Prep Football Notes - Cougars riding high at 2-0

September 20, 2002|by MARK KELLER

The Catoctin Cougars find themselves in a unique position as they enter the third week of the high school football season.

For the first time since 1986, they're 2-0.

"It is an unusual situation, but it doesn't surprise us that we're 2-0," said Catoctin coach Doug Williams. "We should be 2-0 because we're better than the two teams that we've beaten. But we'll see how good we are Friday."

The Cougars, who enter The Herald-Mail Super 7 at No. 6 this week, face No. 2 Middletown in a game that neither team will take lightly.


Two years ago, Catoctin was off to an 0-2 start but rose up and got a 15-9 road win to send the Knights to the first 0-3 start their history.

The Knights are stinging after a 41-20 loss to Francis Scott Key last Friday that led Middletown coach Tim Ambrose to say, "We were totally embarassed."

Williams certainly understands the incentive that the Knights will be playing with, but that's not going to hurt the Cougars' confidence.

"Middletown is for real. We've seen them play twice and we've seen them manhandle (Thomas Johnson)," Williams said. "On paper, I'd have to say Middletown is the better team.

"But we can beat them. We're going to have to play well on offense, defense and special teams, though."

Bouncing back

South Hagerstown and Boonsboro both rebounded from disappointing losses in Week 1 to even their records last Friday.

One of the two will go back under the .500 mark tonight as the teams face off at Boonsboro.

The Rebels, who were run ragged by DuVal in their opener, turned it around with a 35-7 win over Smithsburg.

Boonsboro pushed aside a 37-6 opening loss to Fort Hill and made a gutsy call to go for two in a 29-28 overtime win at Brunswick.

After winning just one of the first nine games in the series, the Warriors have won 10 of the last 11 over South, including a 28-6 victory last year.

Player of the Week

Nathan Himes, Boonsboro: Himes scored three touchdowns, including a 3-yard score that set up Zach Yinger's winning two-point conversion in overtime as the Warriors upset Brunswick 29-28 last Friday. Himes carried 19 times for 98 yards.

Other top performances last week include:

Brandon Barrett, Martinsburg: The junior receiver/defensive back continues to pile up huge numbers, catching six passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns and returning an interception for another score in the Bulldogs' 67-20 win over James Wood.

Jamar Garner, Thomas Johnson: Garner rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots upset then-state ranked Westlake, 27-12.

Meikos Parker, Walkersville: Parker rushed 13 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions came back from a season-opening loss to Linganore to pound North Hagerstown, 52-6.

Mike Campbell, South Hagerstown: Campbell carried just seven times but racked up 168 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rebels in their win over Smithsburg.

New stadium?

The Hazleton Area School District is inching closer toward either building a new football stadium or renovating Harman-Geist Stadium. Either way, it appears the school will be yet another to install the new wave of artificial surfaces that now grace many stadiums.

School board members have been talking about renovations at the stadium for nearly 10 years, but are now getting serious about a needed upgrade to the facility or a brand-new stadium.

Hazleton is the largest school district in PIAA District 2.

The Chambersburg Area School District also has begun preliminary talks about the need for a second high school in its growing district.

The current high school is located downtown and has about 2,000 students. The building is nearly 40 years old.

School directors set no timetable for a new high school, but Chambersburg could someday join a growing number of districts that have split, thus further increasing the number of athletic teams in the state.

The Associated Press also contributed to this notebook.

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