Baltimore City Team-by-team Capsules High School Football Preview

September 08, 1995|By Lem Satterfield

Carver Bears

1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Ron Frierson (career record: 3-7).

Top players: Damean Johnson, Sr., WR; Andre Falcon, Sr., TE; Keonte Hazelton, Sr., LB-RB; Alexander Gough, Jr., LB; Terrill Fulton, Jr., OT-DT; Andre Moore, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The Bears return 12 starters, including eight two-way players. Offensively, the focus will be on returning signal-caller Moore, who will have as his targets two of the city's fastest players in Johnson, an All-Metro sprinter, and Falcon, a third-year starter. "We'll pass the ball quite a bit and we'll test some secondaries, but we have some questions about whether our defense can hold up," said Frierson. Fulton (6-1, 240) anchors the line on both sides of the ball as the Bears aim for .500.

City Knights

1994 record: 8-2. Coach: George Petrides (career record: 115-72-1).

Top players: Jemini Jones, Sr., RB-LB; Damian Beane, Sr., RB; Quantay Johnson, Sr., OG; Kevin Griffin, Sr., WR-LB; Taber Small, Jr., RB-DB; Michael Johnson, Jr., QB; Jermaine Peterson, Jr., QB; Chris Perkins, Jr., C.

Outlook: City, down to 2A from 3A, returns its starting backfield ,, of Beane and Small, whose combined rushing totals surpassed 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns, and Michael Johnson, who again has Griffin to throw to. Jones was the leading tackler last year, and Small and Beane led the team in interceptions. Quantay Johnson and Perkins lend experience to a questionable corps of linemen. "With some of the former MSA teams like Gilman, St. Joe and Loyola, we have a tougher schedule than these kids have seen in two years," said Petrides. "But we're ahead of schedule offensively, and I like what I see."

Curley Friars

1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Barry Brownlee (career record: 9-31).

Top players: Bill Curran, Sr., QB-S; Jack Berkeridge, Sr., OL-DL; Ivan Mister, Sr., RB-LB; Nick Brownlee, RB-CB.

Outlook: Curley had its first winning season in 15 seasons last year and seven starters return among 14 veterans. Overall, 40 players tried out. "It's a good start and we'd like to be able to match last year or add a few more wins," said coach Brownlee, whose team went 1-4 in the MIAA. Curran (5-10, 170), Berkeridge (5-11, 240), Mister (5-10, 180), Brownlee (5-9, 175) are all team captains and are dispensing valuable leadership. "We really need to work on fundamentals," said Brownlee. "But we have really good attitudes and the kids are working hard."

Douglass Ducks

1994 record: 0-10. Coach: David White (career record: 74-48).

Top players: Kwan Titus, Sr., TB-CB; John Robinson, Jr., QB-S; Allen Thompson, Soph., RB-DB; Monroe Brown, Soph., C-DT.

Outlook: White, formerly at Lake Clifton, is trying to inject some enthusiasm into a program that occupied the 3A Division cellar last year. "I've been combing the halls looking for kids, but I think I've got some who really want to improve on last year," said White. "Most of them are underclassmen who are willing to learn."

Dunbar Poets

1994 record: 12-0. Coach: Stanley Mitchell (career record: 20-4).

Top players: Tommy Polley, Sr., LB-TE; Anthony Wiggins, Sr., QB; Deon Johnson, Sr., OL-DL; Dwyane Green, Sr., OL-DL; Ali Culpepper, Jr., RB-LB; Antar Simsel, Jr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Six quality starters are back from last year's 2A state champ, including Polley (42 career sacks), Wiggins (1,571 passing yards, 10 TDs) and Culpepper (1,507 all-purpose yards, 10 TDs). But the question, as the Poets move up to 3A, is whether their depth will hold up against a stiffer schedule. "The older kids feel in their hearts that they can win it again, but they'll have to pass down their leadership to the younger kids," Mitchell said. "We have several holes and a lot of inexperience."

Edmondson Redskins

1994 record: 7-3. Coach: Pete Pompey (career record: 154-64).

Top players: Charles Wilson, Sr., LB-TE; Donald Goodman, Sr., QB; Corey Brown, Sr., RB; David Merritte, Sr., LB-S-RB; Samuel Scott, Jr., RB-CB, Dante Connor, Jr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Running backs Goodman, Brown, Merritte and Scott all return to the offense, and the hard-hitting Wilson (6-2, 185), the second-leading tackler last year, returns to the defense. But the team may not be as talented overall as last year. And Pompey's schedule could be the area's toughest, with state champ Dunbar; Howard County runner-up Howard; two-time league champ Potomac of Prince George's County; another Washington-area power, DeMatha, and two excellent teams from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. "We lost some critical kids on the line and, with the teams we have to play, I'm not sure how well they'll respond early," Pompey said.

Forest Park Foresters

1994 record: 4-6. Coach: Obie Barnes (career record: 87-83-4).

Top players: Danaz Williams, Sr., LB-TE; Lonnie Byrd, Sr., RB-CB; Calvin Thurmond, Sr., WR-S; Dominic Boyd, Sr., NG-OG; Aaron Thompson, Jr., RB-CB; Elwood Miles, Jr., OL-DL.

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