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

September 08, 1995|By Pat O'Malley

Annapolis Panthers

1994 record: 5-5. Coach: Roy Brown (career record: 41-22).

Top players: Carey Stone, Sr., E-LB; Harold Adams, Sr., RB-DB; Marty Sellers, Sr., RB-DB; Brandt Hager, Sr., FB-LB; Donald Snowden, Jr., C; Eric Pickett, Soph., DB; Donnell Foote, Soph., QB.

Outlook: Only two returning starters each on the offensive and defensive units could be cause for panic. Not so in Annapolis where the future is bright. "We're very young, but we have the potential to be a pretty good team," said Brown. "We may start as many as three sophomores on our offensive line, but the line could be a strength after they get game experience." Once the linemen click, the offense could be very productive with Sellers (94-for-642 rushing), who averaged nearly seven yards as a junior, the go-to back. "We're counting on a big year from Sellers and Adams has run the ball well in scrimmages," said Brown. Foote, whose older brother Darryl was an outstanding Panther quarterback who currently starts at Bowie State, made the varsity as a freshman TE but has the tools to develop into a fine QB. Stone (LB) and Adams (DB) lend senior guidance to the defense as the two returning starters.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1994 record: 2-8. Coach: Paul Terhes (first season).

Top players: Brian Judy, Jr., RB-LB; Chuck Jones, Sr., NG; Mike Massarini, Sr., S; Ray D'Ambrosio, Jr., QB; Joe Petrocelli, Jr., RB-DB.

Outlook: The Cavaliers opened earlier than all other county teams and posted a 22-12 victory over Model School of Washington. Judy rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown (67 yards) fueling optimism in the Cavaliers and Terhes. "I know most of the kids after assisting Del Hughes last year," said Terhes, who is recovering from a recent chest tumor surgery and made his first appearance this fall at the team's opener. "Jim Nemeth [assistant who ran the team in Terhes' absence] has been practically living at my house and things have gone well," said Terhes, who retired as head coach at Surrattsville in 1991. Judy will be the main man and Jones (5-9, 230) will anchor the lines both ways as the Cavs aim for improvement after going 6-24 the last three seasons.

Arundel Wildcats

1994 record: 8-3. Coach: Bill Zucco (career record: 17-14).

Top players: John Norsworthy, Sr., FB-LB; Mike McKnight, Sr., DB; Joe Williams, Sr., RB-DE; Charles Kight, Sr., T-DT; Isaac Haertel, Jr., C; Jamie Doffemyre, Sr., DB; Bill Clyburn, Sr., QB-DB; Erik Lipton, Jr., QB; Joe Parker,, Jr., TE; Gene Collins, Sr., WB; Chris Gonzales, Sr., T; Brian Bayne, Sr., DB; Jason Lee, Sr., DL.

Outlook: All-County and second-team All-Metro LB Norsworthy, who was second in the county in first hits (121) last year, heads up this seasoned, hard-hitting squad. Norsworthy is one of four three-year players, the others being All-County DE Joe Williams, who will move to RB-LB; second-team All-County DB, McKnight (four interceptions), and two-way tackle, Kight (6-2, 240). "And we've got a bunch more playing their second year of varsity," said Zucco, who led the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance since 1985. Zucco and his Cats take pride in their ferocious hits, and Zucco loves this year's defense. On offense, Haertel is back at center, but inexperience rules the rest of the line. "That's one of our concerns along with inexperience in the backfield, but we've got the quarterbacks [Lipton and Clyburn] and ends to throw it," said Zucco, who is excited over the speed of two rookie senior ends in Danerian McCants (6-5, 190) and Curtis Hance.

Broadneck Bruins

1994 record: 6-3. Coach: Jeff Herrick (career record: 28-31).

Top players: Gerry Case, Sr., SB-DB; Jesse Young, Jr., C; Marty Toskov, Sr., DT; Renardo Walker, Sr., LB; Chris Martin, Sr., RB-DE; Brad Harrell, Sr., DB; Mike Threadgill, Sr., DB; Erik Holt, Jr., DE; Brooks Barnard, Soph., PK-P; Martel Threadgill, Fresh., RB.

Outlook: Herrick is not as concerned with his offense where he has only two returning starters in Case and Young, but is hoping his experienced defense will fulfill its potential. "It's one of our younger teams, but talented," said Herrick. "We can match or better last year's record if our defense plays up to its capability." Committed to the run-and-shoot, Herrick is starting a freshman in Mike Threadgill at RB, but is still undecided over senior Chip Tate and sophomore Jonas Weatherbie, son of the Navy coach, Charlie Weatherbie, at QB. Martin is a three-year starter at DE and is joined by five other returnees in Holt (DE), Threadgill's older brother, Mike (DB), Harrell (DB) and Walker (LB), who is 6-3 and 225 pounds. Also, back is kicker/punter Barnard, who kicked four of seven field goals as a freshman.

Chesapeake Cougars

L 1994 record: 3-7. Coach: Tom Kraning (career record: 19-51).

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