Player of the Year: Kevin Clancy, Westminster
The senior completed 187 of 344 passes for 3,335 yards and 38 touchdowns (with just 13 interceptions). He also ran for 15 touchdowns and 188 yards. Clancy's effort, in a complex spread offense that allowed him the freedom to call an audible at the line of scrimmage according to the formation of the defenses, led the Owls to their first playoff berth in 24 years and their first state title game appearance since 1976.
Westminster (12-2) averaged 40 points during an eight-game winning streak that ended with Saturday's 20-14, double-overtime loss to Gwynn Park of Prince George's County (14-0) in the Class 3A state title game. Clancy led the Owls to wins over four strong programs on the way to the state finals: four-time state champion Linganore (21-7) and Urbana (27-25) of Frederick County, 12-time state titlist Seneca Valley (38-20) of Montgomery County, and perennial Baltimore City power City College (35-6).
The Owls also routed 2A state finalist and county rival South Carroll, 48-8. Although considered small for a college quarterback, Clancy, 6 feet 1 and 175 pounds, has thrown for more than 6,000 yards -- nearly 2,000 more than any other Carroll County quarterback. He has drawn interest from a number of Division I-AA programs.
Last season, behind a developing line and a confident coach with a plan in Brad Wilson, Clancy began to demonstrate the skills that produced this year's results.
Clancy threw 18 interceptions last season, but nevertheless, ended his junior year with confidence. He returned to Westminster this year among 13 starters who were confident they could reverse the Owls' past futilities.
Coach of the Year: Brad Wilson, Westminster
Wilson was an assistant coach at North County when the Knights won the Class 4A state title in 1994 behind a prolific offense. But after taking over at Glen Burnie for six years, Wilson's teams went 13-47 with only one winning season -- at 6-4 in 2001. Wilson, 45, arrived at Westminster in the fall of 2004 looking to change his past fortunes, and after ending that season at 5-5, this year's Owls have done exactly that. Westminster took an eight-game winning streak -- during which it averaged 40 points per game -- along with a No. 2 ranking into last Saturday's Class 3A state title game against Gwynn Park of Prince George's County (14-0), which defeated the Owls in double overtime, 20-14. The title-game appearance is the Owls' first since 1976, and this was their first playoff appearance in 24 years. Wilson's record-breaking spread offense produced a Carroll County title along with a crown in the Class 3A West region. In Wilson's offense, quarterback Kevin Clancy passed for more than 3,000 yards -- mostly to all-purpose back Ryan Finch and receiver Ryan Payne.
Alan Bosworth, Dunbar
The senior was the leader of an offensive line that was adept at passing and running. Bosworth, a four-year starter who never played organized football before high school, was one of the main reasons the fifth-ranked Poets (10-3) repeated as Baltimore City Division I and Class 1A South champions. The centerpiece to an offense that had two 1,000-yard rushers and a quarterback who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns over two seasons, Bosworth, also an All-Metro pick last season, has drawn interest from Morgan State, Virginia State, Winston-Salem, North Carolina-Central and Virginia Union.
Ryan Callahan, Old Mill
A repeat first-team All-Metro choice, Callahan completed another dazzling season, breaking a number of records to earn Anne Arundel County Offensive Player of the Year honors and lead the Patriots (10-3) to the Class 4A state semifinals for the first time in school history. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior set state records for touchdowns (87) and points (530) in a career. He also rushed for 5,253 yards, which ranks fifth among the seven players who have surpassed 5,000 yards. Callahan also set 18 school and county records. Callahan has received the Rhodes Trophy, presented by the Annapolis Touchdown Club to the county's best player, the past two seasons.
Kelley Cox, McDonogh
Smart, aggressive and skilled on both sides of the line, Cox led the Eagles to a No. 3 ranking and a runner-up finish with Georgetown Prep of Montgomery County in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Although he faced specialized blocking schemes designed to stop him, Cox had seven sacks. Cox earned second-team All-Metro honors as a defensive lineman last season. An A-student who was also a member of the Eagles' MIAA A Conference champion lacrosse team last spring, he will play football at Brown University.
Brian Farrell, Boys' Latin
The 6-4, 230-pound senior moved with agility and speed that belied his size, finishing with a metro-area-leading 53 receptions for 1,091 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the Lakers to a runner-up finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference and the North Division title. Farrell was at his best in the North Division title game on Nov. 4 at St. Paul's, a game in which he finished with a season-high 227 yards on 15 receptions and scored the game-winning touchdown in a 28-27 win. Farrell also had a batted pass, fumble recovery and blocked punt on the season. Farrell, who has a 3.4 grade point average, will play lacrosse at Maryland, where his father, Michael, starred in the sport.
