Kenny Lucas fondly remembers the day four years ago assembling the helmets for the new Annapolis Area Christian School football program.
“We drilled on facemasks for at least 60 helmets,” said Lucas, who had several people assisting him. “Once we were done and everyone left, me and my uncle sat down then realized we haven’t put in the ear pads. I could barely move my thumbs for days.”
Lucas has had several anecdotes during the early years of the AACS program. The Odenton school is enjoying its best start at 4-0 after defeating St. Mary’s last weekend.
“Each game that we’ve won we expected to be a challenge. Our guys performed probably better than our initial expectations,” said Lucas. “The hope is always there, but you don’t know until you get into the battle. When you come out with wins, especially against the teams we’ve played, you have to be proud.”
The Eagles, who won the MIAA C Conference crown last fall, own the longest current winning streak in the metro area at 11 games. Two of their four 2010 victories have come against B Conference programs St. Frances Academy and St. Mary’s, which recently won back-to-back crowns in 2007 and 2008.
“Any win is a big win, but [St. Mary’s win] it showed we’re moving in the right direction,” said Lucas. He credited the play of his offensive and defensive lines in the second half Friday, led by Galen Evans, who Lucas said has been the anchor.
The offense has been paced by the running of James Anderson, who rushed for 138 yards Friday. His 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter broke a 7-7 tie.
“He’s very deceptive. He doesn’t have extraordinary speed, but he has game speed,” Lucas said. “He has a knack of making big plays.”
Lucas remembers half of his roster played football for the first time in AACS’ inaugural season in 2007. For Lucas, who coached Gonzaga (D.C.) to the 2002 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title during a successful six season stint, starting a fledging program attracted him to AACS.
“I could’ve stay at an established program like Gonzaga, but to start a program from its inception is something you don’t get presented with every day,” said Lucas. “Only a handful of guys get that challenge.”
For the first time, AACS has an on-campus practice field. Lucas said the next step is getting funding for a game field. The Eagles have used Annapolis, Arundel, Broadneck and Meade high schools for home games.
AACS begins defense of its MIAA C crown Friday against St. Vincent Pallotti at Arundel.
“Hopefully we can get the type of students AACS want to see come through its program and flourish,” said Lucas. “It’s been a slow process, but it’s moving in the right direction.”
Fast and furious
With a 100- and 200-meter dash Baltimore County championship to his credit, Western Tech quarterback Juleon Killikelly-Lee is arguably the fastest football player in the county. Friday night, however, Killikelly-Lee showed he’s a double-threat on the gridiron, throwing five touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 47-27 homecoming victory over Lansdowne at CCBC-Catonsville.
Killikelly, who won the Class 1A 200 crown last spring, became the starting quarterback late in preseason after projected starter Ricky Racks broke his leg. The five scoring passes are a school-record, and advanced the Wolverines’ mark to 4-0, joining Fallston, Annapolis Area, Poly, Arundel, Franklin, North Harford, City College, Calvert Hall and River Hill as the only undefeated teams remaining in the metro area.
Parkville athletic director Jeff Markle said Tuesday quarterback Omari Timmons’ status is “uncertain” for Friday’s game against No. 10 Hereford. Timmons took an inadvertent knee to his chest during last Friday’s 23-14 loss to Perry Hall.
Markle said Timmons was taken to Bayview Medical Center for precautionary measures, and was released later that night.