Off. Player of Year
Steve Kelley, Kenwood, Sr., RB: With 35 touchdowns -- two shy of the single-season area-record held by Randallstown's Larry Washington -- the 5-11, 205-pound Kelley scored all but three of Kenwood's touchdowns, helping the Bluebirds to a 6-4 record after an 0-4 start. Kelley, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard --, had his first big effort in a rout of then-No. 15 Dulaney, when he scored five touchdowns on 275 yards. Later, in a 47-0 rout of Parkville, Kelley (average of 11.1 yards per carry) set a single-game record for touchdowns with seven . He ranks as the state's top scorer with (212 points) and rusher (2,129 yards, 191 carries) and has the state record for average yards per game (212.9). Top colleges have expressed interest in Kelley, said coach Greg Fuhrman, "but he's now got to buckle down on his SATs and his grades." Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy said: "He's the best I've seen since Larry Washington [former All-Metro Player of the Year]."
Wayne Barbour, Woodlawn, Sr., L : Barbour (6-1, 255) had a 94 percent blocking ratio, with 4.8 speed in the 40-yard --, was a great downfield blocker for running back Maurice Walker (1,508 yards, 16 TDs). Defensively, alternating between nose guard and linebacker, Barbour had eight sacks, caused three fumbles, recovered six fumbles, and had 120 tackles (70 solo).
Chris Berrier, St. Paul's, Sr., RB: The 5-11, 205-pound Berrier (a school-record 1,781 yards, 221 carries, 8.06 avg., 22 TDs) ranks second among area rushers and third in the state. Berrier (300-pound bench press) runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, averaged 178.1 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game, and had a school-record 1,830 all-purpose yards. Berrier is an A-plus student with a 1,400 SAT score.
Brandon Bortner, St. Paul's, Sr., L: Coach Brian Abbott calls Bortner (6-1, 235), a second-year starter, "one of the best linemen in the area. We ran behind him all year." The fleet-footed senior played tackle both offensively and defensively, and bench-pressed 290.
Ali Culpepper, Dunbar, Jr., RB: At 5-11, 195 and with a 4.4 40-yard dash, Culpepper (16 touchdowns) had 1,761 yards on 144 carries (12.2 yard average) and is 122 shy of what is believed to be a school record set last year by Reggie Boyce (1,883 yards, now at Florida A&M;). Culpepper is fourth among state rushers and third in the area entering this weekend's 3A state title game against Churchill.
Mike Jaski, Patterson, Sr., PK: A three-year starter, Jaski was 15-for-18 on extra-point kicks, had a field goal for 27 yards, and routinely booted balls into or out of the end zone. For his career, Jaski was 57-for-67 on extra points, and 4-for-6 on field goals with 37 yards being the longest.
Deon Johnson, Dunbar, Sr., L: Johnson stands 6-3, and weighs 320 but is "agile and very quick for his size," said offensive line coach Ben Eaton. Johnson has a 3.3 grade average and, with a 970 SAT score, easily met the NCAA's new standards for freshman eligibility. Clemson, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Pitt, James Madison and Northeastern are interested.
Mike Jones, Mervo, Sr., L: Size, balance and smarts make this 6-5, 320-pounder an attractive college prospect, said his coach, John Blake. "He opened a lot of holes for Andrew Scott [1,249 yards, 15 TDs] and used his weight well," said Blake. Georgia Tech, Howard, Fordham and James Madison are interested in Jones, a solid student who scored over 1,000 on his SAT.
Terril Lowery, Lake Clifton, Jr., WR: After netting over 700 receiving yards and eight touchdowns to earn second-team All-Metro honors last year, Lowery (6-0, 185), who runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, had 25 receptions, 670 yards and 10 touchdowns this year.
Terry Otto, Patterson, Sr., L: Otto, a third-year starting two-way lineman, used his balance and size (6-3, 265) to clear the way for Simmons (25 TDs). Otto is also a skilled long snapper.
Lucas Phillips, Mount St. Joseph, Jr., QB: Phillips (6-2, 178) threw for 1,749 yards and 17 touchdowns and was good on 94 of 158 attempts (59.5 percent) to help the Gaels clinch a tie for their second straight MIAA A co-championship. He has thrown for 4,534 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons.
Todd Pivec, Loyola, Sr., L: Pivec was not only an effective receiver (10 catches, 115 yards), but an excellent, mobile blocker with good speed in both running and passing situations to help the Dons turn an 0-4 start into a 6-4 championship year. The son of former tight end David Pivec (Notre Dame, Los Angeles Rams), Pivec (6-2, 225) has the size and agility to go to the next level.
