Player of the Year: Bubba Harris, Loyola
It's uncertain where the senior linebacker is going to college, but it is certain that he is
the area's best defensive player and that he will play major college football.
Harris had 115 tackles, 12 behind the line of scrimmage, had 4.5 sacks, caused four
fumbles and broke up three passes. He led a defense that gave up 9.5 points per game
while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state.
His stellar play allowed the No. 3 Dons (9-1, 4-1) to share the Maryland
Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship with No. 7
Mount St. Joseph (6-4, 4-1).
In his career, Harris had 342 tackles (45 for losses), 9.5 sacks and three fumble
recoveries, forced seven fumbles, made three interceptions and broke up seven passes.
Harris who runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, is expected to make a decision soon on
college. North Carolina State, Akron, Cincinnati and East Carolina all have shown
Kirk Brooks, Mount St. Joseph
Brooks anchored a defense that
yielded only 7.6 points per game in
the Maryland Interscholastic
Athletic Association A
Conference, as the No. 7 Gaels
shared the league title with No. 3
The Gaels dealt Loyola (9-1) its
only loss, 24-7, with Brooks helping
to slow outstanding Dons
quarterback Leon Kinnard and
running back Terence Garvin. The
Gaels' only loss was to McDonogh,
Overall, the Brooks-led defense
gave up 12.3 points per game. Brooks, a 6-foot, 220-pound
senior, roamed from sideline to
sideline,making 98 tackles.He
also had 16 sacks.
Chris Burnette, Gilman
Burnette, a solid 6-4,
250-pound senior,was a three-year
starter for the Greyhounds.
Hard-nosed and physical with
good instincts, Burnette moved
from second-team All-Metro as a
junior last season to first team this
He and All-Metro linebacker
Joey Ehrmann were bright spots in
the worst season the Greyhounds
(4-5) have had under coach Biff
Poggi in the past decade.
Burnette made 73 tackles, 20
behind the line of scrimmage, and
had eight sacks. Despite the team's
losing season, Burnette and the
defense held MIAA A Conference
foes to 76 points in five games.
Penn State, Rutgers and
Stanford are interested in Burnette.
Teddy Dargan, Milford Mill
Dargan was one of the area's
top two-way linemen.Defense was
his specialty, and it's where he
likely will play at the University of
Maryland. The 6-3, 290-pound
senior is ranked as the No. 7
prospect in the state by Rivals.com.
On defense for the Millers
(5-5),Dargan made 57 tackles,
had five sacks and forced two
fumbles coming off a junior season
in which he had 78 tackles, 19 in
the backfield, and 12 sacks. He
started this season coming off an
ankle injury and had to deal with
The injury affected him early on,
but by midseason he was on his
game.Milford Mill lost five games
by a total of 20 points.
Joey Ehrmann, Gilman
Ehrmann, the son of former
Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann, now
an assistant coach at Gilman, had
three excellent seasons for the
Greyhounds and will play at Wake
A 6-3, 200-pound linebacker,
Ehrmann was a senior leader and
anchored a defensive unit that gave
up just 76 points in five games in
MIAA A Conference action.
Ehrmann, who runs the
40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, had
a team-leading 117 tackles (87
unassisted), 31 for losses, and 16
sacks and picked off three passes.
Also a tight end, Ehrmann was
the key blocker on the corner and
had nine receptions for 79 yards
and two touchdowns.
Jason Fischer, Hereford
Fischer's versatility was an asset
for the No. 5 Bulls (13-1) in their run
to the Class 3A state
championship game against
Damascus. Fischer played
defensive back, quarterback (when
starter Tyler Brown was injured late
in the season) and receiver and
was a return specialist.
A 5-11, 195-pound senior with
quickness and excellent field vision,
Fischer had three interceptions and
returned one for a touchdown.He
also ran back two punts for
touchdowns and averaged 14.4
yards on 22 returns.
Fischer had a receiving
touchdown and threw four
touchdown passes among his five
completions in 12 attempts.
J.J. Hicks, Broadneck
Hicks, one of the metro area's
top athletes, was a four-year varsity
player for the No. 9 Bruins (9-3)
and was a standout in the
secondary and as a wide receiver
and occasional kick returner.
The 6-2, 200-pound senior,
who also is one of the area's top
basketball players, led Anne
Arundel County in interceptions
with seven and was as good a
coverman on deep balls as anyone
in the area because of his speed
Hicks had 40 receptions for
911 yards and 16 touchdowns,
including an 81-yard pass from Kyle
Colleran with 55 seconds left to
beat Old Mill, 31-28, and prevent
the Bruins from falling to 0-2.
