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1994 All-Baltimore City/County Football Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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* Bobby Sabelhaus, McDonogh, senior, quarterback -- Rated the nation's No. 1 quarterback in the preseason by SuperPrep Magazine, Sabelhaus (6 feet 6, 225 pounds) has set a state record for passing yards (5,826) as well as completed passes (338) for the MIAA runner-up Eagles. Sabelhaus, who has thrown for 49 career touchdowns, amassed a personal-best 1,993 passing yards this season and 16 touchdowns -- three shy of the personal-best 19 he had as a sophomore. The Eagles were 22-6 with Sabelhaus in the lineup, including 9-0 during his junior year. Recruited by a number of schools, Sabelhaus has narrowed his choices to Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Duke and Boston College.

FIRST-TEAM AT A GLANCE

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* Dennis Badham, McDonogh, senior, wide receiver -- Badham, a three-time All-City/County performer and an All-Metro pick last year, caught 56 passes for 614 yards and nine touchdowns, to establish state records in career receptions (154), career yardage (2,878) and career touchdown receptions (38). Badham is considering Wisconsin, Boston College, Florida, South Carolina State and Tulane.

* Tyrone Bailey, Patterson, senior, lineman -- This two-way, 6-3, 278-pounder has quick feet and moved quickly to break open holes for Ryan Lewis. He was also among the Clippers' top

defensive players with 71 tackles (29 solo) and seven sacks. Bailey likes Temple, Maryland, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

* Jason Bloom, Perry Hall, senior, kicker -- Bloom (6-4, 180), a repeat All-City/County pick and an All-Metro selection last year, set two records -- one a public school state record for career field goals with 13 -- three shy of the overall state record held by St. Mary's Mark Kiefer (16). The other is an overall state record for the longest field goal of 57 yards. Bloom this year went 7-for-10 with game-winners of 44 and 19 yards and lists Maryland, Virginia Tech or N.C. State among his college picks.

* Reggie Boyce, Dunbar, senior, running back -- At 6-foot, 195 pounds and with a 4.4-second 40-yard -- spring, Boyce (1,716 yards on 119 carries, 24 touchdowns) is the complete package of speed and power. He averages nearly 14 yards per carry and per game 149 yards and just over two touchdowns. Boyce, who has returned five punts for 162 yards and a touchdown, is considering Clemson and Arizona.

* Scott Brown, Loyola, senior, running back -- In nine games, Brown rushed 203 times for 1,374 yards, 14 touchdowns and five two-point conversions. Among his best efforts was a 187-yard, four-touchdown performance on 34 carries in a come-from-behind 38-33 victory over McDonogh. An accomplished lacrosse player, Brown (5-8, 195) hopes to play that sport in college at either Navy, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wake Forest or Delaware.

* Tarren Crawford, Randallstown, senior, lineman -- At 6-6, 325 pounds, Crawford can sometimes be immovable. Agile for his size, Crawford -- who wears a size 18 shoe -- blocked well for quarterback T.J. Williamson and running back Angelo Todd. Crawford has not narrowed down his college preferences.

* Eddie Hooper, City, senior, lineman -- A guard on offense and a defensive tackle, the 6-4, 300-pound Hooper led the way for running backs Damian Beane and Taber Small, who combined for more than 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. "He was exceptional as both a pulling guard and a trap-blocker," said City coach George Petrides. Hooper, a B-average student who has satisfied the NCAA's freshman eligibility requirements, likes Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Maryland.

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* Ian Hunt, Loyola, senior, lineman -- A two-way player for the Dons, Hunt (6-1, 230) was not only among the Dons' top tacklers, but as a center, ran a 4.8 and cleared the way through the middle for Brown to rush for more than 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. An excellent student, Hunt is considering Georgetown, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Navy.

* Ryan Lewis, Patterson, senior, running back -- Lewis (5-10 180), who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard --, rushed for 1,653 yards and 31 touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards a carry. As a safety, Lewis (110 tackles) was the team's second-leading tackler for the second straight season. A three-year starter, he has 3,103 career rushing yards and 49 touchdowns -- a school scoring record. He hopes his talents and a 3.2 grade average carry him to either Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina or Texas A&M.;

* Willie McGirt, Patterson, senior, quarterback -- McGirt rushed 78 times for 1,007 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was 76-for-123 passing for 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns. McGirt (6-3, 195) has accounted for 57 career touchdowns on 253-for-441 passing for 3,429 yards, and 150 carries for 1,363 yards at Patterson, which is 30-4 with him in the lineup. As a punter, McGirt had good placement, booting the ball 18 times for 675 yards -- an average of 37.5 yards. McGirt, with a 3.2 grade average, is checking out Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

* James McIntyre, Gilman, senior, wide receiver -- McIntyre crammed 37 receptions for 715 yards and 10 touchdowns -- second among area receivers -- into eight games. It's an average of four receptions for 89 yards per game at 19.3 yards per catch. He also averaged 25.6 yards a kick return. "He killed us," said Loyola coach Joe Brune, referring to McIntyre's effort in a 32-30 ,, loss to Gilman. McIntyre, an A student, likes Princeton for lacrosse.

