Baltimore County Team-by-team Capsules Local Sports: High School Football Preview

September 08, 1995|By Derek Toney

Boys' Latin Lakers

1994 record: 3-6. Coach: Drew Haugh (career record: 23-41).

Top players: Adam Bercollone, Jr., QB-DB; Ryan Molett, Jr., TB-OLB, T.W. Winston, Sr., OT-DT; Jason Leneau, Soph., TB-WR; Jake Hunter, Sr., TE-DE; Patrick Radebaugh, Jr., WR-DB; Greg Patchek, Jr., FB-LB; Rob Turci, Sr., OG-LB-DT; Greg

Hochstadt, Soph., FB-LB; John Riechl, Jr., OG-LB.

Outlook: Boys' Latin looks to continue with the momentum it picked up at the end of last season, when it won three of its last four games. Haugh likes Molett and Leneau in the backfield, and, overall, this may be his most athletic team. A lack of depth on the line may hurt, but Boys' Latin should be competitive in the MIAA B Conference.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Lou Eckerl (career record: 2-8).

Top players: Ryan Hartley, Sr., FB-DB; John Brecht, Sr., OT; Dave Sulla, Sr., WR-DB; Mike McCormick, Sr., SE-DB; Donald Davis, Sr., RB; Eddie Brown, Sr., DB.

Outlook: After a 2-0 start last season, Calvert Hall faded, losing its final eight games. Seven players return, but Eckerl is excited about an incoming crop of junior varsity players, who brought Calvert Hall the MIAA A Conference JV title last season, to go with the seniors. Eckerl says his team will be quicker and competitive, playing a rather difficult schedule.

Carver A&T Cobras

1994 record: 0-5 (junior varsity). Coach: Pete Skeels.

Top players: Rob Thaxton, Sr., RB-LB; Gary Lam, Jr., C-DT; Rob Rossi, Jr., QB-LB; Jason White, Soph., RB-DB; Noah Carrington, Soph., T-DT.

Outlook: Carver Tech, one of two new varsity programs in the county, will play a nine-game schedule. Skeels said practices and scrimmages have become much smoother and the players are optimistic. Inexperience will be a problem, but Skeels thinks Carver could reach the .500 mark, playing an independent schedule.

Catonsville Comets

L 1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Warren Como (career record: 48-31).

Top players: Rashaam Harcum, Sr., RB-DB; Jack Rusf, Sr., OT-DT; Tom Bloom, Sr., QB; Ryan Davis, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Catonsville returns 15 lettermen, but only four have considerable playing experience. It has good size on the lines and Harcum and Ryan should excel. Como said he will start at least 10 underclassmen, and how quickly they mature probably will tell if the Comets can contend for the 1A-2A league title.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Rick Zentz (career record: 36-30).

Top players: Chris Bunn, Sr., OL-DL; Eric Emerson, Sr., OL-DL; Tom Nida, Sr., OL-DL.

Outlook: With Bunn, Nida and Emerson, Chesapeake has an experienced and solid front line. The problem is Zentz doesn't have a big runner, so he expects to throw more. Chesapeake doesn't have much experience, but it should be a factor in the 1A-2A league.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Jeff Mann (career record: 5-5).

Top players: Matt Pesci, Sr., C-DE; Adam Retchless, Sr., OT-OG-DE; Cliff Berger, Jr., QB; Tom Bell, Jr., FB-LB; Jeff Thomas, Sr., TB-DB; Jeff Gavin, Sr., TE.

Outlook: Mann, in his second year, likes the attitude of his team, which could be in the middle of the 3A-4A race. Pesci and Retchless will lead both sides of the line, but Dulaney lacks depth. Its opener with Calvert Hall should be a good indicator.

Dundalk Owls

1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Ron Shultz (career record: 62-47).

Top players: David Parker, Sr., OG-LB; Zack Berling, Sr., OT-DT; Kevin Underwood, Sr., DB-WR, Tim Miller, Jr., QB; Brawley Evans, Sr., RB-DB; Kevin Baugman, Jr., FB-LB; Steve Zarus, Sr., DT; Mike Wilson, Jr., WR.

Outlook: Dundalk enjoyed one of its best turnouts, attracting 86 players. The Owls return only five experienced linemen, but Schultz thinks his defense will be strong. How quickly its younger players adjust should tell if Dundalk will push toward the .500 mark.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Nick Arminio (first season).

Top players: Rodney Pierce, Jr., QB; Larry Jaski, Jr., FB-MLB; Jason Wagner, Jr., DB-TB; Craig Biggers, Sr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Arminio, who previously coached in New Jersey, inherits a team that has an offensive and defensive line with four seniors. Eastern Tech will have underclassmen at the skill positions and not much depth overall. Arminio expects Eastern Tech to stumble from the outset while adjusting to his system, but should improve steadily.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 10-1. Coach: Robert Smith (career record: 13-17).

Top players: Kenny Vialva, Jr., FB-LB; Tim Goins, Sr., TB-DB; Adrian Smith, Sr., RB; Bill Franklin, Sr., OL-DL; Joe Tenero, Sr., DL-TE; Mike Trott, Sr., QB-LB.

Outlook: Six seniors return from a team that went undefeated during the regular season, but lost to C. Milton Wright in the state 3A quarterfinals. Smith, replacing 25-year coach Claude Darr, likes his backfield of Vialva, Goins and Smith, but overall, his team will be inexperienced. Playing a 3A-4A schedule, after a 1A-2A schedule, means it will be tough to repeat last season's showing.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Steve Turnbaugh (first season).

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