Player of the Year: Tavon Austin, Dunbar
Perhaps the area's most exciting player, Austin is The Sun's Offensive Player of the
Year a second straight season.
In leading the No. 2 Poets (14-0) to their second straight 1A state championship,
Austin showed dazzling moves while being pursued. Austin, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds,
ran for school records of 2,553 yards and 32 touchdowns on 198 attempts.
He scored seven other touchdowns for a total of 39. He also scored 12 two-point
conversions, giving him an area-high 258 points, and threw a touchdown pass.
Austin,who also plays defensive back, caught 17 passes for 335 yards and three
touchdowns, and scored touchdowns on a punt return, kickoff return, fumble recovery
and interception, the latter coming on a school-record 101-yard return. He had four
interceptions, as well as 50 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Austin,who rushed for a career-high 344 yards against Edmondson this season, has
5,287 career rushing yards,making him only the seventh player in state history to run for
5,000 yards or more. He's fifth on the list and can break the record of 5,920 by Ben
Tate, who played at Stephen Decatur and Snow Hill from 2003 to 2005.
Cody Blue, Wilde Lake
Blue was a standout on both
sides of the football for the No. 12
Wildecats (10-3), who advanced to
the Class 3A state semifinals.
Committed to the University of
Maryland, the 6-foot-5,
280-pound senior two-way tackle
nearly was immovable.He clogged
up running lanes on the defensive
front and laid out foes to clear the
way for his running backs.
Blue, who runs the 40-yard
dash in 4.9 seconds and was a
three-year starter, opened lanes
and cleared out linemen and
linebackers with his brute strength.
He can pull, trap and drive block,
and played a major role in the
Wildecats having two 1,000-yard
rushers in Ashton Hayes and Jerrel
Jeff Braun, Winters Mill
A three-year, two-way starting
center-defensive lineman for the
Falcons, the 6-5, 315-pound senior
was a monster in pads. Braun,who
has committed orally to play at
West Virginia, has been an All-
Carroll County and All-Monocacy
Valley Athletic League selection for
the past three years.
According to coach Ken
Johnson, Braun can play on either
side of the ball at the next level.
With his size, 5.5-time in the
40-yard dash and strength (he set
a record for most bench reps at the
2007 Nike Baltimore combine),
Braun is very imposing at center.
On defense, Braun, ranked
No. 44 at his position by
Rivals.com, made 57 tackles.
Michael Campanaro, River Hill
A second-team pick a year ago,
Campanaro emerged as one of the
metro area's most feared runners
this season as a junior. Campanaro,
5-10 and 175 pounds, is fast (4.4 in
the 40), strong and elusive.
Campanaro led the top-ranked
Hawks (14-0) to a state
championship game for a second
straight season, and they beat
No. 6 Eastern Tech in the final.
A threat to score from
anywhere on the field,Campanaro
ran for 1,884 yards with four
200-yard games to pace a spread
offense that totaled more than
4,300 rushing yards.
He already has received
scholarship offers from Maryland,
Akron and Northwestern.
James Carmon, City
Carmon, a repeat first-team
selection, had another stellar
season for the Knights (8-3),
according to coach George
Undecided on a college,
Carmon, 6-7 and 330 pounds, is
mulling over several offers. The
senior is projected to be a prospect
on both sides. This season, the
intimidating interior lineman
improved his technique on power-blocking
On defense, Carmon, a
menacing pass rusher, had
53 tackles, nine sacks and three
fumble recoveries.He played
especially well at the end of the
Lane Clelland, McDonogh
Clelland, a 6-5, 275-pound
senior, is ranked by Rivals.comas
Maryland's premier lineman and
No. 2 prospect overall behind
Ohio State-bound Lamaar Thomas
of Friendly in Prince George's
A three-year starter for the
No.8 Eagles (6-4), Clelland has a
football scholarship to Notre
Dame.He has wonderful
technique with great first-step
acceleration and runs the 40-yard
dash in 4.9 seconds.Clelland, who
had 20 scholarship offers before
settling on Notre Dame,was
projected by Rivals.comas "an elite
prospect with pro potential."
Clelland, one of the area's most
physical players, is fundamentally
sound run- and pass-blocking.