Arthur Price, Loyola, Sr., WR: Price (6-5, 215) had great speed and hands,and was tough to defend. He had 27 receptions for 629 yards and four touchdowns, scoring at critical times.
Danny Rosewag, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., WR: The speedy Rosewag (3.3 grade average, 1050 SAT) was always a deep threat, for the second straight season. This year, he hauled in 40 passes for 825 yard and 13 touchdowns, leading all Baltimore City/County receivers. He had nine receptions in the last two games.
Dwayne Simmons, Patterson, Sr., RB: Simmons (5-8, 165) rushed for 1,663 yards and 25 TDs. He finished as the state's third highest scorer with 178 points, and the area's sixth-leading rusher. He runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.
Anthony Smith, Owings Mills, Jr., L: Voted among the best 33 linemen at an Art Monk camp over the summer, Smith (6-1, 235) is "a very smart, very physical blocker, even down field. And defensively, most teams just ran away from him," said coach Ray Groszkowski, who considers Smith as a major reason the Eagles went from 2-8 last year to 8-2 this year.
Archie Wannamaker, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., RB: With 1,731 rushing yards over nine games, Wannamaker (5-8, 170) ranks as the area's fifth best rusher, and the state's sixth, and as the state's No. 2 scorer with 33 touchdowns -- nearly twice as many as he had last year. In a 53-18 rout of City, Wannamaker (4.5 40-yard dash) rushed for a state record 368 yards and tied the state record of seven touchdowns -- established a day earlier by Kenwood's Steve Kelley.
Anthony Wiggins, Dunbar, Sr., QB: Just 5-9, 160 pounds, Wiggins, who leads the Poets against Churchill in tomorrow's state Class 3A final, is 84-for-127 (66.1 percent) for 1,695 yards and eight touchdowns and just three interceptions. Wiggins (4.6 40-yard dash) has scrambled and rushed for 640 yards.
Def. Player of Year
Tommy Polley, Dunbar, Sr., LB: Last year, Patterson coach Roger Wrenn called Polley "the best player in Baltimore." This year, Polley (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) was a preseason honorable-mention All-America linebacker in SuperPrep. No. 1 Dunbar, winner of last year's 2A state championship at 12-0, is 41-5 with Polley in the lineup and is attempting to win the 3A state title tomorrow against Churchill. The senior has 15 sacks this year, 57 for his career -- or an average of 14.25 sacks per season. Polley has 277 yards on 11 interceptions -- five more than last year -- including one returned for an 85-yard touchdown. He also has scored on two of six fumble recoveries. As a tight end, he leads the team in receptions with 32, is tied for first in touchdown receptions (three) and ranks second with 571 receiving yards. Last year, Polley caught 40 passes for 667 yards and five touchdowns and recovered four fumbles. Polley -- also being recruited in basketball, where he was an All-Metro last year -- is being recruited by a long list of Division I programs.
Rahim Booth, Patterson, Sr., LB: A second-team All-Metro pick last year, Booth (6-2, 230) was the force in the middle for the four-time City 4A champion Clippers (10-1). He racked up 113 tackles (23 solo), and his 8 1/2 sacks rank second all-time at Patterson. Booth also intercepted a pass for a touchdown, recovered five fumbles and blocked three punts.
Dominic Boyd, Forest Park, Sr., L: Forest Park coach Obie Barnes likes hard-nosed defensive players, and Boyd (5-10, 190) fit the bill. As a nose guard, he had 78 tackles (32 solo) and five sacks, recovered two fumbles and caused another.
Dante Briley, Mervo, Sr., DB: At 6-3, 190, Briley was a solid secondary threat, hauling in eight interceptions -- third in the city -- and was the Mustangs' top tackler with 67 solo. Schools such as James Madison, Lehigh and West Virginia have been after Briley.
Ryan Burch, Loyola, Sr., LB: Though 6-5, 250 pounds, Burch has 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard dash. A nasty hitter and vicious run-stopper ended the year with 70 solo tackles, 28 assists and "around seven sacks, and numerous fumbles caused," said Loyola coach Joe Brune. Burch turned down a scholarship offer to Pitt to orally commit to a full scholarship to Boston College.
Ty Burris, Milford Mill, Jr., L: At 5-11, 260, Burris -- who runs a 4.9 40-yard --, alternated as an LB. A 3.6 student in the Millers' magnet program, Burris (126 tackles, 57 solo, 14 sacks) has the looks of a future blue-chipper.
