Football Preseason Top 15

September 03, 1993

City -- Graduated are three first-team All-Metros, including Offensive Player of the Year Terrence Suber, but the Knights have a solid foundation and have been No. 1 and gone unbeaten over two seasons. Second-team All-Met WR-DB Dwight Banks, second-team All-City lineman Xavier Logan (6-0, 260), top rusher Ricky Dangerfield (757 yards, 13 TDs) and QB Teron Matthews (( (6-3, 190) lead a cast of talented players.

Gilman -- Coach Sherm Bristow's hard-hitting squad returns 25 players (13 starters) from an eighth-ranked, 7-3 squad that should challenge for the A Division crown. Back are All-Metro senior LB-DB Jamie Biddison, the 1992 All-City Player of the Year, QB-LB Mark Cornes, TE-DE Dylan Schlott and RB-DB Jimmy Zimmerman (633 yards rushing, 227 yards receiving).

Wilde Lake -- Ranked fifth at 12-1 last year, coach Doug DuVall's squad has a 10-game winning streak, is 47-3 over the past four seasons and aims for an unprecedented fourth straight state title. Their 2A crown in 1990 was followed by consecutive 1A titles. Mike Green (936 yards, 13 TDs) will run behind a line averaging 6-2, 240 that includes seniors Donovan Burns (6-5, 240) and Jay Green (6-4, 230). Senior QB Seth Willingham (716 passing yards, four TDs) returns.

4 McDonogh -- Two years ago, the Eagles were 2-8. Last year, they were 7-3 and ranked No. 14. This year, 1992 All-City Coach of the Year Mike Working hopes to carry them farther with 18 returning starters, including offensive linemen Harrison Bentley (300 pounds, Jr.), Vance Row (280, Jr.) and Adam Kaufman (260, Sr.). They'll protect 6-6, 225-pound second-team All-Metro QB Bobby Sabelhaus, All-City WR Dennis Badham and second-team All-City DB-RB Dwayne Stukes, and 200-pound LBs Mike Working Jr. and Mike Layden anchor the defense.

Poly -- Ending as the area's No. 3-ranked team at 7-3 last year, coach Augie Waibel's Engineers are led by 4.4, 40-yard--- speedster Greg Kyler (700 yards, seven TDs), second-team All-Metro Joe Brown (6-0, 280) and 10 other returning starters to a solid 44-player squad.

6 Overlea -- Fourth-year starting QB Bernard Fitchette has thrown for more than 1,500 yards in his career and averages six yards a run. WB-CB Dan Brown had 20 TDs last year. Coach Terry Ward says junior RB-S Shawnte Dukes might be the team's best athlete. Key linemen are back from last year's seventh-ranked 2A state semifinal 10-2 squad, with All-City player Mike Knoedler (6-3, 257), Bill Butts (5-11, 236) and Jim McHugh (6-3, 275) and TE Igwe Blount (6-1, 200).

7 C. Milton Wright -- The Mustangs return a dozen starters, including a couple of All-County players -- RB Jason Tharpe and two-way lineman Mike Sprouse -- from last year's 3A state semifinalist and the area's fourth-ranked team. Tharpe was a 1,000-yard rusher and Harford County's top scorer (15 TDs). A solid group of holdovers, plus some new talent, gives coach Steve Harward enough quality to continue the Mustangs' 33-game winning streak against county teams.

8 Annapolis -- Three-year starting QB Juan Johnson and a bevy of RBs, including Kenny Boyd (890 yards rushing), make coach Roy Brown's defending Anne Arundel County 4A champs a favorite to repeat. All-County junior C Beau Watkins (6-3, 180) and senior two-way T Jeff Ogle (6-2, 200) anchor last year's state 4A semifinalist.

9 North County -- Graduated are All-Metro QB Eric Howard (2,356 yards, state-record 28 TD passes) and All-Metro RB Frank Brown (1,652 yards, county-record 24 TDs). But the Knights have senior Justin Rice (backup QB for two years), who adds a dimension with his running ability. The Knights' experienced defense is solid with two Division I prospects -- LB Troy Fowlkes (6-0, 240) and G Jarryn Avery (6-3, 235).

a,3 10 Perry Hall -- Second-team All-Metro kicker Jason Bloom, a junior, is back for the defending Baltimore County co-champs. And RBs Mandel Marsh and Mark Franklin each gained more than 1,000 yards last year. The Gators return seven defensive starters, including LB-RB Brian Smith, S Joe Farinetti and C-DT Joe Morgan.

11 bol,8,9Loyola -- Gone to graduation are quality players such as All-Metro QB-DB Bill Evans, but the Dons -- who ended last year's 9-2 season ranked No. 2 in the area -- haven't fallen far. Gaining more than 600 yards with six TDs was junior RB Reggie Boyce (6-0, 185). He'll run behind two 6-4, 245-pound linemen -- second-team All-City DT-OT Faraji Mason and DT-OT Rodell Phaire. Also back are TE-LB Karl Zeller (6-0, 195), LB Ian Hunt (6-0, 200) and C-DE Chris McGlone. QB Kevin Kaiser (6-0, 180) started in a season-finale victory over Calvert Hall, but is being pushed by two others.

12 Patterson -- Last year's 10-1, MSA B champs were 10th-ranked at season's end, and coach Roger Wrenn returns a Division I prospect in CB Earl Smith (40 tackles, seven interceptions, 12 batted passes), 1,000-yard passer Willie McGirt TD passes) and second-team All-City SE Stacey Plater, the team's top receiver the past two years.

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