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2017 Season Info

The first day of practice/meeting is May 21st at noon at Arbutus Middle School, 5525 Shelbourne Road, Arbutus, MD, 21227. Bring cleats, helmet, and $25.00. The team dues is $150.00 per player, and is due in full by June 30th.

Gents, we have some opportunities that I would like to take advantage of, we have an opportunity to play in Cowboys Stadium in November, but that will depend on your commitment. We have an opportunity to be on television, but that will depend on your commitment.

I would like to see all the vets return for this championship run but please understand I am actively recruiting new players. I’m not holding numbers, you pay $25.00 on your dues and you pick your number, period. If your not serious or you don’t want to practice then the Big Red isn’t for you. You can call me anytime to pay your $25.00, or with questions, at 240.988.7542.

Catonsville Grad Uses Small Size to Big Advantage for Big Red

At 5 feet 4, Running Back Brian Chapman Leads Football Team in Rushing

by Craig
11:10 a.m. EDT, August 27, 2014

Brian Chapman

Brian Chapman

At Catonsville High, 2009 graduate Brian Chapman proved he could handle a full workload at running back on the football field even though he’s 5 feet 4.

Five years later, Chapman hasn’t grown an inch, but he is using his quickness and 205 pounds to help lead the 6-1 Arbutus Big Red semipro team on offense.

Chapman is the top rusher in the Mason-Dixon League for a team that had four straight home shutouts before beating Carolina, 68-18, on the road Aug. 23. He has never let his size hold him back.

“If anything, my height is an advantage because the defense doesn’t see me until I’m halfway down the field,” Chapman said. “This year, we probably have the best line we’ve ever had.”

“They (opponents) can’t find him,” said Arbutus head coach Ulander Giles.

When they do, he’s hard to bring down.

“Without a doubt, he’s got great vision and he’s very strong for his size,” Giles said. “He’s hard to bring down. A lot of guys don’t realize that and he drags them three or four more yards.”

This is Chapman’s fourth season with the Big Red after starting his post-prep career with the Baltimore Pirates.

It was his mother who helped get him back in the program where he started his youth career with the Arbutus Golden Eagles.

“My mom ran into coach Giles on a cruise and he told her that he wanted me to try out,” Chapman said.

Had Giles talked with Catonsville football coach Rich Hambor, he might have recruited him sooner.

In Chapman’s senior year of 2008, he rushed for 1,003 yards on 205 carries and scored 10 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

“He was not one of those guys who was short and who used that as motivation,” Hambor said. “I never thought he thought of himself as being a little guy. He just always thought he was the best guy out there. He trusted our system and we trusted him.”

That trust was on display when the Comets played on a muddy field at Parkville High.

“We played a game at Parkville in torrential rain and we just had a direct snap to the quarterback, and he played quarterback,” Hambor said. “It was a horrible game. It was just a battle of attrition. We just rugby-ed it up and down the field.”

Catonsville won, 6-0, behind Chapman, who had close to 40 carries. Statistics were hard to compile in those conditions, but they are not what drives Chapman.

“As long as we win, that’s what I hope for,” Chapman said. With regard to his statistics this season, Chapman said, “I haven’t paid attention.”

He often gained yards at Catonsville when there didn’t appear to be a place to run.

“I don’t remember him having any negative plays,” Hambor said. “He was always going forward every play. His motor was non-stop. He didn’t have the great speed other guys had, but, if that whistle was not blown, he’s not going down, he’s going to get that extra yard every time.”

Chapman could have more yards rushing than the 536 he has for the Big Red, but during the four-game shutout streak, they outscored opponents, 100-0, and several other backs got work.

In six Mason-Dixon League games, Chapman is the league’s leading rusher with 461 yards (7.7 average) on 60 attempts and he has six touchdowns.

When he’s on the sideline, Chapman appreciates the defense that has allowed only one touchdown in five games after a season-opening 28-22 loss to the Northern Neck Rivermen.

“I give them (defense) a lot of credit,” he said.

Chapman and the defense will get another chance against the Rivermen when they return home to Arbutus Middle School on Sept. 13 (7 p.m.).

