Player of the year
The arrival of Jones helped reverse the fortunes of the Bullis program. His 2,089 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns this fall led the Bulldogs to their first IAC crown since 1979.
Coach of the year
While this is not a lifetime achievement award, no coach has won more in his tenure. The Cougars came one play short of a state title because of the well-oiled program Mencarini has fostered.
The 5-foot-9 Keita used his legs (543 yards, 9 touchdowns) and his arm (1,458 yards, 14 touchdowns) to power the Bulldogs to 10 wins and a spot in the 4A West Region final.
Despite being hampered by injury, this highly-sought FBS Division I college recruit ran over and through opponents to the tune of 1,381 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 125.5 yards per contest this fall.
The most important player among county’s public teams. Tireless workhorse carried the ball 85 times in Cougars’ two state playoff games, finished season with 2,057 yards and 28 touchdowns for Class 4A runner-up.
Thomas S. Wootton
Six-foot-2, 185-pound two-way player was Patriots quarterback Chris Papadopoulos’ No. 1 option and county’s leading receiver; caught 71 passes for 892 yards and nine touchdowns.
This fleet-footed wideout, who has drawn FBS Division I college scholarship offers from across the country, hauled in 36 passes for 770 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 21.4 yards per reception.
Boland, a towering presence at 6-foot-7 and 297 pounds, anchored a Prep line that paved the way to 210 rushing yards per game against perhaps the toughest schedule in the county.
Checking in at a hulking 6-foot-6 and 285-pounds, Madaras helped the three-time defending WCAC champions rush for 2,841 yards and 44 touchdowns this fall. Good Counsel averaged 236.8 rushing yards per game.
Strongest player on the team, with nearly 300 pounds of force to open holes. He was driving force on offensive line for county’s top 3A team. He’s the second Quigley on the first team (brother Kevin Quigley, 2004).
Athletic but burly offensive lineman at 6-2, 270 pounds played both tackle and center for the Panthers, helping to lead Paint Branch (9-2) to postseason play and first division crown since 1975.
A great two-way player, who is entertaining multiple FBS Division I college offers, including from Pittsburgh and Purdue, Watson (6-3, 275) helped the Falcons punish opponents for 37 points per game and 4,384 yards.
Brennan misfired on just four of the 30 kicks he attempted this fall and two of the miscues can be pinned on the holder. He made 7-of-8 field goals and 19-of-22 extra points.
May pass the eye-ball test more than any player in county with 6-foot-5 frame, speed. His stats are overwhelming, too: had 20 sacks from end position and more than 800 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving.
This 6-foot-3, 245-pound first-team All-WCAC selection collected 26.5 tackles, a pair of sacks and 6 1/2 tackles for a loss on a Falcons defense that allowed just 10.3 points per game this fall.
Dominant against run and pass for a team that was one win away from perfection; entered the season with Division I scholarship offers from Bryant and Monmouth Universties and will likely have more in time.
Rookie that defies description; leading tackler (86) for a historic program that almost never starts a freshman. The hard-hitting middle backer is the first freshman to earn first-team honors in this millenium.
Repeat first teamer for county’s stingiest defense; he is also one of Maryland’s top prospects, with scholarship offers from Division I programs such as University of Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Rutgers, among others.
O’Daniel mauled teams on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 897 yards and 17 touchdowns and recorded 38.5 tackles, five sacks and 15 1/2 tackles for a loss for 84 yards.
This hard-hitting linebacker guided the Bulldogs on defense with 122 total tackles, including 49 solo stops, with 10 quarterback sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles. He had 10 tackles in region final.
This George Washington University baseball signee he’s a top area center fielder solidified the back end of the Little Hoyas defense with 40 tackles, 18 assists and three interceptions. He was an All-MIAA A selection.
A dual threat at wideout and cornerback, Fuller hauled in 26 passes for 527 yards and eight scores while producing 26.5 tackles and three interceptions for mind-boggling 165 yards and a touchdown.
So good that he could have qualified for at least five positions here. The University of Maryland signee played everywhere for Coyotes, including receiver (688 yards, 10 touchdowns), and would not dare be thrown on.
Williams recorded 35 tackles, including 14 solo, for the Bulldogs with two interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He also hauled 20 passes for 449 yards and six scores this fall.
Bowl Championship Series conference-level recruit rarely left the field, averaging 19.4 yards per punt return, including two for touchdown. Also played wide receiver and outside linebacker.
QB: Brendan Marshall, Good Counsel: First-year starter threw for 1,471 yards and 13 touchdowns.
RB: Fernando Smith, Sherwood: Powerful workhorse ran for 1,089 yards, 14 TDs.
RB: Tyrell Williams, Quince Orchard: Beast of a fullback had many big games.
RB: Bene’t Willis, Paint Branch: Durable back rushed for 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns.
