Catonsville's Maybin is in a rush to impress


September 21, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Catonsville's Jaren Maybin has done a fine job of making up for a lost opportunity.

Having missed out on a chance to impress scouts at the prestigious Nike Camp this past April due to a scheduling mix-up, the senior running back has wasted little time resuming his dominance on the field.

In the Comets' season-opening 26-22 victory over neighborhood rival Western Tech on Sept. 9, Maybin rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries.

In Friday night's 49-0 rout of Patapsco, Maybin had 150 yards and three touchdowns on only seven carries before being lifted for the game - in the first quarter.

"When I get the ball in my hands, I'm looking to score on every play. I want my stats to be unquestioned," said Maybin, 17. "When college coaches see me, I want them to say, `I want that kid on my team.'"

Maybin rushed for 1,404 yards and 11 touchdowns last season to lead the Comets (6-5) to the postseason for the first time in school history.

He hopes to eclipse the Comets' single-season rushing record (1,646 yards, 17 touchdowns) established in 2001 by All-Metro selection Chris Wilson, who earned a scholarship to Penn State.

A 5-foot-10, 180-pounder who bench-presses 295 pounds, Maybin is the cousin of Mount Hebron senior Aaron Maybin, a highly recruited defensive end and linebacker.

"This year is about getting a college scholarship. I talk to [Aaron] about that all the time," said Jaren Maybin, who ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash during a junior combine workout at the University of Maryland in June. "I'm in an SAT prep program and I'm training year-round with a strength and conditioning coach.

"My parents are like, `If you don't do it in the classroom, it doesn't matter what you do on the field,'" added Maybin, who has a B average.

Gamble boosts Lakers

When injuries last season forced Boys' Latin coach Richie Schell to lift quarterback Grady Gamble from a starting role on an 0-3 junior varsity team to that of a backup on the varsity, he had little idea how the move would pay off in the long run.

Gamble's varsity experience as a sophomore helped the 5-8, 162-pounder win a preseason battle for the starting quarterback job for the three-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champions, and the junior has guided them to a 3-0 record.

Gamble has rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for 865 yards and 10 more scores - mostly to 6-5, 235-pound senior tight end Brian Farrell (19 receptions, 363 yards, six touchdowns).

"In the beginning, we weren't clicking, but now we're starting to jell," Farrell said of his on-field rapport with Gamble. "It's like Grady knows where everyone is on the field all of the time, and he can get so many other good players involved in the offense."

This season, the MIAA B Conference will have a championship game for the first time, and the Lakers have set their sights on winning it. The game will be played at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Nov. 11.

"Our No. 1 goal is to play at Towson - that's all we want," Farrell said. "Our goal is to go undefeated and win another championship."

Prime Time Pigskin

Area universities Johns Hopkins and Towson will be the sites of four night games sponsored by the Perry Hall-based Sportcom Marketing Company.

The series, titled Prime Time Pigskin High School Football, begins with Friday's 7:30 contest featuring MIAA rivals Loyola and Archbishop Curley at Hopkins' Homewood Field.

On Sept. 30, MIAA A Conference powers Calvert Hall and McDonogh will meet at Johns Hopkins at 7:30.

A Nov. 11 doubleheader starts with the MIAA B Conference's inaugural championship game at 6, followed by a Baltimore County Class 3A-2A League clash between Eastern Tech and Hereford at 8.

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