Arundel football has chance to join elite list


November 07, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,[Sun Reporter]

The Arundel football team will become the 14th team in Anne Arundel County to go unbeaten in the regular season if it defeats South River on Friday night.

The Wildcats would tie Annapolis for the most unbeaten regular seasons by a county school. Annapolis has done it four times, three under the late Al Laramore, the last in 1984. Arundel last accomplished the feat in 1995 under coach Bill Zucco, and also did it under Buddy Hepfer in 1978 and 1979.

Current Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz, in his seventh year at his alma mater and 20th overall in the county, is one of only three county coaches to win state football championships. Laramore (Annapolis, 1978) and Jerry Mears (Arundel, 1975) are the others.

Markiewicz, who won his state title at North County in 1994, has built Arundel into a metro-area power. The Wildcats are 18-2 over the past two seasons.

The Wildcats have clinched the top seed and home-field advantage in Class 4A East, but Markiewicz said his team is not looking past South River (3-6).

"We're not sleeping on anybody," said Markiewicz, who has a career record of 147-75. "We've worked too hard to get to this point and let down now. So, we're pretty excited about where we are. Our defense has been maligned because we started slow, but we had kids hurt, ineligible and started our second game with a guy at middle linebacker who never played before in his life.

"Matt Skrenchuk is the catcher on the baseball team who came out this year. He started and played the whole second game. People were saying our defense wasn't much. It was patchwork for the first month and has gotten a lot better."

With quarterback Nick Elko at the controls, the offense has been hot from the start, averaging 35.3 points per game. Elko has 28 touchdown passes, only four interceptions and 1,801 yards passing. In additon, Elko is the team's leading rusher, with 587 yards and seven scores.

Brandon Johnson-Farrell has been Elko's favorite target, with 54 catches for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns. Junior Alec Lemon is next with 38 for 501 yards and nine touchdowns.

Quick hits

Setter Amy Crout led Annapolis Area Christian School to a repeat Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference volleyball title Saturday with 19 assists, one ace, 12-for-12 serving, four digs and two kills in the 3-0 victory over Towson Catholic. The Eagles finished 15-0, making them 33-1 over the past two years under coach Marianne Graham. The Archbishop Spalding boys volleyball team won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title by defeating St. Paul's, 3-1. ... Then-No. 6 Severna Park upset then-No. 2 and defending county champion Broadneck, 3-1, to win the 13th county volleyball championship Thursday. It was the Falcons' eighth title. ... Rob Burton's 3-yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller in the second overtime lifted Chesapeake to a 27-20 upset at Southern (6-3), giving the Cougars (4-5) a chance to go .500 with a win at home over Northeast (3-6) on Friday.

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