Questions mark end of season


November 20, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

With only the high school football playoffs remaining, it means the fall sports season is about over, except for a few leftover "Questions without Answers."

* Did you know that Southern's Buck Gardner became the first county football coach to win 100 games and lose 100 games (100-113, 21 seasons) when his Bulldogs upended South River, 17-6, in the season finale?

Will Glen Burnie's Dave Rigot (80-100, 18 seasons) be the next to turn the trick now that he has become only the second county coach to lose 100?

Did you know Southern's victory over South River gave Gardner's Dawgs a share of the county 2A-3A title with Broadneck and South River (2-1 each) but is the third straight for Southern, which won the other two outright?

* Why did the Annapolis varsity football team keep kicking the ball to Mark Frye in its season-ending 33-13 loss to Severna Park in which Frye ran two back for touchdowns, set up another and had 179 yards on four kick and punt returns?

"After Frye ran back the second one [62-yard punt return] Orlando [Downs, punter] came over and just said, 'my bad, Coach,'" said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "My bad is lingo these days for my fault."

Annapolis had called a timeout before the 62-yard return by Frye and defensive coordinator Kenny Dunn, whose lengthy dissertations are legendary around the county, was nearly tagged with a flag before getting off the field.

"Kenny must've talked to them for two minutes and I thought they were going to get us for delay of game. When he came back to the sideline, I asked him if he told them not to kick to Frye," said Brown. "He couldn't remember."

* Despite going 1-9 this season, should Meade football coach Jerry Hartman be encouraged? His Mustangs lost their last three games by a touchdown or less, two of them by one point, including 8-7 to Arundel (8-2), and were only outscored 99-82 in the last six games after being hammered 132-27 in the first four games.

* While the knock against Ted Sophocleus is that he can't win the big one and is 0-2 in county executive races, did you know he never lost an election for president of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in four years? That makes his overall record 4-2.

* Now that state Sen. Mike Wagner has been ousted, does it mean that the county Hall of Fame plaque shrine will be moved out of Michael's Eighth Avenue into the law office of the man who defeated him, Ed Middlebrooks?

* Speaking of Hall of Famers, how about congrats to North County coaches Chuck Markiewicz (football) and Amy Williams (volleyball), and Mike Ballas for being named to the Anne Arundel Community College Pioneer Sports Hall of Fame?

Markiewicz was a fullback/linebacker for the AACC football team in 1973-74 and an All-Conference lacrosse player in 1974-75 before going on to star at Salisbury State. He has led the Knights to four straight playoff appearances.

Williams was All-Region XX in softball, All-JuCo in basketball and a setter in volleyball. Captain of all three teams, Williams was named the Pioneers' Outstanding Female Athlete in 1982.

Ballas coached the Pioneers lacrosse team to a 175-73 record in 14 seasons and was named the National JuCo Coach of the Year in 1985 after being named Region XX Coach of the Year in '84. He also coached wrestling for nearly 10 years and was a football assistant.

Markiewicz, Williams and Ballas will be inducted at a Dec. 12th awards banquet.

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