Steinheim makes noise in Div. III

SIDELINES

November 27, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Former Chesapeake All-County running back Brandon Steinheim is in line for All-American honors.

Steinheim, a sophomore at Wesley College (8-2) in Dover, Del., led the nation in punt returns and is believed to have set an NCAA Division III record. He averaged 42.2 yards a return this fall at Wesley.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster's longest of 10 runbacks was 91 yards, and he had a 97-yarder that was called back.

According to record keepers at Wesley and at Division III headquarters, no one has ever averaged more than 40 yards a return.

"It's quite an honor, and we're excited," said his father, Jeff.

Steinheim ran for an Anne Arundel County regular-season-leading and school-record 1,562 yards on 162 attempts with another school record for touchdowns (18) and points scored (110) in 1992.

Throughout his high school career, which earned him the Annapolis Touchdown Club Rhodes Trophy signifying him as the county's top player in 1992, Chesapeake never had a winning season and was 3-7 in his final season.

In three varsity seasons, Steinheim amassed school career records for yards rushing (2,975), attempts (409), average per carry (7.3) and touchdowns (32).

His ability to go long distance was evident in his senior year when he scored on runs of 78, 72 and 65 yards and gained 100 yards or more in every Cougars game but one (92 yards against Arundel).

His biggest game was his last, a 34-20 victory over Northeast with Steinheim running for 231 yards.

Football notes

Arundel's Bill Zucco, who has been coaching in some capacity since 1956, but didn't get a chance to be a head varsity football coach until three years ago, said this Wildcats edition was dear to his heart.

"I couldn't talk to the kids afterward, was choked up and couldn't get my words out," said Zucco after his Wildcats were eliminated the 4A state quarterfinals by North County, 39-15.

"I've been doing this [coaching] for almost 40 years, and this was a special team, one I will never forget. They didn't quit."

Did North County coach Chuck Markiewicz, who played linebacker for Zucco's junior varsity at Arundel in the early '70s, run up the score on his old coach?

Leading 32-15, Markiewicz called for a pass with 3:23 left, resulting in a 29-yard touchdown from Earl Sewell to Ryan Ross.

"Those things happen," said Zucco. "But it does give the kids coming back a little incentive for next year."

Markiewicz, who Zucco says used to get mad at him because he wouldn't let him play fullback, defended his call.

"I didn't feel secure until that last score," said Markiewicz.

Did you know that when Zucco coached Markiewicz, Broadneck coach Jeff Herrick was also on that team and scored 20 touchdowns?

Shouldn't Zucco be proud of his two proteges who have been named to the Anne Arundel Community College Pioneers Athletic Hall of Fame? Herrick was inducted several years ago and Markiewicz goes in this December, and both have earned respect as head football coaches.

Isn't Markiewicz right when he says that his sophomore linebacker Cesar Romero "is the most under-rated in the county?"

Romero has made 79 unassisted tackles and been in on 149 tackles overall, third best on the Knights, because Markiewicz said "he is always in the right place at the right time."

* With all this open tournament jazz, doesn't the state need to do a few things for football, like going to 16 playoff teams (instead of eight in each class) by extending the season just one week or cutting back to a nine-game regular season and separate teams from the same county who draw each other in the first round? Arundel at North County was more like a county championship than a playoff game.

* Aren't director Glen Mohr and his North County marching band to be commended for hustling from a Thanksgiving parade in Baltimore back to Linthicum to play for the Knights' playoff game against Arundel?

* Did you know that Azizuddin Abdur Ra'oof, former Northeast High and University of Maryland standout football player and member of the first All-County Academic-Athletic Team in 1983, is an assistant on the Springbrook High staff?

"Ziz has been a lot of help football wise coaching our receivers and he is an excellent role model for our kids," said coach John Haberman.

* Don't county football coaches lose some creditability when they select Coaches Teams with four players going both ways as the 4A coaches did?

Check out Dunbar

It's hard to believe, but basketball season is here already.

Fans might want to catch a free boys scrimmage at 5 p.m. Wednesday. It's a pretty good one -- Dunbar at Annapolis.

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