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1997 All-Metro football teams

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Coach of the Year

Steve Turnbaugh, Hereford: Hereford (12-0) was a combined 29-63 over nine seasons before going 11-1 last fall, the second season for Turnbaugh, who is a 1978 Hereford graduate. Against Beall (11-1) yesterday, the Class 1A Bulls sought Baltimore County's fourth state title since Randallstown (1984 and 1990) and Milford Mill (1987). The Bulls, who trailed only once this year -- 6-0 in a 28-6 win at Randallstown -- entered that game ranked No. 3 in the metro area and No. 15 statewide, having won 23 of their last 24 games. They were 20-0 over the past two regular-seasons. They scored a state-record 602 points (46.3 on average), allowed 66 points (5.07) and had eight shutouts. Hereford also has established state records for rushing yards (5,415) in a season and touchdowns scored (87). "We preached togetherness, team, school and family unity," assistant coach Mike Blizzard said. "And that's how they play."

Offense

Player of the Year

Brant Hall, Loyola, senior, quarterback: Hall (6 feet, 190 pounds) runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, has passed for 1,169 yards and 10 touchdowns, and has rushed for 497 yards and seven scores. A solid student in honors courses at Loyola, Hall has attracted interest from Wake Forest, North Carolina State and James Madison, and is leaning toward Wake. According to coach Joe Brune, he's the first quarterback to start three varsity seasons, and the first to lead the Dons to three straight championships. He led Loyola to a No. 1 area-ranking and a No. 8 ranking in the state. The Dons (9-1 overall, 4-0 league) clinched their third Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title outright with Thursday's 19-7 victory over Thanksgiving Day rival, No. 2 Calvert Hall. Hall was 11-for-17 for 222 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another touchdown in that game. It was the Dons' ninth straight victory and their ninth straight in the nation's longest Catholic football rivalry. Loyola leads the series, 40-30-8. "We've had some great quarterbacks, but I'd have to rank Brant right up at the top," said Brune. "He's poised, doesn't get rattled and comes through in the big games." As a sophomore, Hall out-shone state-record breaking quarterback Lucas Phillips in Loyola's 37-21 rout of Mount St. Joseph by rushing for 135 yards and a touchdown and passing for 113 and a score. In a 30-7 win at St. Joe this year, Hall put Loyola up 7-0 after a 6-yard run and gave the Dons a 14-0 lead by hitting Rick Schutz on a 6-yard scoring pass. Leading 14-7 at halftime, Hall engineered an 80-yard scoring drive, during which he was 5-for-5 passing for 71 yards. "Brant made three great plays, and that's why I think he's the best player around," said Gaels coach Mike Working.

The first team

Scott Collins, John Carroll, senior, place-kicker: In two years, this 6-1, 175-pound former soccer player has been astonishing. He had a state-record for single-season field goals with 11 this fall in 16 attempts, and was 27 of 28 on point-after conversions. His 57-yarder vs. McDonogh tied one state record, his four field goals in one game (42, 36, 31 and 33 yards) tied another, and his 17 career field goals (out of 21 attempts) rank No. 3 in the state behind Justin Brown (Linganore, 19) and Louie Forbrich (Seneca Valley, 18). Collins, who has a 2.8 grade-point average and over 1,000 SAT, eclipsed the metro-area record previously held by St. Mary's Mark Kieffer (16). Collins, who twice has converted 44-yarders and averages 44 yards a punt, also is an excellent golfer and basketball player and the first John Carroll athlete to have collected four varsity letters in one year.

Lehrman Dotson, Broadneck, junior, wide receiver: Dotson (6-0, 160) led the area in touchdowns caught (14) and ranked second in Anne Arundel County in catches (32), yards receiving (616) and average yards (19.3). The 14 touchdowns broke Jason Smith's school record of 12 set in 1993 and was one shy of the state record (15) set by North County's Corey Wright last fall. Dotson's 15 total touchdowns (he also returned an interception) and 92 points broke Smith's school records of 14 and 84 (1993). A point guard on the basketball team, Dotson combined speed, elusiveness and great hands.

