Railroaders tracking better year

September 03, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Brunswick High School head coach Mark Mitchell hopes he look back and fondly remember all 10 games this season.

He couldn't last year, when a Railroader team full of sophomores stumbled through the first four games before finding their stride and winning three of their last four.

But with a bunch of juniors back, Mitchell is still looking to replace Paul Greenwood, who emerged from a jumbled quarterback race last year and did a solid job throwing the ball out of the wing-T.

"We threw an awful lot last year because we were able to," Mitchell said. "I don't know what we're going to do this year yet. We will be making decisions based on the talent we have."


The competition to be the next Greenwood is as wide open as it was last year. Senior Dave Zidek, juniors Steve Farrell and Roscoe Dorsey and sophomore Marcus Smith, who led last year's undefeated freshman squad, all are candidates for the job.

"A year can really change a kid, and you don't know who might step up and show that they're the one," Mitchell said. "I told all the boys that we'll see what they can do and we'll play the best one, no matter who it is."

They also lost Pat Fenzel, a starting fullback and defensive end, but the rest of the starting offense is back with a year of valuable experience.

Mitchell is encouraged by the mid-season turnaround that the team began in the fifth game against Walkersville, rebounding from a lopsided loss to Middletown to play the Lions tough in a close loss. It turned out to be the start to a hot finish.

"We continually got better each week," said Mitchell. "By mid-season, we were playing everyone very competitively and in the second half we were winning games. At the end, the players and the coaches alike were sorry it was over."

We are all looking forward to starting the season."

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