Zach Brown, Wilde Lake
His 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash combined with his power and athleticism helped the Wildecats go 8-2. Brown is also a state champion in outdoor track, winning both the 100- and 200-meter dashes last spring and was a state runner-up at 215 pounds in wrestling.
Zach Martin, River HillSelected as the county's best overall player by the coaches for his prowess on both sides of the ball, Martin was the No. 1 Hawks' leading tackler on defense for a second straight season, and this season he was the team's leading rusher on offense, too.
Martin, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior linebacker-running back, is a repeat first-team selection on defense. Martin had more than 150 tackles (18 for minus-yardage), two interceptions and two fumble recoveries to lead River Hill to a Class 3A state runner-up finish.
Offensively, Martin ran for 1,598 yards and 25 touchdowns.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Brian Van Deusen, River HillVan Deusen repeats as Howard County Coach of the Year after leading the Hawks to their first Class 3A state final - where they lost to Friendly of Prince George's County - a No. 1 ranking in The Sun's poll, and a school record for wins at 13-1. River Hill won its fourth consecutive county title and qualified for the playoffs a fourth straight year.
Van Deusen is 62-17 (.785) in seven seasons at River Hill. This year's team outscored its opponents 510-136, scoring 50 points or more four times and 40 or more seven times, averaging over 300 yards rushing per game in its spread offense. The Hawks' defense had given up only 7.6 points per game going into the state final and had three shutouts.
First-team offenseName, School, Class, Pos.
Brett McQuilkin Atholton Senior QB
Zach Brown Wilde Lake Senior RB
Brandon Dever Glenelg Senior RB
Justin Harris Centennial Senior WR
Greg Nowak River Hill Senior TE
Zach Robinson River Hill Senior OT
Kevin Westervelt Mt.Hebron Senior OT
Jamar Watson Glenelg Junior C
Ben Dykes Long Reach Senior OG
Andrew Spiegel Centennial Senior OG
Keith Richardson Long Reach Senior All-pur.
Billy West Glenelg Senior K
Second-team offenseName, School, Class, Pos.
Owen Dresser Centennial Senior QB
Alex Bechta Centennial Senior RB
Troy Gibson Atholton Senior RB
Tony Fassett Atholton Senior WR
Kyle Williams Mt. Hebron Senior WR
Billy Reybold Reservoir Senior TE
Cody Blue Wilde Lake Junior OT
Josh Evans Reservoir Senior OT
Matt Jaso River Hill Senior C
Pat Black Glenelg Senior OG
Alanzo Williams Wilde Lake Senior OG
Scott Trench River Hill Soph. K
First-team defenseName, School, Class, Pos.
Chris Rhodes River Hill Senior DE
Phil Jones Long Reach Senior DL
Jeff Wallin River Hill Senior DL
Zach Martin River Hill Junior LB
Mike Rossberg Centennial Senior LB
Aaron Simon Mt. Hebron Senior LB
Landon Tews Long Reach Senior LB
Mike Campanaro River Hill Soph. DB
Scott Dagley Wilde Lake Senior DB
Dan Hostetler River Hill Senior DB
Alex Iwaskiw Mt. Hebron Senior DB
Sean McNeil Mt. Hebron Senior P
Second-team defenseName, School, Class, Pos.
Riley Fritts Centennial Senior DE
Tochi Odocha Atholton Senior DE
Rich James Wilde Lake Senior DL
Jesse Moore Howard Senior DL
Sean Brew River Hill Senior LB
Matt Lewis Atholton Senior LB
Marcus Randolph Howard Senior LB
Joe Sartori Glenelg Senior LB
Alex Boyd Hammond Senior DB
Terrell Brook Reservoir Senior DB
Vince Furby Long Reach Senior DB
Ben Burns Atholton Senior P