County football teams 3-19 vs. outsiders


September 24, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

How good is Anne Arundel County high school football? After three weeks, county teams have gone 3-19 overall and been outscored 571-296 against non-county teams. The county's largest schools, the Class 4A teams, are 3-13, outscored 402-245.

Normally the team to knock off non-county foes, North County has taken the worst beating, outscored 103-47 in its two non-county losses.

Not one of the county's eight Class 4A schools has a winning record. A few games were played against other county schools, and overall Annapolis, Meade, North County, Old Mill and Severna Park stand at 1-2 each.

Arundel, Chesapeake and Glen Burnie are all 0-3.

At 3-0, Class 3A Broadneck, ranked No. 9 by The Sun, is the county's only undefeated team, the wins coming over Old Mill, Glen Burnie and Arundel.

Class 2A South River is 2-1 overall, with both wins over county foes (Glen Burnie and Chesapeake) and the loss to Frederick County's Urbana. Class 2A Southern-Harwood is 0-3 against non-county teams, Class 3A Northeast is 0-2, making county 3A-2A teams 0-6 overall against outsiders.

It's interesting to note that none of the county's three private schools has a winning record, either: Archbishop Spalding (1-2), Severn (1-1) and St. Mary's (0-2).

Football is the only Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sport that still uses the points system to qualify for the playoffs; open draws determine other playoff pairings.

How football teams start is usually the determining factor in making post-season or staying home. Going 0-3, and even 1-2, can be disastrous.

The eight Anne Arundel Class 4A teams are in the East region with 3-0 Westminster, with all its wins over county teams. The Owls' continued success could keep Anne Arundel teams out.

A 7-0 record in the Class 4A county league is a must if the 0-3 teams are to have any playoff shot at all. The same can be said for the 1-2 teams, especially if Westminster keeps winning.

Assuming next year's state realignment moves Broadneck up to Class 4A, as expected, the county's larger schools would be helped. Their schedules would have eight league games and only two non-county.

As it stands now, though, teams such as Annapolis, Meade and Arundel, all of which have at least one loss to a Prince George's or Montgomery County team ranked in the Washington area's Top 20, suffer for playing quality teams instead of cupcakes.

Non-call irks Arundel

Football is a game of momentum, especially on the high school level, and a non-call by officials in last week's Arundel at Broadneck game showed just that.

Leading 6-0 and fired up on defense, Arundel had the Bruins in a fourth-and-23 hole. But then, punter Lehrman Dotson had to scoop up a bad snap. He scrambled left while most of the offense -- anticipating a punt -- was clearly downfield, including players not allowed there on a normal play under the rules.

Dotson hit Jamie Rochon with a pass for a first down at the Arundel 13. After that play, the Bruins went on to score three unanswered touchdowns, with the Wildcats never recovering and losing, 25-13.

Arundel coach Bill Zucco got upset at the Champion Officials bTC group after the play and was still upset at halftime.

"I'm surprised that there was not a receiver-downfield penalty," said Jerry Hartman, ex-Meade coach and analyst on Jones Cable 22, which showed the game Monday night. "Zucco is going to look at that film tomorrow and be madder than he was at the end of the first half."

Arundel hall of fame

Arundel High's Hall of Fame dinner will be Oct. 10 with Chuck Markiewicz (North County), and Jeff Herrick (Broadneck) and the late Jerry Mears -- all football coaches -- to be inducted.

Markiewicz and Herrick played for Mears, who coached Arundel to a state title in 1975. Herrick was also an top baseball player.

Athletes being inducted are John Kotch (football) and Steve Keppler (baseball, soccer), and the 1973 county-champion cheerleading team. Ticket information: 410-721-4548.

Girls' soccer

Old Mill's tournament on Saturday includes two teams knocking on the door of the Top 15, the unbeaten (4-0) home team and Howard County's Mount Hebron (1-1). Archbishop Spalding (6-4), which has sparkled in tournament play, and Calvert (1-1) complete the field.

Old Mill and Spalding meet at 10 a.m. Mount Hebron plays Calvert (1-1) at noon. The losers go at 3 p.m., winners at 5.

Have a note for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

Pub Date: 9/24/98

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