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Football: First, second team defense

First-team defense

CORY ANDERLIK Century, linebacker

Anderlik did the job on both sides of the ball for the No. 11 Knights (12-1), who made it to the Class2A state semifinals. He rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns, but it was on the defensive side that coach Tony Shermeyer said Anderlik was "Mr. Everything."

The 6-foot, 235-pound senior has deceptive quickness that puts him in the path of opposing ball carriers much of the time. He led the Knights' defense with 102 tackles, including 66unassisted, and two interceptions - one for a touchdown. He forced five fumbles and recovered four, had eight pass breakups and recorded three sacks.

Anderlik's strengths are his solid tackling and ability to make good reads. He is being recruited by Division I Robert Morris University and Division II West Chester University.

TERENCE GARVIN Loyola, defensive back

At 6-3, 210 pounds, Garvin made receivers think twice about going up for a catch. The big, rangy defender made 32 tackles and two interceptions. He caused one fumble and recovered another, as he aided a stingy defense that helped Loyola to a team record for wins (11-0) and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association AConference championship for the third straight year.

Garvin was also a major contributor at running back. The senior had 1,259 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.

He has been selected for the Crab Bowl, an all-star game featuring the best players in the state, and has accepted a full scholarship to West Virginia.

SEAN HULL River Hill, lineman

Hull anchored the Hawks' outstanding defense all season from his nose guard position. Using his 6-2, 300-pound frame, the senior had 58 tackles - 10 of them for losses - and two sacks, and he caused two fumbles and recovered two for a team that allowed just 2.8 points a game during the regular season with seven shutouts.

The big lineman was equally good on the offensive side at center, as River Hill running backs rushed for more than 4,200 yards.

Among the schools he is considering are Wake Forest, Towson, William and Mary, Temple and Bucknell.

DANNY MARCH Wilde Lake, defensive back

The Wildecat is the Baltimore Touchdown Club's Defensive Player of the Year, an honor he also earned from Howard County coaches.

The senior had 94 unassisted tackles and 33assists. He made seven interceptions - returning three for touchdowns - and deflected nine passes. March also blocked three punts and a field-goal attempt.

Offensively, March passed for 546 yards and five touchdowns, ran for 890 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also scored on a punt return.

HORACE MILLER Dunbar, defensive end

Miller recorded 29sacks, including one in the 1A state championship game that sealed the Poets' victory. He was the Poets' second-leading tackler, with 133 stops - 85 of them unassisted - and he forced six fumbles and recovered three.

He was a four-year varsity player and a three-year starter. The 6-2, 215-pound senior is leaning toward Nevada-Las Vegas, but Syracuse and Western Michigan are also in the running.

GARY ONUEKWUSI Dunbar, linebacker

His coaches describe this senior as a "selfless" player who would play wherever they asked him to. Through four varsity seasons, three of them as a starter, the senior moved around from defensive end to outside linebacker. This season, he was shifted to his natural position of middle linebacker, and he thrived.

The unquestioned leader of a defensive unit that continued to improve in the postseason, Onuekwusi, 6-2, 220 pounds, made 156 tackles - 96 of them unassisted - with 4 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles.

He is considering Temple, Liberty, Hampton, Massachusetts and Syracuse for next season.

ELLIOTT POEHLMAN Loyola, lineman

A three-year starter and team captain, Poehlman was one of Loyola's strongest players, benching more than 300 pounds and squatting more than 400. His strength helped him at defensive end, where he recorded 44 tackles.

Poehlman, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9seconds, recorded five sacks and seven other tackles for losses.

The 6-2, 245-pound senior helped anchor a line that allowed just 76 points in 11 games, while recording four shutouts. On the offensive side, he opened holes for a team that scored 437 points.

He has been selected to the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star game and is looking at several Division I Football Championship Subdivision and Division II schools for next year.

MALEK REDD River Hill, cornerback

Redd, a three-year defensive starter, consistently covered opposing teams' top receivers. With his speed - 4.38 in the 40 - and his vertical leap, Redd hasn't been scored on for two years. River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen said Redd's dominance over opposing receivers has allowed him to adjust his defense and strengthen the Hawks' blitz package, enabling them to send more players into opposing teams' backfields.

Redd made 27 tackles this season, including one for a loss, and picked off two of the few balls that came his way. On the offensive side, he also was a major contributor, carrying 134 times for 1,392 yards for an 11.4-yard average and 14touchdowns. Nineteen of those carries came in the Class2A championship game, for 76yards and a touchdown.

The senior has accepted a full scholarship to Central Michigan.

RENARD ROBINSON Mount St. Joseph, defensive back

The senior breaks on the ball well and is an excellent tackler. He made 37tackles this season and also was a soft-spoken leader.

Robinson, a two-way player, had 1,500all-purpose yards with an 18-yards-per-catch average and 6yards per carry.

Gaels coach Chip Armstrong said he "sets an excellent example for our younger players." Robinson, who carries a 3.8 grade point average, is considering offers from Villanova, Richmond, James Madison, William and Mary, Syracuse and Connecticut.

TYLER WEEDON Catonsville, linebacker

The sophomore has started every game at middle linebacker in his two seasons and has been a unanimous All-Baltimore County first-team selection (as voted on by county coaches) in both seasons.

Well taught in Arbutus youth leagues, Weedon used his 4.7 speed in the 40 to lead the team with 148 tackles.

Weedon has already received interest from UCLA and Clemson.

AARON WILSON Eastern Tech, lineman

The 5-11, 187-pound senior did whatever his team needed this season, moving back and forth between nose guard and linebacker.

The senior made 98 tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered two for the Class 2A state finalists. He also spent a lot of time in opposing teams' backfields, recording 11 sacks and blocking four punts.

"His play was stellar," said coach Marc Mesaros, whose team finished 13-1.

Not previously on the recruiting radar, his effort this season has drawn attention from Division III schools.


Second team NameSchoolCl.Pos.Joe Petrides Arch. Curley Sr. DLTevin Brown Dunbar Sr. LBLeron Eaddy River Hill Sr. LBCurtis Holmes McDonogh Sr. LBDavid MacKall Edmondson Sr. LBMarvin Pinkney Old Mill Sr.LBStephen St. Clair John Carroll Jr. LB Blake Thompson Gibbons Sr. LBCourtney Bridget Dunbar Sr. DBCarl Fleming Franklin Sr. DBEric Franklin Arch. Curley Sr. DBTyler Sousa Chesapeake Jr. PNote: Teams selected by Sandra McKee after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.

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