Record book ready for rewrite after wild weekend

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October 31, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's often been said that records are made to be broken, but it's getting ridiculous this season in football.

It seems like major records, county and state, are being broken every weekend and there's still another week of regular season play, and then the playoffs.

This weekend a host of records were eclipsed at several schools, with four of them state marks, while Old Mill wide receiver Jason Galloway and running back Kelvin Collins set several school records last week.

Three rather incredible state records were set Friday night in Ferndale in No. 5-ranked Annapolis' 41-24 victory at North County.

The two teams combined for 942 yards of total offense. Rayvon Johnson ran for five touchdowns and 330 yards, both school records, as Annapolis rolled up 485 yards rushing and three passing for a total offense of 488 yards.

On the other side, the pass-crazy Knights rung up 378 yards through the air and 76 rushing for a grand total of 454 yards. Junior quarterback Mike Pfisterer set a state record for completions and attempts (38-for-58) while senior end Nat Randall grabbed a state-record 21 passes for 222 yards.

Pfisterer is now 10th on the state career yards passing list with 4,379, and tied for sixth with Ryan Fleetwood of Cambridge-S.D. (1993-95) for career touchdown passes (42). That leaves him five short of Erik Lipton's county-record 47 at Arundel (1994-96).

The career-high 378 yards passing in a game by Pfisterer is the fourth-highest total in state history and second in county and school history to Mike Evans, who set the state record with 404 yards passing against Chesapeake in 1996.

For the season, Pfisterer has thrown for 2,454 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Take a look at the accompanying chart to see how the county record book is being rewritten.

Friday recap

During the wild Annapolis win at North County on Friday, Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz shouted at reporters after Annapolis went for a two-point conversion to increase its lead to 41-18 with 8: 07 left in the game.

"Put that in your newspapers, write that," said Markiewicz insinuating that Panthers coach Roy Brown was running up the score.

When asked about it, Brown said, "Those two points made it a three-possession game. You never have enough points when you play North County."

As it turns out, North County cut the deficit to 41-24 on a 15-yard scoring run by Jarrod Ross with 5: 32 left and proceeded to recover an on-side kick, driving down to the Panthers' 5 before Marvin Charles intercepted a pass in the end zone.

An eight-pointer right there would have cut the lead to 41-32 with under three minutes remaining.

North County's no-huddle, run-and-shoot can cover the length of the field in a minute, so Brown's decision was more wise than brazen.

Speaking of going the distance, the Annapolis drive to take a 33-10 lead early in the final period was textbook stuff.

The Panthers stopped the Knights at the 1-foot line with nearly five minutes left in the third period. QB Mike Phaneuf then started a near flawless 99-yard drive in 14 plays by running a sneak out to the 15. Phaneuf capped the drive by scoring from the 7 on the third play of the last quarter.

Aaron Copeland carried five times for 45 yards on the relentless march that took about eight minutes off the clock. The only mistake was an incomplete pass by Phaneuf when he overthrew a wide-open Kyle Acker inside the 10.

Sideliners

Division I Western Carolina University baseball coach Rodney Hennon is trying to work out a deal with the Catamounts football coach to split scholarships and bring in Severna Park's Derek Dixon and Old Mill's Jason Galloway. Dixon and Galloway would get chances to play both sports. No. 4 ranked Severna Park (10-3) goes after its fifth consecutive and eighth county volleyball championship of the '90s at 7 p.m. Tuesday at No. 7 Broadneck (10-1). The Falcons took the regular-season match, 3-0, and will have to play the Bruins again on Nov. 6 at Severna Park in the first game of the 4A East playoffs. On Tuesday, No. 3 ranked McDonogh (15-5) visits No. 6 St. Mary's (12-3-2) in a big girls soccer game. North County track coach Ed Harte on the passing of veteran track/football coach Hayse Henderson at 51: "Few coaches helped out all the meets the way Hayse did. The kids at Meade are going to miss his caring and expertise in the hurdles and high jump."

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