Daft's luck may be about to change

HOWARD SPORTS

September 01, 1994|By RICK BELZ

Jake Daft, playing his sixth season of organized football, never has played on a winning team.

However, the Oakland Mills senior's unenviable streak soon is likely to end. And if the losing streak is broken, he'll play a large role in making it happen.

Daft rushed for more yards last season than any other returning county player -- 733 on 100 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 206 yards and scored seven touchdowns.

Although Oakland Mills' offensive backfield is deep with strong, speedy runners, Daft figures to get enough chances to meet or surpass those numbers this season.

In his third varsity season, Daft runs with authority. His pass patterns are smooth, and he has great hands.

Oakland Mills went 3-7 his sophomore season and 5-5 last season.

"Our attitude is different this season," Daft said. "Unlike the last two years, we're ready to put some wins up on the board. Our coaches are telling us we can win a lot of games."

Daft (6 feet 1 and 190 pounds) is versatile. During his high school career he's played offensive line, tight end, linebacker and quarterback as well as running back.

He started at quarterback the last two games of his sophomore year and the team split, losing to Howard but beating Mount Hebron. He rushed for a touchdown and threw for one against Mount Hebron.

"Jake is a strong slashing runner with good ability who works hard and has improved every year," said backfield coach Sam Singleton. "He's deceptively quick."

Singleton, the boys outdoor track coach, coached Daft last spring when Daft was part of the 4 X 200 regional championship relay team.

Daft runs the 40-yard -- in 4.65 seconds and the 100 in 11.3.

"Jake is a definite Division II college football prospect and could be a Division I player if he could improve his speed," Singleton said. "He's strong. He bench presses 300 pounds."

Daft said the team's main concern as it tries to unseat defending county champion Howard this season will be defense.

"We're going to need to show we can stop people and we have a lot of defensive potential," he said.

Allred a Seahawk

Brian Allred, a 1988 Hammond High graduate, has made the Seattle Seahawks' final cut and could start against the Washington Redskins Sunday. Right now he's listed as doubtful, however, because of a pulled stomach muscle.

Allred, a cornerback, played college football at Sacramento State and signed as a free agent with the New York Giants two seasons ago. He was on their reserve team for a season.

Released last season, he was picked up by Seattle and was on the Seahawks' reserve squad until the final two games when he moved up.

Allred has tremendous speed and in high school set the county record in the 100 at 10.6. He set county-meet records in the 100 (10.64) and 200 (21.49). He anchored two winning state championship relay teams, the 4 X 100 (42.7) and the 4 X 200 (1:29), both of which set county records.

During his football career at Hammond he ran back kickoffs for touchdowns six times.

Singleton a captain

Korey Singleton not only will start at strong safety for Northwestern against Notre Dame at Chicago's Soldier's Field Saturday, he'll be the team captain.

The senior started all 11 games last season, making 69 tackles, including 10 against Penn State. He had six tackles and two sacks against Ohio State.

Singleton, whose father, Sam, is assistant football coach at Oakland Mills, has 120 career tackles.

Baseball camp

The Maryland Association of State Baseball Coaches will conduct a one-day baseball camp at noon Sept. 18 at Glenelg High School.

College and pro scouts have been invited. A chart will be compiled on each participant that includes running and throwing speeds, Scholastic Assessment Test scores and GPA.

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