Pfisterer well-armed to rewrite record book

Sidelines

October 28, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A current Anne Arundel County quarterback's passing record keeps going up while a former county standout's career passing yardage record is in jeopardy.

North County junior Mike Pfisterer became the 12th quarterback in the state to pass for 4,000 career yards during a 24-18 loss at Old Mill Saturday.

Pfisterer, who has 4,001 career passing yards, also became the sixth to throw for 2,000 (2,076) yards in school history, and with at least two more games this season and all of next season, figures to break all the major state records.

Among those records is the county mark of 4,769 career passing yards from 1994-96 by Arundel's Erik Lipton, who is in his third year at the University of Maryland but has played little.

Lipton's career total still ranks as the state public school record, but is likely to fall this week in Howard County.

Glenelg senior Zack McQuigg goes into his game this weekend needing 190 passing yards to break Lipton's record. Whatever McQuigg (4,580) finishes with will be within Pfisterer's sites next fall, as will the overall state record.

The state record for career passing yards of 6,286 is owned by Lucas Phillips, who lived in the North County district but played at Mount St. Joseph from 1993-96 and is currently starting at Bucknell.

Also, with two regular-season games left and possibly a playoff game, Pfisterer, who has thrown 23 touchdown passes this season, has an outside shot at the state record for most touchdown passes in a season (32) set by North County's Mike Evans in 1996 and John Carroll's Al Neville in 1968, respectively.

Pfisterer has a school-record 40 career touchdown passes. That ranks seventh on the state list and is seven away from Lipton's record of 47.

More broken records

The next touchdown scored by Annapolis running back Rayvon Johnson will break his school record of 20 set last year. Johnson has also tied record for most touchdowns rushing in a season with 18.

With 1,248 yards rushing through eight games, four of which he played only the first half, Johnson has to have big games at North County and Broadneck and probably at least two playoff games to crack 2,000 yards again.

Johnson ran for a county-record 2,060 yards last year, but this year's lopsided games and the emergence of teammate Aaron Copeland may keep him from doing it again.

"Copeland has given us another outstanding back and I said before the season started that we weren't going to be just a one-running back team, " said Annapolis coach Roy Brown.

Copeland has run for 783 yards this season, combining with Johnson for 2,031.

Known for their running attack, the No. 5-ranked Panthers (8-0), who are looking to become the county's 12th unbeaten team in the regular season and possibly the first county team to average 40 points a game (averaging 41.4 per game), could add a passing record as well.

Marvin Charles, an All-County end as a junior when he had 14 receptions and seven touchdowns, is having an even better year this season with 11 of his 15 receptions going for touchdowns.

The county and state season record for touchdown receptions is 15 by North County's Corey Wright (1996) and Seneca Valley's Duricque Taylor (1997). Wright set a state record for receptions that season with 89.

Ejection fallout

Chesapeake's 3-1 county boys soccer championship over Severna Park Tuesday was bitter-sweet for Cougars coach Earl Eckhardt.

"I'm a little upset I have to go into the next game without [Scott] Mucci, " said Eckhardt, referring to the ejection of his senior mainstay along with Severna Park's Jerry Cornett for fighting. Mucci and Cornett each have to sit out their opening playoff games next week.

"Yes, it takes away from it. I would hope you would try to keep everybody in the ballgame. If it's an out and out brawl, then the kids need to go. I thought it could have been handled differently. We each lost one of our best players, and it's disappointing."

Sideliners

North County repeated as county cheerleading champion over nine schools last week at Chesapeake High. Senior setter Ashleigh Verrillo and sophomore hitter Dani Matousek were named to the All-Tournament team as Annapolis Area Christian School's volleyball team took second in the first Chesapeake Womens' Athletic Conference tourney.

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