You Should Have Seen
Arundel duo Jimmy Rhodes and Nick Palmer
Through two games, they've amassed numbers worthy of an entire season. Rhodes, a running back, has 370 yards and seven touchdowns. Palmer, Anne Arundel's most efficient quarterback, has 430 yards and four touchdown passes.
"Our whole offense has been playing pretty well," Arundel Coach Chuck Markiewicz said. "But there's no question that those two stand out."
Funny, because you'd hardly notice them off the field. The 5-foot-9 Palmer weighs about 170 pounds, and Rhodes, a point guard on the basketball team, might weigh even less.
Rhodes sheds opponents on offense and, as a cornerback, stalks them on defense. He's quick and elusive. "He's our secret weapon," Markiewicz said. "He's just very intense."
Markiewicz said Rhodes and Palmer may have surprised Arundel's first two opponents, Meade and Chesapeake. They won't have the same luxury Friday, when Arundel plays Broadneck, Anne Arundel's most accomplished team.
"We're taking that as just another game," Markiewicz said. "It's way too early, and we have too much football to play. The plan is really to keep the kids from getting too excited. It's a good test for us, but it's just another game."
You Should Have Seen
Annapolis running back Damien Kinchen
Kinchen carried the ball only five times in a dominating 45-0 win over North County but still left his mark all over the game. With those five carries, Kinchen rushed for 110 yards, including one touchdown.
In two games, he has 190 yards and two scores, making him one of the area's most productive backs.
"He was exciting," Annapolis Coach Brian Brown said. "But it was just a great, great job by our offensive line."
You Should See
Old Mill at Northeast, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Northeast hasn't had a winning season in 20 years, but a 2-0 start has the school brimming with optimism.
Last weekend the Eagles scored 20 points in the last four minutes against Southern, turning a close game into a 43-18 blowout. Tailback Justin Brockmeyer led the Eagles, rushing for 211 yards. It marked Northeast's first win over Southern since 1996.
"The way we're coming at people, that has me excited," Northeast Coach Mike Cotham said. "But we've got another test coming up."
Old Mill is 2-0 with easy wins over North County and Meade. Tailback Ryan Callahan, who runs a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, may be the fastest running back in the county.
"He'll present a lot of problems for us," Cotham said. "We need to keep him in check if we want to have a chance.
"Our focus is still on one game at a time. The guys know this is a long season. A 2-0 start is great, but that still leaves a lot of games to go."
-- Eli Saslow