Franklin football fortunes take a turn for the better

September 17, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Franklin's football team beat Randallstown, 20-6, on the Rams' home field Thursday, marking the first time the Indians' program has ever defeated Randallstown, according to Franklin athletic director Jill Myers.

Senior quarterback Dante Yarborough put the Indians ahead, 6-0, with his 15-yard touchdown. John Bowers returned one of his two interceptions 40 yards for a touchdown, which, along with an extra point kick by George Bertsch, made it 13-6. Matt Timmons capped the scoring with an 8-yard run, followed by another Bertsch kick.

Linebacker Kenny Vialva and defensive end Carl Holley led the defense, with defensive tackle Eddie Geordt (two sacks) also playing well. Chris Randall's 40-yard reception set up the final score for Franklin, which is coming off of a 1-9 season during which Randallstown (9-2 last year) routed the Indians, 34-6.

"This is very, very good for us, especially after losing last week when we were ahead in the game, 23-21, with 4: 03 left," said second-year coach Rob Smith, referring to the Indians' season-opening 36-29 loss to Catonsville. That game was tied at 29 before the Comets scored with 30 seconds left.

"We felt like we let the Catonsville game get away from us," Smith said. "And I told the kids when we were tied with Randallstown at the half at 6-6 that we weren't going to let it happen again. I told them winning is contagious, and it's got to start today."

Smith, who was head coach at John Carroll from 1988 to 1991, assisted Poly coach Augie Waibel for 11 years.

Back on top?

Calvert Hall's soccer team, which struggled through the worst season in the career of 30-year coach Bill Karpovich last season, is ranked No. 10 in the most recent Umbro High School Soccer poll. The Cardinals are ranked No. 2 in the area behind Centennial, ranked No. 3 in the Umbro poll.

Bull run returns

Hereford High's cross country Bull Run, discontinued in 1990 because its director moved on to other opportunities according to athletic director Mike Kalisz, is making a comeback on Sept. 28.

The event, which annually attracts the best programs from the Mid-Atlantic Region, is expected to feature teams from Annapolis, C. Milton Wright, Dulaney, Glenelg, Mount De Sales, Perry Hall, Severna Park and Westminster.

"Over 90 schools have expressed interest," said Kalisz.

Big Friday

Friday night's a big one in Baltimore County's 1A-2A football league.

With Hereford's 13-6 upset of then-No. 8 Milford Mill, and Towson's win over Owings Mills, 33-18, the league standings are as follows: Hereford (1-0, 2-0), Towson (1-0, 1-1), Overlea (1-0, 1-1), Milford Mill (0-1, 1-1), Owings Mills (0-1, 1-1) and Catonsville (0-0, 2-0).

Friday night at 7: 30, Owings Mills visits Hereford, and Milford Mill is at Catonsville. Also, 3A-4A Franklin, an upset victor over struggling Randallstown, is at Overlea.

Johnson impresses

Towson Catholic's sophomore point guard Lafonte Johnson, 15, the youngest player to participate in the 19-and-under Atlantic Cape London Towers Basketball Classic and the only one from Maryland, averaged 15 points and 14 assists in over six games for the U.S. team in the Sept. 6-8 event in London.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Johnson, whose efforts helped the U.S. to win the title against Poland, 115-107, last season was the first freshman to start for Towson Catholic in recent memory.

"He received a lot of compliments for his maturity, and he had a flair with the ball that the Europeans just couldn't deal with or understand," said Joe Connelly, who assisted as coach of the U.S. team and also is an assistant to Towson Catholic's Mike Daniels.

The tournament MVP at last year's event was Southern's All-Metro Johnny Hemsley, now at the University of Miami. Connelly expects segments of the event to be telecast on ESPN "closer to the basketball season."

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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