In Thursday's Maryland Weekly, Oxon Hill High School football lineman Caleb Hertz was incorrectly identified as Kevin Caleb in the Prince George's football preview.
Last fall, Oxon Hill High School's football team won its 10 regular-season games, gained a No. 2 metropolitan-area ranking and seemed destined for a Maryland state title before losing to Randallstown in the semifinals of the Class AA state playoffs.
This year, Coach Michael Pearson says he's hoping to win three or four games, despite tentative predictions by other Prince George's coaches that his team will again be atop the county's AA standings by season's end.
Typical preseason coach's talk? Maybe. But Pearson will face somewhat of a rebuilding year after losing 28 people from the 1984 squad. Included in that total are four starters who will not return because of the county's 2.0-grade-point-average requirement that has had dramatic effects on Prince George's 20 public high schools.
Pearson, therefore, is banking on senior quarterback Tom Green, tight end Buster Lee, defensive tackle Kevin Caled and linebackers Joe Green and Robert Plummer to provide leadership on this inexperienced unit.
Of the newcomers expected in the lineup, Pearson particularly likes junior running back Tracy Morgan and senior tackle Tony Falco, who saw a little action last year.
"This should be an interesting year because of all the young players," Pearson said. "One thing I do like about this team, though, is that there are no superstars. So everyone knows they'll have to pull their weight."
It should be a challenging year for all of the county's AA squads. Perennial power Friendly (9-1) lost several starters but should finish near the top again. Of Prince George's other Region III teams, Bowie, which opens at home against Oxon Hill Sept. 7, and Crossland (5-5) appear ready to rebound from average 1984 seasons, and Largo (8-2) should again finish in the running. Suitland (1-9) has many of its players back and Eleanor Roosevelt and DuVal (both 6-4) probably will manage to keep pace if not challenge for the title.
Laurel (8-2), with one of the county's top running backs in Eric Vaughan, and High Point (4-6) should be the top Prince George's teams in AA Region II. Northwestern (3-7) may be competitive with its young squad getting a year of experience. Rounding out the county teams in the region are Bladensburg, which has a new coach -- Pat Murphy -- after an 0-10 season, and Parkdale, off a 2-8 campaign.
In the AB League, Potomac moves down from AA and, with 14 lettermen, should fight for top honors with Gwynn Park (5-5) and Fairmont Heights, which was 5-0 in the league last year and finished 8-2. No other AB squad finished better than .500.
Friendly has not lost three times in a season since 1979, but the Patriots have several holes to fill.
As always, the team should be strong defensively with the return of a trio of starting linebackers -- seniors Ian Hatton and Mark Gibson and junior Calvin Tiggle. Significant losses offensively were standout backs Erwin Matthews (114 points) and Rod Scott. Eddie Walden becomes a starter at tailback, and Gene Miller returns at wide receiver. The offensive line must be rebuilt.
The Patriots will be inconvenienced because their stadium is under repair and they will have to play Thursday nights at Largo.
At High Point, Coach John Voight is eager to get back in the winning ranks after finishing below .500. The Eagles' strength should be along the lines with the return of guards Jim Wright and Shawn Brent, end Gary Blanch and tackle Ed Burch. Running back Jimmy Tomes should provide most of the offense.The defense is boosted by end Tyrone Tomoney.
Largo's strong point is probably team speed. Senior center/linebacker John Speiden will be a captain, returning along with tackle Han O and running back Mike Anderson. Quarterback Tony Harris enters his first season as a starter. Linebackers Sheldon Walls and Donny Stone lead the defense.
Bowie went 4-6 last year but has a good group back even with the loss of eight players because of the 2.0 rule. Senior Shawn McNult returns at quarterback and Mike Diener, Brian McNult and Kevin McKenzie are the main skill people.
At Crossland, Larry Layman has a good defense with the return of tackle Mike Edwards, back Tim Washington and linebacker Steve Johnson and an experienced backfield in Reggie Green, Anthony Plett (broken leg in 1984) and senior quarterback Jim Taylor.
Northwestern has a decent but untested backfield in quarterback Damon Ramsey and running back Donnie Edwards. Eddie Goode returns at flanker and the defense will be led by David Schmigel and Danny Branan.
Roosevelt has only five regulars back after finishing better than .500 with a senior-dominated group. Top returnees are end J.J. Davis and back Kevin Guile.
Parkdale will have some off-field distraction this season. Repairs of the bleachers at the school's stadium began late and the Panthers will have to play their home games Thursdays at High Point. Coach Dave Sellers has back linemen Tim Blichard and Ron Harbaugh, along with running back/linebacker Earl Wilkerson, split end Derek Johnson and linebacker Mike Weller.
In the AB League, Potomac's major problem may be Coach Dave Taylor's unfamiliarity with his new opponents. Taylor returns quarterback Michael Morris, fullback Melvin Robinson and center/defensive guard Steve Robinson.
Gwynn Park returns quarterback Brett Roderick, receiver Kenny Barbour, tailback Keith McCoy and fullback Joe Tayman behind a veteran line. The defense has tackle Ray Gallehue, noseguard James Colandra, linebacker James Howard and backs Larry Gray, Kenny Woodhouse and Tony Bynum.
Fairmont Heights returns senior quarterback Henry Frazier and halfback Clifton Phillips. Strengthening the line are Avon Barbour, Gary Rice and Sung Park. The defense is boosted by safety Robert McKinney and linebackers Earl Greenlee and Eddie Henderson.
Forestville, a Class B school, will be out to improve on last year's 3-7 record. The team is led by all-county running back Harold Holden, fullback Calvin Proctor and 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman Jasper Abraham. Tackle Ashley Lionel Taylor and strong safety/split end Rodney Simms also return.
Central, which went 1-9 last season, probably won't improve, despite being reclassified as a Class B school. The Falcons have just four seniors on the squad.