Here are our 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mention All-MPSSAA Defenses & Special Teams:
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All-MPSSAA 1st Team:
DL Bryan Bresee (Damascus) 6’5 290 SR >> Bresee, the nation’s top rated high school player and Clemson commit, was named as the Washington Post Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the Montgomery County 3/2A Defensive Player of the Year, after leading the Swarmin’ Hornets to the 3A state title.
Bresee recorded 29 tackles for loss and 13 sacks for the Hornets, and was the chief disruptive force for the state champs, who allowed only 7.2 points per game, and registered five shutouts, including the dominating 38-0 victory over Linganore in the state title game. Bresee rushed for two touchdowns this year, including a memorable 34 yard rumble versus Franklin in the quarterfinals.
Bresee is one of four finalists for the All-American Bowl National Defensive Player of the Year award that will be chosen January 3rd in San Antonio. Asked his thoughts about Bresee by Anna Hickey of Clemson247, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Sweeney said, “Think Christian Wilkins but bigger, stronger, more heavier handed, and a little more violent… will definitely be on heavy package on the offensive side of the ball, unbelievable athlete”.
DL Kamar Missouri (Mervo) 6’6 250 SR >> Missouri was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st Team after leading the Mustangs to the 3A state semifinals, leading a unit that allowed just 6.1 points per game, second only to Wise this season. The Mustangs went 42 days before allowing a touchdown to an opponent, before a nail-biting loss to Linganore in the state semifinals.
Missouri recorded 69 tackles, 22 for loss, 8 sacks, defended 5 passes, and had two fumble recoveries for the Mustangs this season. Missouri holds offers from North Carolina Central and Morgan State.
DL Kendron Wayman (North Caroline) 6’4 215 SR >> Wayman was named as the Bayside Conference Defensive Player of the Year for a second year in a row, leading the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record, and a unit that ranked among the top 10 in the MPSSAA in points allowed. Wayman recorded 60 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.
Waymon, who also won the Bayside Conference DPOY award in 2018, committed to Wake Forest in May, and signed on December 18th to play for the Demon Decons. The 3-star defensive end chose the Demon Deacons over Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Boston College, among others.
DL Luke Carey (Oakdale) 6’1 225 SR >> Carey will likely be named as the Frederick County Defensive Player of the Year, a year after the senior was a major force on the Bears undefeated state championship team in 2018 as a junior.
Carey forced 17 tackles for loss, committed 7.5 sacks, and added a pair of rushing touchdowns on offense. Carey was selected to the BTC Super 22 team, and holds offers from Robert Morris and Delaware State.
DL Walter Ransom (New Town) 5’10 230 SR >> Ransom was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd Team after registering 131 tackles (63 solo), 5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery for the Titans, who were 2A semifinalists.
Ransom came up big in the big games, recording 17 tackles in the Titans 3-0 quarterfinal win over Douglass, then 12 tackles in the 16-6 semifinal loss to Potomac. The Titans defensive tackle registered 50 stops in the post-season, for a unit that allowed just three touchdowns in four playoff games, allowing just 5.5 points per game.
LB ‘Chop’ Robinson (Quince Orchard) 6’3 220 JR >> Robinson and Wise’s Jaliil Farooq were the only juniors named to the Washington Post All-Met 1st Team on defense, tallying 21 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. Robinson recorded 85 tackles (61 solo), 33 quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles, blocked 6 kicks, broke up three passes, recovered a fumble, and returned both an interception and a kickoff for touchdowns.
Robinson registered 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, and returned a fumble for a score in a 64-0 win over Churchill. Robinson had 3 sacks and blocked a kick in the regular season win over Northwest, and claimed 12 tackles (8 solo), 3 sacks, and 4 quarterback hurries in a playoff win over Walter Johnson.
The 4-star prospect is the 5th rated weak-side linebacker in the country, and has offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Florida, among others.
LB Clay Wargbo (Huntingtown) 6’0 215 SR >> Wargbo was named to the Washington Post All-Met 1st Team, after leading the Hurricanes to the 3A state semifinals, a 12-1 record, and a #5 ranking. Wargbo was named the SMAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Wargbo led the MPSSAA in tackles, with 207, including 23 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Wargbo was also the ‘Canes leading rusher, gaining 697 yards on the ground, and scoring three touchdowns.
