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2001 All-Metro Football Team - Defense
Player of the Year: Stan White, Gilman
The son of former Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions linebacker Stan White Sr. has been under a microscope from the first day he put on a football uniform as a child. The younger White has developed into quite a player on both sides of the ball.
White, an A student, called the shots defensively from his middle linebacker position, and, as a receiver, he was Mr. Clutch. The repeat All-Metro performer committed to a full football scholarship to his father's alma mater, Ohio State, turning down at least nine other Division I programs that were offering full scholarships.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior led the Greyhounds to a share of their fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. His value was particularly evident in the Greyhounds' season-ending 17-14 victory over rival McDonogh.
In that game, White had 21 tackles (15 solo), a sack and a fumble recovery to end a McDonogh drive at the Gilman goal line. At tight end, he also had seven receptions for 121 yards, including three catches for 53 yards to set up Gilman's winning field goal with one second to play.
White, who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, led the Greyhounds in tackles (153), tackles for lost yardage (17), pass breakups (14), fumble recoveries (five), fumbles caused (four) and interceptions (three). At tight end, White also led the Greyhounds in receptions for the second straight year, with 33 catches for 578 yards and three touchdowns.
Victor Abiamiri, Gilman
Some call him a man-child because of the way he can dominate portions of a game. Although he stands 6 feet 5 and weighs 245 pounds, this junior defensive end is all muscle and can move his massive frame quickly. He has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and his talents have elicited a full scholarship offer from Maryland. And he's just 15. "He's the whole package," coach Biff Poggi said of Abiamiri, a B-plus student. "He's Jevon Kearse. He's Secretariat." Abiamiri led Gilman with 14 sacks, ranked second with 16 tackles for lost yardage and third with 51 tackles. Florida State, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia Tech also have expressed interest.
Terry Adams, Meade
The Mustangs' offense is what put up the numbers, but the defense was equally formidable. Adams had both the speed and the size to cover the field with a fierce combination of abandon and skill. The solidly build 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker had the physique as well as the intensity to dominate. One of the senior's best games was in a 20-0 shutout of Old Mill in the 4A state quarterfinals when he finished with 15 tackles. On the season, the three-year starter finished with a team-high 130 tackles. He also forced two fumbles and had two sacks as part of a defense that allowed on average 11.4 points.
Justin Barnes, Oakland Mills
The senior earned Howard County Defensive Player of the Year honors for his team-high 150 tackles, five sacks and eight interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker also made the big plays on offense, scoring 24 rushing touchdowns on 1,538 yards. One of his best efforts came in the Scorpions' come-from-behind victory over Boonsboro. He made two interceptions, including a one-handed grab to set up a touchdown. He later forced a fumble that set up his 43-yard scoring run, and he recovered a fumble to set the stage for another score. Barnes returned his second interception 50 yards for a touchdown to cap a 48-14 rout for the eventual Class 1A state runners-up.
Kerry Blake, Old Mill
This imposing 6-foot-1, 250-pound lineman has earned All-Anne Arundel County honors since his sophomore year and is one of the main reasons the Patriots have reached the Class 4A playoffs in each of his varsity seasons. The senior had 66 tackles, forced five fumbles and had 8.5 sacks -- one shy of the school record of 9.5 sacks established by former teammate Brandon Jefferson. Blake also played fullback for the Patriots, rushing for 442 yards and eight touchdowns. Blake has squatted more than 450 pounds, bench-pressed 340 and has a 27-inch vertical leap. He is getting looks from Maryland, James Madison and East Carolina.
Bryan Carroll, Randallstown
The 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back has been clocked as fast as 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash and proved to be difficult to contain on either side of the ball. The senior led the Baltimore County 4A-3A champs with 11 interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns as part of a defense that anchored the Rams to nine straight wins -- six by shutout -- and a county-leading 15th playoff berth in Class 3A. Carroll also blocked two punts, returning one for a touchdown, and returned one of his four fumble recoveries for another score. As a wide receiver, Carroll had 24 receptions for 624 yards and nine touchdowns. Also a baseball center fielder, Carroll is getting looks from Virginia Tech, Grambling, Louisville, Virginia, Towson and Morgan State.
Eddie Darney, Hereford
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound end led a defense that allowed only one rusher to gain more than 100 yards and allowed on average only three points through 10 regular-season games. A third-year starter who bench-presses nearly 300 pounds, the senior led the Bulls with 14 sacks and ranked as its No. 2 tackler. Darney had two sacks against Pikesville's DaMond Malloy, who ranks among the state's leading rushers. Darney also had a sack and several hurries in a 9-0 shutout of Baltimore City 2A champ City, whose quarterback, Lamar Manigo, was just 1-for-9 for 17 yards against Hereford in the Class 2A state semifinals. Darney carries a 3.38 grade-point average, scored 1,140 on his SAT and is considering Richmond, Delaware, James Madison and Villanova.
Adam Goloboski, Hereford
The chiseled and muscular 6-foot, 190-pound junior linebacker transferred from St. Paul's with plenty of expectations as a football player, having earned second-team All-Baltimore City/County honors as one of the best players on all three levels of the MIAA. Goloboski delivered, ranking as Hereford's No. 1 tackler and registering five sacks as well. His heads-up abilities were evident in the Bulls' 43-15 title-game victory over Joppatowne, when he punched the ball from the hands of a backpedaling quarterback, causing a fumble that led to a touchdown and a 23-7 halftime lead. A punishing running back who was used in the most critical situations such as short-yardage plays, Goloboski also rushed for 655 yards and 12 touchdowns and rarely came off the field.