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Big Red Continues Home Dominance

Arbutus Juggernaut Goes for Fourth Consecutive Shutout

by Craig Clary,
11:07 a.m. EDT, August 12, 2014

If the fourth game of four consecutive home games for the Arbutus Big Red (4-1), Saturday, Aug. 16, is anything like the first three games, fans of the elite semipro football squad should expect a lot of points from the home team’s offense and a shutout from the defense.

In the three previous home tilts at the Arbutus Middle School gridiron, the Big Red has outscored their opponents by a combined score of 100 to 0.

The home streak started with a 21-0 whitewash of the Washington Warriors.

They followed that with a 34-0 shellacking of the Richmond Hornets.

Most recently, on Aug. 9, the Big Red dismantled the Tri-County Crusaders, of Jackson, NC, 45-0.

“This team is really, really good. We’ve got depth, two people deep, for every position,” Big Red coach Ulander Giles said.

That was proven against the Crusaders when Ray Mack played his first game of the season, following his campaign with the Baltimore Mariners indoor football squad, and he caught two touchdowns passes from quarterback Stewart Long.

One went for 69 yards and the other churned up 50 yards.

“He’s a receiver that is going to go get the ball and he has the ability to explode and strength to run with it,” Giles said.

Mack also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.

That wasn’t the only special team highlight of the night.

New kicker Jerome Thompson made three field goals and could have had a fourth except for a botched snap.

Ryan McGowan, who had kicked for seven years, is the backup kicker, but Thompson’s emergence has given him a chance to focus on his natural offensive and defensive line positions.

That’s the type of deep depth Giles has enjoyed all season.

He also has talent at the quarterback position.

Reserve Kevin Ford relieved Long and tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Moody.

Running back Brian Chapman, a Catonsville High graduate, rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Tim Fobbs had two interceptions and 6-foot, 285-pounder Michael Greenlove had a pair of sacks.

Most of the rest of the tackles were spread out over the entire team, which was fine with Giles because he got to see several of his reserves.

That ultimately leaves the coach with a pleasant problem.

“It’s hard when you have so much talent because everybody wants the ball and everybody wants to play,” Giles said.

Arbutus hosts the Western Maryland Stags on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at Arbutus Middle School.

The Big Red defeated the Stags 38-6 on the road on July 19 and started a four-game winning streak.

That victory came after they opened the season with a 28-22 loss at the Northern Neck Rivermen.

The Big Red will get their chance for redemption on Sept. 13 when they will host the Rivermen at Arbutus Middle in the final regular-season home game of the season.

Before that, they will play on the road at the Carolina Stallions (Aug. 23) and at the Virginia Titans (Sept. 6).

They have a bye Labor Day weekend.

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Big Red Pushes Win Streak to Three Games

By Tom Worgo
9:53 a.m. EDT, August 4, 2014

Arbutus Big Red semipro football coach Ulander Giles knows his team is good, and he isn’t afraid to say it. When asked which team is the best in the 12-team Mason Dixon Football League, Giles responded without hesitation, “I would say us.”

Giles might be right.

After opening the season with a 28-22 loss to the North Neck Rivermen, Arbutus has been on a roll with three straight lopsided victories.

The latest was a 34-0 thumping of the Virginia Hornets at Arbutus Middle School Saturday as wide receiver James Lowe led the way with two touchdown catches on passes from quarterbacks Stewart Long and Marcus Parham.

The Big Red will look to continue their winning streak with another home contest against the Tri-County Crusaders on Aug. 9.

“Without a doubt, I have the most talent I’ve ever had,” said Giles, whose team won a league title in 2009 and lost in the final in 2010, 2012 and 2013. “We are two deep at every single position. At some positions, we are three deep. With the depth I have, I don’t have to play my starters the entire game. I had offensive and defensive linemen going both ways in the past.”

Good luck finding a weakness on the Big Red.

Giles and his players rave about the offense and defense.

“This is the most athletic team I have seen in four years,” said Catonsville High graduate Brian Chapman, a product of the Arbutus Golden Eagles Youth football program. “The offense is really playing at the top of its game. We have a good quarterback competition, more talent at running back and depth at receiver, which we haven’t had.”

