Selbys share more than just same last name

Byron, Brian aren't twins, but they're similar players

High Schools

Football notebook

October 28, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After leading Dunbar to victory over visiting Poly earlier this year, Byron Selby hopped in a car with his stepmother, Kimberly Selby, for a 40-minute drive to Joppatowne High in Harford County.

There, he watched his younger brother, Brian, in a come-from-behind win over Fallston.

"I watched him run this option run for about 32 yards, and he also intercepted a pass. I looked at somebody and said, `This is like looking in a mirror,' " Byron Selby said. "I had done almost the same thing against Poly."

Although separated by the miles between Byron's home in Baltimore City and Brian's in Joppatowne, not to mention by about eight months in age, the Selbys, who are half brothers, often seem like twins.

Byron Selby, who turns 18 in January, stands 6 feet 3, weighs 190 pounds and plays quarterback, defensive back, linebacker and kicker for the 15th-ranked Poets (7-1). Brian (6-2, 170), who turns 18 in August, plays quarterback, defensive back and punter for the 12th-ranked Mariners (6-2).

The differences between the two B students are subtle.

Brian lives in Joppatowne with their father, Wardell Selby, who has coached the Dunbar girls basketball team to three straight state titles.

Another difference is the fact that Brian wears the No. 5 jersey, and Byron, No. 7, "probably because he doesn't want to be in my shadow," the elder sibling said.

Annapolis rolling again

Fourth-ranked Annapolis, which has outscored its opposition by an average of 34.6 to 8.8, is attempting to become the 12th Anne Arundel County team - the fifth from Annapolis - to go unbeaten in at least nine regular-season games. The previous county team to do it was Broadneck at 10-0 in 1998.

The Panthers of 14th-year coach Roy Brown (102-45 career) are going after their 14th playoff berth, and their sixth straight postseason appearance - each a county record. Annapolis has reached state title games three times, the last being in 2000, and won the crown in 1978 under Al Laramore to complete a 12-0 season.

Brown still employs the Delaware Wing-T offense Laramore used, and it was effective in Friday night's 49-13 rout of South River.

In that game, All-Metro player DeMario Harris rushed for 139 yards and scored a touchdown, Terrell Martin returned a punt 61 yards for another score, quarterback Larry Beavers rushed for his seventh touchdown of the year and Derrick Wallace also had a rushing touchdown. Annapolis had 364 rushing yards.

On the rise

Gilman's No. 15 national ranking in USA Today is the highest by a Maryland football team since DeMatha's No. 6 rating in 1986. Gilman is ranked No. 1 in The Sun and in the state by the Associated Press.

Parkville solves Rams

Unranked Parkville scored 17 fourth-quarter points in Saturday's come-from-behind, 17-16 victory at defending Baltimore County champion Randallstown (5-3, 4-3) in league action.

It is Parkville's first win over Randallstown in the history of the schools.

The Knights (4-4, 4-3) of first-year coach Jeff Markle got a 12-yard scoring run from Ryan Carroll, a 60-yard scoring return of a fumble from Kyle Joseph and Josh Price's game-winning extra point.

C.M. Wright gets first win

C. Milton Wright rushed for 439 yards and had three backs reach at least 100 yards in a 21-14 Harford County League victory over visiting Fallston (3-5, 2-3) Friday night that ended a seven-game losing streak.

For the Mustangs (1-7, 1-3), Mike Glascock had 190 yards on 11 carries, Dave Edwards had 127 on 19 and Dan Mitchum had 100 on eight carries.

Edwards scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

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