Wargbo had 4 sacks and a fumble recovery in the 41-0 playoff win over JM Bennett, forced a fumble in the Canes 17-8 win over St Charles a week later, followed by 6 tackles for loss in the 35-0 victory over Wilde Lake in the quarterfinals.
LB Gerrell Johnson (New Town) 6’3 200 SR >> Johnson, a UMass commit, was a ball-hawk for the Titans, who allowed more than two touchdowns in a game just once in 13 contests, and just three in four post-season games. Johnson finished second in the MPSSAA in tackles, with 173, 90 of those solo.
Johnson added 16 tackles for loss, 7 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, two sacks, blocked a punt, and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Johnson, a Crab Bowl selection, also served as the Titans punter, averaging 34.8 yards per boot on 38 punts.
LB Tracey White (Wise) 5’11 235 SR >> White anchored the state champion Pumas defense from the inside linebacker position, recording 130 tackles (83 solo), and finished his career with 249 tackles and two state titles. White led a defense that registered 7 shutouts, allowing only 4.7 points per game, holding all 14 opponents to two touchdowns or less.
White’s 26 tackles for loss led the state champs, while his 10 sacks ranked second on the team. White returned an interception for a score, adding a pair of touchdown receptions on offense, one, a 73 yard haul, as well as ran for a score. White had 20 tackles in the quarterfinal win over Flowers, 13 tackles, four for loss in the semifinal win over Old Mill, before adding a pair of tackles for loss and two receptions for 37 yards in the state title win over Northwest.
DB Beau Brade (River Hill) 6’0 190 SR >> The 3-star safety and University of Maryland commit, Brade was the Hawks unquestioned leader, and finished as Howard County’s second all-time leading tackler, with 450 stops, second only to former Hawks star, Zach Martin, who finished with 476 tackles.
Brade, who won 31 games as a starter for the Hawks, led the Hawks in tackles for a third straight year, with 109, while adding 652 rushing yards and scoring 7 times for the county co-champions. Brade forced two fumbles and caught two interceptions. The Hawks did not allow an opponent more than 15 points in a game all season.
Brade, who picked the Terrapins over offers from Michigan, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others, was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st team, as well as to the Washington Post All-Met 2nd team.
DB Dorian Strong (Wise) 6’1 165 SR >> Strong was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team after helping lead the Pumas to the 4A state title, contributing in all three phases of the game, scoring on 8 touchdown receptions, returning 4 interceptions for scores, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns, and bringing back a punt for a score.
Strong returned 7 interceptions for 250 yards, and recorded 5 pass-breakups, 33 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and blocked a punt. On offense, Strong had 17 receptions for 425 yards, averaging 25 yards per reception. On special teams, Strong served as the Pumas punter, and was also instrumental in the kick return game, averaging 49.3 yards on four kickoff returns, and 24.8 yards on five punt returns.
Strong scored three touchdowns in the 41-0 state semifinal win over Old Mill, twice on receptions, and returned an interception 44 yards for a score. In the state final versus Northwest, Strong scores on a 42 yard touchdown reception. Strong, who holds an offer from Virginia Tech, scored three touchdowns versus Bowie, scoring on a reception, an interception return, and a kickoff return. The 3-star cornerback picked off two passes in a 20-6 playoff win over Suitland.
DB Klayton Batten (St Charles) 5’10 180 SR >> Batten was named to the All-SMAC 1st team, as well as the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team, after tallying 45 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 15 pass-breakups for the Knights.
Batten, the Knights quarterback, rushed for 1,099 yards and 14 touchdowns, and threw for 414 yards and six scores. Batten also returned a pair of his five interceptions for scores. Batten rushed for 138 yards, and had 7 tackles and an interception in a 21-20 playoff win over Northern. Batten holds an offer from Army.
DB Toddreis Baltimore (Quince Orchard) 5’10 165 SR >> Baltimore, who was named to the All-Montgomery County 4A 1st team, led the Cougars in pass-breakups, with 8, and co-led the Coug’s with 6 interceptions. Baltimore had 39 tackles for a unit that held 8 opponents to 7 points or less, including five shutouts.
