Offensive Player of The Year Michael Campanaro, River Hill
Watching Campanaro run is exhilarating. The senior back runs with his eyes wide open, side-stepping, high-stepping and sprinting past would-be tacklers.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound slotback ran for more than 1,750 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. He also caught 17 passes for 266 yards and seven touchdowns, and returned six punts for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
In three varsity seasons, he has more than 6,500 career yards and nearly 90 touchdowns. As a defensive back, he had six interceptions, and he did not give up a touchdown.
He also excels on special teams, with eight kick returns for touchdowns over the past three years.
"He has great field vision," River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen said, "and great football instincts combined with a true knowledge of the game. You combine that, his speed, his athletic ability and his knack for making big plays and you have a big-game player who comes through in the big games."
Campanaro will attend Wake Forest next season on a full scholarship. Van Deusen said he expects his star back to be used more as a receiver.
All-County Offense NameSchoolYearPosition Luke HostetlerRiver HillSeniorQBMichael CampanaroRiver HillSeniorRBMark CovingtonHowardSeniorRBJerrel EppsWilde LakeSeniorRBKyle WilliamsMarriotts RidgeSeniorWRKevin GordonAtholtonSeniorTE Matt BoundsWilde LakeSeniorOLAaron DaileyLong ReachSeniorOL Patrick McCleafRiver HillSeniorOLAdam MeaseHowardSeniorOLRamin NejaddehshanWilde LakeSeniorOLScott TrenchRiver HillSeniorKDefensive Player of the Year Danny March, Wilde Lake
March, 5 feet 6, isn't Wilde Lake's tallest defensive back, but he might be its most intense.
The senior had a team-leading 122 tackles (94 of them unassisted), seven interceptions and five passes defensed.
The effort is particularly remarkable considering March never sits down.
At quarterback, he passed for five touchdowns and rushed for 11. He was also on the field for punt returns, having returned 12 for 142 yards and a touchdown. And on special teams, he blocked a field-goal attempt and three extra-point tries.
"Pound for pound, he's the toughest kid playing, " Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said. "Because he plays on both sides of the ball, he understands the offensive concept. And he knows how to go up after footballs. In the gym, he can jump up and touch the basket."
Over his Wilde Lake career, he has started 38 games at defensive back and pulled down 19 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. March is considering offers from Shepherd University (W. Va.), North Carolina Central and Morgan State
All-County Defense NameSchoolYearPositionJackson DruryWilde LakeSeniorDLMike FranklinLong ReachSeniorDLBilly HallGlenelgSeniorDLSean HullRiver HillSeniorDLTim WillmanReservoirSeniorDLLeron EaddyRiver HillSeniorLBKyle YoungCentennialJuniorLBDanny MarchWilde LakeSeniorDBMalek ReddRiver HillSeniorDBMatt RobinsonAtholtonJuniorDBPreston SchryerCentennialSeniorDBGreg EdmondsCentennialJuniorPNote: Teams selected by Sandra McKee after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.
Coach of the Year Doug DuVall, Wilde Lake
During his 36 years at Wilde Lake, DuVall's goal was as much to coach a player toward becoming a better person as it was to create a better football player.
Under DuVall this season, the Wildecats went 12-2 and earned a No. 4 ranking in The Baltimore Sun's final poll. The only games Wilde Lake lost were to two-time Class 2A state champion River Hill and to Westlake in the 3A state final. Both games were played in the rain, and both turned on a few big plays.
Friday night, the stands at M&T Bank Stadium for the 3A final were filled with DuVall's family, friends and Wilde Lake alumni, who gathered to cheer him in his final game.
Wilde Lake's bid for its fifth state title and first since 1997 ended with a 13-0 loss.
"Each and every one of my players this year made a huge commitment to win," DuVall said. "They've grown as young men. They started out trying to build a team, and they built it."