City has memorable season

No. 10 Knights rebounded from early-season loss to No. 5 Dunbar to make 3A state semifinals

Petrides: `We'd come quite a distance'


It was an emotional post-game huddle following City College's Class 3A state semifinal loss at No. 2 Westminster of Carroll County last Friday night.

But considering how far his underclassmen-laden Knights had come during the season, 31st-year coach George Petrides was disappointed but optimistic.

"I told the kids that I was proud of them," said Petrides, whose career record is 194-109-1 after the 35-6 loss. "We'd come quite a distance from the way we looked in scrimmages early on and the way we started the season to the way we finished the year."

The No. 10 Knights (11-2) had looked less than formidable after losing their second game of the season, 30-6, to No. 5 Dunbar on Sept. 16.

But the Knights recovered to win 10 straight games, culminating with a berth against Westminster (12-1), which meets Gwynn Park (13-0) of Prince George's County in Saturday's Class 3A state title game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Along the way, the Knights captured a share of the city's Division I title with Dunbar and Patterson, won their annual dual with archrival Poly in their 117th meeting, and earned the Class 3A North regional crown by overcoming Catonsville of Baltimore County and its running back, Maryland's No. 1 rusher, Jaren Maybin.

The Knights intercepted a school-record 27 passes during the season. And with 11 wins, they tied a school record for victories achieved by only two other teams in school history.

City allowed an average of seven points during an undefeated streak that included shutouts of Walbrook, Edmondson and Lake Clifton.

City started three seniors on offense and two on defense. If the Knights' chief players return next year as expected, City should be among the area's top teams.

Junior linebackers Kyle Brooks, Dominick Roseborough, sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan McDew and junior defensive back Joshua Rushing ranked as the Knights' top four tacklers.

Brooks had five sacks and recovered two fumbles. Roseborough had five sacks, returned one of three fumble recoveries for a touchdown and also returned one of two interceptions for a score.

McDew had a team-high 11 sacks, including one against Westminster. Rushing led the Knights with 10 interceptions, including one against Westminster. His interceptions are believed to be a school record, Petrides said.

Roseborough and junior running backs Brian Dunstun and Earl Townes combined for 15 rushing touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Ellis Foster threw nine scoring passes.

As a linebacker, Townes registered nine sacks, followed by junior defensive linemen William Mackell (seven sacks), Chris Hale (six sacks) and Zion Pyatt (four sacks). Mackell (6 feet 3, 220 pounds), Hale (5-9, 240) and Pyatt (6-4, 270) should return as bigger and stronger players.

"I told our players, `Westminster was 5-5 last year, and look what they did this year with a senior-dominated team,' " Petrides, 56, said. "This was one of the most memorable seasons of my career."

College-bound Gaels

All-Metro defender Sam Eitel, midfielder Jordan Pierce and attackman Tim Anderson are three Mount St. Joseph lacrosse players who are headed for UMBC to play.

Balto.-Wash. Challenge

A Saturday evening clash between No. 5 Walbrook, the defending Class 4A state champion, and two-time District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Cardozo of Washington will highlight this weekend's ninth annual Baltimore-Washington Basketball Challenge, which will feature girls games on Friday at City and boys games Saturday at Dunbar.

On Friday, Western meets Anacostia of Washington at 5:30, followed by Theodore Roosevelt against the host Knights at 7:30.

On Saturday, H.D. Woodson takes on Douglass of Baltimore at 1; Ballou meets Southwestern at 3; Cardozo faces Walbrook at 5; and Dunbar of Washington battles Dunbar of Baltimore at 7.

Jaguars assume title

During the winter holidays, Southside coach Dafne Lee-Blakney plans to have a small ceremony to celebrate the Jaguars being awarded the 2004-05 girls basketball Class 1A state title.

The Jaguars assumed the championship after New Town, which defeated them in the final, had to give up the title for using two players who did not live in the New Town district.

Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, said this is the first time a runner-up has been awarded a state title.

"A couple times, it has happened, but it was several years removed, so we just vacated the title," Sparks said. "The rule of thumb is [that the violation must be discovered between] the end of the season and the beginning of the next season. Then, it's history."

Lee-Blakney wants to include graduates Angela Speight and Patrice Griffin, who are now playing at Monroe College in New York, in the celebration along with returnees such as Sheree Ledbetter, Tiffany Lewis and Dara Mobley.

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