Lineman cultivates skills

Q &A -- Tony Bagdon, Broadneck, football

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

Tony Bagdon has been an integral part of a Broadneck defense that has yielded only 13 points a game and posted shutouts in its past two games.

A 5-foot-11, 205-pound defensive end-lineman, Bagdon is playing his third season of varsity football, the last two at No. 7 Broadneck, which is 7-2 and headed to the Class 4A East playoffs. He started his high school career at Arundel, playing junior varsity his freshman year before moving up to varsity his sophomore year.

Bagdon works part-time at Gary's Garden, a nursery in Severna Park, and takes a class at Anne Arundel Community College. He has a 2.9 grade point average and scored 1,400 on the SAT.

Have you been surprised by the football team's success?

A little bit, because we are so young, but the expectations are high every year at Broadneck. Despite having so many young players, the seniors have stepped up, and we have great coaches and are getting it done. The camaraderie is really good. We are pretty close and hang out. Monday nights we go to wings night at Bateman's and do a lot of things together.

The defense has really come along, hasn't it?

Yeah, it has. Our defense in 2006 was unbelievable. This year's has started clicking at the right time. We will be going into the playoffs on an upswing after getting better each week. Coach [Rob] Harris, our defensive coordinator, is great with preparation and game planning. He's got to be the best in the county.

Have you been the same size - 5-foot-11, 205 - the past two years?

No. I lost a lot of weight. I was 220 last year but lost 15 pounds working outside about four days a week. ... The lost pounds have been good for my speed and endurance.

What's it like around school being a member of the football team?

It's a special thing being part of the Broadneck football team. There is a certain pride that goes with it. Our student support is the best. We get a lot of support from our teachers and classmates. It's an honor to walk through the hallway wearing our jerseys.

What is the class you are taking on Tuesday and Thursdays at Anne Arundel Community College?

Western civilization, in the jump-start program. Since I love history, I decided to take that at Anne Arundel. I've always leaned toward U.S. history, and history in general. It's interesting to learn about mistakes others made before you. I like studying the Revolutionary War and the Roman Empire. It's all so interesting.

Will you be going to college?

Yes, although school is not my favorite thing. But I figure, if you have to do it, you might as well do it. I'm looking at East Carolina, Frostburg and Coastal Carolina.

What do you want to be?

A high school history teacher because, like I told you, I love history. My friends think it's boring, but I enjoy and find it really interesting.

Do you have a iPod and, if so, what's on it?

I've got Lil' Wayne, Bob Marley and Young Jeezy.

What do you like to do when not playing football or working?

I spend time with my girlfriend, Kelsey Lowe, who goes to Broadeck and is a model. She belongs to an agency and travels to New York occasionally. It's pretty neat.

Would you be interested in modeling?

No way. Not for me (laughs).

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