Blake Henry, Loyola, senior, lineman: This three-year starter and returning second-team All-Metro already has committed to Northwestern. At 6-6, 280 pounds, he's also agile and quick on both pass and run-protection. Henry was a preseason All-American in The National Recruiting Advisor. On defense against Calvert Hall, Henry had a pass deflection.

Garth Herdrich, Wilde Lake, senior, lineman: man: The 6-1, 215-pounder played a critical role on a line regarded as Howard County's best. He could pull, trap or pass block, was a team captain and played despite injuries. Defensively, Herdrich had 82 tackles (37 solo, 19 for losses), four sacks, three pass deflections and led his team with five fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown. He also blocked two punts.

Rickey Holloway, City, senior, lineman: "He's our best lineman," City coach George Petrides said. At 6-2, 275 pounds, Holloway cleared the way for first-year quarterback Vincent DeLoatch (1,112 passing yards, 17 touchdowns), allowing the No. 11 Knights to generate enough offense to share the City East Division title with Poly.

Anthony Lawston, Eastern Tech, junior, wide receiver: Lawston (6-4, 215) runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and had 35 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns (106, 2,285, 19 touchdowns over three seasons). As a safety, he also returned four of 10 interceptions for touchdowns, including an 88-yarder against Thomas Johnson. A 3.25 student, National Honor Society

member and class president who scored over 900 on his PSAT, Lawston also led his team with 83 tackles.

Avon Mack, Calvert Hall, senior, wide receiver: A big-play receiver, Mack averaged 23.8 yards per reception (21 catches, 500 yards, six touchdowns). The 4.5-second speedster in the 40 caught touchdowns of 14 and 31 yards against Mount St. Joseph, finishing with five receptions for 117 yards. He out-leaped double-coverage for an over-the-shoulder 31-yarder. He had two receptions for 40 yards against Loyola.

Tavon Mason, Woodlawn, senior, running back: Mason has used his 4.4-second speed to cover 1,536 yards for 25 touchdowns and has thrown for three other touchdowns. A 3.6 student, he has Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Syracuse and Florida State recruiting him. Defensively, Mason has two sacks, recovered two fumbles and limited Eastern Tech's Lawston to two receptions and no touchdowns.

Dennard Melton, Severn, senior, all-purpose: pose: Melton (6-0, 190) is Anne Arundel County's first four-time All-County pick. He's the county's all-time scoring leader (65 touchdowns, 412 career points) and ranks second in state history. Melton punted (for a 44.1 average), had four of his school-record 15 interceptions, ran for 837 yards and finishes with 3,267 career rushing yards. As an option quarterback, Melton had 920 passing yards for seven touchdowns. Melton, as a freshman, set the county single-season record for kickoff returns for touchdowns (five). He finished with a county-record seven .

Jason Murphy, Hereford, senior, running back: A 5-10, 235-pound wrecking ball, Murphy had 1,771 yards and 29 touchdowns (2,734 yards, 43 touchdowns over two seasons). In a 28-6 win over Randallstown, Murphy had 200 yards and two touchdowns, and in three playoff games, he had 357 yards and seven touchdowns. Murphy bench presses 395 pounds and power cleans 315.

Darnell Pearsall, Lake Clifton, senior, running back: A 5-11, 195-pound four-year starter and 4.5-second runner in the 40, Pearsall cleared 1,000 rushing yards for the third straight year. He has 4,149 career yards and 39 touchdowns. (1,449, 11 touchdowns this year). A second-team All-Metro player last year, Pearsall excelled at defensive back with 135 tackles, 39 solo, five interceptions, four sacks, six batted passes and two blocked punts.