* Alex Mueller, Gilman, senior, lineman -- Equally effective as a drive blocker and a pass protector, Mueller (6-5, 260) was an aggressive tackle with quick feet. R.C. Kauffman rushed for 1,020 yards and eight touchdowns behind Mueller and David Payne. Mueller, who also played defense in critical situations, likes among others, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Duke and Bucknell.

* Jevon Norris, Mount St. Joseph, senior, running back -- An explosive 4.5-second 40-yard --er, Norris (5-10, 170) had 120 carries for 1,467 yards and 20 touchdowns in nine games -- an average of 163 yards and 2.2 touchdowns a game and 12.2 yards per carry. Norris, as effective at breaking tackles as he was eluding them, is interested in Grambling, Wake Forest and Maryland.

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* Martin Prosper, Poly, senior, wide receiver -- At 6-4, 165, Prosper (35 receptions, 727 yards, 12 touchdowns) is always a threat to score. Prosper averaged three receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown a game and 21.4 yards a catch, consistently running excellent routes effectively against various types of coverage. He would like to attend Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech or Johns Hopkins.

* David Payne, Gilman, senior, lineman -- When the hard-nosed Payne (6-2, 280) and Mueller dug in, they were perhaps the area's best blocking combination on protection for the pass or on the run. Payne, a 3.5 student, likes Princeton, Georgetown, Bucknell, Washington & Lee and Franklin & Marshall.

* Kenny Williams, Lake Clifton, senior, running back -- The 6-3, 215-pound Williams was a punishing runner, amassing 1,396 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries. Williams, a sometime linebacker, handled the bulk of the Lakers' running chores and is viewed by coach David White as having big-time college potential. Williams is considering Boston College, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Maryland.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Tommy Polley, Dunbar, junior, linebacker -- Polley was a big reason the Poets (30-4 with him in the lineup) have seven shutouts and have outscored opponents by 374-24 (or 34 points to 2.1) in 11 games as only the second Baltimore City team to reach the state finals. Polley (6 feet 5, 195 pounds) has 17 sacks this year and 41 career sacks. His 163 tackles (including 106 solo and a safety) raised his career tackles to 337. "He hasn't stayed blocked since his freshman season," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "Bar none, I think he's the best player in Baltimore." Polley has four fumble recoveries and six interceptions, one of which he returned for a 53-yard touchdown. He had five interceptions last year. As a tight end, Polley has 40 receptions for 667 yards and five touchdowns, surpassing last year's effort (28, 479, two). In the Poets' 8-6 semifinal win over Cambridge, Polley (14 tackles, nine solo) made a touchdown-saving tackle at the Dunbar 8 after a 46-yard run, a tackle for a loss with Cambridge driving at fourth-and-1 at Dunbar's 5, and an interception to stop another Cambridge drive. "He stuffed us on some runs," said Cambridge coach Doug Fleetwood. "He's a fine athlete."

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FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Lance Askins, Dunbar, senior, defensive back -- Askins (6-1, 190) has nine of the 41 interceptions by Dunbar's secondary, and has been in on 89 tackles (57 solo). With a 4.6 40-yard dash, he's steady in man-to-man coverage, pursues nicely, is a good open-field tackler, and can play a receiver up close off the line. He is undecided about colleges.

* Damian Beane, City, junior, defensive back -- Called the team's second-best all-around contributor by coach George Petrides, Beane (5-8, 175) was among the Knights' top tacklers -- a sure-tackler in the defensive secondary -- and had two interceptions while rarely coming off the field. A leader by example, Beane also rushed for 935 yards and 12 touchdowns.

* Shamai Butler, Dunbar, senior, lineman -- Butler (6-foot, 217) has amassed 138 tackles (81 solo) in 11 games and a team-high 19 1/2 sacks, including two sacks in the Poets' 8-6 victory over Cambridge in last week's 2A semifinal. Butler, who also has two fumble recoveries, is undecided about his college preferences but coach Stanley Mitchell likes his chances in Division I-AA.

* Keion Carpenter, Woodlawn, senior, defensive back -- A preseason honorable-mention All-American in SuperPrep, Carpenter (5-10, 180) took the Warriors as far as his leadership could. Using his 4.4-second, 40-yard -- speed, he had seven interceptions as a defensive back, passed for 1,007 yards and 16 touchdowns as quarterback, and rushed for 617 yards and six more scores. Boston College, Wisconsin and Maryland are his college interests.

* Carl Carter, Dunbar, senior, lineman -- Carter (6-4, 245), who has 155 tackles (101 solo) and 16 1/2 sacks for the Poets as well as four fumble recoveries, is quick off the snap for his size. An honor student at Dunbar, Carter looks like a good Division I prospect, according to Mitchell, but is undecided about his college choices.

