1998 Baltimore City previews FOOTBALL

September 04, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Curley Friars

1997 record: 3-7

Coach: Sean Murphy (career: 3-7)

Top players: Tim Darien, Sr., LB; Andre Cooper, Sr., LB; Pat Curran, Sr., LB; Cory Floyd, Sr., CB-RB; Courtney Green, Sr., DT; Tyhrone Francis, Sr., DT; Felix Milburn, Jr., QB-CB; Adam Shisler, Sr., WR-DB.

Outlook: With a turnout of 42, including eight returning starters, second-year coach Murphy is looking to reverse some of last year's misfortunes. "We had several close games and easily could have gone 7-3 or even 8-2," said Murphy.

Carver Bears

1997 record: 4-5-1

Coach: Ron Frierson (12-27-1)

Top players: Reginald Durant, Sr., LB; Dion White, Sr., LB; Cortland Shields, Sr., LB; Terrill Burgess, Sr., LB; Tavon Morgan, Sr., QB-S; Darnell Hammock, Sr., OT-DT; Djuan Collins, Sr., RB-SE.

Outlook: Though line play is still a question mark that will go a long way toward determining the Bears' success, Frierson is encouraged with his 14 returning starters and his skill-position players. "We'll match up with a lot of people well," said Frierson.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

1997 record: 1-9

Coach: Scott Ripley (first year)

Top players: Chris Clark, Sr., OT; Tony DeShields, Sr., LB; Josh Wosuico, Jr., LB; Juann Womack, Jr., LB; Craig King, So., QB; Mike Woodlon, Jr., RB.

Outlook: After being 1-19 over the past two seasons, Ripley will form a team with key players up from a JV that was 15-5 in two years. "I think I have three of the league's more talented linebackers, and our linemen average 240," Ripley said.

City Knights

1997 record: 7-3

Coach: George Petrides (career: 135-84-1)

Top players: Bryant Johnson, Sr., WR-DB; Christian Erickson, Sr., C-DE; Ryan Galloway, Sr., S; Marcus Martin, Sr., LB; Anthony Paye, Sr., CB; Steven Jones, Sr., LB; Kevin Johnson, Sr., RB; Jawan Yancey, Jr., QB.

Outlook: The defending City East Division co-champs return second-team All-Metro Bryant Johnson (44 receptions, 823 yards, 10 TDs), a preseason All-American pick in SuperPrep and an All-Region pick by the National Recruiting Advisor who also has orally committed to a full scholarship to Penn State. Erickson (6-4, 270) is much improved, and the Knights fared well in a scrimmage with Loyola.

Douglass Ducks

1997 record: 3-7

Coach: David White (career: 81-71)

Top players: Tony Fisher, Sr., RB; Qwindell Ford, Jr., QB; Durrell Bolling, Jr., DB.

Outlook: The progress of the Ducks, of the City's West Division, will depend on "the kids' desire," White said. "I think we can do well in our league, but it's a day-to-day thing right now."

Dunbar Poets

1997 record: 8-5

Coach: Ben Eaton (first year)

Top players: Chris Barnes, Sr., WR-DB; Tyrell Henderson, Sr., DB-KR; Leonard Ferguson, Sr., QB; Thomas James, Sr., RB; Alan Nelson, Sr., LB-TE; Duane Turrentine, Sr., RB; Jamal Jackson, Jr., RB; Jamal Lloyd, Jr., OL-DL; Terence Gibson, Jr., OL-DL; Jermaine Butler, Sr., OL-DL; Antoine Colvin, So., OL-DL; Charles Gibson, So., OL-DL.

Outlook: Barnes (38 catches, 850 yards, eight TDs), a two-time second-team All-Metro pick, was listed in USA Today as one of the state's top 15 players in preseason. Henderson (10 interceptions) is a returning second-team All-Metro player. James yards, 10 TDs) and Ferguson (561 passing yards, four TDs) should improve statistically.

Edmondson Redskins

1997 record: 3-7

Coach: Pete Pompey (career: 163-85)

Top players: Raytron Leak, Sr., RB-LB-S; Justus Mcleod, Jr., WR-CB; Anthony McKiever, Sr., RB; Anthony Mason, Sr., OT-DT; Jemieh Green, Jr., QB-CB; Corey Smith, Sr., WR-QB-DB.

Outlook: Pompey, whose Redskins will compete in the City's West Division, has had an average turnout of 31 players. "We didn't have kids knocking down the door, and our biggest problem will be on the line," Pompey said.

Forest Park Foresters

1997 record: 5-4-1

Coach: Obie Barnes (career: 101-98-6)

Top players: Joshua Smith, Sr., LB-TE; Raschid Smith, Sr., WR-S; Darrick Lang, Sr., LB-FB; Robert Dyer, Sr., OT; Shaun Smith, Sr., QB; Jason Miles, Jr., OG; Nigel Smith, Jr., C; Terrel Robinson, Sr., OT-DE.

Outlook: With eight returning starters, the Foresters have a shot at the City's West Division title. "We're definitely better on the line and the second strongest area is the skill positions," Barnes said.

Gilman Greyhounds

1997 record: 6-3

Coach: Biff Poggi (career: 6-3)

Top players: Felix Isuk, Sr., LB; Damien Davis, Sr., RB; Chisom Opara, Sr., RB- WR-DB; Sina Ekundayo, Sr., DB-RB; Brian Lewis, Sr., LB; Mike Faust, Jr., RB-LB; Andrew Lucas, Jr., RB-DB; Ryan Boyle, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Boasting one of the area's most difficult schedules, Gilman -- of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference -- has loads of talent that will be tested. The 6-2,

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