WR: Simba Gwashavanhu, Gaithersburg: University of Delaware signee had over 500 yards, five touchdowns.
WR: Shane Wigmore, Albert Einstein: Four touchdowns on 445 yards.
OL: Karou Diakite, Winston Churchill: Massive tackle (6-4, 305) paved way for option attack.
OL: Eric Magas, Damascus: Two-hundred sixty pounder helped pave way for primary rushing attack.
OL: Austin Trach, Quince Orchard: Dominant blocker opened holes for Green.
OL: Jeff Schaeffer, Walt Whitman: Six-foot-3, 290-pounder stalwart blocker.
OL: Ryan Schneider, Georgetown Prep: All-MIAA A selection was a two-way threat.
K/P: Junior Arcaro, Seneca Valley: Blessed with tremendous leg; impressive 37.6 yards per punt.
DL: Nicoy Davis, Seneca Valley: Was “all-everything” according to coach Fred Kim.
LB/DL: Fitz Mofor, Sherwood: Eighty-eight tackles, 8.5 sacks, forced fumble.
DL: Kyle Snyder, Good Counsel: Posted 28 ½ tackles and 11 ½ tackles for loss.
LB: Chris Hampton, Georgetown Prep: Recorded 110 tackles with four sacks, two interceptions.
LB: Marty Heyn, Quince Orchard: Two-way player was Cougars’ top tackler.
LB: Marcel Ngachie, Good Counsel:Led Falcons with 51 tackles with 11 TFL.
LB: Andrew Pitsenberger, Walter Johnson: Played everywhere, led Wildcats in tackles.
DB: Deontray George, Watkins Mill: Led defense that gave up 10 points per game.
DB: Ricardo Malcolm, James H. Blake: Top defensive back for school’s record-setting team.
DB: Xavier Nelson, Springbrook: Athletic two-way player was Blue Devils’ best.
DB: Peter Ngoh, Albert Einstein: Only one pass caught on him.
Return: Elad Covaliu, Walter Johnson: Superb athlete had gaudy averages.
QB: Kylor Bellistri, Bullis; Matty Callahan, Northwest; Kirby Carmack, Poolesville; Michael Flack, Walt Whitman; Sean Loftus, Albert Einstein; Chris Papadopoulos, Thomas S. Wootton; Lincon Reyes, Gaithersburg; Brion Robinson, Springbook.
RB: Myles Allen, Landon; Cory Applequist, Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Val Djidotor, Walt Whitman; Ryan Fergurson, Albert Einstein; Peter Gondon, Montgomery Blair; Brian Griffin, Montgomery Blair; Rachid Ibrahim, Avalon; Curtis Kamara, Winston Churchill; Trevor Patton, Damascus; Drew Stefanelli, Good Counsel; Solomon Vault, Gaithersburg.
WR/TE: Elijah Bah, James H. Blake; Tre Cunningham, Seneca Valley; Javonn Curry, Paint Branch; Quan Gill, Winston Churchill; Jonah Hessels, Poolesville; Keith Hollister, Albert Einstein; Trey Lefeged, John F. Kennedy; Joe McDonald, Landon; Nick Shelton, Northwood.
OL: Henry Adjah-Provencal, James H. Blake; Bryan Ayeh, Albert Einstein; Karsten Bratt, Watkins Mill; Tejon Carroll, Quince Orchard; Josh Daryoush, Walt Whitman; Evan Dighe, Richard Montgomery; Michael Dunn, Walt Whitman; Roland Kamara, Northwest; Darrion Locke, Winston Churchill; Matt Miller, Winston Churchill; Rene Molinari, Albert Einstein; Timmy Walco, Seneca Valley.
K/P: Jake Ryder, Sherwood.
DL: Peter Angeh, James H. Blake; Aziz Baby, Watkins Mill; Charlie Barry, Walter Johnson; Carlos Chiza, Richard Montgomery; Kyle Einwaechter, Walt Whitman; Nadim Elhage, Winston Churchill; Chris Usenica, Damascus.
LB: Alfred Beatty, Richard Montgomery; Dominic Bryan, Georgetown Prep; Larry Kpadehyea, Gaithersburg; Travon McMillian, James H. Blake; Devin Moyer, Northwood; Ato Pinkrah, Col. Zadok Magruder; Donavon Price, John F. Kennedy; Jacob Suissa, Winston Churchill; George Vinson, Damascus; James Waddy, Gaithersburg; Robert Winning, Poolesville.
DB: Aik Davis, Winston Churchill; David Collins, Avalon; Richie DiPietro, Sherwood; Keith Gaye, Albert Einstein; Dontay Hears, Watkins Mill; Darius Lewis, Seneca Valley; Marcus Townsend, Albert Einstein; Deion Wellington, Landon.
Return: Jalen Christian, Damascus; Kevin Joppy, Seneca Valley; Tenet Samuto, Georgetown Prep.