Offensive Player of the YearTavon AustinDunbar, running back
"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.
Defensive Player of the YearBen EatonGilman, linebacker
The No. 1 worn by Eaton was in many ways symbolic, including that he entered his final high school season as the area's lone returning All-Metro first-team selection.
And the 5-foot-11, 225-pound senior lived up to his reputation, coming off a junior season on a Gilman squad that outscored its last six opponents, 158-7, and finished as the area's No. 1-ranked team and No. 12 nationally by USA Today.
From his position as a middle linebacker, Eaton helped the Greyhounds this season to a share of their eighth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title in 10 years under coach Biff Poggi. Eaton led Gilman in tackles with 123 -- 23 for lost yardage. Eaton also made seven sacks and had three interceptions for the Greyhounds, who finished in a three-way tie for the league title with McDonogh and Loyola.
Eaton scored 11 touchdowns as a fullback, one on a 15-yard reception that sparked a come-from-behind, 36-35 overtime victory over Cumberland Valley, Pa. Eaton also was a strong blocker for running back John Pagliaro, who averaged nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns during a stretch of four straight wins.
When Pagliaro was injured during a game against Loyola, Eaton responded by rushing for all three touchdowns in the first half of an 18-10 victory. A B-average student who can bench-press 350 pounds, Eaton has drawn interest from North Carolina and Wake Forest for his linebacking skills, and Duke, Temple and Connecticut for his blocking ability.
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 offenseAlex Boddiford Loyola, lineman
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, wide receiver
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, running back
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, lineman
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 Annapolis 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, lineman
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, quarterback
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 McDermottBroadneck, kicker
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, running back
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, lineman
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, lineman
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 Arch. Spalding, running back
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 Annapolis 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
First team defenseJames Carmon City, lineman
The 6-foot-7, 330-pound transfer from Overlea has excellent speed for his size along with the girth and technique to bull past offensive linemen's double teams. The junior had 14 sacks, disrupted 10 passes and recovered five fumbles for the Baltimore City champions, who went 11-1, shut out eight teams and allowed 31 points.
Maryland, Penn State and Virginia have expressed interest in Carmon, who had 11 tackles and two sacks in a 16-6 win over Class 2A state champion Edmondson.
Alvin Cox Southside, linebacker
Cox had 15 sacks, caused seven fumbles, intercepted five passes and recovered five fumbles in leading the Jaguars to a runner-up finish in Baltimore City's Division II, as well as the program's first berth in the Class 1A South regional playoffs. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior also blocked two punts and recorded two safeties.
Cox clocked a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and carries a 3.0 grade point average. As a fullback, Cox rushed for 545 yards and six touchdowns.
Eric Foote Southern, linebacker
Foote, Anne Arundel County's Defensive Player of the Year, sparked wins over unbeaten Queen Anne's (20-12) and Wicomico (20-19), the latter for the Class 2A East regional crown on a game-winning touchdown. Foote earned his sixth sack and scored his 17th touchdown in a season-ending state semifinal loss to Edmondson.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior clocked a 4.58-second 40-yard dash at Virginia Tech's camp, and has full scholarship offers from James Madison and Towson State. Also a running back, Foote rushed for 1,104 yards.
John Holland Arundel, defensive back
Holland, 5 feet 9 and 155 pounds was a stalwart for the Wildcats, helping them to a 9-2 record and a berth in the Class 4A East regional playoffs.
The senior was a solid cover defender, and his 12 interceptions - three of which he returned for touchdowns - tied an Anne Arundel County record established by South River's Tommy Bresnahan in 1982. Two players, Edmondson's Dwayne Harvey (1984) and Forestville's Larry McClain (1995), hold the state record with 15.
Daniel Hostetler River Hill, punter
Punting for accuracy, Hostetler averaged 36.0 yards per punt and often pinned opponents deep in their own territory. Athletic and versatile, Hostetler intercepted nine passes, caused a fumble and recovered a fumble.
As a quarterback, Hostetler, 6 feet 2 and 195 pounds, directed a high-scoring offense, passing for 18 touchdowns and 1,191 yards and rushing for 11 touchdowns to lead the Hawks to a Class 3A state runner-up finish during their best season in school history. The senior is considering Duke, West Virginia, Richmond and William & Mary.
Kyle Jackson Edmondson, linebacker
The leading tackler for the Class 2A state finalist Red Storm, Jackson had 22 tackles for lost yardage, 11 deflected passes and 10 sacks. The senior also had four interceptions - one of which he returned 87 yards for a touchdown - and caused two fumbles.
A B-average student with a 295-pound bench press, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Jackson clocked a 4.6-second 40 yard dash and had 13 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end.
Sterling Jones Edmondson, defensive back
Jones ranked as the Red Storm's second-leading tackler and perhaps its most devastating hitter. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior made 19 tackles for lost yardage, deflected 16 passes, had six interceptions and caused four fumbles - recovering three.
Jones helped the third-ranked Red Storm to an 11-game winning streak and the Class 2A state title, 37-9 over McDonough of Charles County. As a running back, Jones rushed for eight touchdowns and eight two-point conversions.
Zach Martin River Hill, linebacker
Howard County's Defensive Player of the Year was the Hawks' top stopper for the second straight season, making 18 tackles for lost yardage, intercepting two passes, recovering two fumbles and causing two fumbles.
Also a running back, Martin, a 5 foot-10, 175-pound junior, rushed for 1,598 yards and scored 25 touchdowns as No. 1 River Hill earned its fourth straight county title, second straight Class 3A East regional crown and first state final.
Jason Mattison Perry Hall, defensive back
Mattison was called upon by coach Nick Arminio to cover the opposition's No. 1 receiver. He intercepted five passes and recovered two fumbles to lead the Gators to their third consecutive Baltimore County 4A-3A crown and their second straight runner-up finish in the 4A North region.
Mattison, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, was also the Gators' quarterback, rushing for 227 yards and 12 touchdowns and passing for 1,359 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Sam Poggi Gilman, linebacker
The third-year starting linebacker ranked second on the Greyhounds in tackles, with 16 going for lost yardage. Poggi, 6 feet 2 and 216 pounds, ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and had five sacks for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Greyhounds.
In one of his best games, the Duke-bound Poggi had six tackles and a fumble recovery in an overtime win over Cumberland Valley, Pa.
Chris Rhodes River Hill, lineman
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound two-way lineman excelled on a Hawks defense that limited All-Metro running back Scott Noble of Franklin to a season-low 36 rushing yards during a Class 3A state semifinal rout of the North regional champs.
From his position as a defensive end, the senior made 32 solo tackles, assisted on 23 others, had five tackles for lost yardage and two sacks.
Second TeamName, School, Class, Pos.
Alge Berry Edmondson Senior DL
Chris Burnett Gilman Junior DL
Adam Farrell Hereford Senior DL
Nick Peterson Broadneck Senior LB
Kiero Small Gibbons Senior LB
Dave Stinebaugh Perry Hall Soph. LB
Andy Bowersox Winters Mill Senior DB
Michael Campanaro River Hill Soph. DB
Maurice Portee Dunbar Senior DB
Brent Sanders Severna Park Senior DB
C.J. Townes Joppatowne Junior DB
Josh Gibson Franklin Senior P
Note // Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times