PLAYERS OF THE YEAR OFFENSE -- Corey Contee, Southern -- Contee was the leader of team that rewrote its own record book with 429 points in 13 games. The speedy 6-foot, 155-pound senior led the county in scoring with 128 points, the fifth highest total in county history. Contee led his team in rushing (1,198 yards), was second in touchdowns (16), set a school single-game record for points-after touchdown (six) and the season record for PATs (32). He also ran back kicks, and from defensive back was second in the county in interceptions (six), one short of the school record. If ever a player fit the all-purpose label, it was Contee, who did it all for the Bulldogs.
DEFENSE -- Troy Fowlkes, North County, LB -- He was the quintessential player at his position, big and fast, and rivaled Severna Park's Ron Green as the county's most feared hunter. A big-time college prospect who was an All-County defensive line in 1992, he led the county in tackles (196, 80 unassisted), had three sacks, forced several fumbles and scored three touchdowns.
@COACH OF THE YEAR Buck Gardner, Southern -- Before the season began, Gardner, who never had won more than six games in any of his previous 19 years, expected his Bulldogs to win "eight or nine games and make the playoffs for the first time." The reason for his optimism ++ was the return of 14 players, 11 of whom started both ways in 1992. It was a nucleus that Gardner and his staff honed into the school's first football playoff team that had its greatest season ever. Fighting off a ruptured disc by donning a neck brace after surgery at mid-season, Gardner masterfully delegated authority on his staff with assistant coach Jeff Cranford playing the key role. Together they led Southern to an 11-2 campaign and was Class 2A state runner-up to Damascus. The Bulldogs set a state regular-season record in points scored (366) and tied the state record for most touchdowns (54). Gardner's laid-back style guided Southern to its greatest season while playing what
probably was its toughest schedule.
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE * Jarryn Avery, North County, G -- A consummate lineman who combined power and speed in fueling the Knights' potent run-and-shoot offense . . . first-team repeater at his position.
* Kenny Boyd, Annapolis, RB -- The county's leading rusher set the school regular-season record for rushing (1,365), just 13 yards short of the overall school record set by Shawn Taylor in 11 games last year . . . a workhorse (225 carries), he also tied for the county lead in touchdowns (17) and was third in points scored (108).
* Greg Carobrese, St. Mary's, T -- A powerful blocker on the
run-and-pass with great lateral movement, this 1992 second-team choice also led the Saints in sacks (10) as a down lineman on defense.
* Teon Carter, North County, SE -- He was a first-team defensive back in 1992, and was again brilliant both ways for the 4A county and East Region champs . . . led team in pass receptions (37), yards receiving (539), all-purpose yards (1,185), touchdowns (14), total points (84) and interceptions (four).
* Jim Dulay, Glen Burnie, G -- Considered to be the Gophers' top lineman on both sides of the ball, was a stellar trap blocker and led his team in tackles (76) and sacks (11).
* Mark Frye, Severna Park, RB -- One of only six underclassmen on the first team, he emerged as one of the most feared backs in the county with his speed and dazzling moves from scrimmage and running back kicks for the 7-3 Falcons . . . led team in rushing (1,003 yards on 134 attempts, 7.4 average), receiving (11-for-202, 18.3 average) and scoring (11 touchdowns, 66 points) . . . also had two interceptions at defensive back.
* Mark Kiefer, St. Mary's, K -- The metro area's premier kicker/punter is a blue-chipper . . . tied county record for most field goals in a season (nine), set county career record for field goals (16) and put up the second highest punting average (46.6) in county history.
* Jamar Mullen, Southern, TE -- One of the county's fastest players with 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard -- . . . leaning toward attending Navy . . . was used as a receiver, running back, kick returner and defensive back . . . one of three Bulldogs with 100 or more points (112), finished tied for county lead in touchdowns (17), had 704 yards rushing, caught 18 passes for 397 yards, had four interceptions including a county-record-tying yard return.
* Jeff Ogle, Annapolis, T -- A rugged two-way lineman who was often the main blocker for Kenny Boyd (county-leading 1,365 yards) in the Panthers' trap-oriented offense . . . as a down lineman on the other side of the ball, was in on more than 40 tackles.