Djorrel Dunn, Lake Clifton, Soph., LB: Dunn (6-1, 200) had his best games against Dunbar (15 tackles, two sacks) when Dunbar's top back Ali Culpepper gained just 29 yards; Mervo (10 tackles, two sacks, two blocked passes, 52 yards rushing) when top back Andrew Scott gained just 56; and Patterson (11 tackles, blocked punt) when top back Dwayne Simmons was held to 55 yards. Dunn ended the year with 90 tackles, nine sacks, 10 hurries and five fumble recoveries.
Dwayne Green, Dunbar, Sr., L: Green (6-4, 255 pounds, 4.8 40-yard dash) has 11 sacks, three fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, and an interception. Green, named a Street and Smith's preseason All-American, has heard from Nebraska, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Temple and Hampton.
Scott Kim, St. Paul's, Sr., LB: Kim (5-10, 215) "was the best defensive player on a team that allowed an average of 2.7 points per game with six shutouts," said coach Brian Abbott. Kim, who runs a 4.8 40-yard --, ended the year with 78 tackles (30 behind the line of scrimmage), 11 sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception for a touchdown.
Ross Lusco, Randallstown, Sr., L: Despite his size, Lusco (5-11, 190) was a vicious hitter. Lusco, who runs a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, ended the year with 45 solo tackles, 10 sacks, five batted passes, two fumble recoveries and also was an excellent student with a 3.25 grade average and an 1,160 SAT score.
Da'Vaughn Mellerson, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., L: At 6-4, 250, Mellerson (82 tackles, 10 sacks, one fumble recovery) led a Gaels' squad that limited opponents to under 10 points per game with three shutouts en route to a second straight MIAA A crown. He's being recruited by Virginia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Maryland.
Willie Mitchell, Hickey, Sr., DB: With a 4.5 40-yard dash, Mitchell (5-9, 168) led the first-year program to a 7-2 record and a 1A state playoff berth. Mitchell, a free safety and corner back, had an area-leading 12 interceptions along with 81 tackles (37 solo) and a sack.
Brandon Scarborough, Milford Mill, Sr., DB: At just 5-10, 168 pounds, Scarborough, aided the turnaround of the Millers' program by playing defensive back, quarterback, punter, and on punt and kick returns. Scarborough, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, had 118 tackles (37 solo), five sacks and four interceptions, and went 4-for-9 passing for 109 yards. He also caught six passes and rushed for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Jeff Sewell, Catonsville, Sr., DB: In his first year playing football, Sewell helped to stabilize the Comets through a 7-3 season. Sewell (6-1, 170), also a basketball player, often used his great leaping ability to snag nine interceptions.
Pat Stafford, Patterson, Sr., L: Tireless as a two-way player, Stafford (6-2, 278) was surprisingly quick for his size when playing at end and as a down lineman on defense. He finished with 68 tackles (12 solo), four sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Ben Welch, Woodlawn, Sr., P: Over 15 attempts, Welch averaged 39.5 yards. "He had excellent placement of the ball and could go deep or aim it," said coach Brian Scriven. "He had great hands."
Derry Williams, Dunbar, Jr., DB: Williams, who overcame a broken elbow injury early in the season, ranks second on the team with 10 interceptions (returned for 152 yards) and at just 5-9, 160, often out-leaps taller opponents for the ball. Williams also has 68 tackles (25 solo) and has nine batted down passes.
Coaches of the Year
Joe Brune, Loyola: No. 15 Loyola graduated its entire offensive line, a starting quarterback, running back and receiver from a program that was 7-3 last year. Yet despite an offense being run by a sophomore quarterback, Brant Hall, it battled tough in early losses to Gonzaga, 8-7, then ranked No. 4 by The Washington Post, to then-No. 4 C. Milton Wright, 7-6, to Malvern Prep, 19-8, when it was ranked No. 1 in Philadelphia, and to No. 14 St. Mary's, 15-6. "When you're down that low, you start to wonder whether you can get it back," said Brune, who is 178-118-1 over 28 seasons. But Brune's Dons regrouped to finish with six straight wins, including a season-high for points in a 37-21 upset of then-No. 1 Mount St. Joseph, to earn a share of the MIAA A Conference crown with St. Mary's and St. Joe. In addition to Mount St. Joseph, which averaged over 45 points entering its game with Loyola, Poly (34-0), Gilman (17-6), City (19-8), McDonogh (33-6) and Calvert Hall (21-0) all fell to the Dons. "A lot of our success should be credited to our line coach, John Davis," said Brune. "By the end of the year, there was a great deal of continuity on our team that wasn't there in the beginning."
