are senior Seth Eldridge and junior Shawn Sherman on the defensive line. Senior tight ends Carl Krantz and Terrell Carroll are back as is wide receiver Preston Murphin.

Coming up from junior varsity to play offensive line are junior Letam Biira and sophomore Frank Tortella. Junior running back and linebacker Corey Curtis and junior linebacker Turae Jones also are up from JV.

Junior A. J. Durham is a JV grad who plays linebacker or defensive back and is the backup quarterback.

Another JV grad, junior Alex Morraye, plays offensive or defensive line.

Two seniors who didn't play last year are linebacker Tyson Daves and lineman Antoine Lomax.

Quinn said he's happy with his kicking game that includes place-kicker Andy Holloway, and punters Morraye and Cliff Fraser.

"Holloway can hit 40-yarders in practice," he said.

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