Twins help Century double win streak

Seniors' role prominent

Liberty not run-of-the-mill


High Schools

October 05, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Century football coach Matt Flanagan admits that he mixes up twin brothers Bobby and Jason Kingan "probably every other day."

Lately, the seniors have been making opponents see double as well, leading the second-year Knights to consecutive victories for the first time.

In the 14-8 victory over North Carroll on Sept. 26, Bobby intercepted two passes, forced a fumble and caught the game-winning 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bubby Donovan, and Jason rushed for 85 yards and a two-point conversion.

Then, in Friday's 14-13 win over Winters Mill, the pair accounted for both touchdowns, with Bobby scoring on a 27-yard reception and Jason scoring the game-winner on a 5-yard run with 2:56 left.

"They're very athletic, and they've worked hard all offseason," Flanagan said. "They've had the desire the last two years to be on the field, and playing in every play, they've just done the things that gets them out there. And they've taken advantage of their athleticism and ability."

Flanagan said that he's able to tell the two apart because Bobby is about an inch taller than Jason. The Kingans, however, aren't the only set of twins on the roster.

Century (2-3) also features twin tackles Matt and Nick Rowe as well as Kyle and Matt Vander Veer and Brendan and Jason Zuniga.

Flanagan said his roster makeup definitely helps promote team chemistry.

"They push each other," Flanagan said. "It's fun to watch."

Liberty runs wild

A pack mentality has helped to put the Liberty boys cross country team ahead of the local pack so far.

Led by Frank Sisolak and Carl Henn, the Lions feature seven runners this season who typically finish within 20 to 25 seconds of each other.

"On any given day, any one of them could be our No. 1 or our No. 7," Liberty coach Dan Jones said. "We try to get them to pack together when they run. That's a coaching strategy that tends to work pretty well, when we have the personnel to do it. This year we have the personnel to do it."

That was never more evident than at a recent county meet at Winters Mill. Liberty placed five runners among the top 10 to put away Westminster by 27 points, as well as three other county teams by significantly more.

On Wednesday, the Lions will have another chance to shine when they play host to their own invitational, featuring every county team as well as Walkersville, Frederick, Franklin, Howard, Hammond and possibly Walter Johnson.

Whatever the result, Jones has hopes for his team in the postseason.

"We knew last year that we were going to have a pretty good team this year," Jones said. "We gained a few extra kids that we knew were going to help us."

Carroll Christian reloads

Despite graduating nine seniors from a year ago, Carroll Christian's boys soccer team is continuing to pile up the victories.

Starting just two seniors and no juniors, the Patriots are off to a 7-2 start, including a 2-1 win over rival Greater Grace.

"Basically last year's JV team, a good part of it, has stepped into the starting lineup," said coach Matthew Reisberg. "Fortunately, we had a very good JV team last year."

Leading the way have been striker Scott Six (11 goals, six assists) and goalkeeper Shane Stem (.937 save percentage).

"I knew the talent was there. It was just a question of whether or not the youth would make mistakes," Reisberg said. "We've actually done a little bit better than I was expecting, but I was expecting to surprise a lot of people."

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