Venerable steps ahead with giant running leap

332 rushing yards sets Annapolis mark Friday

Football notebook

High Schools

October 22, 2001|By Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley | Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Running back Eric Venerable of No. 2 Annapolis set a single-game school rushing record with 332 yards and five touchdowns in Friday night's 46-6 victory over fellow Anne Arundel County league foe Northeast.

Venerable, an All-Metro selection who had 222 yards in the first half, eclipsed the single-game record of 330 that was accomplished by former two-time All-Metro player Rayvon Johnson, who also scored five times during his effort against North County in 1999.

Annapolis (6-1) had a county-record 491 yards against Northeast (4-3), eclipsing the previous record of 485. The state record stands at 545 yards by Westlake against Calvert in 1998.

Venerable is the seventh Anne Arundel County player to rush for 300 yards or more in a game, but St. Mary's Jason Lilly still holds the overall county record with his 340 yards against Calvert Hall in 1994.

Clippers changeup

After losing to 12th-ranked City, 18-13, two weeks ago, Patterson coach Roger Wrenn decided to replace senior quarterback Phillip Matthews with junior Raymond Okadigbo.

Two games later, the No. 15 Clippers are 6-1 and likely headed for their eighth playoff berth since Baltimore City schools joined the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in 1993. Patterson also has the inside track to the city 4A league crown under Wrenn, who is in his 28th season and has a city-leading 196 career wins.

In Friday night's come-from-behind 22-20 victory over Mervo (4-3), Okadigbo was 5-for-7 passing for 99 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 60 yards and three critical first downs. Okadigbo's 15-yard scoring pass was to Matthews, who is now the tight end.

Cards rank higher

Calvert Hall's 21-18 victory over 14th-ranked St. Mary's (5-2) was its third over a ranked team. The Cardinals (4-3) also have a 16-12 win over then-No. 14 Woodlawn and a 25-21 win over then-No. 10 Mount St. Joseph.

Westminster of Carroll County, a team that is 6-1, also suffered its only loss, 27-21, in overtime against Calvert Hall, which has lost to No. 1 McDonogh, No. 4 Gilman and St. John's of Washington.

Owls on roll

Westminster's 14-12 win over Frederick (4-2) on Friday was the fifth straight for the Owls (6-1) since an overtime loss to Calvert Hall.

Westminster has beaten traditional Frederick County power Thomas Johnson, 41-7, as well as Harford County power C. Milton Wright, 26-0. The Owls also have vanquished preseason No. 12 Liberty, 38-24, and Carroll County League rival North Carroll, 42-7.

Touchdown club game

Curley's Sean Murphy will coach a team comprising Baltimore's public schools and those from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, and Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall will do the same for the other made up of players from Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties in the fifth annual Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game to be played on Dec. 1 at Liberty.

The game is in need of sponsorship. For more information, call Scott Ripley at 410-247-4147.

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