ADs agree to form new 10-team league for football season Southern, Northeast can opt to play limited county schedule in plan

November 20, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Athletic directors at Anne Arundel County public schools agreed Wednesday on the formation of a true county-league schedule for football.

The move was necessitated by state enrollment reclassifications the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Board of Control is expected to approve in December.

The new county circuit -- with 10 of the 12 schools playing an

all-county schedule and two others, Northeast and Southern-Harwood, given the option to play five county teams -- was proposed by Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer.

The new league was approved by the county's 11 other athletic directors despite the changing of three final-game rivalries, including Annapolis vs. Severna Park.

"It's time for a change, and scheduling will be much easier," said Stauffer. "Hopefully it will generate more interest among our students to come to the games."

Stauffer estimated that not having to make trips to places such as Paint Branch, Largo and Frederick could save his Panthers as much as $900 in bus costs. Countywide, the league could mean a savings of nearly $10,000.

Annapolis missed its traditional Class 4A status by 17 students and is moving to Class 3A. Broadneck is moving from 3A to 4A, and South River is moving from 2A to join Annapolis and Northeast in 3A.

Arundel, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County, Old Mill and Severna Park remain in 4A. Southern stays in 2A.

Annapolis, Northeast and South River will be in the Class 3A East region with Bladensburg, Crossland, Douglass-PG, DuVal, Friendly, Long Reach, River Hill and Wilde Lake.

The county's eight Class 4A schools will be in the 4A East region with Harford County's C. Milton Wright and Westminster, in Carroll County.

Northeast and Southern can opt to play five county schools, using a blind draw, and scheduling five outside games. Those two schools, along with Broadneck and South River, have played in a county Class 2A-3A league.

Southern athletic director Tom Albright said his Bulldogs will play the five county games. Northeast AD Roger Stitt said the Eagles might choose not to play Class 4A schools, except for their final-game rival, Chesapeake.

Stauffer logged the schools geographically to come up with final game rivalries. Remaining the same: Chesapeake-Northeast; Arundel-Meade; and Southern-South River.

The new rivalries beginning in 1999 will be Annapolis-Broadneck; Glen Burnie-North County; and Old Mill-Severna Park.

Annapolis and Severna Park, the county's longest running football rivalry, which was played this fall for the 40th time in 39 years, will continue, but not as the season's final game.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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