RB Johnson carries on Annapolis tradition

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October 15, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Annapolis running back Rayvon Johnson became the first county player to crack the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season, running for 147 yards in the Panthers' 21-0 victory over North County last Friday.

Johnson's 1,019 yards rank second only to the 1,093 by Broadneck's Martel Threadgill, who went over 1,000 in the seventh-ranked Bruins' 39-0 romp at Laurel on Saturday.

The long, storied tradition of Annapolis football (one of three county teams to win a state title, 1978) has been accented by its relentless running attack with a patented quick trap. Johnson, a junior, has joined a long line of Panthers greats.

With at least four games left and possible playoff games, Johnson is a sure bet to break the Annapolis school record of 1,378 rushing yards Shawn Taylor set in 1992.

Both Taylor and Kenny Boyd, who ran for 1,365 yards in 1993, were one short of the school record for single-season touchdowns (18) by J Johnson in 1984. Rayvon Johnson has 10 touchdowns in his first six games for the 4-2 Panthers.

Threadgill leads the county in touchdowns with 15, tying the Bruins' school record set by WR/kick returner/DB Lehrman Dotson last season.

With 37 career touchdowns, Threadgill is tied for eighth on the county's all-time list with Meade's Kenny Walker (1990-93).

In his fourth varsity season, Threadgill has 3,178 yards.

Threadgill is now fifth on the county's career rushing list, having passed Severna Park's Gary Thall (3,009, 1963-64) and Chesapeake's Brandon Steinheim (2,975, 1990-92) recently.

Next up: Arundel's Troy Turner in fourth (3,224, 1983-85) and Severn's John Vereen (3,342, 1992-94) third.

Bruin bits

Broadneck (6-0) takes on Northeast (0-6) at home at 7 tonight in football instead of tomorrow because Bruins assistant football coach and phys-ed teacher Bruce Villwock, the county's teacher of the year, is in tomorrow night's statewide competition at Martin's West.

Many Broadneck teachers and coaches will attend to support their colleague.

Two previously suspended players, senior linebackers Tremayne Williams and David Hooper, return to the Bruins football team tonight. Williams and Hooper were two of five suspended for violating the county conduct code at the school's homecoming dance nearly two weeks ago.

Tale of the tapes

Football coaches routinely trade game tapes with each other the week before they play. Last week, Severna Park's first-year coach J. P. Hines swapped with Meade's Mark Frye.

Hines had not looked at the VHS Frye had given him until he gathered his team for a viewing. The coach popped in the tape and, lo and behold, "Baywatch" came up on the screen. A quick fast forward and the coach had a couple episodes of "Gilligan's Island."

"I couldn't believe it," said Hines, who got the last laugh when his Falcons upset Frye's Mustangs, 29-28, in overtime.

Frye, who lives in Severna Park and is an ex-Falcons assistant, claims a parent who cares for game films made the mistake.

No dummy, Annapolis coach Roy Brown, whose Panthers visit Meade tomorrow in a crucial Class 4A league showdown, said he didn't bother to ask Frye for game tapes and instead secured one from Hines.

One other tape that Hines did not think was funny was that of his Falcons' 29-0 victory over Glen Burnie. Severna Park's enforcer, junior linebacker David Wagner, was ejected for a personal foul with 1: 45 left in that one and had to sit out the next game, a 45-21 loss to Old Mill.

It's the only league loss for the Falcons (3-3, 2-1).

"We appealed the one-game suspension, because he never should have been ejected [automatically sit next game], and it really hurt not having our best defensive player against Old Mill," said Hines. "The film shows he got his hand under a face mask near the neck, but it was not flagrant.

"The officials looked at it, but the suspension stood."

Sideliners

Stacey Gilligan, Glen Burnie All-Metro (1990) volleyball player who went on to star at Duquesne, is now an assistant volleyball coach to Kevin Guite at Glen Burnie.

Ron Green, an All-Metro defensive lineman at Severna Park in 1993 and now a senior standout at the University of Tennessee, will graduate in December with a sociology degree. Green, who regularly sings the National Anthem at Vols' athletic events, as he did at Severna Park, "brings tears to the eyes of the football team," when he sings a cappella at chapel service, said assistant coach Dan Brooks.

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Pub Date: 10/15/98

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