It has been 13 long seasons, but Pete Pompey finally secured another football championship.
Pompey, 58, coached Edmondson's Redskins to their sixth straight win, 20-14, yesterday over City West Division rival Douglass, capturing his first league title -- his sixth overall -- of any kind since 1985.
Pompey, whose career includes several years at Dunbar, where he coached then-freshman linebacker Tommy Polley (now at Florida State), ran his record to 170-88. Pompey, in his fifth year since leaving Dunbar, saw his team go 7-3 for the first time since his first fall at Edmondson. He had endured three straight 3-7 seasons.
But it looked as if it would be another long season after Edmondson's 1-3 start, including setbacks against No. 9-ranked Patterson, 29-20, and Forest Park, 20-14.
"We made a very good account of ourselves against Patterson," said Pompey, whose team had between 25 and 28 players all season.
In nine games, quarterback Eddie Colbert completed 113 passes in 135 attempts -- 83 percent -- for 16 touchdowns.
Junior linebacker-tailback Raytron Leak had 1,201 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns and four more touchdowns on passes. Defensively, he made five interceptions, had eight sacks and averaged 42 yards a punt.
Pompey received 15 sacks from sophomore two-way lineman Jason Murphy. Junior Justice McLeod had nine scoring receptions.
Look for better things next year, as coach Jerome Hendricks' JV Redskins went 9-0 to win that title, 12-8, over Lake Clifton last night on Tafay Harrell's scoring runs of 60 and 35 yards.
Cromwell comes through
Joe Cromwell, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver at Western Tech, finished the year with school records for scoring receptions (seven), single-season receptions (37) and single-game records for touchdowns (two) and receptions (six).
Cromwell had 714 receiving yards this year, raising his career totals to 56 catches, 924 yards and nine touchdowns. Sophomore QB Mike Armstrong established school passing records for single-game yards (234) and single-season yards (1,260).
Bulls on parade
If the host Hereford volleyball team, last year's region runner-up, wins tonight's Class 1A North title over visiting
Sparrows Point, the Bulls will have marched through the fall sports season having won a state-record six regional crowns -- for the second straight season.
This fall, Hereford has won its second consecutive regional crowns in football, boys soccer, boys and girls cross country, and field hockey. Last year's regional champion girls soccer team was dethroned by Hammond in a shootout on Wednesday night.
Six Gilman football coaches are former All-Metro picks by The Sun. They are head coach Biff Poggi, a Pittsburgh graduate; athletic director Tim Holley, a University of Pennsylvania graduate; Peter Kwiterovich (Johns Hopkins), Andy Martire (Princeton), Ed Trusty (Virginia) and Keith Kormanik (Boston College).
Important extra point
In response to an article in The Sun last Sunday, Randy Beaman said it was not just Martin Prosper's touchdown catch that secured Poly's 7-6 win over City in the 1994 game:
It was that reception -- plus an extra-point kick by his son, Randall Beamon -- which won it.
Pub Date: 11/13/98