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

September 08, 1995|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1994 record: 9-2. Coach: Kevin Reilly (career record: 71-30).

Top players: Dondre' Gilliam, Sr., RB/DB; Doug Gordon, Sr., WR/DB; Al Johnson, Sr., FB/DE; Keith Marshall, Sr., RB/DB; Joe Stegemann, Sr., OG/DT; Toby Tyler, Sr., OC/DT; Scipio Osborne, Jr., OT/DT; Gary Sims, Jr., OG/DT; Tim Eggleston, Jr., WR/DB; Tommie Mims, Jr., WR/DB.

Outlook: Gilliam (15 TDs, 1,028 rushing yards), last year's Co-County Player of the Year, heads a squad that has speed and depth. For the first time in his three seasons, Reilly has had quality competition at almost all positions. Improvement by a good group of younger players could help make up for the loss of eight senior regulars of a year ago.

Bel Air Bobcats

1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Bruce Riley (career record: 12-8).

Top players: Romain Russell, Sr., RB/LB; Tim Schindler, Sr., OT/DT; Mike Wood, Sr., RB/DB; Andy Neal, Sr., WR/DE; Bob Joy, Sr., OT/DT; Tim Smallwood, Jr., RB/LB; Jon Grimes, Jr., WR/DB; J.D. Tarr, Jr., QB; Joe Keleman, Sr., WR; Nate Barthel, Sr., RB/LB.

Outlook: There is a lot of inexperience (27 players graduated), but the offense should be balanced, with the potential to be explosive, and the defense will be aggressive. The players' response has been so positive it has allowed the coaches to do more things earlier than anticipated.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1994 record: 10-2. Coach: Steve Harward (career record: 80-31).

Top players: Duane Fisher, Sr., WR/DB; Ted May, Sr., TE/LB; Todd Behler, Sr., RB/LB; Jon Judy, Sr., WR/L; Scott Rudolph, Jr., OT/DT; Brian Rodriguez, Soph., OT/DT; Pete Fountain, Jr., WR/DB; Chris Lau, Jr., OT/DT; Jim Fielder, Sr., OL; Chris Russell, Sr., TE/LB.

Outlook: Fisher (returning to WR after a year as starting QB), May, Behler, and Judy are three-year veterans and provide experience at several skill positions. Offensive and defensive lines are being rebuilt, but the traditional size is still there with several in the 250-300-pound class.

Edgewood Rams

1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Fred Myers (career record: 32-58).

Top players: Michael Moore, Sr., RB/LB; Carlos Putney, Sr., RB/LB; Reggie Jarvis, Sr., RB/DB; Willie Passe, Sr., WR/DB; Darrell Bledsoe, Sr., OC; Kevin Ballentine, Sr., OT/DT; Mike Brown, Sr., OT/DT; Greg Cherry, Sr., OG/DE; Rodney Howard, Jr., TE/DE; James Lessane, Jr., OG; Phillip Early, Soph., LB.

Outlook: Putney was one of three 1,000-yard rushers in the county last year, and is one of several experienced backs ready to work behind a veteran line. Last year was a learning experience for a new coaching staff and the players, and this year should show an improvement. One of several teams thin in numbers, but, barring injuries, it should be competitive.

Fallston Cougars

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Dave Cesky (career record: 86-96).

Top players: Mark Rhoten, Sr., RB/LB; Matt Sutphen, Jr., RB/LB; Gene Liebel, Soph., RB/LB; Jack Osipowicz, Sr., RB/DB; Mike Levy, Jr., OG/DT; Eric Bectal, Sr., OG/DE; Jerry Rahll, Sr., OT/LB; Mark Diggs, Sr., TE/DE; Justin Hartman, Sr., WR/DB; Mike Fahnestock, Sr., DT; Shawn Skokowski, Sr., QB.

Outlook: Another entry in the title sweepstakes with quality but not quantity, so it has to stay injury-free. The offensive backfield and a strong group of linemen return, including a solid core of seniors who are providing good leadership. Sutphen was the county's top rusher (1,066 yards, 10 TDs) and Rhoten its leading tackler (149).

Harford Tech Cobras

1994 record: No team. Coach: Joe Foltz (first year).

Top players: David Grant, Sr., RB/DB; Jason Edwards, Sr., QB/DB; Khory Morris, Sr., OC/DG; William Razy, Sr., WR/DB; Tom Wall, Sr., WR/DB.

Outlook: The team wants to be competitive in its first year, but perhaps more important is the building of a good foundation for a lasting program.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1994 record: 6-4. Coach: Tom Marren (career record: 135-147).

Top players: Billy Jackson, Sr., QB; Al Mann, Sr., RB; J.R. Clark, Sr., WB; Ben Neades, Sr., OT/DT; Josh Rollman, Sr., OG/DG; Joe Comer, Sr., OG/DG; Damon Presberry, Jr., WR.

Outlook: Gone are key running backs and an offensive line from a team that started 6-1 a year ago, but the new mix of holdovers and newcomers should come along to surprise some teams.

John Carroll Patriots

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Bill Mackley (career record: 72-51).

Top players: Ryan Stangle, Sr., TE/DB; Bryan Barrett, Sr., RB/DB; Bill Lort, Sr., FB/LB; T.J. Wilson, Sr., OG/DG; Kris Nesbitt, Jr., OC/LB.

Outlook: The team is short on numbers (26), but All-County Stangle, the league's third-leading receiver (and 12 points as a kicker), is a three-year veteran. If the team stays healthy, PTC Mackley, in the first year of a second tour of duty at the school, looks forward to a successful season.

Joppatowne Mariners

1994 record: 7-4. Coach: Greg Komondor (first year).

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