Tanardo Sharps, Meade, senior, running back: This two-time All-Metro back and Anne Arundel County Offensive Player of the Year has county records for yards in a season and career. Sharps (5-11, 180, a 4.4-second 40) broke the county's 33-year-old single-season rushing record with 1,862 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for 134 points (both school records). He finished with the county career record (3,627 yards) in two seasons. Sharps has drawn serious interest from Penn State and Syracuse and is waiting on his SAT score. Sharps has the county career marks for 200-yard games (nine) and consecutive 200-yard-plus games (six), ranks fifth in county career touchdowns (41), points (258) and single-game yards (290), and seventh in one-season touchdowns (22).

Warren Smith, City, senior, tight end: A repeat All-Metro pick, Smith (6-3, 185) faced specialized defenses throughout the season but still finished with 25 receptions for 452 yards and six touchdowns (71, 1,303, 16 touchdowns in two seasons). He also threw three touchdown passes and returned a punt for a touchdown. He sparkled defensively in a win over Dunbar.

Sam Wilson, Gilman, senior, lineman: A lean 6-4, 240 pounds, Wilson was a versatile blocker for sophomore option quarterback Ryan Boyle (812 yards rushing, five touchdowns; 465 passing, four touchdowns) and sophomore RB Damian Davis (1,442 yards). Wilson benefited from the coaching of Biff Poggi, who developed All-Metro linemen Alex Mueller and David Payne (both at Notre Dame).

S.J. Womack, Annapolis, senior, tight end: When this 6-4, 190-pound athlete caught the football, it was always a near six points. Womack caught 15 passes for 423 yards with 10 touchdowns. His 28 yards per catch was easily the best among county receivers. Womack led the Panthers in interceptions (six) as a safety, returning two for touchdowns, which gave him totals of 12 touchdowns and 74 points.

Final poll

Rank .. .. ..School .. .. .. .. .W-L

1. .. .. .. .Loyola .. .. .. .. .9-1

2. .. .. .. .Calvert Hall .. .. .8-2

3. .. .. .. .Hereford .. .. .. .13-0

4. .. .. .. .Wilde Lake .. .. ..13-0

5. .. .. .. .Eastern Tech .. .. .9-2

6. .. .. .. .Gilman .. .. .. .. .6-3

7. .. .. .. .Dunbar .. .. .. .. .8-5

8. .. .. .. .City .. .. .. .. ...7-3

9. .. .. .. .Poly .. .. .. .. ...8-4

10. .. .. ...Woodlawn .. .. .. .10-2

.. .. ...Milford Mill .. .. .9-2

.. .. ...Annapolis .. .. .. .9-2

.. .. ...Broadneck .. .. .. .9-2

.. .. ...Lake Clifton .. .. .7-4

.. .. ...Randallstown .. .. .8-3

Note: Records are through yesterday's games.

Other teams considered: Aberdeen (9-2), Owings Mills (9-2), McDonogh (8-2), John Carroll (8-2), Long Reach (8-3), Patterson (7-3), Walbrook (7-3)

All-Metro teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Brant Hall, Loyola

Defensive Player of the Year: Loui Georgalas, Calvert Hall

Coach of the Year: Steve Turnbaugh, Hereford

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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Name .. .. .. .. ..School .. .. .. ..Class .. .. .. .. ..Position

Brant Hall .. .. ..Loyola .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .Quarterback

Tavon Mason .. .. .Woodlawn .. .. ...Senior .. .. ...Running back

Jason Murphy .. ...Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. ...Running back

Tanardo Sharps .. .Meade .. .. .. ...Senior .. .. ...Running back

Darnell Pearsall ..Lake Clifton .. ..Senior .. .. ...Running back

Lehrman Dotson .. .Broadneck .. .. ..Junior .. .. ..Wide receiver

Anthony Lawston ...Eastern Tech .. ..Junior .. .. ..Wide receiver

Avon Mack .. .. ...Calvert Hall .. ..Senior .. .. ..Wide receiver

Warren Smith .. ...City .. .. .. .. .Senior .. .. .. ...Tight end

S.J. Womack .. .. .Annapolis .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. ...Tight end

