County 4A teams need help to make playoffs

Sidelines

October 18, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

If football playoffs had started this weekend, Anne Arundel County would have come up with zero teams in the Class 4A, and Class 3A Broadneck (7-0) would be the only county representative in postseason.

Westminster continues to control the fate of Anne Arundel's Class 4A teams. The 4-2 Owls must lose at least one more game to help Anne Arundel. Here's why:

When the seventh week began on Friday, Annapolis was the county's highest-ranked team in the Class 4A East region with a 6.00 playoff-points average. By virtue of wins over county teams -- North County, Severna Park and Old Mill -- Westminster was perched atop the region with a 6.66 average.

The four region winners around the state qualify for the eight-team playoffs with the other four seeded by their points averages. The West (Montgomery County) and South (Prince George's County) regions could land as many as three teams each. Annapolis stood 14th overall in the state rankings.

One of Anne Arundel's teams must win the region to get in. At this point, two Anne Arundel teams in the Class 4A playoffs are highly unlikely, unless Westminster falls flat on its face.

With Thursday's 45-0 romp over Northeast (0-7), No. 7 Broadneck is the Class 3A East leader over No. 8 City (5-1) by 9.33 to 8.50 and No. 5 Wilde Lake (6-1), the defending state champion, third at 7.16. The Bruins are in great shape to earn their second straight playoff berth.

No. 34, a broken record

In posting its third consecutive football shutout Thursday over winless Northeast, Broadneck got another super game from running back Martel Threadgill. Threadgill keeps moving up in the county record book for career rushing and career touchdowns.

Threadgill ran for 210 yards and four touchdowns Thursday to increase his career rushing yards to 3,388, good for second place. He's also tied with Meade's Tanardo Sharps for fifth in career touchdowns (41).

Threadgill has 1,303 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns this season, both county-best numbers and school-season records.

Where's the fall gone?

County championship season starts this week with golf's team title and the field hockey crowns being contested.

In field hockey, defending state champion and No. 2-ranked Severna Park will play host to the title game at 7 p.m. Thursday. Chesapeake, Arundel, South River and Annapolis are still in the mix for the other berth with two games left.

But does it really matter, because Severna Park has not lost to a county public school team since 1985?

Falcons' veteran coach Lil Shelton said after her team's 1-0 victory over Chesapeake last week that talk is going on about playing the county championship game on Severna Park's new Bermuda grass field, adjacent to Roberts Field.

"It would be nice to play on the new field, but there is no way to control the gate, and there's no place for the fans to sit," said Shelton.

"This [Roberts] field is not bad. The ball moves fast, but it's bumpier. Some of the drives will lift up, but they don't lift on that field [Bermuda grass] because it's even."

On the links

Broadneck's Drew Linder and North County's Lori Koch won county individual golf titles at Eisenhower Golf Course Tuesday. Linder and Koch each had five-over-par 76s. Linder's title was his second straight.

Coach Pete Regala Jr.'s Broadneck Bruins won the team title by 332 to 336 over Arundel. Glen Burnie, with Ben McFerron and Rashid Salam shooting 80s, finished third at 337.

Sideliners

Chesapeake's Brian Shepley, the Joe Cannon Baseball Scholar Athlete winner this year, is a starting midfielder for the Division III Villa Julie College mens' soccer team. Shepley, an outfielder, will play baseball in the spring.

Ernie Listman, former All-County and second-team All-Metro -Z linebacker at St. Mary's, played a whale of a game for the Towson University freshman-sophomore team last Sunday in its 15-14 victory over Fork Union. Listman was all over the field, making tackles against a team that includes former Meade back Sharps and Severna Park quarterback Greg Korwek.

Jones Cable TV, which shows a high school football game of the week, put itself in a no-win situation last week in Severna Park's overtime 29-28 win over Meade. Meade girls basketball coach Phil Popielski did play-by-play, and former Meade football coach Jerry Hartman, who applied for the Severna Park job that J.P. Hines got this year, was the color man.

Cameras panning the stands showed a lot of empty seats at Severna Park. Where has school spirit gone?

Ken Dunn, South River's veteran basketball and baseball coach, who also has been an Annapolis football assistant the past eight years, is keeping defensive stats for the Baltimore Ravens at their home games, just as he did for the Colts.

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Pub Date: 10/18/98

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