Reggie Brooks, Milford Mill: Just three starters returned from a 3-7 squad and Brooks, whose team moved up to 2A, wasn't sure he would have enough depth. After a 14-6 loss to Forest Park, the Millers were 2-2. "That was a turning point for our kids, because even though we lost, we were still in it," said Brooks, who was in his first season. "Until that game, I would have been happy to go 5-5. I surely didn't expect to win eight games." But Brooks, 37, and two years out of coaching basketball at Woodlawn, credited assistant coach Bob Green for helping to instill a winning attitude in a program that just three years ago went 0-10 and had a national-record for touchdowns in a game scored against it by Patterson. The No. 12 Millers (8-3) rode a six-game winning streak into the 2A playoffs, including come-from-behind wins over Overlea and Owings Mills for the county championship. Their season ended in the first round against unbeaten Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
Offensive Player of the Year: Steve Kelley, Kenwood
Defensive Player of the Year: Tommy Polley, Dunbar
Co-Coaches of the Year: Joe Brune, Loyola; Reggie Brooks,
Name, School, Year, Position
Lucas Phillips, Mount St. Joseph, Junior, Quarterback
Anthony Wiggins, Dunbar, Senior, Quarterback
Chris Berrier, St. Paul's, Senior, Running back
Ali Culpepper, Dunbar, Junior, Running back
Steve Kelley, Kenwood, Senior, Running back
Dwayne Simmons, Patterson, Senior, Running back
Archie Wannamaker, Mount St. Joseph, Senior, Running back
Terril Lowery, Lake Clifton, Junior, Wide receiver
Arthur Price, Loyola, Senior, Wide receiver
Danny Rosewag, Mount St. Joseph, Senior, Wide receiver
Wayne Barbour, Woodlawn, Senior, Lineman
Brandon Bortner, St. Paul's, Senior, Lineman
Deon Johnson, Dunbar, Senior, Lineman
Mike Jones, Mervo, Senior, Lineman
Terry Otto, Patterson, Senior, Lineman
Todd Pivec, Loyola, Senior, Lineman
Anthony Smith, Owings Mills, Junior, Lineman
Mike Jaski, Patterson, Senior, Place-kicker
Name, School, Year, Position
Dominic Boyd, Forest Park, Senior, Lineman
Ty Burris, Milford Mill, Junior, Lineman
Dwayne Green, Dunbar, Senior, Lineman
Ross Lusco, Randallstown, Senior, Lineman
Da'Vaughn Mellerson, Mount St. Joseph, Senior, Lineman
Pat Stafford, Patterson, Senior, Lineman
Rahim Booth, Patterson, Senior, Linebacker
Ryan Burch, Loyola, Senior, Linebacker
Djorrel Dunn, Lake Clifton, Sophomore, Linebacker
Scott Kim, St. Paul's, Senior, Linebacker
Tommy Polley, Dunbar, Senior, Linebacker
Dante Briley, Mervo, Senior, Def. back
Willie Mitchell, Hickey, Senior, Def. back
B. Scarborough, Milford Mill, Senior, Def. back
Jeff Sewell, Catonsville, Senior, Def. back
Derry Williams, Dunbar, Junior, Def. back
Ben Welch, Woodlawn, Senior, Punter
Name, School, Year, Position
Kevin Znamirowski, Perry Hall, Senior, Quarterback
James Holley, Overlea, Senior, Running back
Devin Johnson, Randallstown, Senior, Running back
Andrew Scott, Mervo, Senior, Running back
Aaron Thompson, Forest Park, Junior, Running back
Maurice Walker, Woodlawn, Senior, Running back
Kamau McCray, Perry Hall, Senior, Wide receiver
Sean Myles, Owings Mills, Senior, Wide receiver
Calvin Thurmond, Forest Park, Senior, Wide receiver
Carl Hebron, City, Junior, Lineman
Jake Hunter, Boys' Latin, Senior, Lineman
Steve Lurz, Overlea, Senior, Lineman
Chris Perkins, City, Junior, Lineman
