PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zach Welch, Running back
One of a kind. Topped Knights in seven statistical categories (rushing, kickoffs, place-kicking, kick returns, all purpose yards, scoring and interceptions); most notably, his 1,718 yards rushing buoyed team to first-ever state title.
COACH OF THE YEAR
After more than 30 years of frustration, Knights finally reached promised land in Lynott's fourth year. Under his direction, team went 13-1 and routed Prince George's County's Frederick Douglass High to win Class 2A state title.
Ian Fisher, Quarterback
James Madison University commit piloted high-octane offense with style, throwing for county-highs 2,682 yards and 19 touchdown passes. Also rushed for 711 yards and 11 scores in 10 games.
Brandan Berney, Running back
Thomas Johnson Senior
Game-changing two-way player excelled on the ground when it mattered most, rushing for 185, 88 and 127 yards in three playoff wins to get Patriots to Class 3A state final.
T.J. Gamble, Wide receiver
Set program single-season record with 49 catches, which went for 821 yards and six touchdowns. “He's just an incredible athlete,” Walkersville coach Joe Polce said. West Virginia Wesleyan College and Shepherd University have shown interest.
Ben Lewis, Wide receiver
Syracuse University commit looked like best player on field in Class 2A championship game, where he scored long touchdowns on the ground and through the air. Led team with 874 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns.
Brendan Wharton, Tight end
County's only player at his position to lead team in receiving. Posted over 400 receiving yards and five touchdowns while also providing blocking in trademark run-first offense.
Avon Davey, Offensive line
Thomas Johnson Junior
Six-foot-3, 260-pound rock opened holes for Berney, Anderson and others, allowed Dahlgren time to throw. Best lineman on Class 3A state finalist.
Anthony Lucian, Offensive line
Helped create Linganore's 3,100 rushing yards. “He gave us some size and ability to move,” Linganore coach Rick Conner said. “He's just a real talented, skillful offensive lineman.”
Anthony Malik, Offensive line
Best offensive lineman on team that accounted for over 4,800 yards of total offense. Did not allow a sack in over 400 passing attempts, played every offensive snap of the season while committing just one penalty.
Brady Stup, Offensive line
Tuscarora coach Dean Swink described the Towson University commit as “one of the most dominant blockers I have ever had a chance to work with.” Stup will play in the Crab Bowl.
Judd Ziegler, Offensive line
Center and linchpin of dominant unit that opened massive holes for running back Welch, allowed quarterback Pritts to find receivers. Was force for county's highest-scoring offense.
Johnny Dearstine, Kicker
He gave Linganore reliability for field goals, punts and kickoffs. “It's a big advantage,” Conner said. Dearstine earned a spot in the Crab Bowl, Maryland's high school football All-Star game.
Colton Kmetz, Defensive line
Highly-touted Division I recruit and repeat first-teamer. Despite constant double teams and being the focus of every offensive line, led Hawks in sacks.
Nick Lucian, Defensive line
Lucian made 66 tackles, 12 for loss, and six sacks for a defense that allowed just 12.36 points and 2.57 yards per carry. “Nick was an enforcer for us,” Conner said.
Ty Tucker, Defensive line
Finished the season with 68 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and a team-high seven sack. “Ty helped control the inside all season,” Walkersville coach Joe Polce said.
Colin Delauter, Linebacker
Veteran mainstay in middle led Knights with 71.5 tackles and also produced seven tackles for loss for county's top defensive unit.
Ryan Grimes, Linebacker
St. John's Catholic Prep Junior
Grimes recorded 17 sacks, part of his 168 tackles, and recovered three fumbles. “He was the heart and soul of our team,” St. John's coach John Ricca said. “He was our toughest player.”
Tyler Thompson, Linebacker
Defensively (102 total tackles, 19 for loss, eight sacks, one interception, seven pass breakups, eleven hurries) and offensively (1,087 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns), Thompson dominated. “He's the best player in the area,” Conner said.
C.J. Walters, Linebacker
Made 84 tackles, including 22 for loss and four sacks. Recovered five fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. “He only knows one way to play the game, and it's full speed,” Polce said.
Richie Anderson, Defensive back
Thomas Johnson Junior
Game-changing athlete and son of former NFL player with the same name was Patriots' best defensive back; helped get team to Class 3A state championship game
Jacob Miller, Defensive back
Miller intercepted eight passes and returned two for touchdowns. He also excelled at wide receiver (40 catches for 723 yards and eight touchdowns) and punter (school-record 42 yards per punt).
Michael Pritts, Defensive back
Equally commanding on both sides of the ball. Free safety on defense led team with seven pass breakups and intercepted three passes, including one on final play of Class 2A final.
George Van Hove, Defensive back
Stellar athlete in loaded secondary; veteran with multiple years of starting experience was equally proficient against the pass and run.
Jerel English, Punter
Playmaker averaged over 40 yards per punt. Also paced Cadets offense, rushing for 1,048 yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback: Brady Policelli, Walkersville, Junior
Running back: Derek Frank, Maryland School for the Deaf, Senior
Running back: Abu Kiawu, Tuscarora, