Northeast hopes start breeds winning season

SIDELINES

September 20, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Confidence is building at Northeast for the Pasadena school's football team after its 2-0 start.

When coach Mike Cotham called the Eagles' 13-12 victory at No. 12 Liberty (1-1) Monday night their "biggest win since 1988," it didn't take a genius to read his meaning.

While it was a big win with workhorse Joe Brockmeyer (6-2, 210) carrying 42 times for 164 yards, it just so happens that 1988 was the last year that the Eagles had a winning season when they went 7-3

Cotham, who was an assistant to Bart Rader that season, is preparing his team to play host to Fallston tomorrow night at 7:15, and is confident the Eagles can win another one.

After the 1988 season, the Eagles' best record under Rader who would retire after the 1996 campaign with a 60-80 career record in 14 seasons, they were 5-5 in 1991 and his final year.

Cotham, who was a 19-year assistant at Northeast, was overlooked as a candidate upon Rader's departure and what followed were three disastrous seasons. Losing their final game under Rader to Chesapeake, the Eagles would go 0-30 under Steve Sweet and then John Runk before Cotham returned as head coach last fall.

Northeast took a 6-3 decision over Athol-ton in Cotham's debut to end a31-game losing streak and after a 4-2 start finished 5-5 . The remarkable turnaround under Cotham has carried over to 2001 as the Eagles have gone from expecting to lose, to thinking they can win, to this year's believing and expecting they can win.

"We are looking to do what we did against them last year and put up a win this time, " said Cotham in referring to last year's 49-28 loss to Fallston, which was the ninth in a row to the Harford County Cougars.

Northeast last defeated the Cougars by 12-8 in 1991 (5-5).

Cotham said his team came out of Monday's big win at Liberty in good physical shape.

Quick pops

After dropping a 6-0 decision to No. 3 Broadneck (2-0) Monday, No. 4 Annapolis (1-1) faces a tough road game tomorrow in a visit to Glen Burnie (2-0), which is undergoing a rejuvenation similar to Northeast's. Oddly enough, the last time Annapolis lost to Glen Burnie, which was 4-46 the last five seasons coming into this year, was 1995, by 18-0, also the last time the Panthers were shut out.

So, does Annapolis coach Roy Brown, consider that a bad omen?

"No, I can't remember that far back, " said Brown.

Brown said that running back Eric Venerable, who missed the first two games because of academic ineligibility, is back and will play tomorrow.

Sideliners

The No. 2-ranked Severna Park (4-0) volleyball team posted a huge win Monday at home by 3-1 (15-8, 10-15, 16-14, 16-14) over Calvert of the same county. Senior hitters Lauren Klau and Christinia Grempler combined for 25 kills and nine blocks and senior setter Megan Boyd was 15-for-15 serving and had 32 assists against the Washington Post's third-ranked team. ... Coach Kevin Guite's Glen Burnie Gophers (2-0) dealt Archbishop Spalding (3-1) its first loss by 3-2 (15-10, 3-15, 15-4, 12-15, 15-7) on Monday as senior hitter Amanda Blake had nine kills, five blocks, three assists and was 21-for-23 serving.

Patriotic gesture

The Glen Burnie girls' soccer team will wear black elastic bands initialed "GBA" over their socks the rest of the season according to coach Tom Taylor. "The bands were donated by Kelly Wineke, the mother of team captain Jackie Wineke," said Taylor. "She even sewed all of the initials on the bands. The initials stand for God Bless America, but if anybody has a problem with that, it can also be interpreted as Glen Burnie Athletics."

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