Top rusher Hall leads Md. stars

Parkville back one of 16 locals in Super 44 game

April 27, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Running back Michael Hall, who led Parkville to its winningest football season ever as the state's top rusher last fall, sees his selection to Super 44 all-star game as proof that diligence pays off.

Hall is one of 16 Baltimore area players who will be officially announced today as members of the Maryland team that will play Virginia's all-stars in the July 1 game at W. T. Woodson High in Fairfax, Va.

"It's validation that I'm a very hard worker. It's a chance to show what I can do and what I'm all about," said Hall, who rushed for 2,145 yards and 23 touchdowns for the 7-3 Knights.

Hall, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound All-Metro pick, has committed to St. Francis (Pa.) as a full academic qualifier.

"He had the kind of season you get only once in a lifetime," said Parkville coach Rick Zentz. "He had more yardage in 10 games than other kids around the state had in 11 and 12 games."

Other area players on the Super 44 offense are receivers Rob Abiamiri (Mount St. Joseph, Maryland), Noel Duhaney (Woodlawn, undecided), Jason Galloway (Old Mill, Towson) and Richard Johnson (Milford Mill, Virginia Tech); tight end Richard Tuohey (Gilman, Brown); and linemen Terrence Gibson (Dunbar, Norfolk State), Adam Hendrix (Hereford, Delaware), Mike Jenkins (South Carroll, Kent State) and Lou Lombardo (Calvert Hall, Maryland).

The defense will include linemen C.J. Feldheim (Hereford, Maryland) and Joe Salsich (Severn, Wake Forest); linebackers T. C. Cosby (McDonogh, Penn State) and Matt Farver (Westminster, undecided); and defensive backs Erik King (McDonogh, undecided) and Vince Fuller (Woodlawn, Virginia Tech).

Virginia won last summer's meeting, 21-16, and holds a 4-3 series lead. The event was called the Chesapeake Football Classic the first six years.

The 6 p.m. game will be contested for the second straight time at W. T. Woodson. Game director Bob Geoghan said he felt the effect of the crowds -- which rarely exceeded 7,000 -- was lost in the University of Maryland's spacious Byrd Stadium.

At a recent photo shoot, Geoghan met with members of Maryland's team and was impressed with players' physical stature and credentials.

"The first thing I noticed is that they were huge. Even in street clothes, they looked like college players. They're much bigger than last year's team," Geoghan said.

"After being with them for about an hour, talking with the players and the coaches, I'm convinced Maryland's coaches have really done their homework, and they're all very serious about winning this game."

The Maryland team will be coached by DeMatha's Bill McGregor. He will be assisted by Western Tech's Jason Blind, The Sun's 1999 All-Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year, Old Mill's Mike Marcus, and Seneca Valley's Terry Changuris.

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