St. Mary's 12 seniors bringing success

Saints haven't been 4-0 since 2001 season

Notebook

September 27, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

With its 28-7 victory at St. Vincent Pallotti on Friday, St. Mary's football team improved to 4-0.

The last time the Saints started 4-0 was in 2001, when they won their first five games before finishing 6-4 under coach Mike Codd.

St. Mary's has not had a winning season since going 7-2 in 2002, when it started 3-1. Now under coach Mike Clay, who led the Saints to a 5-5 record in his first season last fall, the Saints are capitalizing on their experience.

They have 12 seniors who played varsity as sophomores on a team that started 0-4 and finished 1-9. That group has matured and is contributing to this year's success.

"My sophomore year, there were 12 of us on varsity, more than half of us started," said Mike Shriner, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound offensive lineman and long snapper. "We're looking good, unbeaten, and I have a strong feeling about this season."

Senior quarterback Darren Pastrana, who tossed two touchdown passes to Dontra Peters and ran for another in the win over Pallotti, said the Saints "want to do something big this season."

Peters has run for 449 yards on 58 attempts, an average of 7.7 yards per carry. He also has scored six touchdowns, four on the ground.

The defense is led by end Marlon Johnson, linebackers Rhett DePol and Eddie Clay and cornerback Drew Manley.

St. Mary's could be on a collision course with defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion Archbishop Spalding, which it visits Oct. 27. That contest could decide the South Division title and the right to play the North in the title game on Nov. 10 at Johns Hopkins.

Fundraising success

The Walk or Run for Jimmy Pitt fundraiser at Severna Park High on Saturday was a huge success. Organized by the Falcon Boosters to help the family of former Severna Park coach Jim Pitt, whose son Jimmy was paralyzed in an auto accident, the fundraiser brought in $42,722 in donations, $33,597 of which was raised at the walk-or-run event.

Donations can still be made by check, made out to the Falcon Athletic Boosters Club (Jimmy Pitt Fund) and mailed to the SPK Boosters, P.O. Box 1341, Severna Park 21146.

Quick hits

Broadneck sophomore quarterback Kyle Colleran's father, Kelly, played quarterback at Severna Park in the late 1970s. ...

John Holland had two interceptions for Arundel in the Wildcats' 24-13 loss to Broadneck and leads the county with seven in three games. ...

Tara Restly, the Archbishop Spalding girls lacrosse team's Most Valuable Player last spring, has accepted a lacrosse scholarship to the University of Louisville. ...

Spalding's volleyball team improved to 7-0 after two wins last week. '-...

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