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* Cliff Dawson, Mount St. Joseph, senior, lineman -- Dawson had 81 tackles (62 solo) and a team-high 10 sacks with one fumble recovery. At 6-foot, 185 pounds, Dawson "has great quickness," said coach Mike Working. Dawson likes Hampton and St. John's.

* Darnell Dezurn, Poly, senior, lineman -- With 64 tackles (42 solo) and 14 1/2 sacks, Dezurn (5-7, 205) was the top tackler on a squad that yielded an average of six points and against five shutouts during the regular season. Delaware, Delaware State, Frostburg, Morgan and Western Maryland are among Dezurn's college interests.

* Justin Flint, Loyola, senior, lineman -- A two-way player, the stocky Flint (6-1, 230) had 76 tackles (40 solo) and six sacks as a nose guard for the MIAA runner-up Dons. He was also a key blocker for running back Scott Brown. Flint, who carries a 3.8 average, is considering Johns Hopkins, Catholic and Western Maryland.

* Terrence Hinton, Dunbar, senior, linebacker -- At 5-8, 200 pounds, Hinton leads the Poets' defense in total tackles (175) and solo tackles (111) and also has 13 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Hinton, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard --, also has rushed 59 times for 587 yards and a touchdown and four conversions. Temple and UCLA are among his interests.

* Kenny Hunter, Mount St. Joseph, senior, linemen -- Hunter (6-2, 255) had 65 tackles (45 solo) to go with five sacks and three fumble recoveries. An MIAA champion wrestler, Hunter had cat-like balance and quickness, which "kept people off of our inside linebacker," said defensive coordinator Walt Lambert. Hunter likes Maryland, Morgan, Howard and Pennsylvania.

* Joe Mechlinski, Patterson, senior, linebacker -- This muscular 5-10, 180-pounder led the Clippers in tackles for the second straight year with 139 (29 solo) after garnering 119 tackles last year. Mechlinski, who carries a 3.8 average, wants to attend either Johns Hopkins or Holy Cross.

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* Lorne Smith, Gilman, senior, punter -- Smith (6-4, 175), also the Greyhounds' quarterback, passed for 1,018 yards and 13 touchdowns (an average of 16.7 yards per completion) while punting effectively for hang time and placement. Smith, a Division I lacrosse prospect, averaged 39 yards over the first six games until twice having to punt for location against Loyola inside the Dons' 45 -- once pinning them at their own 2. He finished with 15 punts for an average of over 35 yards in eight games. Princeton is his top college choice.

* Sebastian Smothers, Poly, senior, lineman -- A repeat All-City pick and a second-team All-Metro pick last year, Smothers (5-11, 235) used his 4.7-second 40-yard -- speed to amass 48 tackles (25 solo), nine sacks and two fumble recoveries. With an 1,150 Scholastic Assessment Test score and a 3.2 average, Smothers has designs on being a nuclear engineer by studying at Pennsylvania, Delaware, Tennessee, Maryland or Georgia Tech.

* Dwayne Stukes, McDonogh, senior, defensive back -- Stukes (5-11, 190), a repeat All-City/County and an All-Metro last year, had 108 tackles (76 solo) and four fumble recoveries and returned his two interceptions for scores. A preseason SuperPrep All-American, Stukes used his 4.4-second speed to rush for 663 yards and 10 touchdowns, catch 25 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns, return punts for 285 yards and two touchdowns and return kickoffs for 230 yards and a touchdown. The B student has 4,621 all-purpose yards and 41 touchdowns over four seasons and likes Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke and Florida.

* Mike Wilson, Northern, senior, linebacker -- As the cornerstone in Northern's turnaround from an 0-10 season to a 6-4 record and a third-place finish in the City 3A League this year, Wilson (6-4, 240) had 142 tackles (79 solo), eight sacks, four fumble recoveries and an interception.

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Mike Working, Mount St. Joseph -- Working transferred to Mount St. Joseph last spring from McDonogh, where he went, 2-8, then 7-3, then 9-0 over three seasons -- the latter record earning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association league crown. At Mount St. Joseph, he was looking at a program that returned just three starters -- sophomore quarterback Lucas Phillips and two defensemen -- from a program that had gone 3-7 the previous season. Working, whose squad was unranked in the preseason, combined the three returnees with players up from an undefeated junior varsity squad. The Gaels faced six teams that were ranked, averaging 40 points over their first eight games and losing only to McDonogh, 21-18. The Gaels (8-1) finished with a season-ending No. 4 area ranking and the MIAA league co-championship with Gilman. Working's two running backs, senior Jevon Norris and junior Archie Wannamaker, each gained more than 1,000 yards, and Phillips' two-year totals (2,585 career passing yards, 23 career touchdowns) have him on pace to break the state passing yardage record (5,826 yards).

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PICKING THE TEAMS

The Baltimore Sun 1994 All-Baltimore City/County football teams were selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with staff and area coaches.


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