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

September 08, 1995|By Rick Belz

Atholton Raiders

1994 record: 5-5 overall, 2-5 league. Coach: Kevin Kelly (first year).

Top players: Ricky Trott, Sr., RB/LB; Scott Filipovitz, Sr., TE; Peter Monti, Sr., C; Jake Beltz, Sr., G; Lavar Macon, Jr., RB, LB; Marcus Boykins, Jr., T; Paul McElheney, Sr., T; Keith Jefferson, Jr., WR/DB; Max Clifford, WR/DB; Sean Williams, Jr., QB; Jason Sandner, Sr., QB.

Outlook: The Raiders, carrying 32 players, return fewer starters (two) than any team in the league. Only Trott and Monti started the entire season. Atholton has a new head coach, who has been a 19-year assistant coach, 17 years at Atholton.

Kelly's team must overcome not only inexperience but overall lack of size and a lack of depth on the line. Atholton also moves up from Class 2A to Class 3A for state playoff competition. On the positive side, the Raiders have more speed with Jefferson (4.3 in 40-yard --) and Clifford (4.4) than normally.

Kelly has switched from a run-and-shoot offense to a pro-set with split backs and a tight end. And the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Trott (134 carries for 769 yards, five touchdowns) is a talented RB.

But the loss of FB Jon Sanford (5-10, 190) for an indefinite time because of mononucleosis definitely hurts.

Centennial Eagles

1994 record: 7-3 overall, 4-3 league. Coach: Ed Holshue (career record: 65-78).

Top players: Aaron Perkins, Jr., OT/DT; Andy Frank Sr., TE; Marwan Oweis, Sr., FB/LB; George Mitroka, Sr., TE/DE; John Woods, Sr., SE/S; Andrew Rosenbleet, Sr., OG/DE; John Levine, Sr., C, NG; Jesse McCormack, Sr., OT/DT; Scott Bross, Jr., RB/DB; Chip Harrison, Jr., RB; John Webster, Sr., QB; Nick Langridge, Sr., QB; Ryan Gielen, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The Eagles posted their fourth winning season in 17 years, but return only five starters. Rob Hauff, the record-setting 1,737-yard rusher, has graduated.

Holshue considers Perkins the best two-way lineman he's ever coached. Bross is a three-sport (basketball and lacrosse) athlete who missed nine games last season with a broken leg.

Harrison gives the Eagles a breakaway running threat like they seldom have had. Three players are vying for the QB slot, with Gielen being the best passer.

Overall the Eagles are quicker but not as big. They lack depth on the line. They'll carry 32 players.

Glenelg Gladiators

1994 record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 league. Coach: Steve Martinec (first year).

Top players: Frank Brosenne, Sr., OL/DL; Dan Garland, Sr., FB; Paul Marick, Sr., OL/DL; Jeremy Lignelli, Jr., RB; Steve Dulaney, Sr., QB/DB; Brent Waskey, Jr., RB/LB; David Boteler, Jr., OL/DL; Doug Gasch, Sr., WR; Ryan Riel, Sr., OL/DL; Marc Hereth, Sr., OL/DL; Eddie Frank, Sr., QB/DB; Peter Miller, Jr., DB; Bo Pick, Soph., QB.; Matt McQuigg, Sr., C.

Outlook: Four starters return from a disappointing season. The Gladiators are searching for a quarterback to replace Sean Lookingbill (1,596 yards passing) with Pick and Frank as candidates.

The offensive line should have good size with Brosenne (6-foot-2, 260 pounds), Marick (6-3, 220), Boteler (5-11, 235), Hereth (5-11, 185) and Riel (6-2, 205). Brosenne and Marick are returning starters.

Glenelg lacks exceptional speed at the skill positions, but Lignelli and Garland are returning starting running backs.

Glenelg has no returning starters in the defensive backfield.

The Gladiators are rebuilding and haven't won a county title since 1985. They have 35 players on varsity.

Hammond Golden Bears

1994 record: 5-5 overall, 3-4 league. Coach: Joe Russo (career record: 101-70).

Top players: Tim Spruill, Sr., QB/DB; Ari Zycter, Sr., OG/DT; Tom Borrego, Sr., OL; Jason Spiegle, Sr., WR; Ron Gamble, Sr., FB/LB; Josh Zillmer, Jr., RB/DB; Jerry Oliver, Jr.,

DE; Hansel Henry, Sr., WR/DE; Mike Bright, Sr., WR.; Chris Gleason,Sr., OG/DT; Greg Minah, Sr. OL; Vince Sharps, Sr., L; Jamie Wasser, Jr., C; Joe Leise, Sr., WR; Mike Amaral, Sr., WR.

Outlook: Given a little luck, Hammond could have had a much better season last year. The Bears lost by four points to Southern and by a touchdown to Wilde Lake and Centennial.

With eight returning starters, four of whom play two ways, including an All-American (Spruill), and the addition of several talented newcomers, Russo is optimistic the Bears have as good a chance at a county title as any team.

The Bears run a no-huddle, shotgun offense designed to make the most of Spruill's quickness. It uses four wide receivers, one running back and no tight end.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gamble (32 carries, 242 yards) should show major improvement at running the ball, and Russo thinks he is one of the league's best linebackers. Gamble was voted the outstanding linebacker at the Wake Forest Football Camp. Zillmer (48 carries, 578 yards, six TDs) is a breakaway threat.

The offensive line is big with Zycter (6-2, 245), Borrego (6- 3, 190), Minah (6-5, 230), Gleason (6-0, 230) and Wasser (6-2, 200), but inexperienced at center.

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