Nick Elko, Arundel
Anne Arundel County's
Offensive Player of the Year, Elko
broke several county and state
records with his prolific passing in
the Wildcats' no-huddle spread
offense, and also was the team's
Elko, a 6-2, 190-pound senior,
completed 260 of 430 passes for
3,091 yards and a state public
school-record 43 touchdown
passes, while being intercepted
Elko was 34-for-52 for 299
yards and three touchdowns in the
No. 4 Wildcats' 36-30 loss to
Quince Orchard in the Class 4A
state final.He finished with a state-record
3,993 yards of total offense.
Brandon Johnson-Farrell, Arundel
Johnson-Farrell had a record-setting
season and three-year
career as Elko's favorite target in
the Wildcats' no-huddle spread
offense. The speedy 5-10,
185-pound senior playmaker with
great hands and acrobatic moves
set state single-season records for
receptions (103), yards (1,394) and
touchdown catches (23).
In addition, Johnson-Farrell
owns state career records for
receptions (174) and touchdown
This season, Johnson-Farrell
scored 27 touchdowns, including
two on kickoffs and two on punt
Lonnie Liggins, Hereford
The speedy Liggins led a Bulls
offense that produced more than
600 points out of its wing T.A 5-9,
185-pound senior, Liggins ran for
1,321 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He scored 26 times overall.
His three non-rushing
touchdowns came via two kickoffs,
one for a team-record 99 yards,
and an interception. Liggins, who
plays in the secondary when he is
not running the football, finished
with three interceptions.
Liggins, who bench-presses a
team-high 315 pounds, runs the
40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and
has a vertical leap of 35 inches, has
drawn interest from several
Division I schools.He appears to
be leaning toward Army, according
to coach Steve Turnbaugh.
Doug Shaw, Loyola
Shaw, a 6-foot, 230-pound
junior two-way tackle for the
Maryland Interscholastic Athletic
Association A Conference co-champions,
was considered by the
coaching staff to be the top
offensive lineman for the No. 3
Strong and quick with superb
lateral movement, Shaw is a
power-blocker who can pull out if
necessary and has good technique
as a pass-blocker to keep foes off
junior quarterback Leon Kinnard.
Shaw's work on the interior line
allowed the Dons to get 31.7 points
a game in one of the most
competitive schedules in the state.
On defense, Shaw made 12 of
his 40 tackles behind the line of
Dave Stinebaugh, Perry Hall
The multi-talented junior and
two-year starter led the No. 10
Gators to a 10-2 playoff season as
a tight end, running back,
linebacker, corner and safety.His
versatile play earned him a
promotion to first-team All-Metro.
Stinebaugh,who is a solid 6-5
and 205 pounds, caught
55 passes for 1,035 yards and 13
of his 16 total touchdowns.He ran
the ball three times for 42 yards
and a score and was 2-for-4
passing for 63 yards and a TD.
His touchdown pass came on a
hitch route behind the line of
scrimmage, as he took Dan Deitz's
lateral and threw downfield to Matt
Wood to complete a 51-yard
touchdown with 1:08 left fora
25-20 win over Franklin.
Adam Yates, Hereford
Yates consistently boomed his
kickoffs into the end zone, denying
returns by his opponents. The 5-11
senior converted 78 of 79 extra-point
kicks, which was one shy of
the state record.
Possessing a potent offense, the
Bulls only attempted 10 field goals,
and Yates converted six, four inside
the 30- to 39-yard range.His
longest field goal was 39 yards.
Name, School, Year, Position
Leon Kinnard Loyola Junior QB
Terence Garvin Loyola Junior RB
Kelechi Odocha Atholton Senior RB
Malek Redd River Hill Junior RB
Lee Reynolds Poly Senior RB
Gerrard Sheppard McDonogh Senior WR
Ryan Bounds River Hill Senior OL
Tyler Goldberg McDonogh Senior OL
John MacDonald Arundel Senior OL
Joe Petrides Curley Senior OL
Stanley Savoy Edmondson Senior OL
Chappy Cole Broadneck Senior K
Honorable mention: Ryan Barber, Broadneck; Andrew
Bishop, Southern; Antonio Brown, Dunbar;
Derryck Davis, Eastern Tech; Jay Drenner, Mount
St. Joseph; Beau Haworth, Archbishop Spalding;
Ashton Hayes, Wilde Lake; Corey Jubb, North
Harford; Nick Krempasanka, Hereford: Stefan
Mitchell, North Carroll; Dontra Peters, St.
Mary's; Mike Santiago, Oakland Mills.
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation
with The Sun staff and area coaches.