Play this weekend will produce more local records

Sidelines

November 05, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

More records could fall in football's last regular-season games this weekend.

Running backs Martel Threadgill, of Broadneck, and Rayvon Johnson, of Annapolis, are individual record-setters, and Broadneck's team could tie one.

With a victory at North County (3-6), the No. 6-ranked Bruins (9-0) can become Anne Arundel County's 11th unbeaten team in the regular season since 1960.

Threadgill takes 23 touchdowns into tomorrow's game, four shy of the county record 27 by Severn's John Vereen in 1994 and in a five-way tie for the third highest total ever. Threadgill has 46 touchdowns in his four-year career, placing him fourth on that all-time list.

Arundel's Troy Turner (1983-85) and Southern's Bob Stach (1964-66) are tied for second with 51 each, behind Severn's Dennard Melton, whose 65 between 1994 and 1997 is the record.

As for total points scored in a season, Threadgill is tied for seventh with 138. Vereen holds that record with 170 in 1994.

Threadgill, with 1,621 yards this season, also can add to his county career rushing record, which he set last week at 3,697.

Broadneck first reported that Threadgill had 157 yards in last week's 28-6 win over Southern-Harwood, which would have put his season-career totals at 1,595 and 3,671 yards respectively.

"Our girl who keeps the stats said Martel had 183 yards, not 157, so that changes it," said coach Jeff Herrick. "I haven't had a chance to check the film yet."

Broadneck found another 24 yards the week before after Herrick examined the game film.

Threadgill is chasing Johnson for the county rushing title. Johnson takes 1,698 yards into Severna Park tomorrow night, 77 ahead of Threadgill. They're both chasing the season record of 1,862 over 10 games that Meade's Tanardo Sharps set last year.

Sharps broke the record of Severna Park's Gary Thall (1,835) that had stood for 33 years.

Johnson's total is the fifth best in county history; Threadgill's is 10th. With 15 rushing touchdowns and 16 total, Johnson is close to the Panthers' school records of 17 rushing that Shawn Taylor (1992) and Kenny Boyd (1993) share and the overall record of 18 set by 1984 County Player of the Year J Johnson.

Not so much a milestone as maybe a footstone, the county could have two winless teams in the same season for the first time if Glen Burnie (0-9) loses at Old Mill (4-5) and Northeast (0-9) falls at Chesapeake (1-8).

Luck of the draw

Because of the state tournament's blind draw, Arundel and Severna Park had to play a third straight game Tuesday in the Class 4A East field hockey semifinals. A lot of bad feelings followed.

The teams played the final regular-season game and county title game two days apart and the playoff game a week later.

"I don't think it's good for the sport, and I don't think it's good for competition," said Arundel coach Clint Gosnell.

Severna Park won all three games by a combined score of 9-0, and a few Arundel parents and players had some nasty words with the Falcons afterward. One parent got especially nasty.

"You get beat three times, you're going to take the attitude these girls are taking," said Gosnell. "They want to get off this field, go home, and forget about the Falcons for a while. We just couldn't believe that we pulled Severna Park" for the regionals.

The Severna Park girls said that getting up for the Wildcats a third straight time was difficult, and senior defensive standout Julie Shank said playing them again "got a little monotonous."

"The top two teams should be playing in the final, not the first game," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.

Sideliners

Severna Park football parents are hoping that principal Mary Gable will lighten up this week and let the student body have some fun at their pep rally.

The Falcons meet rival Annapolis for the 40th time in the 39th year (they played twice in 1987). At past pep rallies, Gable has ordered assigned seats in the stadium and hasn't allowed the students to stand during the rally.

Under coach Jim Simms, Chesapeake's JV football team has gone 8-1 running the ancient single-wing offense for the second straight year. Only Broadneck's 9-0 JV has done better.

Arundel's All-County second baseman, John McCurdy (.302, 32 RBIs), who will move to shortstop as a senior, is headed to University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

State champion Arundel's All-Metro shortstop Hector Guadalupe, at Indian River (Fla.) Community College on a baseball scholarship, is wearing glasses off the field and contacts while playing after being diagnosed with 20-50 vision.

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Pub Date: 11/05/98

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