Player of the Year: Bubba Harris, Loyola
It's uncertain where the senior linebacker is going to college, but it is certain that he isthe area's best defensive player and that he will play major college football.
Harris, 6 feet 1 and 235 pounds, was a three-year starter and four-year varsity playerwho established himself as one of the area's hardest hitters.
Harris had 115 tackles, 12 behind the line of scrimmage, had 4.5 sacks, caused fourfumbles and broke up three passes. He led a defense that gave up 9.5 points per gamewhile playing one of the toughest schedules in the state.
His stellar play allowed the No. 3 Dons (9-1, 4-1) to share the MarylandInterscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship with No. 7Mount St. Joseph (6-4, 4-1).
In his career, Harris had 342 tackles (45 for losses), 9.5 sacks and three fumblerecoveries, forced seven fumbles, made three interceptions and broke up seven passes.
Harris who runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, is expected to make a decision soon oncollege. North Carolina State, Akron, Cincinnati and East Carolina all have showninterest.
Kirk Brooks, Mount St. Joseph
Brooks anchored a defense thatyielded only 7.6 points per game inthe Maryland InterscholasticAthletic Association AConference, as the No. 7 Gaelsshared the league title with No. 3Loyola.
The Gaels dealt Loyola (9-1) itsonly loss, 24-7, with Brooks helpingto slow outstanding Donsquarterback Leon Kinnard andrunning back Terence Garvin. TheGaels' only loss was to McDonogh,14-7.
Overall, the Brooks-led defensegave up 12.3 points per game. Brooks, a 6-foot, 220-poundsenior, roamed from sideline tosideline,making 98 tackles.Healso had 16 sacks.
Chris Burnette, Gilman
Burnette, a solid 6-4,250-pound senior,was a three-yearstarter for the Greyhounds.Hard-nosed and physical withgood instincts, Burnette movedfrom second-team All-Metro as ajunior last season to first team thisyear.
He and All-Metro linebackerJoey Ehrmann were bright spots inthe worst season the Greyhounds(4-5) have had under coach BiffPoggi in the past decade.
Burnette made 73 tackles, 20behind the line of scrimmage, andhad eight sacks. Despite the team'slosing season, Burnette and thedefense held MIAA A Conferencefoes to 76 points in five games.
Penn State, Rutgers andStanford are interested in Burnette.
Teddy Dargan, Milford Mill
Dargan was one of the area'stop two-way linemen.Defense washis specialty, and it's where helikely will play at the University of Maryland. The 6-3, 290-poundsenior is ranked as the No. 7prospect in the state by Rivals.com.
On defense for the Millers(5-5),Dargan made 57 tackles,had five sacks and forced twofumbles coming off a junior seasonin which he had 78 tackles, 19 inthe backfield, and 12 sacks. Hestarted this season coming off anankle injury and had to deal withbeing double-teamed.
The injury affected him early on,but by midseason he was on hisgame.Milford Mill lost five gamesby a total of 20 points.
Joey Ehrmann, Gilman
Ehrmann, the son of former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann, nowan assistant coach at Gilman, hadthree excellent seasons for theGreyhounds and will play at WakeForest.
A 6-3, 200-pound linebacker,Ehrmann was a senior leader andanchored a defensive unit that gaveup just 76 points in five games inMIAA A Conference action.
Ehrmann, who runs the40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, hada team-leading 117 tackles (87unassisted), 31 for losses, and 16sacks and picked off three passes.
Also a tight end, Ehrmann wasthe key blocker on the corner andhad nine receptions for 79 yardsand two touchdowns.
Jason Fischer, Hereford
Fischer's versatility was an assetfor the No. 5 Bulls (13-1) in their runto the Class 3A statechampionship game againstDamascus. Fischer playeddefensive back, quarterback (whenstarter Tyler Brown was injured latein the season) and receiver andwas a return specialist.
A 5-11, 195-pound senior withquickness and excellent field vision,Fischer had three interceptions andreturned one for a touchdown.Healso ran back two punts fortouchdowns and averaged 14.4yards on 22 returns.
Fischer had a receivingtouchdown and threw fourtouchdown passes among his fivecompletions in 12 attempts.
J.J. Hicks, Broadneck
Hicks, one of the metro area'stop athletes, was a four-year varsityplayer for the No. 9 Bruins (9-3)and was a standout in thesecondary and as a wide receiverand occasional kick returner.
The 6-2, 200-pound senior,who also is one of the area's topbasketball players, led AnneArundel County in interceptionswith seven and was as good acoverman on deep balls as anyonein the area because of his speedand athleticism.
