Carroll County had its share of representation when the 2016 all-state football teams were unveiled earlier this summer, and the list of selections included three first-team picks on the Small Schools teams.
It’s led by South Carroll graduate Jamar Williams, the reigning Times Player of the Year. He earned a spot on the Small Schools defensive first-team.
Williams collected 95 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries playing defensive back. As SC’s running back, Williams led Carroll County with 1,642 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns.
He verbally committed to Ohio State for wrestling in late March, but Williams is planning to attend Notre Dame College, a Division II school in Ohio, this fall.
South Carroll grad Henry Cook joined Williams on the defensive first-team. Cook totaled 152 tackles (nine for loss), the most in the county, and added five sacks. Cook, bound for West Virginia as a preferred walk-on, set two football program records last fall. He’s the single-season and all-time leader in tackles (361) for the Cavaliers.
Liberty grad Michael Phillips is the county’s lone first-teamer on the Small Schools offensive side. Phillips was listed at 5-foot-9 and 220 pounds, but he stood tall on the Lions’ offensive line. Phillips blocked on a line that helped Liberty run for 1,967 yards and score 29 touchdowns on the ground. He was part of the Lions’ first outright county championship since 2000.
Carroll has two second-team Small Schools picks — Century offensive lineman Sam Rothstein, and Liberty linebacker Spencer Kirin.
Rothstein was 6-4, 225, and anchored an O-line that helped the Knights churn out 3,700 yards of total offense. Century reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
Meanwhile, Kirin led Liberty with 96 tackles and had five interceptions. The Lions had three shutouts with Kirin manning the middle of their defense.
The Small Schools honorable mention features four Carroll selections — wide receivers Bryce Harrell (Century) and Dimeon Wright (Winters Mill) on offense; lineman Kevin Lynch (Liberty) and defensive back Anthony Perrone (Century) on defense.
Harrell’s 40 receptions were third most in the county, and he finished with 686 yards and six TDs. He had 11 catches for 187 yards in Century’s overtime win over South Carroll.
Wright led Carroll County in all three receiving categories — 53 catches for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns. he averaged 17.9 yards per catch for the Falcons.
Lynch (6-1, 185), a junior, had 40.5 tackles and three blocked punts on Liberty’s defense.
Perrone posted four interceptions and 89 tackles for Century, and he’s the Knights’ all-time leader in INTs with nine.
Westminster has one pick on the Big Schools honorable mention list in punter/kicker Ian Gould. He collected three field goals 31 extra points for the Owls last fall.