With new horse power, will Eagles step up? Francis Scott Key 1993 Carroll County high school football preview

September 02, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The football times, they are a changing at Francis Scott Key.

The Eagles have a 6-foot-3, 240-pound offensive lineman in Westminster transfer John Frech and a 6-1, 190-pound running back named Chris Richardson.

Frech and Richardson are real horses in comparison to th170-pounders who have dominated the Key roster in the past. Both are juniors and give the team hope for a two-year run.

Coach Mike Coons talks about having 11 good front-line playersThat is up from the usual three or four standouts.

And winning, not losing, is the most recent taste left in thEagles' mouths. They won two of their final three games last season to finish 3-7 for the second-best record in Carroll County.

The natural inclination is to think the Eagles will flirt with at leasa .500 season and possibly a winning year. That is what scares Coons.

"Some kids didn't even come out for the team because theknew they were expected to do better than 3-7 and didn't feel comfortable with that kind of pressure," said Coons. "I can't worry about that. In my mind, the kids on the team have realized what they accomplished and know they have to step up. Are we going to step up? I don't know. I do know we have the best 11 players overall in my five years here."

Before anybody gets too carried away about the Key footbalteam, there is one sobering fact.

During last season's three wins, the Eagles scored only four touchdowns. One of those came in the final seconds against North Carroll when Key was nearly certain of a 9-7 victory.

"In high school, if you score 14 to 20 points you should win mosgames," said Coons. "We need to start doing that. I know we have good people at the skill positions but the big question mark is our offensive line. We don't have a stitch of experience. It will depend on how quickly those guys on the line grow up."

Frech, a tackle who played on the Westminster junior varsity lasseason, is part of that inexperienced offensive line and needs to improve his conditioning.

If Frech comes through, there is no telling how many yardRichardson might run for this season.

"He's a big horse," said Coons. "I'm waiting for him to take overHe gets off the ball quick and will be carrying the ball 25-30 times if he gets rolling."

Two seniors, quarterback Matt Haines and wide receiver JoCrooks, join Richardson as top offensive threats for Key.

Haines (5-9, 165) is a third-year starter and relies on gettinoutside to find his receivers.

Crooks is his favorite target and is the kind of player who has knack for getting open.

Senior Josh Crone should contribute to the team's success arunning back and strong safety, and junior offensive guard/linebacker Adam Sullivan is expected to excel.

Others among the solid 11 players for Coons are senior center Erin Brilhart, senior defensive tackle Mario LaGunas, junior backup quarterback/offensive guard Rob Buntin and senior defensive linemen Jay Heinnemann and Clint Kaples.

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