Hicks had 40 receptions for911 yards and 16 touchdowns,including an 81-yard pass from KyleColleran with 55 seconds left tobeat Old Mill, 31-28, and preventthe Bruins from falling to 0-2.
John Holland, Arundel
A repeat first-team selection,Holland had another sterlingseason in the secondary for theClass 4A state runner-up Wildcats(13-1). The 5-9, 170-pound seniortied the Anne Arundel Countyrecord for interceptions (12) lastseason and had four this season.
The drop in interceptions wasbecause opponents learned not tothrow in his area. Holland broke up22 passes this season and was inon 50 tackles, 31 unassisted.
Arundel coach ChuckMarkiewicz (who has spent sevenof his 20 seasons at Arundel) saidHolland is as good a defensiveback as he has coached.
Marlon Johnson, St. Mary's
Johnson, a powerful, 6-4,225-pound senior defensive end,was a key player for the No. 15Saints (8-3) in their MIAA BConference championship season.Going 8-1 in league play, includingthe 26-20 title win over two-timedefending champion ArchbishopSpalding, the Johnson-led defensegave up only 61 points.
Adept at rushing thequarterback or stopping the run onhis corner, Johnson has excellentfirst-step acceleration,which heused to invade the backfield ofopponents and record a team-best13 sacks.
Johnson also led the Saints intackles (95), with 21 for losses. Heplans to visit Toledo and Liberty, hismain college choices.
Zach Martin, River Hill
Martin, a repeat first-team All-Metro choice, led a defense thatposted a state-record 11 shutoutsand gave up only 21 points total inits other three games.
Martin led the 2A championHawks in tackles (146, 101unassisted) for the third straightyear, and 21 of his tackles werebehind the line. The senior also hadtwo interceptions and two fumblerecoveries.
In three seasons at linebacker,Martin, 5-10 and 180 pounds,amassed nearly 450 tackles andhad 60 tackles for losses.Onoffense, he ran for more than 1,300yards and had 13 touchdowns.
Schools interested in Martininclude Maryland, Richmond, and
Keon Redhead, Dunbar
He was the uncontested leaderof the No. 2 Poets' defense,whichgave up just 11.3 points per gameoverall and 8.4 in nine leaguegames on the way to a secondstraight Class 1A state title.
Redhead, a muscular 5-9,220-pound senior and three-yearstarter, led the Poets (14-0) inunassisted tackles (88) and totaltackles (170) while forcing fourfumbles and recovering four.
An inspirational player,Redhead roamed from sideline tosideline stalking ball carriers withreckless abandon. His teammatesrallied around him as he constantlyreminded them of their main goal --to win a state title for their latecoach Ben Eaton, who died inAugust.
Ryan Schlothauer, Eastern Tech
He was a senior leader for theNo. 6 Mavericks' defense thatgave up just six points in six leaguegames to win the Baltimore County3A-2A League. Schlothauer's playat defensive end led the team to a13-1 record and a berth in the Class2A state final,which the Maverickslost to No. 1 River Hill, 14-7.
Schlothauer, 6-5 and 220pounds, had 75 tackles, with 41 ofthem unassisted, and racked up ateam-leading 11 sacks. He also hadthree forced fumbles and a fumblerecovery in the state final.
Schlothauer, also a tight end,caught eight passes for 120 yardsand three touchdowns. He also wasa skilled blocker for a wing T offensethat gained more than 3,200 yardsrushing and outscored foes, 497-73.
Name, School, Year, Position
Tony Bagdon Broadneck Senior DL
Elliott Poehlman Loyola Junior DL
Ian Sadon Parkville Senior DL
Tim Bolte Loyola Senior LB
Donnell Brown Poly Senior LB
Tevin Brown Dunbar Junior LB
Jerome Junior Curley Senior LB
Arinze Obiako Arundel Senior LB
Sean Price Severna Park Senior LB
Pat Morrison Severna Park Senior DB
C.J. Townes Joppatowne Senior DB
David Spalt Eastern Tech Senior P
Honorable mention: Cory Anderlik, Century; JoshAsper, Hereford; Matt Heacock, Loyola; TraeHiggins, Digital Harbor; Kenyon Kinard, Dunbar;Mike Macfee, North Carroll; Horace Miller, Dunbar;Matt Miller, Chesapeake-AA; MarvinPinkney, Old Mill; Doug Schenk, McDonogh: JimmyThomas, Spalding; Rod White, Mount St. Joseph.
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultationwith The Sun staff and area coaches.