Chapman could be Arbutus’ early-season MVP for an offense that has scored 21 points or more in every game.

He ranks among the league leaders in rushing with 599 yards running behind an offensive line of center Gavin McMorris, tackles Citrine Warren and Davon Watkins and guards Alan Booker and Demetrius Jones.

His biggest asset may be his toughness, but he’s also a good pass catcher.

“In our first game against the Rivermen, he had a 4-yard run, where he broke four tackles for a touchdown,” Giles said. “He is very strong and very quick. And he really knows how to read the blocks of the offensive linemen.”

Chapman rushed for nearly a 1,000 yards last year to lead the Big Red to an 10-3 record.

“He got rewarded for that season,” Giles said. “He got to go to an All-Star game in Las Vegas, the Casino Bowl. It has semipro football players from all over the country.”

For all the standout offensive players the Big Red have, the team’s 4-3 defense can’t be overlooked.

It could be one of Arbutus’ best since the Big Red defense was ranked No. 3 in the country in 1998.

“This could be the best ever,” said Giles, a sixth-year coach. “I really mean that. We have outstanding defensive linemen and linebackers. We have a lot of veteran corners. We have nine interceptions.”

The 6-foot, 195-pound Chris Tolson has five interceptions, including returning three for touchdowns. He brought two back of 10 and 80 yards in the 21-0 victory over the Virginia Silverbacks on July 26.

He’s joined in the secondary by standouts Tim Fobbs and Mario Epps.

“Our secondary guys are very good athletes and they are smart,” Giles said. “They understand football. They are not just back there running around.”

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Big Red Rides Defense to 21-0 Victory

by Craig Clary
4:30 p.m. EDT, July 28, 2014

The Arbutus Big Red semipro football team opened the home season in style with a dominating 21-0 victory over the Washington Warriors at Arbutus Middle School on Saturday.

It was the first of four consecutive home games for the Big Red and some fans brought canned food for a food drive that will continue each week.

Rookie defensive back Chris Tolson, 6 feet, 195 pounds, led the defense with two interceptions that he returned for touchdowns — from 80 and 6 yards out.

“The player of the game was Chris Tolson,” coach Ulander Giles said.

Patrick Murphy and Troy Boyd had five tackles each and Kenneth Mays had four tackles and two sacks and Brendon Twilley had four tackles and a sack.

“Our defense played outstanding,” said Giles, noting they held the Warriors to less than 100 yards of total offense.

Running back Brian Chapman rushed for 75 yards behind an offensve line of tackles Citrine Warren and Davon Watkins, guards Alan Booker and Demetris Jones and center Gavin McMorris.

That offensive line did not yield a sack as they protected quarterback Stewart Long.

Long’s six-yard touchdown pass to James Lowe produced the only offensive touchdown for the Big Red (2-1).

Arbutus plays at home against the Richmond Hornets on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Arbutus Middle School and fans are encouraged to bring canned food or non-perishable food to be donated to the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe.

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Big Red Alum Masters Life’s Challenges

Owings Mills, MD – Stevenson senior Alphonso Mayo said the title of his book would be “The Promise.”

“I was born to a drug addicted mom and abandoned at 6 months,” Mayo said.

Mayo, 26, a Baltimore native, was born with a bad heart and saw things he never should have seen, including violence. He used football for an escape; first at Northwestern High School and later at Stevenson.

A little more than a decade ago, Mayo was preparing to enter high school unable to read and write. Now, he’s just days away from graduating at Stevenson.

Mayo said he always remembered the words told to him from his former football coach, Roland Brown.

“You can’t quit,” Mayo said.

Mayo said he worked multiple jobs and applied for countless grants and scholarships to help pay his way through school. Mayo then had to deal with both of his grandparents becoming terminally ill. Even sick with cancer, his grandmother always remembered Mayo’s promise.

“She never forgot that I would go back to school,” Mayo said.

When Mayo walks across the stage for graduation on Friday, the human services major knows his grandparents will be looking down on him. He already makes appearances at local middle and high schools as a motivational speaker and he plans to open a day care center, which he hopes to name after his grandparents.

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