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Harold Dorman seemingly did it all for the Potomac High football squad this fall. But arguably his best performance came off the field.

Moments after a stunning overtime loss to Aberdeen in the state Class 2A finals last week, Dorman walked into the media room at M&T Bank Stadium and sat in a chair next to Wolverines coach Eric Knight who was talking to reporters. When Knight questioned some of the penalties called against the Wolverines, Dorman offered no excuses.

‘‘You can’t blame the officials, we had them,” said Dorman, whose teammates displayed an array of emotions after blowing an 18-point second half lead. ‘‘We should’ve finished it.”

Though unable to complete the 2003 campaign with a state championship, Dorman’s arms and legs on his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame nearly carried the Oxon Hill school to its first title. The Star/Gazette Offensive Player of the year simply made magic happen on the gridiron.

He tormented defenses with his elusiveness, but also demonstrated the ability to throw deep. In 14 games, Dorman completed 110-of-232 passes for 2,343 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also was the Wolverines’ leading rusher with 697 yards and nine touchdowns. In the state title game, Dorman accounted for 279 yards and all four Potomac touchdowns, including three scoring passes. ‘‘Nobody else in the county made as much happen as Harold did,” said Knight, who has coached 19 seasons in the county. ‘‘He’s the best overall football player I’ve ever coached.”

Harvey: County sack master

Eleanor Roosevelt defensive end Derrick Harvey was the primary force behind a unit that yielded only 96 points in 13 games this season and tossed six straight shutouts at one stretch. Harvey, the Star/Gazette Defensive Player of the Year, amassed 142 tackles, compiled 31 sacks, forced four fumbles and batted down four passes. He has 24 college scholarship offers and has been rated as the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals 100.

Harvey, who also caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in limited action as a tight end, was the prominent figure in a fierce Roosevelt front four. Harvey was joined by fellow first-team selection Tre Convington and converted basketball player Jared Gaither, both of whom have also received numerous Division I offers. Harvey proved to be equally capable of stopping the runs to the outside as well as stalking opposing quarterbacks.

‘‘Derrick was easily one of the best defensive players that I’ve ever coached,” said Roosevelt coach Rick Houchens. ‘‘He’s not only good at containing the other team’s running backs by getting to the outside, but he’s got such great instincts coming off the snap that he gets in the backfield quickly. He was a genuine double threat, because once teams got to obvious passing downs then Derrick could just pin his ears back and go after the quarterback. He had more sacks than most teams get in a whole season.”

Green guides Surrattsville’s turnaround

A couple of seasons ago, Surrattsville High football coach Tom Green glanced up into the bleachers during a loss to Central and wondered to himself whether the Hornet program was salvageable.

‘‘There were four people in the stands including my wife, who was filming, and my mom,” said Green. ‘‘This year, we had more people than they [Central] did.”

Success has a funny way of changing things, and it’s something Surrattsville hardly tasted until this fall. The Clinton school posted a 5-5 mark after going winless the season before, earning Green recognition as the Star/Gazette Football Coach of the Year.

The Hornets were in contention for a 3A East Region playoff spot until the final two weeks of the season. After the program won only nine games in the previous five seasons, Green, 34, looked for a turnaround in 2003.

‘‘We expected to be 8-2,” said Green, in his third season at Surrattsville. ‘‘We just put 0-9 behind us and worked hard in the off season. We lost a couple of overtime games, but the kids believed. That was the biggest thing.”

Surrattsville battled county 3A/2A league champ Douglass in its season opener before succumbing, 14-8, in overtime. The Hornets also dropped a one-point decision to Potomac, the state 2A runner up. Other than a blowout loss to Gwynn Park in the regular season finale, Surrattsville’s losses were by a combined margin of 16 points.

A former assistant at Suitland and Oxon Hill, Green realized changing the atmosphere surrounding the program is bigger than X’s and O’s.

‘‘I saw a big change in their attention from top to bottom,” said Green, who had only 24 players on his roster. ‘‘Attitude is the hardest thing to change. The longer you are there, preaching we, not me, and sticking to it, things will begin to change.”