Annapolis plans just right for playoffs


November 06, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Meade's football schedule was too tough, and Broadneck's may not have been tough enough. The Annapolis schedule was just right.

As a result, No. 2 Annapolis (9-0) is the only team definitely going to the playoffs. The Panthers clinched the Class 4A East region title and will host a first-round game a week from tomorrow.

Meade has been history for awhile, and No. 11 Broadneck (8-1) could be denied its first playoff berth, even if the Bruins finish 9-1. A lack of bonus points (one point for each victory by a team you beat) because of its weak schedule could cost Class 3A Broadneck, which is out, for sure, at 8-2.

Montgomery County's Damascus (7-2) and No. 14 Aberdeen (8-1) of Harford County stand a chance of nosing out Broadneck by a bonus point or two. Damascus, particularly, has a chance at gaining 15 points with a win over Class 3A Wheaton (8-1) in its final game.

Annapolis coach Roy Brown scheduled non-league games with perennial Prince George's County power Largo (5-4), Montgomery's Paint Branch (4-5, counting two forfeits) and Frederick (3-6). None is a pushover, or a powerhouse. Call that smart scheduling.

Meade (5-4) lost its first three games to teams headed to the playoffs -- Class 4A Lake Clifton (6-3), Class 3A Friendly (8-1) and Class 4A Oxon Hill (7-2).

Meade's Tanardo Sharps, who may be the Baltimore area's best running back, will be staying home with his Mustang teammates when postseason starts.

What's really crazy is that if Broadneck defeats North County (3-6) tomorrow night for the first time, unlike years past, the Knights would be worth only 11 points (eight for Class 4A win, three bonus). Normally, North County would be at least a 16-point game for the Bruins.

Broadneck's seven-game, non-league schedule has only two teams with winning records (6-3 Old Mill and 5-4 Arundel) and a combined record of 20-42. Three of those teams -- Glen Burnie, Gwynn Park and Laurel -- have only win apiece.

Going into North County, Broadneck's 10 opponents have a combined record of 29-60, as opposed to Annapolis' combined foes, 39-50, and Meade's opponents, 48-42, with the Mustangs' three non-league foes a combined 21-6.

Broadneck used to schedule neighbors Annapolis and Severna Park, and this would have been a year to play the latter, who at 3-6 would be worth 11 points. The Bruins, who have outscored their opponents by 332-85, have been tested only once this season, a defeat by Arundel.

At the same time, a 9-1 record should be a given and shows once again why the playoffs need to expand.

Winning Moyer connection

That Moyer connection must be what propels North County soccer.

Shawn Moyer, whose defensive scheme led to North County's stunning Class 4A East region championship in boys soccer Tuesday, also played a major role the last time the Knights advanced to the final four.

When North County won its last Class 4A region title, in 1992, Moyer was a senior, an All-Metro forward and The Sun's County Player of the Year.

Now, five years later, Moyer has returned as an assistant coach to Greg Helms, and his little brother, Ryan Moyer, is a junior midfielder.

Ryan Moyer assisted sophomore Richie Guarnera on the lone goal in the first half to give the Knights' the upset 1-0 victory over No. 11-ranked Severna Park (10-6-1) in the Class 4A East final at Chesapeake.

North County (8-6-1) will host Walt Whitman of Montgomery County 5 p.m. tomorrow in Ferndale. In the other Class 4A semifinal, Baltimore's No. 15 Patterson plays Bowie at 7 p.m.

The Knights, 5-6-1 in the regular season and under the old system, not a playoff team, won three straight in the region, including 2-1 over No. 14 Arundel in the semifinal, and then, the big one Tuesday over Severna Park.

Moyer's flooding the back with two stoppers, Marty Dietrich and Josh Evans, in the last two games proved brilliant and resulted in Moyer being doused by ice water when the final horn sounded.

Yelpon joins Bruins

Broadneck has named former Old Mill wrestler Fred Yelpon, now in Broadneck's guidance department, its wrestling coach. He succeeds Andy Claxton, who is stepping down after a year because of duties on his full-time job. Class 3A Broadneck was 7-4 last season.

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Pub Date: 11/06/97

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