Baltimore City Team-by-team Capsules

September 09, 1994|By Lem Satterfield and Derek Toney

Archbishop Curley Friars

1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Barry Brownlee

Top players: Tim Asher, Sr., TE-DE; Pat Lee, Sr., QB-WR; Harold Moller, Sr., OL-DL; Mickey Glendon, Sr., NG-RB; Don Campbell, Sr., RB; Will Lutostanski, Sr., L; Jack Berkeridge, Jr., C; Bill Curran, Jr., QB; Nick Brownlee, Jr., WR; Ivan Mister, Jr., LB.

Outlook: Curley has steadily improved over the past three years, going from two winless seasons to a three-victory campaign last year. And with 10 returning starters among a turnout of 40 players, Brownlee is optimistic about his team's chances in the MIAA B Conference.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1993 record: 6-3-1. Coach: Frank Trcka

Top players: Corey Butts, Sr., WR; Melvin Miller, Sr., LB-FB; George Blythe, Sr., QB; Dennis Chesgreen, Sr., OL-DL; Corey Debman, Jr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Returning from last year's Crusaders, who tied St. Paul's for the MIAA B Conference crown and beat Loyola, 39-0, is Butts (6 feet, 180 pounds), who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard -- and scored eight touchdowns. Running backs Chuck Brown and Chris Burley are equally fast, said Trcka. Eight starters are back, including several defensemen from a squad that shut out its last three opponents.

Carver Bears

1993 record: 5-5. Coach: Ronald Frierson

Top players: Quinton Askew, Sr., C; Damon Davis, Sr., G; Jason Johnson, Sr., TE-DE; Kenneth Taylor, Sr., OT; Kevin Ellis, Sr., DT; James Rooths, Sr., WR-CB; Ector Hendricks, Sr., OLB; El Malik Roberson-El, Sr., FB-OLB.

Outlook: First-year coach Frierson struggles to contain his enthusiasm for this year's 3A league squad. "We're strong in the secondary and our running backs and receiving corps have a lot of speed," Frierson said. "We'll put a good team out, but we're a few players from being dominant." Davis (5-10, 236), Askew, Johnson (6-6, 215), Taylor (6-1, 240) and Rooths are fourth-year starters, but the Bears have two sophomores and a freshman battling to play quarterback.

City Knights

1993 record: 9-2. Coach: George Petrides

Top players: Eddie Hooper, Sr., L; Jonathan Jones, Sr., L; Erin Watkins, Sr., LB; Joe Davis, Sr., DB; Walter Vaughn, Sr., LB; Damian Beane, Jr., FB; Jemini Jones, Jr., FB-LB; Jermaine Peterson, Jr., QB; Taber Small, Soph., RB.

Outlook: City, the 3A City League runner-up, graduated two All-Metros and two second-team All-Metros, so Petrides says this year's squad must "share the load." It's offensive line averages 260 pounds, led by three-year starter Jonathan Jones (6-2, 250). The Knights' defensive line is smaller, but "much quicker," said Petrides. Small, Jemini Jones and Kevin Griffin (WR) have game-breaking speed.

Douglass Ducks

1993 record: 4-5. Coach: John Nash

Top players: Samuel Epps, Sr., OL-LB; Taiwon Brown, Sr., C-DL; Alan Thompson, Soph., RB-DB.

Outlook: Only three starters return for the Ducks, who haven't posted a .500 season since 1980. The Ducks will be young and inexperienced, which in the 3A league with powerhouses City and Poly, spells big problems and another losing season.

Dunbar Poets

1993 record: 9-3. Coach: Stanley Mitchell

Top players: Shamai Butler, Sr., OL-DL; Carl Carter, Sr., DL-OL; Rodney Graham, Sr., OL-DL; Dante Jones, Sr., LB-WR; Terrence Hinton, Sr., FB-LB; Bruce Pendles, Sr., S; Gary Smith, Sr., DB-WR; Dwayne Green, Jr., OL-DL; Tommy Polley, Jr., TE-LB; Alli Culpepper, Soph., LB-RB.

Outlook: Six returning two-way starters, including second-team

All-Metro LB Polley (6-5, 195), will handle the bulk of the chores as the Poets try to dethrone Forest Park in the 2A league. Polley has 174 career tackles and 24 career sacks. He also has caught 28 passes for 479 yards and two touchdowns. "My line averages 235 pounds and has some sleepers, but it's developing slowly," said Mitchell. It will need to develop quickly with junior QB Anthony Wiggins, a first-year starter, and early games against Randallstown and Poly.

Edmondson Redskins

1993 record: 0-10. Coach: Pete Pompey

Top players: Samuel Scott, Soph., DB; Willie Taylor, Sr., DE; Charles Wilson, Jr., TE.

Outlook: Pompey, who was transferred from Dunbar, is back at the program where he compiled a 100-40 record over 15 years. But a young Redskins squad, in a 4A league that includes improved Patterson, Lake Clifton, Mervo and Southern, has a huge task.

Forest Park Foresters

1993 record: 6-4. Coach: Obie Barnes

Top players: Thaddeus Davis, Sr., OL; Damon Harrison, Sr., LB; Dave Medlin, Sr., CB; Hestrum Hargrove, Sr., OL-DL; Mckinley Jones, Sr., QB; Donaz Williams, Jr., LB-TE; Jaleel Oglesby, Jr., LB; Aaron Thompson, Soph., RB.

Outlook: Forest Park, last year's 2A league champ, plays one of the area's toughest schedules for the second straight year with City, Cambridge, Patterson and Dunbar. Still, the Foresters missed last year's playoffs by less than a point. Only four starters, including all three linebackers, are back. But Barnes has several players up from a 5-2 junior varsity he calls "the best since I've been" at Forest Park.

Gilman Greyhounds

1993 record: 7-2. Coach: Sherm Bristow

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