Baltimore picked off a pass in the Cougars 21-7 win over 3A state champ Damascus, and picked off a pair in a 56-0 rout of Clarksburg. Baltimore recorded 6 solo tackles and an interception in a playoff win over Walter Johnson, and in the state semifinal loss to Northwest, Baltimore added 8 tackles, 6 solo, and one for a loss.
ATH Noah Hambrick (Parkville) 5’9 165 SR >> Hambrick, who led the Knights to the 4A state quarterfinals, was named the program’s MVP for a third straight year. Hambrick did a little of everything for the Knights, playing multiple positions, on both sides of the ball.
Hambrick was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st Team after totaling 77 tackles, three interceptions, and forcing two fumbles. On offense, Hambrick rushed for 659 yards, totaled more than 1,700 all-purpose yards, and scored 18 touchdowns.
1st Team Special Teams
K/P Danny King (Fort Hill) 6’0 160 SR >> King, who committed to the University of West Virginia in June, capped off his phenomenal Sentinels career by connecting on all 65 extra-point attempts this season, adding three field goals, including a 48 yarder, and a 49 yarder in the Homecoming win over Allegany. King also averaged 41.5 yards per punt this season.
KR Trevin Ewing (Elkton) 5’10 185 SR >> Ewing was one of the biggest playmakers in the state this season, scoring 19 touchdowns, scoring four different ways, including a state-best 8 kick returns for scores – six on punts, and a pair on punt returns. Ewing added 828 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 39 receptions, and rushed for 463 yards and six scores on just 30 carries.
All-MPSSAA 2nd Team
DL Jack Baxter (Marriotts Ridge) 6’2 260 JR >> Baxter was a dominant force for the Mustangs defensive line, on a unit that allowed just one opponent more than two touchdowns in a game.
Baxter was selected to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd Team after registering 21 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks from the nose guard position. Baxter finished second to Maryland commit Beau Brade of River Hill for Howard County’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
DL Jonathan Fletcher (Harford Tech) 6’2 180 SR >> Fletcher was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st Team after leading the MPSSAA in sacks, with 27, adding 149 tackles, and 36 tackles for loss, which also led the MPSSAA.
Fletcher, one of the best pass rushers in the MPSSAA, caused 32 quarterback hurries, blocked two punts, forced a fumble, and returned a fumble for a touchdown for the 9-win Cobras. Fletcher recorded 22 tackles, including 6 sacks, in a playoff win over Easton.
DL Domonique Perry (Northwest) 6’3 245 SR >> Perry was named to the Washington Post All-Met 2nd Team for the 4A runner-up Jaguars. Perry was equally adept at playing the run and pass, with athleticism that allowed him to pursue ball carriers both across the field, and down the field.
Perry recorded 12 tackles for loss and four sacks for the Jags, who allowed previously unbeaten Quince Orchard to only 13 points in the state semifinal, nearly 40 points below their average.
DL Dustin Keith (Linganore) 6’2 250 SR >> Keith was instrumental on both sides of the ball for the 3A runner-up Lancers, for a second year in a row. Keith finished the season with 73 tackles (49 solo) and 11 sacks for the Lancers. Keith had 9 tackles (5 solo) in the state championship loss to Damascus.
Keith also served as left tackle for the Lancers offense, a unit that averaged nearly 300 rushing yards per game. Keith holds offers from VMI and Delaware State, among others.
DL Jake Baker (Catoctin) 6’1 215 SR >> Baker, along with Marriotts Ridge’s Jack Baxter, had one of the best seasons among nose guards, as well as one of the best seasons among fullbacks, opening holes for the MPSSAA’s leading rusher, Carson Sickeri.
Baker registered 72 tackles (54 solo), 17 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles, and 10 sacks for the state champion Cougars. In the state title game versus Dunbar, Baker produced three tackles for loss and two sacks, and helped lead Sickeri to 207 rushing yards.
LB Tobi Adedoyin (Paint Branch) 6’1 223 SR >> Adedoyin was named to the Washington Post All-Met 2nd Team, and the Montgomery County 4A 1st Team by the coaches. Adedoyin led a Panthers defense that allowed opponents only 9.6 points per game.