* Justin Rice, North County, QB -- Taking the reins of the Knights' run-and-shoot offense for the first time as a senior, Rice tied the state season record for touchdown passes (28) and completed 153 of 245 passes (62 percent) for 2,032 yards in becoming the third Knight in four years to crack the 2,000-yard milestone.
* Jason Smith, Broadneck, SE -- A first-team repeater, he set state record for pass receptions (75) and county records for yards receiving (1,065) and touchdown catches (12) while setting school records for touchdowns and total points (84) . . . his county-leading seven interceptions at defensive back was one short of the Bruins' record.
* Kenny Walker, Meade, RB -- An All-County back as a sophomore, Walker bounced back from an injury-riddled junior season to rush for 1,278 yards on 179 attempts (7.1 average) and scored 11 touchdowns for the 3-7 Stangs . . . also sparkled at linebacker.
* Beau Watkins, Annapolis, C -- Established himself as the county's premier center as a sophomore, this first-team repeater was the force behind the Panthers' straight-ahead strength.
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE * Doran Brown, Meade, LB -- Another athlete who combines quickness with power resulting in team-leading marks in tackles
(125), sacks (four) and blocked kicks (three).
* Jermond Davenport, Severna Park, LB -- When Ron Green didn't jar an opposing ball carrier, this junior usually did in establishing himself as one of the county's top five toughest hitters with 133 tackles to go with two interceptions.
* Kevyn Dodson, Arundel, LB -- One of the main reasons for the Wildcats' first winning season (6-4) since 1985, this hard-nosed senior delivered bone-crunching hits in pacing the team in tackles (128) and sacks (three) while picking up the tough yards on offense. He gained 502 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns at fullback.
* Cory Fowler, North County, DL -- A near-immovable force with surprising lateral movement and agility for a player of his stature (6-2, 260), he was in on more than 40 tackles when teams dared run on his side.
* Ron Green, Severna Park, DL -- A Division I prospect being recruited by a host of Atlantic Coast Conference schools, including Maryland, was like a roadblock on defense where he led team in tackles (185) and set a county record for sacks (16). On the other side of the ball, he opened the lanes for the Falcons' power offense.
* Jeff Hedrick, Arundel, DB -- Winner is a label that fits this defensive back well because of his clutch ability, which earned him All-Metro status in 1992 . . . in on nearly 100 tackles, he smothered two fumbles and picked off four passes to give him 10 for two years, and on offense had over 500 all-purpose yards (276 receiving).
* Chris Johnson, Annapolis, DB -- Among the county leaders in interceptions with four, including two he returned for touchdowns, one of which was 101 yards to tie the county record . . . had a knack for breaking up passes and was a quick,
* Justin Kiernan, St. Mary's, DL -- Playing on the defensive side of the ball only, he was able to go full throttle with his intimidating 6-3 and 235-pound frame making 65 tackles, including eight sacks for the Saints.
* Chuck Manns, Old Mill, P -- His booming kicks were a bright spot in the Patriots' 1-9 season . . . the only sophomore on the first team, he was second in punting only to St. Mary's Mark Kiefer with an average of 39.7 yards and at quarterback completed 30 of 80 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
* Reggie Moore, North County, DE -- A four-year starter who began his career as a quarterback-defensive back but emerged as a ferocious hitter with big-play ability, he led the Knights in sacks (six) and was second in tackles (146).
Rocky Newton, Glen Burnie, DB -- A broken hand protected by a cast did not hamper this speed demon as he made nearly 60 tackles, had four interceptions and posted six hits that separated the receiver from the ball.
* Jason Poknis, Southern, DE -- Most teams ran away from the side of this bull-like senior as the Bulldogs marched to their greatest season . . . led club in sacks (five), superb at turning plays in, and at fullback rushed for 993 yards and 11 touchdowns.
* Wayne Small, Southern, DB -- Another standout two-way performer, Small (5-6, 135) played big, setting a county record for fumble recoveries (six), had four interceptions and on offense had 24 catches for 452 yards, 16 touchdowns and 104 points.
HOW THE TEAM AS PICKED
The Baltimore Sun All-Anne Arundel County Football Team was selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with county coaches.