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All-Metro football first-team offense

Kyle Evans

Meade, running back, senior

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* Elusive 5-foot-11, 180-pound back set school record for rushing yards

* Ran 279 times for 2,179 yards and caught 18 passes for 185 yards; scored 20 touchdowns

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* Ran for 225 yards, two touchdowns in state semifinal; 367 yards vs. Southern is second-highest single-game rushing total in Anne Arundel County history

* Mustangs coach Rich Holzer: "Kyle is the ideal combination of speed, power and size."

* Playing in the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game; has offer from Toledo

Sherrod Hawkes

Patterson, running back, senior

* Powerful 6-foot, 195-pound downhill runner led Clippers to first regional title in nine years

* In 12 games, had 179 carries for 1,768 yards and 21 touchdowns

* Ran 27 times for 239 yards and two touchdowns in 14-0 win over Dunbar in regional final

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* Clippers coach Larry Mitchell: "We called him Sherrod 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' … we needed him to guide our sled."

* Playing in the Crab Bowl; interest from Marshall, among others

Ryan Hursey

Westminster, wide receiver, senior

* Steady 6-foot-4, 185 pound receiver set Carroll County single-season record with 73 catches.

* Gained 973 yards, scored nine touchdowns; also key downfield blocker

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* Made 14 catches vs. Middletown; missed regional playoffs with a fractured wrist

* Owls coach Brad Wilson: "If there was one word to describe him it was consistent. He showed up in every game."

* Selected for the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game; signed to play lacrosse at Georgetown

Steven Smothers

Franklin, wide receiver, sophomore

* At 5-11, 155 pounds, area's fastest, most explosive player; a big play waiting to happen

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* Had 50 catches for 1,052 yards, 12 touchdowns; also a top return man, had 1,816 all-purpose yards; had two interceptions at cornerback, 17 total touchdowns

* Scored two receiving touchdowns in 20-7 state championship win over Linganore

* Franklin coach Anthony Burgos: "Whenever he touches the ball, you never know what's going to happen."

* Offers from major college programs including Florida State, Ohio State and Georgia

Cory Daniel

River Hill, all purpose, senior

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* Versatile 6-2, 225-pound tight end rarely came off the field

* Caught 19 passes for 350 yards, five touchdowns; ran 51 times for 407 yards, eight touchdowns

* At linebacker, had 52 solo tackles, 37 assisted, two sacks, three interceptions, one blocked kick; also returned punts

* Hawks coach Brian Van Deusen: "He did whatever we needed and he made big plays for us wherever we needed them."

* Playing in the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star game; a state champion wrestler, will wrestle at North Carolina

Jared Cohen

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McDonogh, offensive line, senior

* Complete left tackle at 6-4, 290 pounds has plays from every game on his highlight reel

* Dominating, aggressive run blocker with great pass blocking technique

* Key blocker for an overwhelming rushing attack, offense that scored almost 40 points per game

* Eagles coach Dom Damico: "He was just a sledge hammer at the point of attack."

* Playing in Chesapeake Bowl, committed to Maryland

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Jake Hawk

Meade, offensive line, senior

* At 6-6, 285 pounds, had good combination of size, speed and athleticism for left tackle

* Did not give up a sack, made 48 pancake blocks, blocked three field goals

* Led the way for a running game that gained nearly 3,400 yards

* Mustangs coach Rich Holzer: "Jake is an imposing force on the line."

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* Committed to Navy; playing in the Crab Bowl

Alex Helm

Fallston, offensive line, senior

* Smart 6-2, 285 pound center who excelled at calling out blocking assignments

* Able to get off the ball quickly to make blocks left and right, can also pull

* Led the way for a team total of 2,404 rushing yards

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* Fallston coach Dave Cesky: "He leads by example, which is what brought our offensive line together."

* Getting Ivy League, FCS, Division II attention; will play in the Crab Bowl.

David Robbins

Glenelg, offensive line, junior

* Explosive drive blocker at tackle or guard with quick feet, athleticism for 6-4, 300 pounds

* Plowed the way for the Howard County champs, who ran for just under 3,000 yards

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* Started every down for two years

* Glenelg coach Butch Schaffer: "He does everything well. He's one of the best linemen I've seen come through this area in a long time."

* Drawing attention from Big Ten, ACC and SEC programs

Matt Thompson

Perry Hall, offensive line, senior

* Anchored line for Baltimore County Division I champs' no-huddle offense that ran for 2,994 yards, passed for 2,127

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* At 6-4, 305 pounds, could lead block for a run play or lock down the edge on a pass

* Gators coach Keith Robinson: "Matt's physical play set the tone for us week in and week out."

* Playing in Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star game

* Offer from Monmouth, interest from Maryland, Stony Brook, Buffalo

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Sean Bowling

North Harford, kicker, junior

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* Second-year starter excelled in all facets of place kicking

* Perfect on 23 extra points; 8-for-10 on field goals, all in 27-to-39 yard range

* Scored all Hawks points in 9-7 win over Perry Hall with field goals of 25, 32, 37 yards

* Eighty percent of kickoffs were touchbacks

* Hawks coach Ken Brinkman: "He really worked hard on putting the ball in the end zone, which helped us win games."


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