Severn's Melton takes loss hard, but appreciates place in history


September 24, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Visibly upset, Severn's Dennard Melton handled himself with the class and maturity of a seasoned college football player Saturday in Severna Park.

Melton and his Admiral mates had just lost to the team they hate to lose to the most -- St. Mary's (31-14).

It somewhat spoiled a special achievement by Melton, but the young man made sure his disappointment did not downplay the importance of what two great players had done before him.

Late in the third period, Melton plunged into the end zone from the 1-yard line for his 52nd career touchdown, a new Anne Arundel County record. Southern's Bob Stach (1964-66) and Arundel's Troy Turner (1983-85) had each scored 51 career touchdowns.

Severn gave Melton, with his mom at his side, a game ball in a brief post-game presentation. But the pain of defeat at the hands of the Saints hurt too much for No. 10 to fully savor the moment.

Approached by a reporter, Melton, with a couple tears trickling down his face, asked for a few moments to compose himself. It would have been understandable had he chose not to speak at all about the record.

Melton knew it was important to say something out of respect for his predecessors if not for any other reason.

"Breaking a record is always good and a record like this is a great thing to do, especially in front of your home crowd," said Melton. "It felt really good.

Next up for Melton -- career points. With eight points (touchdown, two extra point kicks) Saturday against St. Mary's, Melton ran his career total to 328 second only to Stach's 348.

Melton, who should become the first football player to be named All-County four straight, has seven games remaining.


Is there a county in the state of Maryland with two punter/place kickers the caliber of Broadneck's Brooks Barnard and St. Mary's Tim Shanley?

How about the game played by Old Mill's two-way lineman John Reed last Friday? The 5-foot-10 and 195-pound tackle/linebacker threw blocks that enabled the Patriots to rush for 340 yards and tTC outscore Westminster, 35-32.

Defensively, Reed was in on 17 tackles, a dozen unassisted and had one sack as Old Mill improved to 2-1. Reed has put on 50 pounds lifting weights the past two years and his hard work has made him one of the county's top linebackers.

Ex-South River football/wrestling athlete Keith Brezina, Southern's first-year volleyball coach, remains upbeat despite his Bulldogs' 0-5 start with all the losses by 3-0. "This coaching business can be tough but I'm hanging in there and so are the girls, " says Brezina.

Wildcats Hall of Fame

The Arundel High Booster Club has set Oct. 24 as the date for its annual Hall of Fame Dinner at the Columbia Inn Hotel and Conference Center. The Wildcats will play Severna Park in their homecoming football game the next day at 1 p.m. in Gambrills.

This year's induction class includes the 1976 state champion baseball team, former three-sport standout Bronwyn Williams and CBS-TV personality Mark McEwen.

Williams, who played soccer, basketball and tennis, was a member of the 1988 All-County Academic Athletic Team. Ranked 15th in her 1988 senior class of 439, Williams was voted "Most Athletic" by her peers after lettering in three sports for three straight years.

McEwen is one of the hosts of CBS This Morning and was an All-County wrestler under veteran coach Buddy Hepfer in 1973.

Joining Williams and McEwen as '97 inductees are former Wildcat athletes: Hank Hanburger (baseball and football), Willie Kaufman (baseball), Matt Finley (football, lacrosse), Greg Baker (lacrosse) and assistant football coach Harry Sinclair, who played a major role in the building of the Wildcats' Steve Carroll Stadium.

For tickets and more information, call 410-721-4548.

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Pub Date: 9/24/97

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