Adedoyin recorded 80 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, and forced two fumbles this season. Adedoyin holds six offers, including Delaware State, and one as a preferred walk-on (PWO) at the University of Maryland.
LB Dion Crews-Harris (Dunbar) 6’0 240 SR >> Crews-Harris was a three-year starter for the Poets, playing in two state title games. Crews-Harris was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st Team after finishing as the Poets leading tackler for the second year in a row, while also serving as the team’s leading rusher.
Crews-Harris, a two-time All-Met selection, tabbed 120 tackles and 13 sacks for the 1A runner-up Poets, while also rushing for 911 yards and 13 touchdowns.
LB McClain Butler (Liberty) 5’9 195 SR >> Butler was named to the Carroll County All-County 1st team for a third straight year, and as a Baltimore Sun All-Met team for a second straight year. The 1st Team All-Met selection finished his Lions career with 407 tackles.
This season, Butler chalked up 157 tackles for the Lions, including a season-high 21.5 tackles versus Westminster. Butler led Carroll County in tackles for three straight seasons.
LB Rodney Gainous III (Wise) 6’0 205 SR >> Gainous was named to the Prince George’s County 4A All-County 1st Team after serving as a key cog for the MPSSAA’s top rated defense, a unit that allowed just 4.3 points per game, and not allowing any opponent any more than two touchdowns per game.
Gainous racked up 120 tackles (68 solo), 23 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, two forced fumbles, and blocked two punts. In the 4A state title game, Gainous produced 9 tackles (5 solo), 4 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
DB Elijah Grooms (Paint Branch) 5’9 160 SR >> Grooms was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team, as well as the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team, after grabbing a MPSSAA second-best 11 interceptions for the Panthers this season.
Grooms added 4 pass-breakups and forced two fumbles for the Panthers, who kept 8 of 12 opponents to 7 points or less. Grooms transferred from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx this year.
DB Xavier Cokley (Franklin) 6’0 180 SR >> Cokley, a James Madison commit, was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st Team and was a catalyst for the 3A defending champion Indians.
Cokley broke up 14 passes and grabbed three interceptions this season, including a pair versus MIAA champion Mt St Joe.
DB Jalen Husky (Middletown) 6’1 170 SO >> Husky led the MPSSAA in interceptions, with 13. As a receiver, Husky caught 27 receptions for 463 yards and five touchdowns.
Husky compiled 29 solo tackles, and three tackles for loss. Husky snatched two interceptions in the Knights title game victory over Potomac, and grabbed a pair of picks against both Oakdale and Tuscarora.
DB Konner Blount-Foster (St Charles) 5’9 170 SR >> Blount-Foster was named to the Washington Post Honorable Mention team for a second year in a row, as well as to the All-SMAC 1st Team for a second consecutive year.
Blount-Foster posted 66 tackles, 10 pass-breakups, and an interception on defense, and 719 rushing yards and 219 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns on offense. Blount-Foster made 12 tackles, had an interception, and added 81 yards of offense in a 27-21 win over North Point.
ATH Charles Bell IV (Quince Orchard) 6’0 185 SR >> Bell was a jack-of-all trades for the 12-1 Cougars, lining up at safety, linebacker, and serving as a dangerous threat in the kick return game, enough to be named to the Washington Post Honorable Mention team.
Bell returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, brought back a punt for a score, and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Bell tallied 36 tackles (24 solo), 5 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hurries, grabbed two interceptions, defended three passes, and forced a fumble.
2nd Team Special Teams
K/P Evan Warren (Westminster) 5’10 160 SR >> Warren, an All-American kicker headed to the Naval Academy, was named to the Carroll County All-County team for a third straight year.
Warren nailed 7 field goals on the year, including two in the quarterfinal loss to Mervo. Warren, who was selected to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, kicked a pair of field goals in the 2019 Crab Bowl.
KR Brevin Stubbs (Fort Hill) 5’10 160 SO >> Stubbs had a phenomenal sophomore campaign, displaying his playmaking ability in all three phases of the game, not the least as a kick returner, bringing three kicks back to ‘the house’ this season.
