New Town bursts into contention in 3rd year

Boys' Latin football prepares for Gibbons

Notebook

October 25, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

In only its third year of varsity, the New Town football team has emerged as a strong contender in Baltimore County's 2A-1A and the Class 1A North Region.

The Titans are 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league play, atop the North Region in the chase for one of the four berths in the regional playoffs. New Town's strength has been its defense, which has four shutouts this year, and eight shutouts over the course of 10 victories dating to last season.

In this year's wins, the Titans have outscored their opposition by a combined 147-3. The Titans average 5.6 sacks, nearly two fumble recoveries and one interception. Their coach is Rich Stichel, whose defensive coordinator is Wade Inge.

New Town went 5-5 during each of its first two seasons, losing, 24-0, last year to Eastern Tech, and, 19-10, last season to eventual league champ Milford Mill. Among this year's highlights are reversals of those losses.

The Titans' 6-3 win over Eastern Tech came a week after the Mavericks had blanked two-time defending Class 2A state champ Potomac, 20-0. The Titans' 21-0 shutout at Milford Mill came two weeks after having been blanked, 38-0, at league power Hereford.

Lakers tune up

Boys' Latin's Kevin Moriarty had an interception and returned a fumble 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown in Friday's 26-24 victory over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rival St. Mary's.

Grady Gamble passed for touchdowns of 3 and 15 yards to Nate Saunders; Tyricuz Ishway rushed for another score; and Chris Katerianakis had 14 tackles as the Lakers (7-1, 2-0) prepared for Friday's North Division game against Cardinal Gibbons (7-2, 2-0).

Rams on roll

Randallstown (5-2, 5-1) has overcome an 0-2 start by outscoring its Baltimore County 2A-1A League opposition 188-15 with two shutouts in five straight victories heading into Friday night's game at Hereford, which the Rams beat, 14-6, last year.

Randallstown's leaders are 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver-defensive end Darrell Bryant (29 receptions, 612 yards, 10 touchdowns), quarterback Myron Vanstory (986 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns) and running back Keith Branche (598 yards, six touchdowns).

The Rams overcame 1-4 starts during each of the past two years, winning six straight for a 7-5 record and a Class 3A North Region runner-up finish in 2004, and four straight to end at 5-5 in 2005.

Towson's quick study

As a freshman, Towson's Amine Alaoui played junior varsity soccer. Three years later, he's a 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker-fullback terror in Baltimore County's 4A-3A League.

A second-year starter who made the transition as a sophomore at the urging of football assistant coach Scott Mathena, Alaoui's best game was in a come-from-behind, 14-13 upset over then-No. 11 and unbeaten county rival Franklin on Oct. 14.

Against Franklin, Alaoui had 141 rushing yards and a touchdown and made 15 tackles, with four of his eight solo tackles against 6-foot, 200-pound All-County running back Scott Noble. Noble had rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns in a previous victory, but gained only 57 yards against an Alaoui-led defense.

A student with a 3.3 grade point average in honors courses, Alaoui has helped the Generals (4-3) maintain a slim chance of qualifying for the Class 3A North Region playoffs. lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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