Now, it's time to grade coaches


November 14, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

With the regular football season behind us, it's time for my annual "Coaches' Critique."

* Best coaching jobs (in alphabetical order):

* Brad Best, St. Mary's (7-3) -- Immediate success in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference when most thought it was a mistake to move up from the lower classification.

* Buck Gardner, Southern (10-1) -- The only county football coach to lose 100, struck it rich in '93 with a school-record number of wins and the Dawgs' first playoff appearance.

* Chuck Markiewicz, North County (9-2) -- Mr. Consistency's team won the region and county 4A titles for the first time in qualifying for a third straight playoff appearance; only thing left is state championship, but it won't be this year.

* Bill Zucco, Arundel (6-4) -- School's first winning season since 1985 and 9-5 overall since the final four games of '92.

* Could have done better (in alphabetical order):

* Andy Borland, Severna Park (7-3) -- Should have made the playoffs, with the one-touchdown losses to North County and Meade hurting the most.

* Roy Brown, Annapolis (7-3) -- Should have made the playoffs, with the 6-0 loss to Severna Park the killer.

* Jim Doyle, Severn School (4-6) -- Went 3-4 after taking over for Alan Pastrana (1-2), who resigned.

* Jerry Hartman, Meade (3-7) -- Only improved by a game despite having the best running back in the area (coaches' consensus) in Kenny Walker (1,278 yards, 11 touchdowns).

* Jeff Herrick, Broadneck (6-4) -- Weakened schedule in drop down to 3A and still didn't make the playoffs, going 6-4 for the second straight year.

* Del Hughes, Archbishop Spalding (1-9) -- When the coach calls "we gained more yards than they [opponent] got points," a positive sign, you know you're in trouble with so many freshmen and sophomores.

* Tom Kraning, Chesapeake (4-6) -- If you call going from 3-7 to 4-6 an improvement, then the Cougars did well, but the bottom line is, Kraning just finished his sixth season and is still looking for a winner.

* Bart Rader, Northeast (2-8) -- Too many peaks and valleys, not enough participation in the program. Of course, not taking the team's annual preseason trip to the Eastern Shore is the reason the Eagles fell from 3-7 to this year's record.

* Pete Regala, Old Mill (1-9) -- Hoping for another Boo Beverly, who led the Patriots to the playoffs in 1990 and '91.

* Dave Rigot, Glen Burnie (6-4) -- Only second winning season in last eight years; other was 6-4 in 1990.

* Dave Summey, South River (3-7) -- Got off to slow start and never recovered.

Questions, questions

Let's wrap it up with a bunch of "Q's without A's" that you can respond to by calling my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* With Severna Park knocking archrival Annapolis out of the football playoffs by a score of 6-0, did you know the Panthers had gone 37 consecutive games without being blanked?

Did you know the last time Annapolis had been shut out was 28-0 by Old Mill in 1990?

* Did you know the 15 sacks by Severna Park's Ronnie Green this season broke the county record of 13 set by Troy Ripley of Old Mill in 1981?

Remember Ripley? He was the kid who courageously dived into a shivering cold lake in Millersville to save a young child who had fallen through the ice and was about to drown.

* If a proposal for Broadneck High students to attend Severna Park on a second shift from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Severna Park students would go from 6:30 a.m. to noon) while the Cape St. Claire school is renovated, goes through, what happens to the Bruins' teams?

Did you know that Broadneck is Maryland's only high school that does not house ninth-graders (they attend neighborhood middle schools) and the reason for the renovation is to make room for them?

The ninth-graders who play sports would be greatly inconvenienced, but hopefully the situation will be remedied without an 11:30 a.m.-to-6 p.m. shift.

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