Falcons' Borland to be honored by Annapolis Touchdown Club

SIDELINES

February 07, 1999|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN STAFF

Andy Borland, who coached football at Severna Park for 35 years before retiring last year, will be honored with a "Lifetime Service Award" at tomorrow night's 45th Annapolis Touchdown Club banquet at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

The club pays tribute each year to the Navy and Maryland football teams and county high school football.

Borland also will be honored later this month with a similar award at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame banquet in Baltimore.

Arriving at Severna Park in 1963 as a physical education instructor out of Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, N.C., Borland spent his first 10 years as an assistant to the late George Roberts.

Succeeding Roberts (71-48-9, 1960-72) as the school's second coach in 1973, Borland coached the Falcons for 25 years, going 145-108 (.573). He is the county's third-winningest coach.

The Borland-led Falcons got to their first state playoff appearance in his second season (1974), losing to Perry Hall in the first round. They didn't make the postseason again until 1987, losing a 10-6 heartbreaker to Montgomery County's Springbrook in a semifinal.

Three more times under Borland -- 1988, 1990 and 1994 -- the Falcons got to the playoffs, only to lose in the first round each time.

Borland's teams won or shared eight county titles, the last a tri-title with Arundel and eventual state champion North County in 1994. Borland's predecessor and mentor, Roberts, for whom the Falcons' stadium was named in 1974, won four county titles.

Borland won a region title in 1987, the Falcons' best season at 10-2 overall, including an unprecedented two wins over rival Annapolis by scores of 9-7 (regular season) and 16-7 (quarterfnals). He was named county Coach of the Year that season.

In the county's oldest rivalry, Borland tied late Annapolis coach Al Laramore for the most wins (12) in regular-season meetings between the Falcons and Panthers, but was 13-13 overall against Annapolis.

A host of Borland's players went on to Division I colleges, though his best-known protege is defensive lineman Ron Green, who completed his collegiate career with a national championship at Tennessee last fall.

Cavs-Owls showdown

Top-ranked Archbishop Spalding (21-2, 9-0 Catholic League) visits No. 3 Towson Catholic (18-4, 8-1) at 3: 30 p.m. today in a huge league game.

The Cavaliers' No. 1 ranking and 11-game winning streak are on the line, along with sole possession of first place.

A Spalding victory would leave the Cavaliers up by two games with four left before the league tournament begins Feb. 26.

Towson Catholic upset St. Frances to win the Catholic League last season, ending the Panthers' string of consecutive titles at three. This season, the defending champion Owls lost a 71-68 overtime thriller at Spalding on Jan. 15.

Scheduling marquee games

It's got to be at Annapolis High, said coach John Brady, of the No. 4 Panthers (16-1), referring to a possible meeting with Spalding next season.

Brady and Spalding coach Tony Martin hope to hook up for the much-anticipated game, but Martin said recently he would like to play at Anne Arundel Community College or set up a home-and-away series.

"Why play at Anne Arundel when our gym is just as big? Spalding's gym is too small," said Brady. "They can come to Annapolis or forget it."

Brady also said he hopes to schedule Talmudical Academy next season to give fans a chance to see highly touted Tamir Goodman, who has orally committed to Maryland, Brady's alma mater.

Sideliners

With county girls basketball players scoring in the high 20s recently, maybe you wonder what the county girls record is for single-game scoring.

The top games: Brooklyn Park's Patty Dages, 45 (1982); Spalding's Karen Pipkin, 43 (1981); Dages, 42 (1983); Dages (1980) and Southern's Dayna Scott in the 1983 county final), 39 each; Broadneck's Tammy Brown, 36 (1990).

A recent chart on boys single-season scoring leaders left out Severna Park's Jon Briggs Sr., who averaged 26.2 points a game in 1966-67.

Reason: The list was based on 550 points or more in a season, and Briggs scored 497 in 19 games. His two sons, Jon Jr. and Matt also played at Severna Park.

It's hard to believe, but Anne Arundel County, which boasts the most state titles by a baseball team (Arundel, eight), placed only one player on the Maryland State Baseball Coaches preseason team. That was Arundel's Andy Kostic, a right-handed pitcher.

Local coaches are asking, "Where's Severna Park's Tony Dokoupil?" Dokoupil was an All-Metro outfielder last spring who is getting a scholarship to George Washington University.

Spring fever? Supervisor Don Brooks has scheduled 150 games from Feb. 20 to May 1 at Cannon Stadium, beginning with Paul Blair's Coppin State team.

Attention hockey fans: Free admission today to Navy's Dahlgren Hall for the 22nd Crab Pot consolation at noon and final at 3: 30 p.m.

Have a note or question for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 410-647-2499.

Pub Date: 2/07/99

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