1999 Fall Sports Preview

Football

September 02, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

BALTIMORE CITY

Carver Bears

Coach: Ron Frierson (18-31-1).

1998 record: 6-4.

Top players: Michael Handy, Sr., RB-DB; Corie Rorey, Sr., C-LB; Joel Gamble, Sr., TE-DE; Dwayne Luckett, Jr., OG-DT.

Outlook: Only four starters are back for the Bears, of the city's West Division, but 46 came out. The commitment is there among those in camp, but the relative youth could make it difficult for the Bears to improve on last season's effort.

City Knights

Coach: George Petrides (career: 142-87-1).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Jawan Yancey, Sr., QB; Brandon Watson, Sr., WR-DB; Todd Galloway, Jr., WR-DB; James Clash, Jr., G; Melvin Bond, Jr., OT; Nathaniel Clayton, So., OT; Greg Perkins, So., G.

Outlook: The Knights return eight starters and have a good combination in Yancey, who is a threat to run or pass. Watson and Yancey are quality receivers, and Clayton (6-4, 260) anchors a more experienced line.

Archbishop Curley Friars

Coach: Sean Murphy (6-14).

1998 record: 3-7.

Top players: Antwan Lide, Sr., WR-DB; Felix Milburn, Sr., QB-DB; John Witherspoon, Sr., LB; Pat Patillo, Jr., RB-LB; Williams Marcus, Jr., RB-DB; Joe Paul, Jr., OT; Zac Adams, Jr., G-DT; Brooks Norris, Jr., G.

Outlook: Nine starters return to the MIAA B Conference program, which lost by two points to league runner-up John Carroll, and only, 10-0, to league champ McDonogh. "We have potential, but we need to just cut down on mistakes and be more consistent," Murphy said.

Douglass Ducks

Coach: Carrell Reavis (first year).

1998 record: 8-2.

Top players: Davon Collier, Sr., G-DT; Russell Barnes, Sr., OT-DT; Kenneth DeGross, Jr., RB; Phillips Henderson, Jr., QB; Corey Green, So., C.

Outlook: After 29 years as an assistant to Forest Park's Obie Barnes, Reavis has his first job as a head coach, replacing retired David White. The Ducks, runners-up in the city West Division, return five starters.

Dunbar Poets

Coach: Ben Eaton (career: 5-5).

1998 record: 5-5.

Top players: Jamal Lloyd, Sr., OT-DT; Jason Blowe, Sr., OL-DL; Terrence Gibson, Sr., OG-DT; Gary Cox, Sr., DE; James Matthews, Sr., LB-C; D'Andre Dorsey, Sr., RB-DB; Jason Scott, Sr., QB; Antoine Colvin, Jr., OL-DL; Darnell Baylor, Jr., RB.

Outlook: The Poets, of the city's East Division, missed the playoffs for the first time since '93, when it reached the first of five straight state semifinals on the way to winning two state titles. Eaton builds his hopes around a veteran line that includes Colvin (6-5, 290), Blowe (6-2, 290), Lloyd (6-3, 260) and Gibson (6-7, 340), but has to construct a viable backfield.

Edmondson Redskins

Coach: Pete Pompey (170-88).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Eddie Colbert, Sr., QB-DB; Raytron Leak, Sr., RB-LB; Justus McLeod, Sr., WR-DB; Jason Murphy, Jr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Colbert (83 percent passing ratio, 16 TDs) returns, along with second-team All-Metros Murphy (6-3, 245) and Leak. Murphy had 15 sacks, and Leak, eight sacks, five interceptions, 301 receiving yards for four touchdowns and rushed for 1,201 yards and four more scores. McLeod caught nine touchdown passes for last year's Baltimore City West Division champs.

Forest Park Foresters

Coach: Obie Barnes (107-103-6).

1998 record: 6-5.

Top players: Chris Cummings, Sr., RB-DB; Jared Washington, Sr., WR; Jason Miles, Sr., OL-DL; Terrell Robinson, Sr., OL-DL; Nigel Smith, Sr., C; Steven Shields, Sr., OL; Charles Wiley, Sr., QB; Terell Patterson, Jr., DB; Derrick Parker, Jr., LB; Anwar Shepherd, Jr., LB.

Outlook: Forest Park narrowly missed winning the city's West Division during a season in which it lost four games by a touchdown or less. But with the return of 10 starters, including Cummings (1,200 yards, 17 TDs), the Foresters hope to challenge again as well as to reach the 1A state playoffs for the second straight season.

Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders

Coach: Scott Ripley (3-6).

1998 record: 3-6.

Top players: Josh Yousico, Sr., OL; Juwann Womack, Sr., LB; Mike Woodland, Sr., RB; Craig King, Jr., QB; Joe Chambers, Jr., RB; Derrick McPherson, Jr., RB.

Outlook: Hoping for an above average season in last year's MIAA B Conference, the Crusaders were disappointed. But 13 starters are back. In addition, speedster Mitchell Brown has transferred from Sparrows Point, where Ripley said he was that program's two-time MVP.

Gilman Greyhounds

Coach: Biff Poggi (16-3).

1998 record: 10-0.

Top players: Ryan Boyle, Sr., QB; Mike Faust, Sr., RB-LB; Nick Nocar, Sr., RB- DB; Lance Zimmerman, Sr., DB; Richard Touhey, Sr., TE; Franco Gould, Sr., DB; Randy Vane, Sr., G-DE; Dan Zito, Jr., OT-DT; Greg Lotz, Jr., TE-DE; Starrett Esworthy, Jr., RB-LB.

Outlook: The Greyhounds return 10 starters from a program that earned the school's first unbeaten record over a 10-game schedule and finished No. 1 in the Baltimore area rankings. Hopes of defending the MIAA A Conference title rest primarily with on All-Met Boyle and Faust, a 5-11, 220-pounder who can bench press 375 pounds.

Lake Clifton Lakers

Coach: James Monroe (27-16).

1998 record: 3-7.

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