Offensive Player of the Year

Ryan Callahan, Old Mill

Callahan had the greatest single season in Anne Arundel County history, as he led the Patriots to a 10-2 record, including the school's first playoff win in eight tries.

The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior running back, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds and is exceptionally strong for his size with no fear of running inside, set county season records for yards rushing (2,396), total touchdowns (36), rushing touchdowns (35) and total points (216). He ran for 200 yards or more six times, including two games of 341 yards, 1 yard shy of the county single-game record.

In two varsity seasons, he has run for 3,200 yards and a school-record 53 touchdowns, which ties the county public school career record.

Defensive Player of the Year

Nick Sowells, Broadneck

A three-year player and two-year starter at linebacker for the Anne Arundel County and Class 4A East region champions (11-2), Sowells anchored the Bruins' hard-hitting defensive unit that posted five shutouts (four in a row) and gave up just 63 points in 10 regular-season games.

A 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior, Sowells was in on 56 tackles, had three sacks, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a safety in leading the Bruins (11-2) to the state semifinals.

When not making a tackle himself, Sowells, a team captain, was usually directing the play to one of his teammates to make the hit.

Coach of the Year

Brian Brown, Annapolis

Brown turned around a team that had hit bottom at 3-7 in 2003. In his rookie season as head coach at his alma mater, Brown led the Panthers to a 7-3 record, including a 13-7 overtime win over Severna Park, a Class 3A playoff team. Brown just missed taking his team to the postseason in 3A.

Brown reinstalled the wing T offense with the accent on power running and the 4-4 defense that he had learned under late Panthers coach Al Laramore.

Known for his highly successful track teams over a nine-year period at Southern of Harwood, Brown also coached the Southern junior varsity football team before moving to Annapolis.

First-team offense

Name School Cl P

Tony Marino Broadneck Sr. QB

Ryan Callahan Old Mill Jr. RB

Brandon Johnson Broadneck Jr. RB

Deon Peters Severn Sr. RB

Ben Hunt Severna Park Sr. WR

Paul Skidmore Arundel Sr. WR

Kevin Bales Broadneck Sr. OT

Steve Jones Annapolis Sr. OT

Brett Cheplowitz Broadneck Sr. OG

Sean Urbany Arundel Jr. OG

Demario Dorsey Old Mill Sr. C

Chris Desautels Broadneck Sr. K

First-team defense

Name School Cl P

Tim Hackmann Severna Park Sr. DL

Carlos James Broadneck Jr. DL

Willie McCurdy Annapolis Sr. DE

Shane Rickmon Old Mill Sr. DE

Andrew Ferris Severna Park Sr. LB

Duke Gibbons Severn Sr. LB

Nick Sowells Broadneck Sr. LB

Andrew Thomas Annapolis Sr. LB

Bobby Atwell Southern Sr. DB

Terrell Ingram Old Mill Sr. DB

Tyrone Johnson Broadneck Sr. DB

Steve Holmes Old Mill Jr. P

Second-team offense

Name School Cl P

Jamal Jones Severn Sr. QB

Chris Shade Northeast Sr. QB

Mike Evans South River Sr. RB

Jimmy Rhodes Arundel Sr. RB

Gary Townes Chesapeake Sr. RB

Brandon Abney Broadneck Sr. WR

Chris Stack Northeast Sr. WR

Ken McDonald Old Mill So. OT

Ryan McKenzie Northeast Sr. OT

Doug Barron Severna Park Sr. OG

Mike Kirkwood Chesapeake Sr. OG

Joe Butcher Annapolis Sr. C

Second-team defense

Name School Cl P

Eric Foote Southern So. DL

Eric Owens Spalding Sr. DL

Brad Pendock Arundel Sr. DL

Anthony Catucci Spalding Jr. DE

Justin Brockmeyer Northeast Sr. LB

David Sells Severna Park Sr. LB

Mike Whittles Spalding Jr. LB

Eric Holland Annapolis Sr. DB

Ray Mack North County Sr. DB

Trevor Marshall Arundel Sr. DB

D. J. White Southern Sr. DB

Nick Elsmo Severn So. P

Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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