Football: First-team defense

Kenneth Goins

Gilman, defensive end, junior

• 6-foot, 210-pound player was quick off ball, found ways to get to quarterback

• Had 16 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries

• Opponents tried to double-team him with tight end or running back but couldn't slow him

• Huge stopper on third, fourth downs

• Has drawn interest from Iowa, Penn State, Oregon, West Virginia, Maryland, Navy, among others

Tre James

City, defensive end, senior

• Powerful yet versatile 6-2, 240-pound player who also played fullback

Had 39 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble

• Ran for Knights' only touchdown in 14-6 loss in City-Poly game at M&T Bank Stadium

• Also handled kickoffs with 27 for 1,371 yards, six touchbacks; kicked six extra points

• Has offer from Utah, interest from Utah State, several others; playing in BTC All-Star Game

Marco Jones

Boys' Latin, defensive end, senior

• 6-4, 247-pounds; showed great speed for his size, used hands well, had a lot of game knowledge

• Pass rusher had 15hurries, four sacks, 50 tackles

• Prefers defense but was two-way starter who left field only for special teams

Lakers coach Ritchie Schell: "People run away from him. They just couldn't block him."

• Playing in Crab Bowl, Chesapeake Bowl; committed to Virginia over 12 other Division I offers

Dan McManus

Eastern Tech, lineman, senior

• Aggressive, quick, 6-0, 270-pound tackle one of two repeat first-team defenders

• Had 90 tackles, 12 sacks, one fumble recovery for Class2A state semifinalists

• Also played guard as team gained 3,488 yards of offense, scored 60 touchdowns

Mavericks coach Marc Mesaros: "Defensively, for the last three years, he's been the linchpin for everything we do."

• Has offer from Bucknell; playing in Crab Bowl, BTC All-Star Game

Nick Ochoa

Broadneck, linebacker, senior

• Led Class 4A state semifinalist Bruins in tackles for second straight year

• Had 105 tackles — 26.5 for loss — six sacks, six forced fumbles, one interception

• Made huge difference in regional semifinal victory over Old Mill

• Bruins coach Jeff Herrick: "He's a prototypical middle linebacker. He's very, very aggressive, and he had excellent field sense."

• Drawing interest from Shepherd; will play in BTC All-Star Game

Mark Venable

Franklin, linebacker, senior

• Exciting two-way player who could shut it down on defense, light it up on offense

• Had 160 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries; made 15 tackles in state title loss to Wilde Lake

• Averaged 13.3 tackles, 130rushing yards in four playoff games

• Also top-notch running back who scored game-winning touchdown as time expired in state semifinal; had 2,054 all-purpose yards, 19 touchdowns

• Transfer from Archbishop Curley who sat out last season; drawing Football Championship Subdivision interest

Tyler Weedon

Catonsville, linebacker, senior

• Strong 5-10, 230-pound player is only three-time All-Metro first-team selection on this year's team

• Had 106 tackles, one fumble returned for touchdown; 18tackles in regional semifinal vs. North Harford

Also played fullback, running 103 times for 722yards, 12 touchdowns

• Comets coach Rich Hambor: "He's served as a role model for all the kids coming up from the rec program that anything's possible, no matter what size you are."

• Being recruited by Towson, several Division III programs; will play in Crab Bowl

Adrian Amos

Calvert Hall, defensive back, senior

• Had 78 tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles at free safety

• At 6-1, 200 pounds, big guy who can move well

Great finisher; can move in like extra linebacker

• Also played wide receiver, tight end; had 22 catches for 350 yards, three touchdowns

Scored first touchdown, had an interception, forced a fumble in 26-21 win over Gilman

• Committed to Connecticut

• Will play in Crab Bowl

Cyrus Jones

Gilman, defensive back, junior

• Speedy, athletic, versatile 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback who also played several offensive positions, special teams

• Shutdown player who covered opponent's top wide receiver, allowed only a few short-yardage catches

• Led Greyhounds with five interceptions

Gained 1,240 all-purpose yards, scored nine touchdowns running, receiving, returning kicks

• Has offers from Maryland, Ohio State, Iowa, West Virginia, Alabama, among others

DeonTay McManus

Dunbar, defensive back, junior

• Exceptional 6-2, 215-pound free safety who doubled as wide receiver for Class 1A state champ

• Had 88 tackles, four interceptions; made 25 catches for 341 yards, five touchdowns

• Has nose for ball; can react to quarterback's eyes, moves

• Poets coach Lawrence Smith: "Most kids like him would be upset, because he's a marquee player who's not getting the ball like he should, but he's a team player, and he wants to win."

• Being recruited by Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, South Carolina, Rutgers, among many others

Joe Kelly

Wilde Lake, punter, senior

• Wildecats' punter for three years; also started at quarterback, free safety, kicker for Class 3A state champ

• Four punts for 35.5-yard average in state final, including two that pinned Franklin inside its 20-yard line late in game

• Averaged 42 yards per punt, punted 34 times with 16 landing inside 20-yard line

• Wildecats coach Michael Harrison: "He is a real weapon for us in keeping the other team at bay and playing the field-position game we did throughout the playoffs."

• Hopes to play at Salisbury; playing in Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game

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