"Tavon is the best high school running back that I've ever seen, to this point, this year, or for that matter, any year," Fort Hill coach Barry Lattimer said. "He understands the game, he's elusive, hard to tackle, has great field vision, and his feet never stop."
Austin rushed for 1,701 yards and scored 32 touchdowns in only his second year of high school football. The sophomore led the No. 10 Poets to an 11-3 record and a berth in the Class 1A state title game, where they defeated Fort Hill of Cumberland, 38-23, for the program's fourth state crown.
Five of Austin's touchdowns were pass receptions, one was a 96-yard kickoff return and another was a 60-yard return of a fumble. Also a defensive back, Austin had six interceptions and raised his career touchdown total to 53.
Austin, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, had two of his best games on consecutive weekends - in a 38-22, victory over Forestville of Prince George's County in a Class 1A South regional game, and in a 26-20 win over Elkton of Cecil County in a state semifinal. Against Forestville, Austin rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns, returned a fumble for a score and had three interceptions. Against Elkton, Austin ran for the game-winning 33-yard touchdown - his fourth score of the game - on a fourth-and-nine with 1:45 left. Coach of the Year: Brian Abbott, Loyola
Abbott guided a Loyola squad with no stars and a 15-year-old sophomore quarterback to a share of the program's third Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title since 1997 and to its second crown during his five seasons at the school. Abbott raised his record at Loyola to 41-14 and his overall mark to 94-34 in 13 seasons, counting two MIAA B Conference championship seasons at St. Paul's.
"Some people have said this team overachieved, but I disagree," said Abbott, 40, whose Dons (10-1) tied a single-season school record for victories, won their fourth straight game against rival Calvert Hall and defeated four-time state champion Dunbar. "They met the expectations they set for themselves through trust and faith in one another."
The Dons shared the MIAA A Conference title with McDonogh and Gilman, beating the former and losing to the latter. Loyola capped its season by winning for the 18th time in its past 22 meetings with Calvert Hall, improving its record to 46-33-8 in the 87-year-old Turkey Bowl game.
Abbott credits Loyola assistant Brant Hall, a former star quarterback for the Dons, for helping to mold sophomore offensive leader Leon Kinnard, who rushed for 11 touchdowns and passed for 11. First Team Alex Boddiford, Loyola
The three-year starter cleared the way for an offense that generated more than 3,100 yards. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior team captain was effective both as a run and pass blocker, serving a catalyst for quarterback Leon Kinnard's 11 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns.
Boddiford also played well defensively, with five tackles behind the line of scrimmage, a sack and a safety. Navy, Army, Richmond and William & Mary have expressed interest.
Travis Brown, Havre de Grace
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound speedster made 59 receptions for 1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns in leading the Warriors to the Class 1A North regional title and a No. 15 area ranking.
Also a defensive back who had six interceptions, the senior had perhaps his best overall game in the Warriors' 22-15 upset of then-No. 11 New Town, during which he caught a 39-yard touchdown pass, intercepted three passes and recovered an onside kick.
Zach Brown, Wilde Lake
After 10 regular-season games, Brown led the area with 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns, earning Howard County Offensive Player of the Year honors. Brown, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior who runs a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, had one of his best games in a victory over last year's county co-champion Long Reach, when he rushed for 198 yards, scored twice and made 12 tackles.
Brown helped Wilde Lake win its last six games to go 8-2, but it missed the Class 3A East regional playoffs. He also is a first-team All-Metro selection in outdoor track and wrestling.
Rob Ciancaglini, Broadneck
The three-year starter was a key reason the Bruins bounced back from a 4-6 season in 2005. Ciancaglini's focus and leadership as the fifth-ranked Bruins' center helped Broadneck go 11-2 and win the Class 4A East regional title.
Ciancaglini, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior, was voted by the Touchdown Club as the winner of the Al Laramore Award, which is bestowed upon Anne Arundel County's best lineman. He also throws the shot put in indoor track and plays lacrosse.
Les Delmont, Hereford
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound senior was an imposing and unflappable centerpiece for the 11th-ranked Bulls, who put together a 10-game winning streak en route to winning their eighth Baltimore County 2A-1A League title and reaching the 2A North region championship game.
Delmont made 12 pancake blocks and gave up only two sacks throughout the season. Delmont has been offered a full scholarship to West Virginia Tech.
Jared Jorgensen, McDonogh
The senior left-hander took the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference by storm in his first starting season. Jorgensen, 6 feet 2 and 180 pounds, completed 153 of 265 passes with 18 touchdowns, and Andrew Feinberg (68 receptions, 987 yards, 11 touchdowns) was his favorite target among the Eagles' four wide receivers.
Jorgensen found Feinberg for an 18-yard scoring pass to defeat league rival Gilman, 22-16, to forge a three-way tie for the MIAA A Conference title. Jorgensen is interested in Towson, Lafayette, William & Mary and Holy Cross.
Chris McDermott, Broadneck
If the game is on the line, Bruins coach Jeff Herrick has no reservations about turning to McDermott. The senior made 12 field goals, with a long of 37 yards, to tie the state record for most field goals in a season.
The record was established by Urbana's Josh Brown in 1999 and equaled by McDermott and Arundel's Colin Blugis this season. McDermott set a county regular-season record with 11 field goals.
Scott Noble, Franklin
Named The Sun's Baltimore County Offensive Player of the Year, Noble rushed for 1,765 yards and 29 touchdowns to lead the Indians (10-3) to their best season since 1994, when Franklin qualified for the state quarterfinals. In a 37-36 overtime victory over three-time county 4A-3A champion Perry Hall, Noble rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns and made 12 tackles as a linebacker to end the Gators' 20-game winning streak against league rivals.
Noble, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior, also scored the game-winning touchdown in a 7-6 victory over then-No. 2 City in the Class 3A North regional final.
Zach Robinson, River Hill
The Hawks' top offensive lineman, Robinson, a left tackle, anchored a balanced offense that gained more than 4,000 total yards. Behind Robinson, Daniel Hostetler passed for more than 1,000 yards, and running backs Zach Martin and Michael Campanaro rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and more than 30 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior is getting looks from a number of Ivy League and Patriot League programs.
Dajuan Smith, Edmondson
The 6-foot, 290-pound two-way tackle anchored a balanced offense in which quarterback Carroll Washington had 10 passing and six rushing touchdowns, and running back Tariq Jones, rushed for 1,951 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Defensively, Smith had 67 tackles -- 32 solo -- to go with 23 tackles for lost yardage, six sacks and 12 quarterback hurries to help Edmondson to the Class 2A state title.
Jake Trantin, Archbishop Spalding
The senior led the Cavaliers to an 11-0 record, a No. 4 ranking in The Sun and their second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title in dominant fashion. Named Anne Arundel County's Offensive Player of the Year, Trantin rushed for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a score.
Trantin, 6 feet 1 and 220 pounds, won the Rhodes Trophy, which is awarded to the county's best player by the Touchdown Club. For the second straight season, the linebacker led the Cavaliers in tackles (117). Second TeamName, School, Class, Pos. Leon Kinnard Loyola Soph. QB Tariq Jones Edmondson Senior RB Dominick Roseborough City Senior RB Russell Winborn Parkville Senior RB Andrew Feinberg McDonogh Senior WR Justin Harris Centennial Senior WR Sean Copeland Overlea Senior TE Ricky Congo Arch. Spalding Senior OL Corey Jubb North Harford Junior OL Kenny McDonald Old Mill Senior OL Jamar Watson Glenelg Senior OL Colin Blugis Arundel Senior K
Note // Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
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