Demario Harris, Annapolis
Harris' leadership and poise belied his small 5-foot-8, 165-pound frame. This season, the senior defensive back proved himself well worth the All-Anne Arundel County honors he earned for the second straight season in leading Annapolis into the 3A state playoffs. Harris was the Panthers' premier one-on-one tackler, particularly in the open field. Harris is also a superb cover man, coming up with three interceptions and returning one of them for a score even though opposing quarterbacks often avoided his side of the field. Harris, who recovered two fumbles, also rushed for 478 yards and seven touchdowns as a running back.
Jesse Hayes, Woodlawn
The best lineman in Baltimore County on either side of ball, Hayes had an agility and ability to execute that belied his size. At 6 feet 4, 345 pounds, the two-time second-team All-Metro selection had six sacks, 27 solo tackles, three blocked punts, two fumble recoveries and nine quarterback hurries. Those numbers were pretty impressive considering the nimble giant often fought off double- and triple-teams and often had to be stood up at linebacker to get a better shot at teams that ran away from him in the Baltimore County 4A-3A league. On offense, the senior didn't allow any sacks from his side of the line. With a 3.2 grade-point average, Hayes is getting looks from Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Pittsburgh.
Rodney Jackson, Meade
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound dynamo was called "Mr. Excitement" by his coach, Kenny Gray, for his instinctive abilities and his penchant for first-step acceleration sharp cuts. As a defensive back, the senior had five interceptions, one of which he returned 103 yards for a touchdown. The interception return was 2 yards shy of Jackson's Anne Arundel County record of 105 yards, also off an interception, when he was a junior. But Jackson can hurt opponents from anywhere on the field. He also played wide receiver and was a return specialist. He scored 11 touchdowns, six of which came off of his 23 receptions for 623 yards. Jackson also scored five touchdowns on returns or reverses, amassing 1,130 all-purpose yards. Five of his scores, including a 90-yard kickoff return, were 80 or more yards.
Travon Jolley, Meade
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound lineman earned Anne Arundel County Defensive Player of The Year honors for leading the Mustangs to a No. 2 area ranking and a Class 4A state semifinal berth where they lost a tough one, 10-6, to eventual state champ Bowie. The senior amassed 107 tackles, had five sacks, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts. Jolley was among the main reasons the Mustangs held Bowie to its lowest point total in their season-ending defeat. With 2:59 left in the third period of that game, Jolley blocked a punt and returned it 61 yards to the Bowie 16, setting up the Mustangs' go-ahead score.
Hassan Muhammad II, Cardinal Gibbons
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior defensive back had seven of his nine career interceptions this year, returning one for a touchdown. He also is an excellent coverage man who finished with 68 solo tackles (161 for his career). As a running back, Muhammad rushed for 1,399 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 18 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns. His numbers were down from his sophomore year, when he rushed for a school-record 1,737 yards and 28 touchdowns (eclipsing the previous mark of 1,732 by the NFL's Vaughan Hebron). But opponents focused heavily on stopping him. Muhammad has 10 career touchdown receptions, 3,608 career rushing yards for 42 scores and 6,329 career all-purpose yards. He runs a 4.3-second 40-yard dash and is getting serious looks from Division I programs.
Napoleon Sykes, Gilman
This 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster covers ground quickly -- he runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash -- and can stop on a dime. Although he turned down a number of offers from other programs to accept a full football scholarship to play wide receiver at Wake Forest, Sykes was primarily a defensive back for Gilman. The senior used his field vision and cutback abilities to go swiftly from sideline to sideline, allowing him to break up nine passes and to rank second on the team with two interceptions. As a wide receiver, Sykes had 22 receptions for 313 yards and four touchdowns.
Shomari Taylor, McDonogh
Coming off last year's 13-sack effort that helped the Eagles win their fourth MIAA B Conference title, Taylor looked to be a marked man by opposing offensive linemen as McDonogh moved up to the A Conference. He was a target of opposing coaches' blocking schemes, but it didn't make much of a difference. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior was still able to use his formidable technique couple with his speed (4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash) to get past opponents and to the quarterback for 15 sacks. When he couldn't get through, Taylor reached high to break up five passes and also blocked a punt. A 4.0 student with a 1,410 SAT score, Taylor is considering either Harvard or Yale and perhaps will play football.
Phil Tillman, Joppatowne
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound two-way lineman has a rare blend of tenacity, mobility and heart, leading the fifth-ranked Mariners (12-1) to their first outright Harford County title and a 2A state runner-up finish with a team-high 19 sacks as their No. 1 tackler. Tillman was the only senior on a defensive line that held a 2,000-yard rusher from Middletown to 54 yards. The line also played a big part in a 14-0 win over a Wicomico team that had outscored seven previous opponents, 329-0. Playing on an injured ankle in the final three games, Tillman still had six sacks and a tackle against Middletown that stopped what would have been a game-winning two-point conversion. On offense, he blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher and a quarterback who passed for 24 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 yards.
Name School Class Position
Brad Holbrook Severn Senior Lineman
Sebastian Price Loyola Senior Lineman
Chris Robinson Joppatowne Junior Lineman
Tim Ruff Hereford Senior Lineman
Chris Kane Mervo Senior Linebacker
Matt Lewis Broadneck Senior Linebacker
Preston Pehrson Broadneck Senior Linebacker
Randy Vince Randallstown Senior Linebacker
Reggie Dean Pikesville Senior Defensive back
Matt Eckerl Calvert Hall Junior Defensive back
Kevin Ganascioli Glenelg Senior Defensive back
D'Angelo Goffigan Joppatowne Junior Defensive back
Eric Spence Archbishop Curley Senior Defensive back
Josh Wingeart Hereford Senior Defensive back
Pat Davis Centennial Senior Punter
Note: The All-Metro football defensive teams were selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.