John Holland, Arundel
A repeat first-team selection,
Holland had another sterling
season in the secondary for the
Class 4A state runner-up Wildcats
(13-1). The 5-9, 170-pound senior
tied the Anne Arundel County
record for interceptions (12) last
season and had four this season.
The drop in interceptions was
because opponents learned not to
throw in his area. Holland broke up
22 passes this season and was in
on 50 tackles, 31 unassisted.
Arundel coach Chuck
Markiewicz (who has spent seven
of his 20 seasons at Arundel) said
Holland is as good a defensive
back as he has coached.
Marlon Johnson, St. Mary's
Johnson, a powerful, 6-4,
225-pound senior defensive end,
was a key player for the No. 15
Saints (8-3) in their MIAA B
Conference championship season.
Going 8-1 in league play, including
the 26-20 title win over two-time
defending champion Archbishop
Spalding, the Johnson-led defense
gave up only 61 points.
Adept at rushing the
quarterback or stopping the run on
his corner, Johnson has excellent
first-step acceleration,which he
used to invade the backfield of
opponents and record a team-best
Johnson also led the Saints in
tackles (95), with 21 for losses. He
plans to visit Toledo and Liberty, his
main college choices.
Zach Martin, River Hill
Martin, a repeat first-team All-
Metro choice, led a defense that
posted a state-record 11 shutouts
and gave up only 21 points total in
its other three games.
Martin led the 2A champion
Hawks in tackles (146, 101
unassisted) for the third straight
year, and 21 of his tackles were
behind the line. The senior also had
two interceptions and two fumble
In three seasons at linebacker,
Martin, 5-10 and 180 pounds,
amassed nearly 450 tackles and
had 60 tackles for losses.On
offense, he ran for more than 1,300
yards and had 13 touchdowns.
Schools interested in Martin
include Maryland, Richmond, and
William and Mary.
Keon Redhead, Dunbar
He was the uncontested leader
of the No. 2 Poets' defense,which
gave up just 11.3 points per game
overall and 8.4 in nine league
games on the way to a second
straight Class 1A state title.
Redhead, a muscular 5-9,
220-pound senior and three-year
starter, led the Poets (14-0) in
unassisted tackles (88) and total
tackles (170) while forcing four
fumbles and recovering four.
An inspirational player,
Redhead roamed from sideline to
sideline stalking ball carriers with
reckless abandon. His teammates
rallied around him as he constantly
reminded them of their main goal --
to win a state title for their late
coach Ben Eaton, who died in
Ryan Schlothauer, Eastern Tech
He was a senior leader for the
No. 6 Mavericks' defense that
gave up just six points in six league
games to win the Baltimore County
3A-2A League. Schlothauer's play
at defensive end led the team to a
13-1 record and a berth in the Class
2A state final,which the Mavericks
lost to No. 1 River Hill, 14-7.
Schlothauer, 6-5 and 220
pounds, had 75 tackles, with 41 of
them unassisted, and racked up a
team-leading 11 sacks. He also had
three forced fumbles and a fumble
recovery in the state final.
Schlothauer, also a tight end,
caught eight passes for 120 yards
and three touchdowns. He also was
a skilled blocker for a wing T offense
that gained more than 3,200 yards
rushing and outscored foes, 497-73.
Name, School, Year, Position
Tony Bagdon Broadneck Senior DL
Elliott Poehlman Loyola Junior DL
Ian Sadon Parkville Senior DL
Tim Bolte Loyola Senior LB
Donnell Brown Poly Senior LB
Tevin Brown Dunbar Junior LB
Jerome Junior Curley Senior LB
Arinze Obiako Arundel Senior LB
Sean Price Severna Park Senior LB
Pat Morrison Severna Park Senior DB
C.J. Townes Joppatowne Senior DB
David Spalt Eastern Tech Senior P
Honorable mention: Cory Anderlik, Century; Josh
Asper, Hereford; Matt Heacock, Loyola; Trae
Higgins, Digital Harbor; Kenyon Kinard, Dunbar;
Mike Macfee, North Carroll; Horace Miller, Dunbar;
Matt Miller, Chesapeake-AA; Marvin
Pinkney, Old Mill; Doug Schenk, McDonogh: Jimmy
Thomas, Spalding; Rod White, Mount St. Joseph.
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation
with The Sun staff and area coaches.
2007 All-Metro Football Team - Defense
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