Time out for a few Fanfare vocals for locals who have earned, but haven't had enough, mention and, for a double-barreled starter, who can top Bowie State's Coates act?
Both attended Wilson High in D.C. and played only one year of football yet made the 1974 All-Interhigh West team. Now they're in their third year on the Bowie State varsity, starting at the defensive ends, and attention. Believes It or Not, against Shaw U, this season, No. 80, Keith Coates, blocked a punt that set up a Bulldog score; less than two minutes later, No. 81, Kevin Coates, blicked a punt and fell on the ball for another Bowie touchdown. Sure and they're Sandra Coates' identical, and almost inseparable, twin sons . . .
Elsworth Turner from Gaithersburg is coming off his umpth turn as MEAC player of the week for his quarterbacking at North Carolina A&T. Ditto for Maurice Banks from Cardozo in the CIAA for his passing, running and signal-calling for Virginia State . . . In the Big Eight where L.M. Hipp and Terry Miller roam, neither has as many touchdowns (10) as Gar-Field's contribution to Iowa State's running attack, dextrous Dexter Green - did you catch his three-stage spike on NCAA highlights? . . . Cheverly's Jim Curry, back on the Harvard varsity after a year's layoff, was the national major-college pass-receving leader at one point this month . . . Chip Mark, who has turned Virginia around (1-0-1 in his two games as starting QB) in his native Charlottesville, made ACC rookie of the week . . . Joel Boyd, Bucknell's junior fullback out of Wheaton, is ECAC Division II coplayer of the week for his school-record 222 yards (on 30 carries) vs. Gettysburg . . . Ron Bass, out of T.C. Williams High and Camp Springs, Md., finally is enjoying a healthy season at quarterback for South Carolina and is well beyond 1,000 yards total offense for the season; made Southeast player of the week (UPI) early on when he riddled Miami of Ohio . . .
Yets, know the Washington area will be well represented among the starts of today's football action on college fields across the land. How great if we could give each a salute, but - logistics, logistics. A few belated easterly nods, however: to Paul (Mud) McCormick, former G'town Prepper who is among the East's top kick returner for Columbia . . . Nick Lowery of Dartmouth, via McLean and St. Albans, leading Ivy League placekiker in '76 who started fast in '77 with a 40-yard FG that edged Holy Cross, 17-14, in last six seconds and later sank Yale, 3-0 . . . guard Mike Clark of Temple Hills, a stalwart on Harvard's offensive line . . . Charlie Hall, Boston U. senior tailback out of Bladensburg, leading Terrier ground gainer in '76 and all-East for his 171-yard day this year against undefeated New Hampshire (which maintains the top spot in the Lambert Division II voting despite Howard Cossell's classification of UNH as "nowhere") . . . Spencer Jackson of Alexandria's Fort Hunt H.S., Fordham's middle guard and Ram defensive player of the week seemingly every week. "He wanted to go to Navy, but they turned him down," said Fordham coach Dave Rice of the 242-pounder . . . And plenty more where they came from . . .