Gaels' Phillips fulfilling promise


September 28, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Watching Brooklyn Park resident Lucas Phillips guide No. 10 Mount St. Joseph (3-0) to a 26-6 upset at No. 11 Annapolis (2-1) Friday brought back memories of his performances at about 9 or 10.

Now a 6-foot-3 sophomore at Mount St. Joseph in Irvington, Phillips has developed talents that were evident early in his young life to become one of the top quarterbacks in the metro area. Friday night he completed 9-of-18 passes for 171 yards and ran 21 yards for a touchdown.

In avenging a 6-0 loss to the Panthers his freshman year, Phillips displayed a maturity beyond his years. Annapolis coach Roy Brown called Phillips "an excellent quarterback. We knew that after last year."

Phillips has come a long way from his days as quarterback of the Tom Harrison-coached Glen Burnie Rebels 75-pound youth team.

I remember the players on opposing teams hoping Phillips wouldn't make the weigh-in and have to sit out the game. That's how much they feared him.

He was the player whom opposing coaches worried about because he possessed such a strong arm and could run, kick and was the obvious leader of the Rebels.

As an eighth-grader at Brooklyn Park-Lindale, he qualified for the National Punt, Pass and Kick competition after winning the local and regional competitions.

North County coach Chuck Markiewicz envisioned his first four-year starter at quarterback, but Phillips chose Mount St. Joseph.

The Gaels went 3-7 last year, but under new coach Mike Working are off to a fast start. Working, who developed Bobby Sabelhaus into a blue-chip quarterback at McDonogh, now is honing Phillips' skills.

Friday, Phillips displayed a strong and accurate arm with a great release in various passing situations, on the run or from the pocket, where he stepped up like a pro a couple of times. His ball handling was superb as he ran the option or played it straight, and on occasion ran the ball himself.

When asked to compare Phillips to Sabelhaus at this stage, Working declined but said of Phillips: "He has as much field awareness as anybody I've coached and he's only a sophomore."

Happy ending for the Duncans

Chesapeake sophomore Chad Duncan is fine after he and his parents, Carl and Sandy, received quite a scare Friday night in the Cougars' 35-0 loss at North County.

Duncan was taken by ambulance to North Arundel Hospital after taking a brutal hit that left him dizzy and numb.

He was attempting to pick up his own fumble, and "my head was down when I got hit and knocked back," said Duncan.

"I got right up and ran to the sidelines, but I was dizzy, and my body was numb," he said. "My coaches

made me go to the hospital to get checked and make sure everything was OK. I didn't want to go."

His parents were at a wedding rehearsal and not at the game as they almost always are, and met Duncan at North Arundel. They were told that their son might have broken his back and the possibility of paralysis existed.

Duncan was rushed immediately to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where his condition was diagnosed as less serious.

"That's [broken back] what they thought at first, but it wasn't. I had a spinal cord concussion, and should be OK to play in two or three weeks," said Duncan, who was feeling much better Monday evening and was ready to return to school yesterday.

Young at heart

With no league for seniors (over 50), 75-year-old Janet Hall and the Bay Ladies jumped into the Sunday doubleheader slo-pitch "D" softball league at Berkshire Recreation Council in Dundalk and have gotten off to a 3-3 start.

"There are eight of us over 40 playing the young girls from 18 to 30 and holding our own," said Hall, an Arundel resident.

"I'm the oldest, don't get to play much, but really enjoy it when I do. We have a few younger girls to help us out but eight of us are seniors."

The others are Val Tuller, Diane Moffitt, Carol Garia, Skeeter Golden, Carol Berger, Cookie Vogel, Sharon Powers and player/coach Gloria Frazier.

Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Doris Jenkins is the team's manager.

"We need more players, and anybody over 40 out there who wants to play should give me a call," said Hall, who can be reached at (410) 789-8556.

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