Meade's win moves it to top of 4A East

SIDELINES

October 28, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

With Friday's convincing, 40-14 romp over No. 9 Old Mill, 10th-ranked Meade (7-1) has taken over the Class 4A East Region lead with two games left in the regular season.

Meade (7-1) passed No. 5 Broadneck (7-1) as the region leader with 79 points to 78 for the Bruins before yesterday's North County-Northeast game.

A North County (1-6) win over Northeast (4-3) would give the Mustangs a bonus point and make it 80 to 78.

Broadneck, a 17-14 winner over 2A Southern of Harwood Friday, has not played either of those two teams.

With seven wins and Southern-AA (3-4) at home and Arundel (3-5) away remaining on its schedule, Meade has a good shot at going 9-1. The Mustangs have won seven in a row after losing their season opener, 28-6, to 3A East leader and No. 2-ranked Annapolis (7-1).

Nine wins by Meade would match the school record set in 1986 under the late Jerry Mears, though it took a quarterfinal win in the playoffs that year to get to nine.

The most wins by a Meade team in a regular season is eight, accomplished five times by Mears and once by Jerry Hartman in his final season in 1996 when the Mustangs went 8-3 overall, losing in the first round of the playoffs.

Unlike with all other sports in state public schools, there is no open tournament in football. Football teams qualify by points, receiving 8 for a win over a 4A school, 7 for a 3A victory, 6 for a 2A win and 5 for beating a 1A team.

In addition, a bonus point is awarded to a team for each win by a team that the former team has beaten, and a half-point is awarded for a tie by a team the former team has beaten.

The four region champions qualify as the top four seeds in the playoffs. The next four teams with the most points fill out the eight-team field in each of the four classifications as at-large teams.

Carroll County's Westminster is third in the 4A East after routing Linganore, 50-7, Friday to also improve to 7-1.

Old Mill (6-2) is in danger of falling out of the 4A East playoff picture in its bid for a third straight postseason appearance. The Patriots have to play at No. 2 Annapolis (7-1) this week and will close the season at home on Nov. 9 against Glen Burnie.

Gophers chasing mark

Glen Burnie's Gophers (5-3) are bidding for their first winning season since 1994. They can top that team's 6-4 record by winning their last two over Severna Park (1-7) and neighbor Old Mill.

Glen Burnie has never made the playoffs and its best record since the playoffs began in 1974 was 7-3 in 1983. Oddly enough, that was the year running back Rodney Spencer set the school season record for touchdowns (17).

Gophers quarterback Keith Williams broke Spencer's record in style Friday in a 35-8 romp over Chesapeake (3-5) by scoring five touchdowns to give him 21 for the season. His first score came on a 93-yard return of the opening kickoff.

Williams' 20 rushing touchdowns leave him three short of the county record for a quarterback set by Severn's Dennard Melton in 1996.

A three-year starter for the Gophers, Williams, who started as a defensive back his freshman year, has emerged as a prime candidate for the prestigious Rhodes Trophy given annually since 1959 by the Annapolis Touchdown Club.

Only two Glen Burnie players have won it: Bill Currie (1972), who went on to play in the National Football League and is a member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame, and Ed DeGrange (1967).

Sideliners

Freshman kicker Chris Desautels' 19-yard field goal in the second period left Broadneck trailing Southern by 14-3 at the half, but would later prove to be the margin of victory in the Bruins' 17-14 victory. ... With 185 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries, Eric Venerable continued on his rampage for No. 2 Annapolis as the Panthers romped, 46-6, over South River (1-7). ... Arundel (3-5) won its third in a row by 29-6 over Severna Park. The Wildcats are hoping to be a spoiler in their final game against Meade. ... At 1-7, Severna Park needs a win at Glen Burnie this week or at home on Nov. 9 vs. Annapolis to avoid what would be the first 1-9 season in the school's 42 years of football. ... by losing to Glen Burnie, Chesapeake (3-5) has no chance of recording the school's second winning season. The Cougars were 6-4 under Denis Schanberger in 1985. ... Though it went unnoticed last week, North County quarterback Billy Largent set a state single-game record for passing yards when he threw for 430 in a 55-32 loss to Arundel.

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