Josh AppoldHavre de Grace
Appold was the spark to a Havre de Grace offense that developed into one of the area's most potent in the second half of the season. He completed 129 of 235 passes for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns, helping Havre de Grace make a surprising trip to the Class 1A state semifinals.
The 5-foot-11 senior kept receivers Travis Brown and Arthur Ibewuike very busy - the pair combined for 93 catches and 1,713 yards. In Appold's second year as the starting quarterback, he helped Havre de Grace finish 8-5. The state semifinals was the furthest Havre de Grace had gone in 10 years.
Townes stepped in as the team's quarterback midway through the season and helped the Mariners finish 8-2 and make the state playoffs. But he also was a leader on defense at free safety. The junior led the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference with seven interceptions and made numerous big plays on defense.
Mariners coach Bill Waibel said he doesn't like his starting quarterback to play defense also, but Townes proved too valuable. Townes played a deep center field-type position because Joppatowne uses a 4-4 defense. The Mariners also put him at cornerback.
Coach of the Year
Johnny BrooksHavre de Grace
Brooks guided the Warriors to an 8-5 record, capped by two road wins in the state playoffs. After pulling out a wild, 51-50 victory at Catoctin in the first round of the Class 1A North regional playoffs, Havre de Grace surprised New Town, 22-15, in the regional final before losing to Fort Hill (57-14) in the state semifinals.
Brooks helped the Warriors turn things around after a 4-6 finish last year and a slow start this season. They lost seven games in which they had leads in the fourth quarter last year, and Brooks pushed his players to do more offseason conditioning. In addition, Havre de Grace had only 20 players on its roster and had to overcome the loss of several players to injury during the season.
First-team offenseName School Class Pos.
Josh Appold Havre de Grace Senior QB
Sean Kelly Fallston Senior QB
Mason Burks Joppatowne Senior RB
Manny Washington Edgewood Senior RB
Travis Brown Havre de Grace Senior WR
Arthur Ibewuike Havre de Grace Senior WR
K. Bowen-Wright Joppatowne Junior OL
Corey Jubb North Harford Junior OL
Zach MacPherson Edgewood Senior OL
Mark Peterson Joppatowne Senior OL
Grant Steelman Havre de Grace Junior OL
Chris Stengel North Harford Senior K
Second-team offenseName School Class Pos.
Dan Griffin North Harford Junior QB
James Scharf Edgewood Junior QB
Quentin Bell Edgewood Junior RB
Xavier Martin Joppatowne Senior RB
Jamel Mutunga Bel Air Senior RB
Jeremy Rice C.M. Wright Senior RB
Matt Barile Fallston Soph. WR
Vernon Joines Bel Air Junior WR
Jake Barben North Harford Junior OL
Howie Holloway Havre de Grace Junior OL
Eddie Nolan Edgewood Junior OL
Ken Tozzi Fallston Senior OL
First-team defenseName School Class Pos.
Mark Keifer Edgewood Junior DL
Hal Reader C.M. Wright Senior DL
Chris Soul Joppatowne Senior DL
Tyrell Demby Aberdeen Senior LB
Chad Fike Joppatowne Senior LB
Derrick Johnson Joppatowne Senior LB
Dylan Manley Fallston Junior LB
Mike Simpson Havre de Grace Senior LB
Bryan Woolson North Harford Senior LB
Chris Denardi Edgewood Senior DB
Tyler Maguire North Harford Senior DB
C.J. Townes Joppatowne Junior DB
Second-team defenseName School Class Pos.
Mark Alexander Bel Air Senior DL
John Burchett North Harford Senior DL
Andrew Streett Fallston Senior DL
John Von Paris John Carroll Senior DL
George Denton C.M. Wright Junior LB
Brendal Henning Bel Air Junior LB
Matt Strong Havre de Grace Senior LB
Devon Brown North Harford Senior DB
Kasim Logan Edgewood Senior DB
Sterlin Mickey C.M. Wright Junior DB
Mark Varvaris North Harford Senior DL
Pat Bish C.M. Wright Junior P