Stubbs joined Carson Snyder to give the Sentinels a pair of 1,000 yard rushers, rushing for 16 scores, while serving as the Sentinels leading receiver, scoring five times through the air. Stubbs also nabbed three interceptions. In all, the sophomore scored 25 touchdowns.
All-MPSSAA Honorable Mention:
DL Marcus Bradley (Quince Orchard) 6’3 270 JR >> Bradley was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention team, as well as to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team, serving as an anchor for the Cougars defense at the tackle position. Bradley, a 4-star defensive tackle, holds offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, and Michigan, among others.
DL Emmanuel Anokwute (Parkville) 6’2 222 SR >> Anokwute was the leader for the Knights defensive line, for a unit that kept 10 of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, and produced four shutouts. Anokwute was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd Team, helping lead the Knights to a 11-1 record, and the best season in school history.
DL Aaron Beckwith (Northwest) 6’3 265 SR >> Beckwith, a UMass commit, was named to the Washington Post Honorable Mention team, as well as the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st team, playing primarily on the defensive line, but also at left tackle. Beckwith made 12 tackles for loss and 8 sacks for the 4A runner-up Jags.
DL Ysaiahs Mohammed (Paint Branch) 6’0 200 SR >> Mohammed was named to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team, playing the edge, and teaming with linebackers Tobi Adedoyin and Wisdom Agbeyome, and cornerback Elijah Grooms, to form one of the best defensive units in the MPSSAA.
DL Ben Nedrow (Brunswick) 6’2 285 SR >> Nedrow was one of the most dominant lineman in Frederick County, on both sides of the ball. As opponents attempted to avoid Nedrow, the Railroaders star lined up at several positions on the line, and caused offensive coordinators havoc.
DL Steven Williams (Quince Orchard) 6’2 280 SR >> Williams was selected to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team, serving as a key cog for the Cougars ‘Front 7’, for a unit that allowed only 9.6 points per game. Williams holds a half dozen offers, including Cincinnati, Toledo, Kent State, and Buffalo.
DL Michael Boyd (Sherwood) 6’2 280 SR >> Boyd was a key two-way lineman for the Warriors, a dominating force on both sides of the ball. Boyd was named to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team as an offensive lineman.
DL Joshua Carr (Dunbar) 6’5 190 SR >> Carr was named to the Baltimore City All-League 1st Team, serving as a playmaker at the edge for the Poets defensive line. Carr recorded 102 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks.
DL Jack Rosagne (Huntingtown) 6’2 210 SR >> Rosagne played all across the line for the 12-1 Hurricanes, on a unit that allowed just 7.3 points per game, and produced five shutouts. The All-SMAC 1st Team selection registered 120 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, and deflected 5 passes.
DL Cole Mitchell (Linganore) 6’6 230 JR >> Mitchell was a force at end for the 3A runner-up Lancers, totaling 62 tackles (37 solo) and 10.5 sacks. In the state title game loss to Damascus, Mitchell recorded 1.5 tackles for loss.
DL Nazir Jones (Douglass PG) 6’0 270 SR >> Jones manned the middle for the 11-win Eagles, who allowed just 7 points per game. Jones was named to the Prince George’s 3/2/1A All-County 1st Team, recording 33 tackles, 6.5 sacks, forcing three fumbles, and blocked a punt. In the Eagles playoff win over Patuxent, Jones made 6 tackles, five for loss, and two sacks.
DL Zach Brady (Middletown) 6’1 230 JR >> Brady clogged the middle for the 3A state champion Knights, and recorded 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Brady made three tackles for loss and two sacks in the state semifinal win at Elkton.
DL Amar Thomas (Wise) 6’1 215 SO >> Thomas came on strong in his sophomore campaign, playing both the defensive end and tight end positions, proving to be a playmaker on defense, recording 64 tackles (40 solo), 23 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and forced a fumble. Thomas caught three 2-point pass receptions.
LB Jordan Morant (Milford Mill) 6’0 220 SR >> Morant was the centerpiece for the 10-win Millers, leading the team in both rushing yards and tackles. Morant finished his Miller’s career with 2,068 rushing yards, 215 tackles, and scored 32 touchdowns.
