Mount St. Joe keeps piling up big numbers

High Schools

November 08, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph, coached by Mike Working, is the state's top-ranked football team, and is rated No. 8 in the East Region by USA Today.

The Gaels, ranked No. 1 in the area, entered last weekend at No. 2 in the Associated Press State Poll, but then-No. 1 Seneca Valley, winner of the last three 3A state titles, had its 26-game winning streak ended by Gaithersburg, 20-17.

Now the Gaels (9-0, 4-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference) have the state's longest active winning streak at 13.

Mount St. Joseph becomes only the fourth area team to hold the state's No. 1 mantle. City was ranked No. 1 during the final week of 1992, and again for five weeks in 1993 before having its near three-year long, 29-game winning streak halted, 21-20, by Poly in the final regular-season game.

Before that, North County was No. 1 for a week in 1993, and 3A state champ Randallstown was No. 1 in 1990.

Mount St. Joseph was 11-19 over the last three seasons, including 3-7 the year before Working arrived from McDonogh in 1994. Since then, it is 17-1.

The Gaels have outscored their opponents by a combined 412-70 (or an average of 45.7-9.7), and their league rivals by 179-30 (or 44.75-7.5). They have shutouts over Calvert Hall, 55-0, both Annapolis and Gibbons by 43-0, and Gilman by 42-0.

But among its opponents, only St. Mary's (6-3), a 26-12 loser, has a winning record. Good Counsel, a 30-20 loser from Montgomery County, is 5-5, and Annapolis is 4-4. The Gaels' remaining wins came over teams with losing records.

The Gaels have clinched at least a tie for a second straight league crown, and can win it outright against visiting Loyola (4-4, 2-1) Saturday.

The Gaels have tied the state record for total points in a 10-game season (established by Smithsburg in 1973), and should break it Saturday. Just 22 points separates St. Joe from an average of 43.4 points per game and breaking the record (43.37) set in 1925 by St. James (347 points in eight games).

Gaels running back Archie Wannamaker (1,731 yards, 33 touchdowns) is the area's top scorer, but ranks second among area rushers behind Kenwood's Steve Kelley (1,864 yards, 32 touchdowns).

Wannamaker's 368 yards against City last weekend established a state record, and his seven rushing touchdowns -- equaled by Kelley against Parkville (47-0) a night earlier -- are also a state record.

The state record for touchdowns in a season is 39, set by Skeeter Nichols (Cambridge) in 1979, and the area record is 37, established by Larry Washington (Randallstown) in 1990.

Gaels quarterback Lucas Phillips has thrown for 4,255 yards and 38 touchdowns in three seasons -- 1,571 off the state record (5,826) set by McDonogh's Bobby Sabelhaus (Florida) last year. Phillips has 1,470 passing yards for 15 touchdowns this year.

Back at Maryland

The 22nd annual Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association football state finals will be played for the 12th time at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium on Dec. 1-2.

Stadium renovations forced the championships to neutral sites last year.

Different footsteps

Dulaney assistant football coach Ron Meehan was an All-American quarterback at Towson State in the late 1970s. Yet his stepson, Nick Marshall, isn't following in his footsteps. As a running back for Perry Hall's 6-to-8 recreation team, Marshall has 1,025 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Patterson fame

Patterson High graduates Carl Runk and Earl Brannan were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Oct. 19. Runk, a former Clippers lacrosse and football standout, is Towson State's lacrosse coach, and Brannan, a four-sport athlete at Patterson, played baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

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