Sev. Park disconnects opponent, cell

Falcons revel in victory over Eleanor Roosevelt

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High Schools

September 07, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park football coach J.P. Hines has a cell phone that's out of order these days.

How'd it happen?

He cooked up a plan to shut down one of the nation's top recruits, Eleanor Roosevelt's senior quarterback Derrick Williams, and then watched as his defense made it happen on Saturday, as the Falcons came away with an impressive 13-7 season-opening win in Greenbelt.

The problem with the phone came next.

"I got soaked and it got wet, but that's OK - they can dump water on me every game as long as we win," said Hines, who was quick to credit his defensive coordinator Rob Harris.

The Falcons' offense did its part late when quarterback Greg Kingler hit Ben Hunt with a 33-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds left for the final margin, an impressive response after the host team finally got on the board to tie the game at 7 with two minutes remaining.

But the performance of the team's defense against Williams and the Raiders, ranked fifth in The Washington Post poll, stood out the most. The highly sought 6-foot Williams ran the ball 19 times for just 50 yards and only mustered 80 yards in the air by completing six of 15 passes. A quick and feisty corps of linebackers led by Andrew Ferris (nine tackles) helped keep Williams in check.

"They say you live by the blitz or die by the blitz - it worked for us," said Hines. "Derrick's elusive, an unbelievable athlete that can make the difference. Our kids played with discipline - staying where they were supposed to be - and we made sure to make the tackles."

The Falcons, unranked in the preseason, made a swift jump to No. 11 in today's poll.

No boys allowed

In Anne Arundel County, field hockey has been declared a gender-specific sport this season with only girls able to participate.

Amidst controversy last year, two boys at Meade - Josh and Jarrod Davis - played for the Mustangs during the regular season. It was the first time in county history that boys participated in field hockey.

Each county has its own jurisdiction for the regular season, but the Davis brothers were ineligible to play in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs.

Prior to this season, Anne Arundel's field hockey advisory committee met with the county's coordinator of athletics, Marlene Kelly, and recommended the sport be for girls only. Kelly acted on it and now the county's athletic handbook states: girls field hockey.

City golfers sought

A Baltimore City fall golf league for high school and middle school boys and girls will get under way this week at Forest Park Golf Course.

Public school students can sign up for the league and begin to play today through Thursday between 4 and 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Park course. No experience or equipment is required.

Sign-up will continue after this week for the league, which includes instruction and some competitive play.

For information, call Shirley Williams (410-366-3626) or Tony Evans (410-448-4653).

Challenges await

Playing in the new Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference has afforded the top Harford County girls soccer teams a chance to strengthen their overall schedules to better prepare for the state playoffs.

The league - consisting of schools from Harford and Cecil counties - has two seven-team divisions with the stronger teams designated to the Chesapeake division.

Perennial powers C. Milton Wright, Fallston and Bel Air will go up against each other and also have more flexibility on their schedules for tough, out-of-conference play. Among other top-notch teams, each of the teams have No. 1 John Carroll on their respective schedules.

Headed for Bucknell

Archbishop Spalding senior Justin Castleberry, a senior guard on the Cavaliers' basketball team, has accepted a full scholarship to play at Bucknell University next year.

Sun staff writers Katherine Dunn and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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