Brown finds Frederick foes formidable


September 29, 1993|By BILL FREE

It wasn't a startling revelation, but coming from the man who just might have the best high school football team in Carroll County again this fall, it was a surprise.

South Carroll coach Gene Brown had watched his team beat Liberty, 28-14, Friday night, and he had just finished talking about how first-year Lions coach Ken Johnson eventually would build a winning program when he made this eye-opening statement:

"Regardless of what any of us do, we all might be over our heads in this conference [Central Maryland] for awhile," said Brown of the four Carroll County schools in the CMC. "I mean, these teams -- Thomas Johnson, Linganore and Frederick -- are loaded again this season."

South Carroll, Westminster, Liberty and North Carroll are the four Carroll teams trying to compete with the three powers from Frederick County.

Certainly Liberty and North Carroll (both 0-4) are in too deep right now, and we'll find out how South Carroll (3-1) and Westminster (2-2) stand over the next couple of weeks.

The Cavaliers and Owls have to play unbeaten Thomas Johnson in the next two weeks. The Patriots overpowered Westminster and South Carroll last season.

But all is not gloom and doom around Carroll County football press boxes these days.

One of those with a smile on his face about 10 days ago at a Westminster game was none other than Bruce Cowan, supervisor of physical education in Carroll County.

Cowan had gone to see the Owls play Meade, and he was stopped at the gate by his longtime friend, Guy Stull, who was checking for passes or tickets.

Stull, former football and baseball coach at Westminster who is now an assistant baseball coach at the school, has been known throughout his coaching career for doing everything by the book, and he didn't let the appearance of Cowan change that philosophy.

"Can you believe that Guy Stull ask me for a pass?" said Cowan with a wide grin. "He was doing his job."

Another ex-football coach in Carroll County was in the Liberty press box Friday night as he watched the Lions play South Carroll: John Magee, who resigned last December as coach of the Lions.

"I have more friends up here," said Magee when asked how he liked the press box as compared to the sidelines.

After pausing for a moment, Magee added with a smile: "At least a few more friends, anyway."

Speaking of the sidelines, there is one coach in the county who isn't too happy these days.

That is South Carroll field hockey coach Stacy Stem, who watched her team lose back-to-back games to North Carroll and Francis Scott Key last week.

However, it is probably too early in the season for Stem and the Cavaliers to be winning.

After all, it's usually late October and early November when Stem's teams peak for the state playoffs.

Perhaps popular Carroll County athletic trainer Paul Welliver said it best: "Stacy is like John Wooden. She's a teacher of the game and she'll teach her kids how to play the game before the season is over."

But Stem insists this team might not be good enough to make it to the state finals a third straight year.

The Baltimore Sun Top 15 field hockey pollsters obviously aren't buying Stem's down-and-out talk. They've been burned too many times at the end of the season, when South Carroll shows up in the state finals without being ranked.

The Cavaliers are ranked 11th this week even though they were 2-2 before yesterday's game against Westminster.

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