Blake Henry .. .. .Loyola .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Garth Herdrich .. .Wilde Lake .. .. .Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Rickey Holloway ...City .. .. .. .. .Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Sam Wilson .. .. ..Gilman .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Scott Collins .. ..John Carroll .. ..Senior .. .. ...Place-kicker

Dennard Melton .. .Severn .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .All-purpose

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FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Roger Evans .. .. .Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. .. ...Punter

Danny Bayron .. ...Wilde Lake .. .. .Junior .. .. .Defensive back

David Boyd .. .. ..Milford Mill .. ..Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Donnell Foote .. ..Annapolis .. .. ..Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Carlton Saunders ..Poly .. .. .. .. .Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Dahnel Singfield ..Dunbar .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Jason Wingeart .. .Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Pat Brannan .. .. .Loyola .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

E. J. Henderson ...Aberdeen .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Felix Isuk .. .. ..Gilman .. .. .. ..Junior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Kirk Williams .. ..Dunbar .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Luke Vanderwagon ..Wilde Lake .. .. .Junior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Keon Burley .. .. .Loyola .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Loui Georgalas .. .Calvert Hall .. ..Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Duane Kerr .. .. ..Wilde Lake .. .. .Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Jason Shupert .. ..Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

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SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Jonas Weatherbie ..Broadneck .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .Quarterback

Kyle Bell .. .. ...Loyola .. .. .. ..Junior .. .. ...Running back

Chad Parsons .. ...Calvert Hall .. ..Junior .. .. ...Running back

Marvin Reed .. .. .Owings Mills .. ..Senior .. .. ...Running back

Vinnie Rubbo .. ...Oakland Mills .. .Junior .. ... ..Running back

Leroy Satchell .. .Northwestern .. ..Soph. .. .. .. .Running back

T.J. Stallings .. .Randallstown .. ..Senior .. .. ...Running back

Chris Barnes .. ...Dunbar .. .. .. ..Junior .. .. ..Wide receiver

Derreck Jordan .. .Wilde Lake .. .. .Senior .. .. ..Wide receiver

Bryant Johnson .. .City .. .. .. .. .Junior .. .. ..Wide receiver

Brian Bandurchin ..Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Dale Martin .. .. .Poly .. .. .. .. .Junior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Brian Rodriquez .. C. Milton Wright .Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

B.J. Thomas .. .. .Randallstown .. ..Junior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Unray Peters .. ...Dunbar .. .. .. ..Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Brooks Bernard .. .Broadneck .. .. ..Senior .. .. ...Place-kicker

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SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Jason Bungori .. ..Calvert Hall .. ..Senior .. .. .. .. ...Punter

Allen Clay .. .. ..Patterson .. .. ..Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Reggie Danage .. ..Woodlawn .. .. ...Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Earl Downs .. .. ..Broadneck .. .. ..Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Tyrel Henderson ...Dunbar .. .. .. ..Junior .. .. .Defensive back

John O'Donnell .. .Mount St. Joseph .Junior .. .. .Defensive back

Eric Thompson .. ..Lake Clifton .. ..Senior .. .. .Defensive back

Tony Clark .. .. ..Poly .. .. .. .. .Junior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Rob Collins .. ....Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

James Gee .. .. ...City .. .. .. .. .Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Ernie Listman .. ..St. Mary's .. .. .Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

John Rich .. .. ...Milford Mill .. ..Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Justin Phillips ...Hereford .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. ..Linebacker

Allen Maszarose ...Calvert Hall .. ..Junior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Donnell Rouzer .. .Walbrook .. .. ...Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Ralph Henry .. .. .Eastern Tech .. ..Junior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Ray Wagner .. .. ..Chesapeake-AA .. .Senior .. .. .. .. ..Lineman

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Metro football teams were selected by The Sun staff after consulting with area coaches.

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