All-State football team features 12 locals; Gilman DL Jordan named player of year

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Gilman defensive lineman Ellison Jordan (Penn State) was named defensive player of the year in Maryland.

The Consensus All-State football team, representing the top 30 vote-getters from the Big School, Small School and Private School all-state teams, which were determined through a vote by Maryland media members, was announced Friday. Gilman defensive lineman Ellison Jordan (Penn State) was named defensive player of the year. Other locals named include: John Carroll senior quarterback Kurt Rawlings (Yale), Howard senior running back Malik Anderson, Gilman senior offensive linemen Devery Hamilton (Michigan) and Stephan Spanellis (Virginia), McDonogh junior offensive lineman Jordan McNair and senior defensive back Eric Burrell (Wisconsin), South Carroll senior offensive lineman Brian Plummer (Maryland), Franklin senior wide receiver Steve Smothers (West Virginia) and senior defensive back Kareem Felder (Ohio State), Boys' Latin senior kicker-punter Dom Maggio (Wake Forest) and Broadneck senior linebacker Ali'i Niumatalolo (Boise State).

More: Six Maryland commits, including Damascus running back Jake Funk, who was named the offensive player of the year, were named to the All-State team: Plummer, DeMatha offensive lineman Terrance Davis and running back Lorenzo Harrison, Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Good Counsel linebacker Keandre Jones.


Two Washington defensive backs suffer head injuries

The Washington Redskins lost two defensive backs to head injuries during the first half of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett went down after a helmet-to-helmet hit during the first quarter. Then in the second quarter, a helmet-to-helmet collision knocked cornerback Dashaun Phillips out of the game. Jarrett was taken to the locker room, where he was evaluated for a concussion, and shortly after ruled out for the remainder of the game. In his postgame news conference, coach Jay Gruden said that at that moment, Jarrett was receiving an MRI exam on his neck. Phillips was down even longer than Jarrett. A cart was brought onto the field, and he was placed on a stretcher and lifted onto the vehicle. Soon afterward, Phillips was transported to an area hospital. The team reported that he had movement in all of his extremities. Gruden said Phillips was deemed to have suffered a cervical stinger and that tests revealed no further damage. It wasn't immediately clear when either player will receive clearance to return to action.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

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Johnson's late 3-pointer lifts Towson over Northeastern

Dominique Johnson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left to give the Towson women's basketball team a 72-71 win over host Northeastern in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams. The Tigers (4-8, 1-0) led by 10 points with 2:49 left in the game, but the Huskies (5-7, 0-1) used a 14-2 run to take a 71-69 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Northeastern's Zoe Zwerling missed a potential game-winning layup as time expired. Jordyn Smith led Towson with 17 points, and Johnson added 14. Francesca Sally had 14 for the Huskies.

Men's college basketball: Micheal Warren posted career highs of 28 points and nine rebounds on Saturday night, and host Cal State Northridge ended a two-game losing streak with an 88-74 win over Morgan State. Kendall Smith added 20 points and Jason Richardson 10 for the Matadors (5-9), who used a 13-1 run to lead 73-56 on Smith's basket with 5:19 to go. Northridge led by at least 12 the rest of the way. Phillip Carr had 20 points for Morgan State (2-11), which lost its eighth in a row. Columbia's Cedric Blossom added 12 points, and Rasean Simpson had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Bears turned a 36-36 tie at halftime into a 45-42 edge with 14:19 to go before Northridge scored six straight to take the lead for good. Morgan State pulled back within 48-47, and it would get no closer.

College wrestling: No. 15 Mathew Miller (John Carroll) beat three nationally ranked foes to place third at 184 pounds while helping lead Navy to a 17th-place finish at the Southern Scuffle on Saturday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Miller dropped a 10-5 decision to top-ranked Gabe Dean of Cornell in the semifinals.

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