Game tests siblings' rivalry Soccer: The season's second Calvert Hall-Curley game today has a subplot again, Scarfield vs. Scarfield, driving the brothers' mother to hope for a tie.

October 17, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

What seemed like a stroke of genius by Calvert Hall coach soccer Bill Karpovich became cruel and unusual punishment for Janet Scarfield.

Her son, Brandon Scarfield, had been the catalyst for an upstart Archbishop Curley squad that had out-scored its five opponents by a combined 14-3, with three shutouts. Karpovich's Cardinals, struggling after their first loss, needed someone to neutralize him.

Who better than Brandon's older brother, Frank, a Calvert Hall midfielder?

"I had no idea they would be marking each other, and I was a nervous wreck watching them play," said Janet. "It put me in a tough spot as to who to root for."

Karpovich's plan worked. With Frank occupying Brandon, Curley's offense sputtered and the Cardinals hammered the Friars, 4-1, on Sept. 19.

"I felt very proud for Frankie, but I was sad and very upset for Brandon, because [his team]lost," Janet said. "When we got in the car, Brandon looked really down in the dumps. Driving home, he was really upset. On the other hand, Frankie was smiling and grinning."

Once at home, "They were fine," said their mother. "It's a good thing they're close -- like best friends."

But the Scarfield boys' relationship will be tested again today, as No. 1-ranked Calvert Hall (13-2, 8-1), also ranked 16th nationally, visits No. 7 Curley (8-4-1, 5-4-1) in a critical Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Karpovich said the Scarfields are the first brothers to oppose each other in the two programs during his 31 seasons at Calvert Hall. They are believed to be the first in the history of the programs.

Frank, 17, a senior who wears jersey No. 10, is in his third year at Calvert Hall after transferring from Mount Carmel.

"I was one of the top scorers at Mount Carmel, but I only went there to improve my grades to get accepted to Calvert Hall," said Frank Scarfield, whose father, Frank Jr., played for the first of Karpovich's 18 championship teams in 1970.

"I came to Curley because I didn't want to be the younger brother anymore," said Brandon, 16, a junior who wears Curley's jersey No. 9.

Subtle differences distinguish the brothers, who live in Bowley's Quarters near Middle River.

"Frank's a really physical player who is going to come hard after the 50-50 balls. Plus he looks up, distributes. He's a good all-around player," said Brandon, a 5-foot-5, 135-pounder who has three goals and five assists.

"Brandon's a really smart player with good field vision," said Frank, a 5-9, 155-pounder with four goals and five assists. "He starts a lot of plays, but he can also stick it [in the goal]."

Brandon's best games thus far were earlier this season, when he scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over No. 2 McDonogh and the only goal in a tie with No. 5 Archbishop Spalding.

Frank's best game was Tuesday's 3-0 shutout of Spalding, when he assisted the Cardinals' first goal and scored the second.

As for their personalities?

"We're both very competitive and outgoing," Frank said. "I think we make friends pretty easily, and I don't think either of us has too many enemies. But when it comes to soccer, like if we were playing in the front yard, he'd probably joke around more. I'd be more serious -- like, 'I'll show you.' "

Both started playing soccer at age 4. Brandon now plays club ball for the Baltimore Football Club along with six Curley teammates. Frank plays in the off-season with the S.C. Baltimore Stars, which include five of his Calvert Hall teammates.

'I won't tease him'

Frank already has begun psyching himself up for today's transformation from brother's keeper to brother's tormentor.

"I guess there's a little bit of jealousy as the older brother, because I still want to show I've got the edge," Frank said. "We joke about it at home, keep telling each other we'll kick each other's butt. But win or lose, I won't tease him at all, because I know it's tough to lose."

Brandon admits the first game caught him off guard, but said, "If I was coach, I'd do the same thing.

"I'm a junior, he's a senior, but it's not like I can't stay with him," Brandon said. "I'm glad to get another chance [today]."

Too bad their mother can't say the same.

"I'm starting to get really nervous again," she said. "A tie would be nice. That way, maybe no one would be upset, and this household would be wonderful to live in."

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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