This season, Morant made 82 tackles (53 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, a forced fumble, while also rushing for 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding a pair of touchdown receptions. In a win over New Town, Morant recorded 13 tackles, three for loss, and two sacks.
LB Tyree Newman (Douglass) 5’10 178 SO >> The Eagles sophomore was selected as the Prince George’s County Defensive Player of the Year, totaling 113 tackles (72 solo), 6 tackles for loss, five fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and a safety.
In his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Newman has registered 172 tackles (88 solo), 9 tackles for loss, recovered five fumbles, recovered two, made two interceptions, blocked a punt, and made a safety.
LB Eric Stranko (Westminster) 6’1 190 JR >> Stranko was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 1st Team as a running back, but also led the Owls in tackles, and finished second in Carroll County in tackles.
Stranko rushed for 1,295 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Owls, while also making 116 tackles, for a defensive unit that produced three shutouts, held Marriotts Ridge to 7 points in a playoff win, and Mervo to 16 points in a playoff loss.
LB Xavier Shell (Mervo) 6’1 230 JR >> Shell was a key piece to the Mustangs dominating defense, a unit that ranked second in the MPSSAA in points allowed, at 6.2 per game. Shell, a junior, totaled 12 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, had two interceptions and two sacks, playing primarily at the inside linebacker position.
LB Timothy Ferguson (Damascus) 6’2 215 SR >> Ferguson was named to the Montgomery County 3/2A All-County 1st Team, as well as the Washington Post Honorable Mention team for the state champion Hornets. Ferguson caught 4 interceptions and returned two for touchdowns this season.
LB Dejore Brooks (Patuxent) 5’8 180 SR >> Brooks was selected to the All-SMAC 1st Team, recording 92 tackles (54 solo), 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, and three interceptions for the Panthers. Brooks gained 1,001 yards from scrimmage, and scored 8 touchdowns. Brooks also returned 9 kickoffs for 27.2 yards per kick.
LB Conner Pace (Rockville) 5’11 200 JR >> Pace was named as the Montgomery County 3/2A Defensive Player of the Year for the 8-win Rams. Pace, a junior and two-year starter for the Rams, recorded 15 tackles for loss, deflected three passes, and forced a fumble for a touchdown.
LB Josiah Jones (Walkersville) 6’0 195 JR >> Jones, a junior, completed his third year as a Lion, and picked up where he left off as one of the best linebackers in the county. Jones also was the Lions leading rusher, who shared the ball among three backs, gaining 677 yards on the ground and scoring 8 touchdowns.
LB Marcel Mami (Damascus) 5’11 205 JR >> Mami served as a defensive stopper for the state champion Swarmin’ Hornets, manning the middle and leading the Hornets in tackles, with 82 (39 solo). Mami recorded two tackles for loss and a sack in the state championship win over Linganore. Mami was named to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team.
LB Wisdom Agbeyome (Paint Branch) 6’0 220 SR >> Agbeyome paired with Tobi Adedoyin to give the Panthers one of the top linebacking dips in the MPSSAA, for a unit that held opponents below 10 points per game. Agbeyome was named to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team.
LB Joseph Martin (Suitland) 5’10 213 SR >> Martin was selected to the Prince George’s County 4A All-County 1st Team after leading the Rams in tackles, with 72. Martin made 11 tackles versus Flowers, 6 versus Wise, 8 against Oxon Hill, and 9 versus Eleanor Roosevelt, including two for loss.
DB Caelen Carson (North Point) 6’0 175 SR >> Carson, a Wake Forest commit, was named to the All-SMAC 1st Team, as the defensive back has 8 pass-breakups, two interceptions, and 34 tackles. Carson also scored four touchdowns – two rushing, one receiving, and returned a kickoff for a score. The 3-star cornerback chose the Demon Deacons over offers from West Point and James Madison, among others.
DB Damon David (Franklin) 6’2 180 JR >> David, a junior, was named to the Baltimore Sun All-Met 2nd Team, after recording 67 tackles (42 solo), 8 tackles for loss, defended 8 pass attempts, picked off 4 interceptions, and forced a fumble. David made 13 tackles versus Damascus, four for loss.
