Broadneck looking for breakthrough season; team previews, storylines
2021 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW
Defending champion: South River (2019)
Longest tenured coaches: Rob Elliott, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel and Rob Harris, Broadneck (11th season)
Longest winning streak: 4 – Broadneck
Top player: Josh Ehrlich, Broadneck, Sr., quarterback
Team to beat: Broadneck – The Bruins could be ready for a serious run at the Class 4A state championship this season. The Cape St. Claire school has four-year starting signal caller Ehrlich back with a veteran offensive front and defensive nucleus. Broadneck will have to navigate through the Anne Arundel league, but it’s hoping non-league tests against MIAA A stronghold Archbishop Spalding and perennial Montgomery County private power Bullis School prepares them for a deep November run.
2021 Spring record: 1-3
Coach: Dewayne Hunt (1st season)
Storyline: Hunt, a former Panther standout in the late 1990s who served as a volunteer assistant at the Naval Academy, looks to bring alma-mater back to upper-half of Anne Arundel County standings.
Coach: Jack Walsh
2021 Spring record: 2-2
Players to watch: Dejuan Bowdry, Jr., Wide receiver, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds; Chris Downs, Jr., Wide receiver, 6-0, 170; Hunter Green, Sr., Linebacker, 5-11, 220; Clint Mills, Sr., Wide receiver, 5-9, 170; Abraham Olugbemi, Jr., Defensive line, 6-0, 285; Ahmad Taylor, Jr., Running back, 5-7, 180; Azier Tention, Jr., Safety; 6-1, 190; John Tonrey, Sr., Linebacker, 6-1, 205
Storyline: Wildcats look to offense to rev up again for contention in Anne Arundel.
2021 Spring record: 4-0
Coach: Rob Harris (11th season)
Players to watch: Dom Downs, Sr., Linebacker, 6-3, 220; Josh Ehrlich, Sr., Quarterback, 6-0, 185; Thomas Endal, Sr., Linebacker, 6-0, 190; Brody Friedman, Sr., Defensive back, 6-1, 190; Jayden Joyce, Sr., Offensive line, 6-4, 285; Kyle Pierce, Sr., Wide receiver, 5-10, 180; J’Marion Simms, Sr., Offensive line, 6-1, 320; Ayden Wheyless, Sr., Offensive line, 6-4, 285; Davion White, Sr., Running back, 6-0, 195
Storyline: With a veteran cast returning from strong showing in spring, Bruins are primed to challenge for Anne Arundel and Class 4A state titles.
CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL COUGARS
2021 Spring record: 3-1
Coach: Rob Elliott (11th season)
Storyline: Cougars hope to regain momentum after back-to-back postseason trip in 2018 and 2017.
2021 Spring record: Did not play
Coach: Todd Sommerville (1st season)
Storyline: Cardinals begin varsity play.
GLEN BURNIE GOPHERS
2021 Spring record: 0-2
Coach: Alec Lemon (2nd season)
Storyline: Lemon, a former star wideout at Arundel who spent time on Ravens and Houston Texans’ practice squad, starts first full season.
2021 Spring record: 0-4
Coach: Mike Francis (3rd season)
Player to watch: Jeremiah Gakodi, Sr., Wide receiver, 6-1, 185
Storyline: Mustangs, currently struggling with numbers, hope to find their footing.
NORTH COUNTY KNIGHTS
2021 Spring record: 1-2
Coach: Quinton Jones (5th season)
Storyline: Knights banking offense continues maturation from spring.
2021 Spring record: 1-1
Coach: Elwood Townsend (2nd season)
Players to watch: RJ Breeden, Sr., Tight end/Linebacker, 6-2, 215; Josh Brewer, Sr., Wide receiver/Free safety, 6-3, 180; Karson Carmickle, So., Wide receiver/Free safety, 6-0, 150; Ty Johnson, Jr., Athlete, 5-9, 150; Hunter Miller, Sr., Offensive/Defensive line, 5-10, 310; Tony Miller, Sr., Quarterback, 6-1, 175; Cole Souvenir, Sr., Running back/Strong safety, 5-9, 175
Storyline: Townsend, who turned Douglass, Reginald Lewis and Woodlawn into winning programs, looks to weave magic with nine returning starters in first full campaign in Pasadena.
OLD MILL PATRIOTS
2021 Spring record: 2-1
Coach: Mike Pfisterer (1st season)
Players to watch: Jackson Cohenour, Sr., Linebacker/Fullback, 5-11, 165; Donte Craggette-Drake, Sr., Defensive back/Wide receiver, 5-11, 165; Will Ennis, Sr., Defensive back/Wide receiver; 6-0, 180; Myles Fulton, Sr., Quarterback, 6-4, 200; Aswin Johnson, Jr., Offensive/Defensive line, 5-10, 250; Garrett Perotta, Sr., Linebacker/Fullback, 6-0, 195; Trent Radford, Sr., Kicker/Punter, 6-3, 230; Connor Rickard, Sr., Offensive line, 6-4, 325; Zachary Starliper, Sr., Free safety, 5-11, 165; Timothy Tripplett, Sr., Defensive back/Wide receiver, 5-7, 150
Storyline: Longtime assistant Pfisterer takes over as Patriots look to challenge for Anne Arundel crown.
SEVERNA PARK FALCONS
2021 Spring record: 3-0
Coach: Mike Wright (3rd season)
Players to watch: Nathan Brand, Sr., Offensive guard, 5-11, 240; Koen Glick, Sr., Offensive guard, 6-0, 215; James Henson, Sr., Defensive back/Running back, 5-6, 146; Harry Lentz, Sr., Offensive tackle, 6-4, 277; Seamus Patenaude, Jr., Quarterback, 5-11, 187; Caleb Sartalamachia, Sr., Linebacker, 6-0, 182; Trey Smack, Sr., Kicker, 6-2, 197
Storyline: Falcons look to build on spring momentum with six returning starters and Smack, who’s committed to Florida.
SOUTH RIVER SEAHAWKS
2021 Spring record: 1-1
Coach: Steve Erxleben (1st season)
Storyline: Erxleben, who guided Seahawks from 2005 to 2010, is back for second tour on sidelines.
2021 Spring record: 1-2
Coach: Daniel Ripple (3rd season)
Storyline: Bulldogs, who won two games over previous three full seasons, hope to make progress this season.