High School Football Preview

September 05, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

Carver Bears

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: Ron Frierson (career record: 7-13).

Top players: Andre Moore, Sr., QB; Hammett Harding, Sr., CB-WR; Henry Rice, Sr., T-C; Alexander Gough, Sr., OL-D; Raynard McNill, Jr., FS; Leonard McNill, Jr.; S.

Outlook: The Bears, of the city's 3A league, return seven starters, including three-year veteran Moore (6-1, 180), who passed for 1,011 yards and six TDs last year. Several speedy receivers have graduated, but Frierson has enough talent to go with the run-and-shoot again this season.

City Knights

1995 record: 4-6.

Coach: George Petrides (career record: 119-78-1).

Top players: Chris Perkins, Sr., G; Carl Hebron, Sr., C; Quantay Johnson, Sr., G; Michael Johnson, Sr., QB; Taber Small, Sr., RB-DB; Karim Cross, Sr., LB; Jason Brown, Sr., LB; Dante White, Sr., CB; Dartegnan Smith, Sr., FS; Harold Simon, Sr., S; Warren Smith, Jr., WR-DB.

Outlook: The Knights want to erase the memory of their worst season in 10 years, and, with 12 starters back, they seem well equipped to do so. Small, who has rushed for over 2,000 career yards and 20 TDs, is a fourth-year starter. QB Johnson, Perkins (6-2, 280), Hebron (6-2, 290) and Quantay Johnson (6-2, 225) are all three-year starters. "Our top three offensive linemen are back, our top running back, our entire secondary and two of the four linebackers," Petrides said.

Curley Friars

1995 record: 0-9.

Coach: Barry Brownlee (career record: 9-40).

Top players: Greg Bednarek, Sr., OL; Chris McNelly, Sr., FB-LB; Dan Szabo, Sr., OL; Ken Borst, Jr., LB-FB; Greg Moxey, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Players on this year's team want to erase the memory of last year's record, says Brownlee. He's got a largely new coaching staff, and new offensive and defensive schemes. "The kids are young, but they're working hard, and with this group, we're starting to build toward the future," Brownlee said.

Douglass Ducks

1995 record: 1-9.

Coach: David White (career record: 75-57).

Top players: John Robinson, Sr., QB-S; Ronald Baldwin, Jr., L; Randy Newkirk, Jr., L; Tony Fisher, So., RB.

Outlook: Last year, David White took over a program that had consecutive winless seasons, including an 0-10 finish in 1994 when the team scored just eight points. But last year's squad had several close games in the city's 4A league. And with a coaching staff that includes former Dunbar assistants Rodney Coffield and Bernie White, and Douglass alumnus Tim Coleman, he's even more enthusiastic. "Our junior varsity was pretty good, and with the new additions, the excitement has really picked up," White said.

Dunbar Poets

1995 record: 12-1.

Coach: Stanley Mitchell (33-4).

Top players: Ali Culpepper, Sr., RB-LB; Derry Williams, Sr., WR-S; Antar Sims-El, Sr., OL-DL; Jason Boyce, Sr., FB-LB; Dahnel Singfield, Jr., WR-S; Jonathan Thomas, Jr., DB-RB.

Outlook: The two-time state champion Poets return six two-way starters, but lack depth on the line. Culpepper (5-11, 206), who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, had 1,831 yards rushing last year and scored 21 TDs. Culpepper, who also had 15 sacks and seven INTs, and Williams (10 INTs) are returning All-Metro picks. Sims-El (three sacks), Boyce (715 yards, four TDs, 10 sacks) and Singfield (six INTs) were second-team All-City/County picks.

Edmondson Redskins

1995 record: 3-7.

Coach: Pete Pompey (career record: 157-71).

Top players: Samuel Scott, Sr., RB-CB-P; Dante Connors, Sr., RB-LB; Tim Pittman, Sr., OT-DT; Keith Massey, Sr., CB-WR; Desmond Stewart, Jr., TE-DE; Ronald Boone, So., OT-DT.

Outlook: Scott (5-11, 190), a four-year stater, is listed in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report as one of the state's best backs. He, along with Connors (6-1, 200), Boone (6-4, 290) and Pittman (295) will have to carry the load for a program that had a turnout of 60 players.

Forest Park Foresters

1995 record: 5-5-1.

Coach: Obie Barnes (career record: 92-88-5).

Top players: Sharif Small, Sr., RB; Elwood Miles, Sr., OT-DT; Donnie Boyd, Sr., OL-DL; Greg Baldwin, Sr., G-LB; Tyrell Fulton, Sr., OL-DL; Bradford Johnson, Sr., G; Tamah McCray, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: Barnes' region champs, of the city 2A league, return eight two-way starters but lost one of the area's best backs, Aaron Thompson, who transferred to Mount St. Joseph late during his junior season. Yet Small, a three-year starter, should be potent behind Johnson (290), Miles (275) and Boyd (280).

Gibbons Crusaders

1995 record: 2-7.

Coach: Mike Gucwa (first year).

Top players: Mike Detorie, Sr., TE-DE; Floyd Dean, Jr., RB-DB; Antonio Shields, So., OL-DL.

Outlook: Gucwa took over the program in May after Mark Agent stepped down, and has just four seniors on an underclassmen-laden squad. "It's a wait-and-see situation," said Gucwa.

Gilman Greyhounds

1995 record: 2-7.

Coach: Sherm Bristow (95-41-2).

Top players: John-Allen Sykes, Sr., RB-S; Danny Coyle, Sr., FB-LB; Ben Stevens, Sr., OL-DL; Joey Vargas, Sr., LB-WR; Clayton Apgar, Sr., WR; Matt Garrity, Sr., WR; Brad Cornes, Sr., RB-DB; Will Stewart, Sr., OL-DL; Vince Tuohey, Sr., OL-DL; Tyler Brawner, Sr., QB-LB.

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