From Northeast Booster-Reporter: High School Football preview

Local prep football teams prepare for opening kickoff

  • Perry Hall High School quarterback Mike DeBaugh shows his passing form on the first day of preseason practice for the Class 4A Gators.
Perry Hall High School quarterback Mike DeBaugh shows his passing… (Steve Ruark, Patuxent Publishing )
August 24, 2011|By Craig

While area prep squads prepare for new season, coaches are feverishly attempting to figure out the best way to put oomph into offenses and determination into defenses.

Look for your favorite team's most uplifting prospects below:

Calvert Hall

2010 record: 11-1

Returning starters (offense): 5

Returning starters (defense): 5

First game: Sat., Aug. 27, 1 p.m., at John Carroll

Fast fact: The Cardinals captured their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title last season.

Key to success: On a team that returns almost every skill position player, new faces in the trenches must grow up in a hurry.

Breakdown: Coach Donald Davis is well aware that last year's dream season, which could have been a nightmare for a team that won a slew of close games, will be difficult to replicate.

"Last year, there were four games that we could have lost, but we found ways to win," Davis said. "The year before, we lost some close ones."

Knowing there can be a fine line between being a victor or victim, Davis is looking for enough blocking up front from seniors A.J. Belzner (5-feet-9, 240 pounds) and Ricky Walston (6-0, 290) and junior Mike Manoch (5-10, 230) to spring battle-tested senior running backs C.J. Williams (6-0, 200) and Brandon Neverdon (5-8, 170) and juniors Garrett Keene (5-9, 180) and Stephen Kelly (5-10, 170).

Senior quarterback Thomas Stuart (5-11, 165) runs the show with an accurate arm, terrific instincts and knack for making big plays.

He'll also have a trio of tall and talented wideouts — senior Trevor Williams (6-1, 180) and juniors Delando Johnson (6-1, 175) and Kyle Levere (6-1, 180) — at his disposal.

On defense, Johnson will move to rush end with senior Ky Reinhardt (6-1, 180) on the other side.

Senior Da'Quan Davis (5-11, 170) anchors the backfield while Williams and junior Garrett Epple (6-0, 190) man the inside slots and senior Travon Barnes (5-11, 180) and junior Tom Hollenback (5-10, 180) the outside for the linebacking corps.

As defending champs, Davis and company will be every conference rival's top target in 2011.

"We know we're the hunted, but don't approach the season any differently," Davis said. "It's the same as if we were coming off a 4-7 season. We know what we have to do to be successful."

Eastern Tech

2010 record: 11-2

Returning starters: (offense): 6

Returning starters: (defense): 6

First game: Sept. 2, 7 p.m., vs. City College

Fast fact: The Mavericks won a state championship in 2009 and lost in the state final the previous two seasons.

Key to success: How quickly Eastern Tech adjusts to moving from Class 2A to 3A will determine the team's playoff fate.

"We are really going to be tested," coach Marc Mesaros said. "It is going to be a challenge every week because there are no easy games on the entire schedule."

Breakdown: The Mavericks are excited to be playing Parkville and Perry Hall for the first time in about a decade.

"It's neat to have a new challenge," said Mesaros, whose team lost to Middletown, of Frederick County, in the state semifinals last year. "The last couple of years you play the same schedule year in and year out. You get to know the people you are playing against. But this new schedule is a bit of an unknown quantity."

Eastern Tech's offense could be very productive again with the return of senior running back Kenyon Crawford (5-8, 165), last year's leading rusher in the triple option wing-T offense.

Senior Milan Barry-Pollock (5-11, 196) is the leader at the fullback position.

The picture is even more promising further down the depth chart with junior Francis Massey (5-10, 190) and senior Mark Borunda (5-10, 190).

Mesaros especially likes what he has seen from senior quarterback Kyle Bosserman (6-0, 182). He will start after working as a backup last season.

"He can run like a deer," the coach said. "He is a really good option quarterback and he is much better at throwing the football."

Juniors Richard Diesenberg (5-11, 157) and Paul Walter (6-1, 155) should be enticing targets for Bosserman.

There is both size and experience on an offensive line that features senior tackles Josh Stevens (6-4, 272) and Aaron Skeen (6-3, 267), senior guards Hunter Oleszczuk (6-1, 260), Brandon Jones (5-11, 218) and Don Creswell (5-11, 215), and senior center Bill Hopka (5-10, 205).

The Mavericks are loaded with talent in the 5-2 defense.

All-county nose tackle Oleszczuk along with Rashard Smith (6-2, 228), Charles Rice (5-11, 194), Skeen, Stevens and Jones form an impressive line.

Mesaros has a lot of options at linebacker with Creswell, Borunda and Massally.

All-county cornerback Sayvon Norman (5-9, 165), Barry-Pollock, Bosserman, senior Daryn Davis (5-9, 165), junior Greg Stephens (5-8, 160) and Walter give depth to a solid secondary.

Loch Raven

2010 record: 0-10

Returning starters: (offense): 4

Returning starters: (defense): 3

First game: Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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