Player of the Year
Corey Wright, North County, senior, split end: The county's top impact player, Wright was a triple threat -- receiver, rusher and kick returner -- and on special occasions played defensive back for the 9-2 Knights. The speedy 5-foot-8, 155-pounder set a state season record (all schools) for receptions (89) and tied the state mark for touchdowns caught (14). He also set a single-game state record for receptions (13). In three varsity seasons, Wright's 140 career receptions are second only in the county and state public schools to the 149 by Broadneck's Jason Smith (1992-1994) and his 21 touchdown grabs are topped only in county history by Smith's 25. With 1,803 career yards receiving (1,081 this season), Wright is second in school history to the 1,831 by Damon Martin (1990-1992). Wright, who had 16 total touchdowns, also rushed for 111 yards on 13 attempts, ran back 28 punts (averaging 9.5 yards) and 11 kickoffs (14.3 yards a return).
First team -- offense
Chad Clark, Severna Park, senior, tackle: Falcons coach Andy Borland said the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Clark, who has quick feet, "had the best technique of any lineman we had, and will definitely play college football." The University of Maryland is looking at Clark as a center, but he is leaning toward Princeton.
Kiki Ellis, North County, senior, all-purpose: pose: Ellis was the Knights' leading ball carrier in their one-back, run-and-shoot offense and the only county running back with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 25 or more pass receptions. The 5-foot-7, 150-pounder ran for 1,116 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging nearly 7 yards a carry. Ellis also had 27 receptions for 255 yards.
Mike Evans, North County, senior, quarterback: terback: Evans (6-0, 170) ranks as the most productive passer in Knights history, setting state single-season records for attempts (385), completions (237), yards (2,996), highest completion percentage (.616) for 250 or more passes, and touchdown passes (32). Evans also set state single-game marks for completions (28) and yards (404). Evans, who has a 3.86 GPA and an SAT score of 1,250, is ranked 10th in his class.
Isaac Haertel, Arundel, senior, center: A three-year starter for the Wildcats (6-4), Haertel was the man who started the offense with his quick hands and quick feet. Haertel (5-11, 175), anchoring an inexperienced line, often blew away much bigger opposing nose guards.
Jeff Hatch, Severn, senior, tackle: A two-way force for the Admirals (5-4-1), the 6-foot-7, 240-pound tackle used his strength and 4.8 speed to pave the way for the school's first two runners (Dennard Melton and Von Craig) to top 1,200 yards in the same season. Hatch made 40 unassisted tackles, had seven sacks and recovered three fumbles. He is considering Maryland, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Richmond, Navy and Syracuse.
Dane Johnson, Old Mill, senior, guard: The bulky, 6-foot-1, 280-pound Johnson was a three-year starter for the Patriots (4-6) and according to coach Pete Regala, "was our best lineman, very strong and mobile for his size, sometimes played defensive line for us." Army, Towson State, Central Connecticut and Duquesne are very interested in him.
Erik Lipton, Arundel, senior, quarterback: This 6-foot-4, 200-pound leader holds all the major state (public schools) career records for passing: attempts (522), completions (312), percentage (.598), yards (4,769), touchdown passes (47) and fewest interceptions with 400 or more passes (17). This season, Lipton completed 146 of 248 passes (.589) for 2,056 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Lipton will visit Penn State, Pitt and Miami over the next few weeks.
Chris Mangum, North County, senior, split end: Another of eight first-team repeaters, Mangum (5-11, 170), who has great hands and runs great routes, grabbed 54 passes for 779 yards and seven touchdowns to finish among the Knights' and county's career elite. As a three-year starter, Mangum's career receptions (118) left him fourth on the all-time county list, sixth in yards (1,609) and third in TDs (18).
Dennard Melton, Severn, junior, running back: As the Admirals' option quarterback, Melton (6-1, 195 with 4.6 speed) a three-time all-county selection, ran for 1,282 yards. His 23 touchdowns tied three others for third place on the county single-season list and he was fourth in total points (148). With school records already for career touchdowns (48) and points scored (300), Melton is third on the county career list and fifth in career rushing yards with 2,418.
Amiel Morris, Severna Park, senior, running back: ning back: Morris (6-0, 165) rushed for 1,089 yards on 144 attempts (7.6) and seven touchdowns and also caught 14 passes for 171 yards (12.3) and a touchdown, scoring a total of 50 points.
Jamison Mullen, St. Mary's, senior, place-kicker/split end: Mullen 170), an All-Metro lacrosse player who has signed with Virginia, booted four field goals, including a school-record 46-yarder against Georgetown Prep, and 21 of 25 extra-point attempts. He also led the Saints in receiving with 35 catches for 468 yards (13.4) and six touchdowns.
Joe Parker, Arundel, senior, split end: Parker (6-3, 180) is another repeater and caught 64 passes for 908 yards (14.2) and 11 touchdowns. With 102 career receptions for 1,718 yards and 19 touchdowns in three years, Parker ranks sixth, fourth and third, respectively, in county history in those categories.
Tornardo Sharps, Meade, junior, running back: In his first varsity season, Sharps (5-10, 165) emerged as the county's most dangerous back with his 4.4 speed and slashing, cutting style. Sharps led the county in rushing with 1,765 yards (third highest in county history), 19 touchdowns and 124 points, breaking the school records of 1,676 yards and 122 points set by Roman Harrison last season.
Rico Walker, Meade, senior, guard: A two-year starter, Walker (6-2, 255) established himself as one of the best blockers and pulling guards in the county. His lead blocks often enabled Sharps to break long-distance scampers.
The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Anne Arundel County football team was selected by staff writer Pat O'Malley after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 11/22/96