Offensive Player of the Year Alec Lemon, Arundel
Lemon set a state record for receiving yards (1,616) in a season and tied two others for receptions (103) and touchdowns (23). The senior is more than a record-setting receiver, however. This season, he also saw time at quarterback, returned punts, returned kickoffs and even kicked off. He also played defense. In addition to his 23 touchdown receptions, he scored touchdowns rushing (four), on fumble recoveries (one), on interceptions (one) and on kickoff and punt returns (two). Lemon made his first start three years ago as a quarterback, only to be moved aside when record-setting Nick Elko showed up, followed by record-setting Billy Cosh. But Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior who will play at Syracuse next season was too valuable to leave sitting on the bench as a backup.
All-county offense Name School Year PositionBilly Cosh Arundel Junior QBRay Cotton Meade Senior QBDino Stevens, North County SeniorRBRonnie Harris ArundelJuniorWRAlec Lemon Arundel Senior WRTyler Sousa Chesapeake Junior TEAndrew Bishop Southern Senior OL Beau Haworth Archbishop Spalding Senior OL Rodney Johnson North County Junior OL J.R. Lloyd Arundel Senior OL John McKernan Old Mill Senior OL Colby Erickson Broadneck Senior KDefensive Player of the Year Marvin Pinkney, Old Mill
Pinkney, the senior middle linebacker for Old Mill, has been making opposing teams suffer for three years now. And this season, as in the past two, he led Old Mill in interceptions (three) and tackles (89). He also made 17 tackles for losses this season and recorded four sacks. Pinkney, 6-1, 190pounds, has also been a first team All-Coaches selection each of the past three years. "We had our hands full blocking him," Severna Park coach J.P. Hines said.
All-county defense Name School Year PositionJordan Moskal North County Senior DEMwanza Wambulumba Meade Junior DEBilly Nichols Severna Park Senior DLHussam Ouri Broadneck Junior DLKyle Queen North County Junior DLJason Gonos St. Mary's Senior LBBobby Partilla Arundel Junior LBMarvin PinkneyOld MillSeniorLBNick Whittles Archbishop Spalding Senior LBChris Bonomi Severna Park Senior DBBlake Leathers Broadneck Senior DBJoe Lippold Northeast Senior PNote: Teams selected by Sandra McKee after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.
Coach of the Year J.P. Hines, Severna Park
The season didn't start the way Hines would have liked, but losses to Old Mill and North County didn't surprise him. The Falcons "flat out wouldn't quit," he said, and they wound up with an 8-4 record and a runner-up finish in the Class4A East region. Credit Hines with keeping his team focused. "At 0-2 in high school sports, a season is usually not going to be very successful," North County coach Gary Liddick said. "But he never let them feel sorry for themselves. That's a sign of a good coach. And another sign is that as the season advanced, his team got better." Having lost 24 seniors off last season's 6-4 team, Hines, 47, went back to basics. He reduced his offensive playbook from 100 to 30 plays and condensed his defensive scheme, too.