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Prep Football's top 10 list (including Super 7)

November 16, 2000

Prep Football's top 10 list



There was no shortage of intriguing stories and sidelights to the 2000 Tri-State prep football season, which came to an end with a bang last weekend.

The following is a list of the Top 10 stories to come out of the 2000 season.

10. St. James turns the corner


After four straight losing seasons in which they combined for a 5-33 record, the Saints, under first-year coach Daryl Hayes, righted the ship in 2000.

Led by the all-around play of Sid Huguenin, who scored nine touchdowns and racked up nearly 900 yards in offense, the Saints posted a 5-3 mark for the season, their first winning mark since going 9-0 in 1995.

9. Cross retires


It had been the subject of rumors throughout the season, but it didn't become public knowledge until minutes before the 44th North-South game last Friday.

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Glenn Cross, who coached North Hagerstown for 19 years and led the Hubs to their only postseason berth in 1990, announced his retirement prior to the City Game.

His final game was also the final game for his youngest son, Tanner. Both went out with a 7-6 win that eliminated the Rebels from playoff contention.

Cross' record at North was 70-121.

8. The flying freshman


Martinsburg used to be known for its passing game, but when David Walker took over as head coach four years ago, he brought in his trademark wing-T offense and took some air from the ball.

The Bulldogs pumped the ball up a bit in 2000, with junior quarterback Joey Yurish throwing for over 1,100 yards.

Nearly three-quarters of those yards - 769, to be exact - went to freshman receiver Brandon Barrett. He caught 39 passes during the regular season for a whopping 19.7 yards per catch and six touchdowns.

Is it the second coming of the James Franklin-Jason Dirting hookup the 'Dogs had five years ago? It could be.

7. Middletown starts 0-3


The odds say it had to happen sometime, but based on the past, it was surprising, to say the least.

Middletown had never finished with a record worse than 7-3. This season, the Knights tempted fate right from the start by losing to Thomas Johnson, Francis Scott Key and Catoctin in consecutive weeks.

It was the first three-game losing streak in the history of the Middletown program.

The Knights recovered to win their next five games before losing 32-26 to South Hagerstown - the first time Middletown had ever lost to the Rebels - and wrapping up their first four-loss season.

6. Fields of gold


Mercersburg Academy's offensive philosophy goes something like this: Pass first, pass second and mix in a running play every now and then.

So it's no big mystery how Blue Storm quarterback Kyle Fields put up such big numbers over his career.

No matter, the numbers are impressive. In three years as Mercersburg's signal caller, Fields threw for 5,744 yards and a better than 2-to-1 touchdown/interception ratio (57-27).

He saved his best for last. In this - his senior - season, Fields threw for 2,390 yards and 24 touchdowns to lead the Blue Storm to their third straight winning campaign.

5. The streak goes on


It has to end sooner or later, but for now, the James Buchanan losing streak is at 37 games and counting.

The good news for the Rockets: Only 10 of the 44 players on the 2000 roster were seniors, and their biggest offensive threats - quarterback Micah Hawbaker, running backs Jason Neil and Andrew Frisby and receiver Jesse Souders - will all be back next season.

4. Turn it upside down


The Monocacy Valley Athletic League was turned on its head early in the season when Francis Scott Key knocked off Middletown, North Hagerstown beat Walkersville and Boonsboro crushed Brunswick.

Midway through the season, the league that in recent years has been dominated by Frederick County had one Carroll County team and four Washington County teams in the first five slots of the standings.

Although Williamsport slid back to the middle of the pack and Middletown recovered to finish in a four-way tie for second, it was a season unlike any other in the MVAL.

3. Power play in the Panhandle


It's hard to believe Martinsburg was 1-9 as recently as 1997, David Walker's first year in the Eastern Panhandle.

Since then, the Bulldogs have emerged as a perennial playoff team, advancing to the postseason three straight years after that disastrous '97 season.

While the Bulldogs were holding steady in the playoff race, two other Panhandle teams had a complete reversal of fortune in 2000.

Hedgesville, which went 0-10 in 1999 - Dave Lopez's first year as the team's coach - broke a 12-game losing streak in the second week of the season.

Then, after dropping three straight, the Eagles won four of their last five to finish the year at 5-5.

Meanwhile, in south Berkeley County, Musselman was off to a 2-0 start when a 37-30 overtime loss to Loudoun County (Va.) sent the Applemen spinning.

Just one year removed from the state semifinals, Musselman lost its final eight games and was out of the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

2. Greencastle's Jem


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