Annapolis, Broadneck enter playoffs Teams have similiarities as their quests begin for 4A, 3A state titles

November 14, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Annapolis and Broadneck have a lot in common, aside from playing bigger Prince George's County opponents in tonight's opening rounds of the state football playoffs.

Each team will be led into postseason with good chances to win under ninth-year head coaches Roy Brown (59-34) of Annapolis and Jeff Herrick (46-43) at Broadneck.

Making a county-record ninth playoff appearance, No. 2 ranked Annapolis hosts High Point (8-2) in the Class 4A quarterfinal. No. 10 Broadneck travels to Friendly (9-1) for its first postseason berth in the Class 3A tournament.

Both Anne Arundel teams went 9-1 overall in regular season, and each won region and county-league titles. Third-seeded Annapolis won the Class 4A East region and shared the Class 4A county-league title with Meade (7-3) at 6-1 each. Eighth-seeded Broadneck copped the Class 3A East title and the Class 2A-3A league title with a 3-0 record.

Annapolis and Broadneck mirror their opponents with excellent quarterbacks, running backs and defenses. Peter Ludlam and Jonas Weatherbie are the Annapolis and Broadneck quarterbacks. The rushers are 1,000-yard performers Albert Creek of Annapolis and Martel Threadgill of Broadneck.

"Annapolis is a very dangerous team, so dangerous you can't key on one guy," said High Point coach Dale Castro, who was an All-County quarterback and place-kicker at Southern-Harwood before going on to national prominence at the University of Maryland as a kicker.

Castro, who was inducted recently into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame, is in his eighth season as head coach of the sixth-seeded Eagles.

"You have to cover the whole field against Annapolis," said Castro, who scouted the Panthers several times, including their stunning 21-14 upset Saturday by Severna Park (4-6).

Ludlam, a first-year quarterback as a senior, has been the difference in this year's Annapolis team, which is basically the same group from last season. Ludlam has completed 42 of 78 passes for 815 yards and a school-record 16 touchdown passes. He has been intercepted five times.

"There is no question that Peter has been a big difference in our team," said ninth-year Panthers coach Roy Brown. "Donnell Foote did a good job for us last year, but we had him playing everywhere and had no continuity at the position until Peter stepped in."

Ludlam's favorite targets have been St. Mary's transfer, S.J. Womack (14 receptions, 10 for touchdowns) and Foote (14 catches, five touchdowns), who also has run for four touchdowns. The running of Creek (1,066 yards, six touchdowns) and Curtis Jones (453 yards, seven touchdowns) sets up what is an unusually, prolific passing attack at off-tackle, quick trap Annapolis.

Two-way linemen Joe Plattner, Derek Johnson John Paul Williams and center Mike Donlin are key players on both sides of the football.

"We match up favorably on the lines, although they're a little bigger," said Brown. "They [High Point] run the ball out of the wing-T like we do and are balanced."

The Eagles boast two 1,000-yard rushers in Kenny Austin (1,074 yards, nine touchdowns) and Kiber Duncan (1,034, 14 touchdowns) and a 1,000-yard passer in quarterback Darrell Morton. Morton, a three-year starter, has thrown for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns.

Duncan runs inside, Austin outside, and when Morton throws he will have to be wary of safeties Womack (five interceptions) and Foote, the Panthers' leading tackler coming up.

Junior linebacker Phil Pinkney (5-10, 185) anchors the Eagles' 4-4 defense, where cornerback Abdur Khan has picked off four passes.

Broadneck's chore is similar but do-able, said coach Herrick, whose Bruins could be in for a shootout in which the last team to score wins.

"They run multiple offenses and defenses and have a very good quarterback," said Herrick. "We're going down there [Fort Washington] knowing we can win and that being on the road is not that big of a factor."

Top-seeded Friendly averaged 33.9 points a game with running back Bobby Lane (1,011, six touchdowns) and PG County's leading passer at the controls.

Senior quarterback Anthony Walker (68-for-112, 1,453 yards) also a good scrambler who tossed 12 touchdown passes -- 10 going to Tray Tribble (24 receptions) -- and was only intercepted once.

Tribble will draw the attention of Bruin safety Earl Downs, one of six three-year starters who tied the school record (eight by Bob Weatherly, 1992) for interceptions.

"We know they have a good quarterback, but we have a very good idea of the things they like to do," said Downs. "I'm confident in my teammates in all facets of the game."

Walker's counterpart, Weatherbie, led Anne Arundel County in passing with 1,398 yards and tied the school record (18 by Sean Ryan, 1993) for touchdown passes.

Weatherbie also had only one interception while completing 87 of 126 (a county leading .690) passes. Severna Park's attack averaged a county leading 36.7 points a game.

Junior Lehrman Dotson (26 receptions, 12 touchdowns) and sophomore LaRon Colbert (19 catches, two touchdowns) are deep threats for the Bruins. Threadgill (1,026 yards, eight touchdowns) is the main man when it's time to run out of the team's spread offense.

The potent Bruin offense will go against a Friendly defense that features a couple Division I prospects in lineman Rashad Harris (6-1, 260) and linebacker Corey Yancey (6-1, 218). The Harris/Yancey-led defense has three shutouts and gave up just 15 points in its last five games.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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