1999 Fall Sports Preview

Football

September 02, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Boys' Latin Lakers

Coach: Drew Haugh (career: 47-57).

1998 record: 5-5.

Top players: Brandon Carver, Sr., RB-DT; Dan Berger, Sr., QB; Ryan Lafferty, Sr., LB; Karl Mallory, Sr., DE-RB; Brian Nee, Sr., TE-DE; Ryan Hurwitz, Sr., G-DT; Trip Onnen, Jr., OT-DT.

Outlook: With seven starters returning to a team that competes in the difficult Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, Haugh looks to equal last season's record.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

Coach: Jay Robinson (1st year).

1998 record: 5-6.

Top players: Lou Lombardo, Sr., OT; Ryan Wineke, Sr., C; Joe Hinz, Sr., QB; Mark Terry, Sr., RB; Jonathan Edwards, Sr., LB; Tim Kenny, Jr., DL.

Outlook: The Cardinals had a turnout of 52 players and fared well in a scrimmage with Howard County power Wilde Lake. Of the Cardinals' quest to dethrone MIAA A champ Gilman, Wilde LaKe coach Doug DuVall said, "Gilman better have a great team, or they're going to get beat" by the Cardinals.

Catonsville Comets

Coach: Warren Como (73-46).

1998 record: 7-3.

Top players: Doug Johnson, Sr., QB: Steve Matthews, Sr., RB; Teon Randall, Sr., RB; Andrew Bloom, Sr., TE-LB; Donte DeSilva, Sr., OL; Darius Johnson, Sr., DT-G; B.J. Page, Sr., TE-WR-DB; Jarus Thomas, LB.

Outlook: Down from the 3A-4A, where it nearly defeated Milford Mill in overtime, the Comets return 13 starters, several players up from a 7-2 JV, and "size and speed all over the place," said Como. "The line [averaging 270 pounds] is the biggest I've ever had." Catonsville should challenge Hereford in Class 1A-2A.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

Coach: Rod McMillian (0-20).

1998 record: 0-10.

Top players: Vayan Cann, Sr., OL; Mario Coleman, Sr., RB-LB; David Darden, Sr., WR; Shane Kelley, Sr., OL-DL; Dayvon Telp, Sr., DB-RB; Kevin Williams, Sr., OL

Outlook: McMillian is optimistic about winning in the Class 1A-2A league. Telp, among eight returning starters, rushed for more than 1,000 yards and five TDs a year ago.

Dulaney Lions

Coach: Steve Watts (first year).

1998 record: 0-10.

Top players: Rob Nelson, Sr., QB; Kevin Joyce, Sr., RB; Steve Kwon, Sr., WR.

Outlook: In the difficult Baltimore County 3A-4A league, the Lions will be hard-pressed to reach .500. But 92 boys tried out, so Watts is optimistic.

Dundalk Owls

Coach: Eric Webber (5-5).

1998 record: 5-5.

Top players: Melvin Curry, Sr., QB-DB; Esker Mance, Sr., RB-LB; Rodney Evans, Sr., RB; Jermaine Smith, Sr., RB-DB; Chad Rojers, Sr., OT; Tom Bates, Jr., G-LB; Rick Coffrin, So., C.

Outlook: The Owls, of the county's 3A-4A league, "set a goal to win more than last year," said Webber. "We've got a veteran club, but depth will be a problem."

Eastern Tech Mavericks

Coach: Bruce Strunk (31-13).

1998 record: 12-1.

Top players: Jerome Owens, Sr., DB; Steve Lawston, Sr., WR-DB; Jason Hartman, Sr., RB-LB; Scott Pearce, Sr., QB; Jeff Gutowski, Sr., TE-DE; Josh Fortner, Sr., OL-DE; Troy Mason, Sr., RB-LB; Nick Adams, Sr., TE-DE; Lenny Swiger, Sr., OL-DL.

Outlook: Nine starters return from a team that won its first Baltimore County 3A-4A title and North region crowns before finishing second in the state. Lawston (6-1, 190) and Owens earned second-team All-Metro honors, and Pearce, who threw 19 touchdown passes, earned second-team All-City/County honors. Fortner (6-4, 255) anchors the line. Strunk transferred from Randallstown, replacing former coach Nick Arminio after he took a job in New Jersey.

Franklin Indians

Coach: Greg Fuhrman (19-49).

1998 record: 1-9.

Top players: Mike Hyman, Sr., RB-LB; Adam Kerstetter, Sr., RB; Tavon Davis, Jr., RB; DeLance Cummings, Jr., QB; Ricardo Washington, So., QB.

Outlook: Fuhrman feels the Indians will definitely win in the county's 1A-2A league. "We have three players who are 260 [pounds] or better -- we have size in the line," Fuhrman said. "We have depth and speed in the backfield. The kids are showing unsolicited enthusiasm in practice, hitting hard in practice. It sounds like football."

Hereford Bulls

Coach: Steve Turnbaugh (39-8).

1998 record: 10-2.

Top players: C. J. Feldheim, Sr., RB-DE; Adam Hendrix, Sr., OL-DL; Sean Wdowiak, Sr., QB; Ryan Vogel, Sr., RB-LB; Matt Curtis, Sr., RB-DB; Rob Bateman, Sr., TE- WR-DB; Kress Adamson, Sr., LB; Ray Causey, Jr., RB-LB; Todd Leitzel, Jr., SE-DB; Chris Parker, Jr., OT-DT.

Outlook: All-Metros Feldheim (6-4, 230), clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40 by his coaches, and Hendrix (6-4, 250) are among 10 returning starters. The Bulls, reclassified from Class 1A to 2A this season, also boast 6-4 Bateman (16 receptions, 300 yards, five TDs), 205-pound Vogel (520 yards, seven TDs) and Curtis (890 yards, nine TDs). Adamson, a John Carroll transfer, had seven sacks and four fumble recoveries, and Causey had five sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Hickey School Bears

Coach: Dan Bungori (first year).

1998 record: 5-4.

Top players: Steve Rau, Sr., LB-RB; Darius Womack, Jr., QB.

Outlook: Bungori, a John Carroll graduate and a former All-Atlantic Coast Conference receiver at Maryland, replaced Herb Lynch, who took a job in the film industry.

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