5th Week Storylines: Anne Arundel County Football
Four weeks into the Anne Arundel County season, storylines have begun to take form. With surprises of both over and underachieving teams the season which has provided an interesting season thus far. Which is why it is worth depicting 3 of the storylines and discussing whether these developments will continue positively or negatively. The first […]
Four weeks into the Anne Arundel County season, storylines have begun to take form. With surprises of both over and underachieving teams the season which has provided an interesting season thus far. Which is why it is worth depicting 3 of the storylines and discussing whether these developments will continue positively or negatively.
The first major storyline is the strong start this year for Old Mill High School. Old Mill currently sits at 3-1 on the season with victories over Broadneck, Meade, and North County. While their only loss came at the hands of Douglass High School based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Old Mill’s offense has been slightly inconsistent as shown by their 19.0 points per game average. They have had moments of great play during the season so far scoring 28 versus Broadneck and 33 versus Meade. But the offense will have to continue to find consistency with Sophomore Quarterback Myles Fulton continuing to develop. The point can be made that their defense has been their greatest strength. After allowing 30 points in their opener versus Douglass they have allowed no more than 14 points in their last 3 games. Allowing just 17.2 points per game this season overall. Their defense is led by one of the best corners in the region in Junior Jaden Lambert. Along with Senior Defensive End Jake Marcus and Senior Linebacker Shawn Ennels. Their defense has been relentless and will need to continue to be to support an offense that is still working to find its groove. Old Mill will put their 3-game win streak on the line this Friday against Severna Park. This game may be another good outing for the Old Mill defense as Severna Park has scored more than 20 points just once in their first 4 games. Severna Park’s defense may provide some problems for Old Mill’s offense. Though Old Mill should be able to continue their winning ways this Friday, then we will see where they go from there.
The second major storyline to discuss is the fact that five teams in the region own a 2-2. Bringing forth the question, which of these teams will emerge and make a significant run down the stretch of the season? These five teams include Arundel, Broadneck, North County, Northeast, and Meade. Of these 5 teams the two that are most surprising to see off to a sluggish start are Arundel and Broadneck. Both who finished with 9 and 10 wins respectively last year. Broadneck has won their last two games after an 0-2 start, thanks to consecutive 42-0 wins. Their offense is beginning to click like they did last year, and the defense is following suit. Sophomore Quarterback Joshua Ehrlich has seen his play steadily improve and he will have to play at a high level for Broadneck to go places. For Arundel they have been affected by injury to their QB Austin Slye who has missed 2 ¼ games of their 4 games this year. Now back, but maybe not fully in sync Slye needs to find his rhythm with the offense. Arundel needs to play better run defense as well if they want to compete near the top of the region. My sleeper team of the 5 to emerge from the pack is North County. This is because their defense has allowed the third fewest points in the region. Which in a region with several good QB’s, having a strong defense can be a big advantage. Plus, if their offense can improve ever so slightly, they will be a dangerous team to come out of this .500 record group.
The third and final storyline to keep an eye on the rest of this season is the race between South River and Chesapeake as to who will finish on top in the region. South river currently owns the only undefeated record at 4-0, while Chesapeake has a 3-1 record on the campaign. South River has gotten to this point thanks to a strong running game anchored by one of the best running backs in the region in Junior Delvin Johnson Jr. Along with a very strong defense that has been even more effective than even the numbers would say. For Chesapeake they have begun the season well due to their defense. As they’re giving up just 13 points per game on average. Their offense has been solid and remained largely mistake free, and by putting it all together you get off to a winning start. For both teams it is clear defense will need to continue to be the catalyst for their success to continue. With South River QB David Foust having a solid, but at times up and down year South River’s defense needs to aid him and the offense. While Chesapeake just needs to continue to complement their great defense with production in the red zone offensively. These two teams will likely fight it out the rest of the way for top record in the region along with Old Mill. I see Chesapeake just edging out both South River and Old Mill for tops in Anne Arundel County.
These are just 3 of the multitude of stories that have developed through the first part of the season. It will be interesting to see which teams will further succeed and what teams will fall back. While also seeing some of the top players in the region recover from slow starts or continue hot ones. It all sets up for an exciting final stretch of football in Anne Arundel County.