Teams at a glance 1993 Harford County high school football preview

September 03, 1993|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles 1992 record: 5-5. Coach: Kevin Reilly.

Top players: Chris Allen, Sr., RB-LB; Rick Beeghley, Sr., WR-DB; Mike Cromwell, Sr. RB-DB; Mike Grant, Sr., OG-NG; Dan Julian, Sr., OL-DL; Nick Johnson, Sr., RB-DB; Adric Turner, Sr., RB-LB; Terrance Washington, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Reilly, in his first season at Aberdeen, has a good core of players, but there are always uncertainties with a new coach. "The players responded to a summer conditioning program and are attentive to what we want to do," Reilly said.

Bel Air Bobcats 1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Bruce Riley.

Top players: Ron Cardwell, Sr., RB; Craig Kerner, Sr., OT-DL; Jason Krout, Sr., LB; Brian Seccurro, Sr., RB-LB; Victor Smith, Sr., QB-DB.

Outlook: For new coach Bruce Riley, the situation is somewhat unsettled because of not having coached a varsity team before, although he has coached most of the players at the junior varsity level. New ideas and concepts are helping produce a high level of interest and enthusiasm.

C. M. Wright Mustangs 1992 record: 11-1. Coach: Steve Harward.

Top players: Don Behler, Sr., OG-NG; Scott Davies, Sr., RB-DB; Jim Greene, Sr., OT-DT; Mike Schmidt, Sr., QB; Mike Sprouse, Sr., OT; Jason Tharpe, Sr., RB-LB.

Outlook: A state semifinalist last year, the team has a 33-game regular-season unbeaten streak. Graduation took its toll on the team, but Harward still thinks it can go a long way. A tougher non-conference schedule (Bowie and Randallstown) will be a good indicator.

Edgewood Rams 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Steve Salters.

Top players: Rodney Briscoe, Sr., FB-DE; Chris George, Sr., C-LB; Chris Robinson, Sr., SE-CB; Keenan Turner, Sr., RB-DB; Howard Williams, OT-DT; Kenton Worthington, Sr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Backed by a year's experience, Salters' preseason program went much smoother, and the second-year coach is relatively confident the team can be competitive. A lot of depth will provide diversity in the backfield, but the offensive line returns only one starter.

Fallston Cougars 1992 record: 6-4. Coach: Dave Cesky.

Top players: Chris Harrison, Sr., OT-DT; Adam Hewat, Sr., LB; Jimmy Pappas, Jr., OG-DT; Brad Thomas, Sr., QB-DB; Eran Vanderpool, WR-DB; Tom Wirth, Sr., TE-DE.

Outlook: There is a solid group of veterans, but most of the team will be young. One of the newcomers is Ephraim Dorsey, a 6-5 senior and starter on the basketball team. "We brought up more freshmen and sophomores than we ever have, too," said Cesky.

Havre de Grace Warriors 1992 record: 5-3. Coach: Tom Marron.

Top players: Jason Fox, Sr., SE-DB; Jeff Fox, Sr., SE-DB; Mike Gibson, Sr. WB-LB; Brian Hammond, Sr., C-NG; Chuck Lawson, Sr. OG-NG; Richard O'Brien, Sr., OT-DT; Artie White, RB-DB.

Outlook: Marron is hopeful the team's overall balance and maturity will make up for the graduation loss of back Marvin Jackson (1,000-yard rusher and second on the team in tackles)

and Curtis Carter (lineman, third in tackles).

John Carroll Patriots

1992 record: 1-9. Coach Gerry Gray.

Top players: Mike Boyle, Sr., RB-DB; Chris Conce, Sr., C-DE; Mike Gostomski, Sr., OG-DE; Shane Gray, Jr., RB-DB; Chris Kufera, Jr., OT-DT; Ron Mincy, Sr., FB-LB; Greg Stotler, Jr., OG-NG; David Westervelt, Sr., QB.

Outlook: With only five seniors, this will be an inexperienced team, but Gray believes it will come along as the season progresses. A favorable early-season schedule may help.

Joppatowne Mariners 1992 record: 7-4. Coach: John Kling.

Top players: Matt Berger, Jr., QB; Wendell Davis, Soph., RB-DB; Avion Epps, Jr., OL-DL; Alonzo McDowell, Jr., LB; Cable Miller, Sr., OL-LB; Scott Plewacki, Sr., DT; Chris Shape, Sr., WR-DB; Rich Temple, Sr., OL; Lamar Williams, Soph., LB.

Outlook: Kling, with only a couple of weeks to get ready, has some players with good skills, but a major key will be how quickly the team adjusts to new offensive and defensive formations. With only four seniors, this will be a young and relatively inexperienced group.

North Harford Hawks 1992 record: 2-8. Coach: Lauren Lydic.

Top players: Scott Chaney, Sr., OG-LB; Jay Heil, Sr., RB-LB; Brian Hopkins, Sr., TE-DE; Tim Mullin, Sr., QB-K; Rob Ober, Sr., OT-DT.

Outlook: "The team graduated six seniors, so the returning players are ones who had to mature a year ago," Lydic said. "We'll be somewhat exciting, but there is still inexperience. However, this group has the best attitude of any I've had."

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