Following a legend in Al Laramore as football coach at Annapolis High, Roy Brown has established his own legacy.
Brown, who is seeking a county-record sixth consecutive appearance in the state playoffs, will likely become Anne Arundel County's seventh football coach to win 100 games when his No. 4-ranked Panthers (5-0) play host to North County (0-5) tomorrow.
In so doing, Brown would become the second Annapolis coach to reach the milestone. Laramore, the man Brown succeeded in 1989 when the former died of a heart attack, is the county's all-time winningest coach at 156-68-2 in 23 seasons.
Laramore's .695 winning percentage is also the county's all-time highest. Brown, in his 14th season, is at .688 (99-45).
What does it all mean to Brown?
"It means I've been around long enough to get 100, but really we took over Big Al's program and maintained it with the winning traditions and all," said Brown, who played tight end at Arundel High and Western Maryland College.
"Obviously we've had some great athletes and a stable coaching staff."
His coaching staff is also the county's oldest, with the head coach being 54, defensive line coach Ken Dunn 57, offensive line coach Billy Phebus 54, and backs coach Dave Summey 47. Summey, by the way, had 100 career wins in 21 years as head coach at Brooklyn Park and South River.
"We're all on the same page and work very well together and that has had a lot to do with our success," said Brown, who was Laramore's defensive coordinator for 10 years and has been named The Sun's Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year four times, the last in 2000.
"Billy and I were assistants to Al and we basically do the same things Al did. We still run Al's wing T offense and mix it up a little bit defensively. Not much has changed, if anything.
"Think about the continuity in our program over the last 37 years. You won't find many programs around the state as stable as ours has been."
If the eras of Laramore and Brown are combined, the overall record is 255-113-2 in 37 years for a .692 winning percentage, one state title in 1978 (12-0), final berths in 1984 (Laramore) and 2000 (Brown), and a county-record 13 playoff appearances.
South River's highly ranked girls and boys soccer teams have a big week coming up, with three games each on the road.
In county girls soccer, No. 6-ranked Severna Park (11-0) will visit No. 9 Arundel (7-2-2) at 3.30 tomorrow in a makeup from last week.
Last Thursday, Katie White had two goals for Severna Park in the Falcons' 3-0 victory, while Arundel was tied 1-1 in double overtime by Old Mill (6-4-1).
Had it not been for Alli Wilkerson's goal with six minutes left in regulation, Old Mill would have pulled off the upset.
"We surprised ourselves in a very big way," said Kim Evans, who scored Old Mill's goal in the first half.
"We wanted to go out and play hard and win, but obviously we walked away with a tie. Either way, we went out and played really well."
Severna Park will also play host to No. 2 South River (9-1) on Tuesday. The latter travels to Broadneck (6-3-1) tomorrow. Severna Park/South River is a showdown between the county's top two public school teams.
"I think South River is the cream of the crop, " said Old Mill coach Vern Hines, whose team lost, 1-0, to Severna Park and will play host to South River Thursday.
On the boys' side, No. 5 South River (8-1-1) also has a trio of tough road games, beginning with Broadneck (6-3-2) tomorrow. Tuesday, it's on to No. 7 Severna Park (8-2-1), followed by a visit to Old Mill (8-1-2) Thursday.
No. 4 Arundel (8-0) is at No. 5 Severna Park (7-3) in a big volleyball showdown at 5:15 tomorrow. ... Severna Park resident Mark Teixiera, who is playing in the Texas Rangers' organization, made the cover of the recent Baseball America , and his Chartwell neighbor, Gavin Floyd, a Philadelphia Phillies minor-league pitcher, is featured inside.
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