High School Football Preview

September 05, 1996|By Lem Satterfield

Boys' Latin Lakers

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Drew Haugh (career record: 30-44).

Top players: Aaron Vercollone, Sr., QB-DB; Ryan Mollett, Sr., LB-WR; Brian Berger, Sr., WR-DB; Greg Patchak, Sr., LB-FB; John Reichl, Sr., G; Scott Mendelson, Sr., C-DL; Joe Manson, Sr., OT-DT; Chris Savage, Sr., OL-DL; Jason Leneau, Jr., RB-DB.

Outlook: The seniors from this year's Lakers -- who return 13 starters from last year's MIAA B runners-up -- were on an eighth-grade team that went unbeaten and unscored upon. The elusive 6-3, 180-pound Vercollone (984 passing yards, 11 TDs, five rushing TDs) will work behind a line that includes Manson (290) and Savage (280).

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1995 record: 3-8.

Coach: Lou Eckerl (career record: 5-16).

Top players: Jason Marrow, Sr., RB; Pat Venanzi, Sr., LB.

Outlook: The entire backfield graduated from a program that competes in what, top-to-bottom, may be the area's toughest league -- the MIAA A Conference. However, Eckerl, in his third year, is looking for help from an 8-2 junior varsity.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Warren Como (career record: 55-34).

Top players: Ryan Davis, Sr., LB-RB; Jerel Cotton, Sr., LB-RB; Darod Keels, Sr., LB; Jamie Roussey, Sr., DL-OG; Robert Bennett, Jr., OL; Reggie Catherill, Sr., T; Colin Cunniff, Sr., G; Jim Affeldt, Jr., C; B.J. Brooks, OG-DT; Reynold Reedy, Sr., OL-DL.

Outlook: The Comets, who return 11 starters, are among five of the tougher teams in the nine-member 1A-2A Division, won by Milford Mill last year. "We were within a touchdown in all three of our losses last year," said Como, who overall returns 25 lettermen. Offensively, Davis (6-2, 205) rushed for 860 yards and 11 TDs, and he's one of the Comets' three returning linebackers whose average size is 6-1, 208 pounds.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 0-10.

Coach: Phil Donlin (career record: 197-129-3).

Top players: Eric Swanson, Sr., OL; Charles Ripperger, Sr., OL; Chris Johnston, Sr., QB; Brian Oughton, Sr., C; Chris Cox, Jr., OL.

Outlook: Donlin has switched places with former Bayhawks coach Rick Zentz, who is now at Parkville. Donlin's encouraged by a corps of linemen whose average weight is 220 pounds, a strong nucleus and an all new coaching staff. "A .500 record would be outstanding for us."

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Jeff Mann (career record: 12-8).

Top players: Cliff Berger, Sr., QB; Sean Schroeder, Sr., FB-LB; Tommy Bell, Sr., RB-LB; Carson Yoder, Sr., TE-LB; Matt Streyle, Sr., OT-NG; Paul Wajbel, Sr., C-LB; Justin Tagg, Sr., G-DE; Steve Duncan, Jr., TE-LB; Billy Kauffmann, Sr., TE-LB.

Outlook: Eight starters return to a squad that lost just two league games and posted milestone league wins over traditional county 3A-4A league powers Woodlawn and Perry Hall. Mann says the hard work in the weight room by the majority of his players has the program headed in the right direction.

Dundalk Owls

1995 record: 3-7.

Coach: Robert Schweid (first year).

Top players: Kevin Baughman, Sr., FB-LB; Tom Cate, Sr., C-DT; Tim Miller, Sr., QB; Brawley Evans, RB; Danta Woods, Jr., NG-C; A.J. Stapleton, Jr., T-LB.

Outlook: Nine starters are back for the Owls, who, under Schweid, are learning a new system in the Delaware Wing-T. "We had a turnout of 61 kids, and we're working them hard and getting a lot out of them," said Schweid.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1995 record: 1-9.

Coach: Nick Arminio (career record: 2-8).

Top players: Rodney Pearce, Sr., QB; Jason Wagner, Sr., RB; Craig Shifflett, Sr., OL; Larry Jaski, Sr., OL-DL; Shawn Rutherford, Sr., OL; Anthony Lawston, Soph., WR-LB.

Outlook: The Mavericks have 12 starters back, including Pearce (6-3, 170), who passed for 1,538 yards and five TDs, and Lawston, who ranked fourth among state receivers with 43 receptions for 925 yards and four TDs.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 1-9.

Coach: Rob Smith (career record: 14-26).

Top players: Kenny Vialva, Sr., RB-LB; Karl Holly, Sr., RB-FB-LB; Matt Timmons, Sr., FS-RB; Charles Davis, Sr., SE; George

Bertch, Sr., C; T.R. Walters, Sr., G-DE; Chris Randall, Jr., TE; Chip Burgess, Jr., QB.

Outlook: After going 10-1 two years ago, the Indians are trying to rebound from last year's rude introduction into the 3A-4A league. The 6-0, 240-pound Vialva, a third-year starter, is one of several players back from a team that lost just four starters to graduation. He's listed in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report among Maryland's top players.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 5-5.

Coach: Steve Turnbaugh (career record: 5-5).

Top players: Carl Yelton, Sr., RB; Chris Harring, Sr., TE; Jason DeLozier, Sr., G; Ryan Conner, Sr., C; Jason Shupert, Jr., G-DT; Jason Wingert, Jr., DB-RB; Jason Murphy, Jr., RB-DE; Jeff Harding, Jr., QB.

Outlook: One of five tough teams in the county's 1A-2A league, Hereford returns 12 starters, including Wingert (6-2, 200), who had seven interceptions. The team has just four seniors, but several players like Harding (6-1, 175) are up from a junior varsity that was 9-1.

Hickey Bears

1995 record: 7-3.

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