Carroll County high school football preview

PLAYERS TO WATCH 1993

September 02, 1993|By Bill Free

Mike Arterburn, South Carroll, Sr., OG, 5-11, 220 -- As a junior, Arterburn was part of one of the biggest offensive lines in the state that blocked for 235-pound running back Mike Dodd. Most of the bulk in the line is gone and so is Dodd, leaving Arterburn as the veteran to block for a much smaller corps of running backs that hopes to use speed and quickness to make up for the loss of Dodd. Arterburn is the strongest player on the team, bench-pressing 290 pounds.

Brian Berling, Liberty, Sr., OG, 6-1, 210 -- Expected to be the leader of an offensive line that is taking on the new task of blocking in the Delaware wing-T offense that has been installed this season by new coach Ken Johnson. Berling will be at right guard and will have to make the block at the hole for the Lions. Berling is a physical football player and combines the attributes of a good student with his playing ability.

Chris Boog, North Carroll, Sr., RB, 5-11, 200 -- One of the few bright spots in an 0-10 season last year, the versatile Boog comes back with renewed hope under new coach Bill Rumbaugh, who has put in the Delaware wing-T offense. Boog was the team's top runner, top punter and one of the best defensive players last season at linebacker. If the Panthers can execute the wing-T properly this season, Boog could roll up some impressive rushing stats.

Jon Crooks, Francis Scott Key, Sr., WR, 6-1, 175 -- Crooks made 25 catches for the Eagles, who won two of their past three games last season to establish a new attitude. Crooks caught the winning touchdown pass in one of those two victories and even started at quarterback in one game. He has "great hands," said coach Mike Coons, and can catch the ball in a crowd.

Larry Devilbiss, Westminster, Sr., WR/DB, 5-11, 150 -- Considered the smartest and most aggressive defensive player on the team, Devilbiss also is a sure-handed receiver and kicks extra points. Coach Jeff Oeming said that linebackers are usually the most aggressive defensive players, but Devilbiss plays that role from the secondary.

Chris DiGasperi, Westminster, Sr., FB, 5-10, 200 -- Returns as a starting fullback for the Owls and should be a major factor in the offense because the team is going to run the ball more this season. DiGasperi is one of the strongest players on the team, bench-pressing 300 pounds, and also will play defensive tackle.

Mike Freeman, North Carroll, Sr., C, 6-1, 180 -- Will be expected to control the line of scrimmage for the Panthers in their new wing-T option offense. As the center, Freeman has been responsible for learning the offense precisely and has responded well. On defense, he has moved to defensive end from linebacker and has outstanding range.

Matt Haines, Francis Scott Key, Sr., QB, 5-9, 165 -- A third-year starter at quarterback, Haines makes up for his lack of size by rolling out well, getting his hips set and finding receivers quickly. Haines sees the field well and will try to make the Eagles a .500 team this season after a late-season spurt to 3-7 last year.

Steve Kahler, Westminster, Sr., RB, 5-10, 140 -- The fastest player on the team, Kahler probably will be the big-play man for the Owls. Last season against Liberty, he took a pitch on the first play of the game and ran 55 yards for a touchdown. Also plays defensive back and intercepted a pass against Linganore last season and turned it into a 60-yard touchdown return.

Chris Lyerly, South Carroll, Sr., TB/DB, 5-7, 140 -- Made first-team All-Metro defensive back last season with 60 tackles and was the Defensive Player of the Year in Carroll County. Coach Gene Brown calls Lyerly the best tackler he has seen at South Carroll in 18 years. Lyerly will be a much more important part of the offense this season with Mike Dodd gone.

Greg Mihalko, South Carroll, Jr., RB, 5-8, 160 -- Will be typical of the smaller, faster running backs the Cavaliers send out this season. Mihalko is known for his toughness, speed and sheer ability to gain yards. Likes to get dirty, as witnessed by his desire to catch for the Cavaliers baseball team last season.

Mike O'Connell, South Carroll, Sr., LB, 5-11, 170 -- Defense will be the key for the Cavaliers this season, according to coach Gene Brown, and O'Connell is expected to be one of the team's top defensive players. He was a starter last season and is known for his ability to hit people.

Donnie Reynolds, Westminster, Sr., OG, 6-1, 185 -- The most mobile guard on a team that expects to do a lot of running this season. Uses exceptional quickness to block for traps, is strong, hard-working and played every down on offense last year.

Terry Rheubottom, Liberty, Jr., FB, 5-8, 190 -- Played as a sophomore last season and is very vocal, giving inspirational support to his teammates. Is the first in line to do any kind of workout new coach Ken Johnson has and is taking to the wing-T offense quickly.

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