Athlete of the Year

Brandon Dixon, of Catonsville High, received a regional award from Paul Glagola, President of the Greater Baltimore Chapter National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, during the 50th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner. He was the Catonsville Times Co-Athlete of the Year. (File photo/2013 / March 20, 2013)

Combining intelligence and athleticism, Catonsville senior Brandon Dixon graduated at the peak of his athletic career.

For his efforts in football, and indoor and outdoor track, Dixon was named the 2013 Catonsville Times Co-Athlete of the Year.

He shared the honor and the gridiron with Joseth Hylton.

For two seasons, Dixon was the right guard for Catonsville football teams that had a combined 19-5 record.

Those teams combined for 7,923 yards from scrimmage, including 6,609 on the ground.

But those numbers are not what Dixon will remember the most from his football career.

“It’s great to hear those numbers, but what I’ll be able to tell my grandkids some day are all the memories and friendships I made with my teammates,” Dixon said.

The 5-foot-10, 235-pounder not only performed his blocking duties with precision and toughness, he also knew his assignment and everyone else’s on the line.

“One of his key attributes was helping all the other guys on the line with his line calls,” Catonsville coach Rich Hambor said.

Freshman center Jake Faircloth absorbed his offensive line knowledge.

“Having Brandon as a role model and right next to Jake every game was one of the best things that could have happened,” said Hambor, noting Dixon improved his strength by gaining 40 pounds between his junior and senior seasons.

His leadership skills also came out in his senior year.

“I really felt like I really filled that leadership role,” he said.

“When he spoke, everybody hushed up because they knew it was important,” Hambor said.

Assistant coach Eric Warm also saw the honorable mention All-State lineman’s contributions on the gridiron.

“In football, he knew everybody’s plays,” Warm said. “He deserves all the accolades he gets.”

“We had a very young line so I definitely focused on helping them make sure their steps were right,” Dixon said.

Warm also had the pleasure of coaching Dixon on the wrestling team as a freshman and sophomore.

In fact, Dixon earned a spot at one of the upper weights and maintained it despite having to wrestle against upperclass teammates all season.

“Brandon was very tough, probably one of the toughest kids I had as a sophomore,” Warm said. “He wrestled some really good kids and he stuck it out and paid his dues and saved us in a lot of matches.”