DB Cameron Darymple (Huntingtown) 6’1 180 JR >> Darymple was a big part of the 12-1 Hurricanes defense, and the leader of the secondary, as the All-SMAC 1st Team selection picked off 4 interceptions, broke up 11 passes, and made 38 tackles, four for loss.
DB Larry Hackey (Quince Orchard) 5’6 160 SR >> Hackey was named to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team, after intercepting 6 passes, defended four others, and made 41 tackles (29 solo). Hackey also forced a fumble, returned an interception for a score, and rushed for a touchdown.
DB ‘Smiley’ Williams (Northwest) 5’11 170 SR >> Williams was named to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team as a defensive back, who who could play both the run and pass at safety. Williams picked off four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, while adding 24 receptions and 9 touchdown receptions on offense. Williams made five solo tackles and blocked an extra point in the 4A title game.
DB Will Colletti (Linganore) 5’10 160 SR >> Colletti was a key piece for the 3A runner-up Lancers defense, collecting five interceptions, and making 60 tackles (33 solo). Colletti, a lacrosse standout and Army commit, made 12 tackles in the 3A state title game.
DB Omari Williams (Einstein) 5’10 190 JR >> The versatile Williams was selected to the Montgomery County 4A All-County 1st Team as a defensive back, though he proved to be one of toughest running backs to bring down in the county. Williams grabbed 5 interceptions, while also leading the Titans in rushing yards.
DB Preston Murray (Damascus) 6’0 175 SR >> Murray was selected to the Montgomery County 3/2A All-County 1st Team as a defensive back, while also serving as the state champion Swarmin’ Hornets leading receiver. Murray picked off three interceptions, and caught 17 receptions for 247 yards and five touchdowns.
DB Bryson Latson (Southern) 5’10 155 SR >> Latson was named to the Anne Arundel County All-County 1st Team after leading the county in interceptions, with 7. Latson made 58 tackles, forced a fumble, and returned an interception for a score.
DB Kaden Jernigan (Wise) 5’10 175 JR >> Jernigan, a junior, played strong safety for the Pumas and posted 83 tackles (61 solo), 5 interceptions, and 5 pass-breakups. In the state title game, Jernigan made 7 solo tackles, two for loss, and 1.5 sacks.
Honorable Mention Special Teams:
K Jacob Bosler (Elkton) 5’6 155 SR >> Bosler was named to the Harford County All-County 1st Team after connecting on 69 of 70 extra points, and 6 of 11 field goal attempts, including a 49 yarder. Bosler kicked two field goals in the Elks 4 point loss to Middletown.
K Sam Nason (Wilde Lake) >> Nason was named to the Howard County All-County 1st Team after connecting on all of his 21 extra point attempts, and 7 of his 10 field goals, including a 44 yarder.
K Junior Baires (Damascus) 5’6 180 SR >> Baires was named to the Montgomery County 3/2A All-County 1st Team as a kicker, and connected on a 27 yard field goal in the state championship win over Linganore.
P Chris Retzbach (Glenelg) 6’2 165 SR >> Retzbach was named to the Howard County All-County 1st Team as a punter, averaging 33 yards per punt, while making all four of his field goal attempts, including a 44 yard attempt versus River Hill.
P Braxton Koch (Winters Mill) 5’10 150 SO >> Koch, son of Ravens punter Sam Koch, was selected to the Carroll County All-County 1st Team as a sophomore, averaging 34 yards per punt.
P Noah Mason (JM Bennett) 6’1 150 SR >> Mason, a 4-star kicker rated by ProKicker.com, was selected to the Bayside Conference All-Conference 1st Team after landing 6 punts inside the 20 yard line.
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Willie, a native of Chicago, and now a resident of Columbia for 40 years, is an educator at Homewood Center in Howard County, after spending 12 years as a real estate agent, following 10 years of running a small men’s retail company. Willie has contributed to Max Preps, Digital Sports, and Varsity Sports Network. Willie has produced MPSSAA top 25 rankings for both football and basketball for 15 years, across various platforms. From a large ‘sports family’, Willie’s brother Mike led Reservoir High to the 3A basketball state title game in 2018, while his nephew Anthony serves as the Indianapolis Colts College Scouting Coordinator.