Teams get flat at the strangest times

SIDELINES

November 02, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Want to make a lot of money and at the same time make a lot of coaches very happy? Well, I've got the job for you.

Find the answer to why teams come out flat and listless on nights they should be revved up and you will have it made.

Of course, we all know that no coach has ever been able to get a handle on the perplexing demeanor athletes sometimes take on, not even successful coaches such as North County's Chuck Markiewicz.

After Friday's 7-0 triumph over Annapolis, Markiewicz was asked if he had any idea why his Knights and the opposing Panthers seemed so flat. Markiewicz agreed that neither team seemed to want to play and there was an obvious lack of enthusiasm on both sides.

"We had a lot of people in key positions not working on all cylinders, and I don't know what it was," said Markiewicz.

Both teams were in must-win situations regarding the playoffs. Annapolis had extra incentive in that the Panthers had been humbled, 40-6, by the Knights last year and had Arundel and Severna Park to follow on its schedule.

Despite the stakes, neither team came to play, it seemed.

It was more of the same in Pasadena, where Northeast (2-6) dropped a 22-7 decision to Southern (5-3) in the 2A/3A League. Neither team scored in a lackluster first half.

"We were flat as a pancake," said Southern assistant Pete Medhurst.

In this case, however, Northeast was up and Southern down. The host Eagles were out to avenge a 53-0 defeat from 1993.

"Northeast played hard, and they weren't flat," added Medhurst, a former Southern player. "It's tough to explain."

Inexplicable is what this business of being flat is. It happens when coaches least expect it.

The playoff picture

Another Calvert loss over the weekend by 36-28 to LaPlata (7-1) and things are looking up for Anne Arundel Class 4A East Region football teams with playoff aspirations.

Calvert does not play as many Class 4A teams as Anne Arundel teams, so it receives fewer playoff points.

Arundel, North County and Severna Park match Calvert with 6-2 records and are in position to finish with more playoff points. Annapolis at 5-3 has an outside shot if the Panthers can defeat Arundel at home Friday and then win on the road at Severna Park the final week.

Class 2A South River (4-4) put Broadneck (5-2) in a precarious position in Class 3A by humbling the Bruins, 24-0, last week. In gunning for their first playoff berth, the Bruins must defeat two tough teams in Class 2A Southern (5-3) on the road this week and home the final week against No. 10 North County.

Questions and answers

How about the game by Chesapeake senior Matt Michalowicz, as the Cougars (2-6) outlasted Meade (1-7) in overtime, 36-35, Friday?

Michalowicz, a receiver who moved from quarterback a couple of weeks ago, did it all, catching six passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns and running back a kickoff 73 yards to score.

Starting quarterback Ryan Moore suffered a concussion late in the game, and Michalowicz assumed his old position in the overtime period. Michalowicz hit Bucky Wheeler with a 7-yard touchdown pass in the extra period and the two combined for the two-point conversion pass to bring victory.

* How about Cougar football coach Tom Kraning going for the two-point conversion and win after Meade had scored first and kicked an extra point to break the tie of 28and take a 35-28 lead?

* Wasn't it great that Glen Burnie football coach Dave Rigot reached the 100-loss milestone (78-100) at Severna Park, his home community? With family and friends looking on, Rigot's Gophers (4-4) dropped a wild 42-25 decision to the Falcons (6-2).

* Did you know that Severna Park's former All-Metro lineman, Ronnie Green, who has been redshirted this season, is bench pressing 500 pounds at the University of Tennessee? Green was a standout on the football field and obviously in coach Andy Borland's weight training class at Severna Park.

Green was home for the Falcons' homecoming victory, 21-14 over Arundel two weeks ago, and did his usual great job singing the national anthem.

* Did you know that the 1993 Anne Arundel County Offensive Football Player of the Year and All-Metro pick Corey Contee, who led Southern to its first playoff berth, is at Anne Arundel Community College working on the books and expected to attend Division II Savannah (Ga.) State in the fall?

Correction

Chip Robertson was head boys lacrosse coach at Old Mill last year, not an assistant. He and Jeff Kendall (Glen Burnie) are the only prime candidates for the vacant Severna Park job with varsity experience.

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