Ryan Finch, Westminster
The senior had been the focal point of the No. 2 Owls' attack as a runner, receiver and return specialist. He scored a team-high 27 touchdowns to help the Owls reach the Class 3A state title, which they lost in double overtime to Gwynn Park of Prince George's County. Finch rushed for 1,267 yards and 14 touchdowns, and had 804 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. One of his best games was against Seneca Valley, when he rushed for two touchdowns, caught two more and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a fifth score en route to 429 all-purpose yards.
Reggie Fugett, Gilman
He was a force on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense, where he helped second-team All-Metro teammate Bobby Davis clear the way for running back Sean Price to rush for nearly 2,000 yards. Fugett's blocking skills, coupled with an improved ability to catch the ball (nine receptions, 136 yards) make him a Division I prospect at tight end. On defense, Fugett starred as well, recording seven sacks, making 12 tackles for lost yardage, disrupting six passes and recovering two fumbles. The son of former Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins player Jean Fugett, Reggie also is a standout for the Greyhounds' two-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion basketball team and a baseball player in the spring.
Steve Holmes, Old Mill
Among the most gifted players in the area, Holmes converted five field goals -- with a long of 36 yards -- and punted for an average of 44 yards -- with a long of 61 -- this season. As a receiver, Holmes was a threat, even though he was often double-teamed as the primary receiving target on a run-oriented team. Nevertheless, Holmes finished with 36 receptions for 784 yards and five touchdowns. Holmes, who clocked a 4.4-second 40 yard dash, also was known for his blocking skills in clearing the way for All-Metro teammate Ryan Callahan. Holmes, who converted on 38 extra points, committed early to a football scholarship at Towson University.
Jaren Maybin, Catonsville
Led by Maybin, the Comets made the playoffs the past two seasons -- the only postseason appearances in the program's history. The senior led the state in rushing this season, finishing with 2,466 yards and 26 touchdowns on 419 carries. Maybin's achievement eclipsed the school record of 2,009 established by Steve Matthews in 1999. A second-year starter, Maybin rushed for 1,404 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, when his Comets went 6-5 and lost in the first round of the Class 3A North playoffs. The Comets finished as North regional runners-up at 9-3 this season. In the regional semifinals, Maybin ran for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 45 carries in a 21-0 semifinal win over previously unbeaten Carver.
Sean Price, Gilman
After consecutive seasons cut short by injury, Price was determined to demonstrate his toughness over a schedule comprised of teams that were rated highly both in the state and on the national level. Price accomplished his goal, rushing for 1,702 yards and 13 touchdowns -- this after rushing for 1,051 yards and 13 scores as a junior. Price was the workhorse for the Greyhounds, carrying the ball 264 times in nine games The senior is getting looks from a number of Division I programs. Some schools like Price as a running back, others as a linebacker, defensive back or receiver.
Dan Stone, Westminster
Stone is the man chiefly responsible for protecting record-breaking quarterback Kevin Clancy and opening holes for all-purpose back Ryan Finch. At 6 feet 3 and 300 pounds, Stone has deceptive agility. A former tight end who was forced to switch to the tackle position as a result of the Owls' spread offense, Stone was impressive in the regional title game win over Seneca Valley, when he led the way for Finch's 90-yard kickoff return. Stone was equally dangerous on the defensive side of the ball, where he has amassed 54 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries despite often fighting off double and triple teams from blockers.
Ethan Vidal, Severna Park
Vidal played center for the Anne Arundel County champion Falcons, whom he helped to a 9-0 record in the league and runner-up finish to River Hill in the Class 3A East region. A senior team captain, Vidal was the critical cog in the Falcons' triple-option offense, which featured a versatile quarterback in Greg Zingler. It was the responsibility of Vidal to set up blocking schemes for his teammates. Vidal, who has a 4.1 grade point average and scored 2,200 on the SAT, is a member of the National Honor Society, was one of 15 county students to be named a National Merit Scholar and is being recruited by Amherst, Washington and Lee, Georgetown and Columbia. Vidal's idol is Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk, who graduated from Harvard.
Joe Lennon Loyola, senior, quarterback
Andrew Robinson Calvert Hall, senior, quarterback
David Dudley Joppatowne, senior, running back
Raynard Horne Overlea, senior, running back
Matt Winger Atholton, senior, running back
Greg Nowak River Hill, junior, wide receiver
Chris Eccleston Mount Hebron, senior, all-purpose
Bobby Davis Gilman, senior, lineman
Garth Grove North Harford, senior, lineman
Kenneth Mayfield Randallstown, senior, lineman
Spencer Washington Joppatowne, senior, lineman
Brett Weiss Boys' Latin, junior, kicker
Note: Teams selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.