Nick Ramey, Poly, Senior, Lineman
Antar Sims-el, Dunbar, Junior, Lineman
Wallace Williams, Mervo, Senior, Lineman
Jason Mattheu, Kenwood, Sophomore, Place-kicker
Name, School, Year, Position
Leif Barstad, Overlea, Junior, Lineman
Jelani Fair, Woodlawn, Senior, Lineman
Carl Robinson, Woodlawn, Senior, Lineman
Rodney Scott, Lake Clifton, Senior, Lineman
Jason Shipman, Kenwood, Junior, Lineman
Dennis Waters, Poly, Senior, Lineman
Jason Boyce, Dunbar, Sophomore, Linebacker
Doug Hampton, Dunbar, Senior, Linebacker
Lance Jackson, Randallstown, Senior, Linebacker
Chris Kakel, St. Paul's, Senior, Linebacker
Donaz Williams, Forest Park, Senior, Linebacker
Tim Nicholas, Loyola, Junior, Def. back
Andrew Combs, St. Paul's, Senior, Def. back
Dalnell Singfield, Dunbar, Sophomore, Def. back
Carnest Peele, Patterson, Senior, Def. back
Tyrell Henderson, Hickey, Sophomore, Def. back
Mike Trott, Franklin, Senior, Punter
Honorable mention: Quarterbacks: Adrian Griffin, Forest Park, Sr.; Brant Hall, Loyola, Soph.; Michael Johnson, City, Sr.; Jeremy Riddle, Hereford, Sr.; Greate White, Walbrook, Sr.; Aaron Vercollone, Boys' Latin, Jr. Running backs: Damian Beane, City, Sr.; Corey Brown, Edmondson, Sr.; Robert Dukes, Northern, Sr.; Rhasaan Harcum, Catonsville, Sr.; Ryan Hartley, Calvert Hall, Sr.; Jason Leaneau, Boys' Latin, Soph.; Ryan Mollett, Boys' Latin, Jr.; Darnell Pearsall, Lake Clifton, Soph.; Matt Smith, Loyola, Sr.; Sharif Small, Forest Park, Jr.; Taber Small, City, Jr.; Brett Thomas, Dunbar, Sr. Receivers: Chris Barnes, Poly, Fr.; Willie Brown, Northern, Sr.; Felix Buchannan, Randallstown, Jr.; Chester Harris, Milford Mill, Sr.; Greg Holmes, Hickey, Sr.;
Anthony Lawston, Eastern Tech, Fr.; Matt O'Donnell, Mount St. Joseph, Sr.; Mike Queen, Lansdowne, Sr.; Mike Warner, Hereford, Sr.; Chris Zorn, Perry Hall, Jr. Defensive backs: Joey Brown, Northern, Sr.; Tim Goins, Franklin, Sr.; Randell Isabelle, Randallstown, Sr.; David Merritte, Edmondson, Sr.; Richard Reid, Paul's, Sr.; Dave Salla, Calvert Hall, Sr.; Michael Scott, Northern, Jr.; Jamie Sibal, Gilman, Sr.; Johnnie Smith, Owings Mills, Sr.; Jonathan Thomas, Dunbar, Soph.; Dujuan Wilson, Poly, Jr.; Jason Wingert, Hereford, Soph. Linebackers: Aaron Chiles, Hickey, Sr.; Scott Coppinger, Kenwood, Sr.; Jemini Jones, City, Sr.; Mitchell McGraw, Mount St. Joseph, Jr.; Dmwoh Palmer, Poly, Jr; David Parker, Dundalk, Sr.; Greg Patchak, Boys' Latin, Jr.; John Price, Loyola, Jr.; Sean Schroeder, Dulaney, Sr.; Ryan Wood, Parkville, Sr. Linemen: George Allan, Towson, Sr.; Jason Brecht, Calvert Hall, Sr.; Chris Bunn, Chesapeake, Sr.; Corey Campbell, Randallstown, Sr.; Robert Crawley, Northern, Sr.; Jason Dayberry, Overlea, Sr.; Chris Hall, Dunbar, Sr.; Chad Hipsley, Pikesville, Sr.; Willie Hudson, Poly, Sr.; Ken Hunt, Milford Mill, Sr.; Tommy Knowles, Gilman, Sr.; Tim Moses, Mervo, Sr.; Matt Pesci, Dulaney, Sr.; Renard Powell, Northern, Sr.; Adam Retchless, Dulaney, Sr.; Jack Rose, Catonsville, Sr.; Nate Schell, Loch Raven, Sr.; James Soliz, Owings Mills, Jr.; Richard Thomas, Dunbar, Sr.; Rob Turchi, Boys' Latin, Sr.; Whit Warlow, Gilman, Sr.; Charles Wilson, Edmondson, Sr.; T.W. Winston, Boys' Latin, Sr.
Picking the teams
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-City/County football teams were selected by Lem Satterfield through game observations and after consultation with area coaches.