Springbrook's junior varsity football team finished 2-7 two years ago, the worst record in the school's history, and the prospect of 16 new starters seemed to be the harbinger of a long season this fall for Coach Bob Milloy.
Instead, the Blue Devils have surprised even their toughest critics and could be positioning themselves to make their traditional season-ending donnybrook against Churchill a contest for the Montgomery County Class AA championship and a trip to the state playoffs.
Some of Milloy's complicated offense has not been introduced to this team, because in his words, " . . . they haven't even mastered the basics yet. They're still making too many mental and physical mistakes."
With a junior quarterback who played tackle for the JV last year, the Blue Devils have sputtered at times, but they have won three of four games, including a gritty 10-7 decision against then-unbeaten Seneca Valley Friday night.
Milloy has directed his teams to a 54-6 record in the last 5 1/2 years and three straight state championships in 1979-81, but this year's magic act might be his best coaching effort.
"When I first told this team that they could became great, they didn't believe me," said Milloy. "But now they are starting to develop confidence and faith in me. We've got a long way to go, but I'd like to be able to go into the Churchill game and have everything depend on its outcome.
"People don't respect us like Churchill and Seneca Valley, but that's okay. We're not big or fast, but we win and that's what counts."
The Prince George's County Board of Education has decided not to fund swimming as an interscholastic sport. Six county schools will continue to operate as club teams and will face pool fees of up to $50 per hour. Girls soccer and gymnastics were not considered, once the swimming decision was made . . . Things started out tough for Ron Stover when he took over as Thomas Stone's football coach last season, but after an 0-3 start in 1983, the Cougars have won 10 of 11. Their only blemish in the streak was a 7-0 decision to McDonough, last year's Maryland Class A champion . . . Suburban Mayland's longest football losing streak belongs to Suitland, 17 straight games, the latest a 20-15 decision to Potomac . . . Whitman's Bart Drummond, son of former Washington Redskins player Dick Drummond, is one of the area's top kickers, but the Vikings haven't been able to get in range much this season. Drummond, also a talented running back, is accurate up to 50 yards . . . Peary transfer Dan Sawyer is one of the reasons for Wheaton's surprising start. Sawyer scored four touchdowns in three opening victories before he and the Knights were stopped by Churchill Saturday . . . Good Counsel basketball guard Clay Dade has announced his intention to accept a scholarship to Wake Forest.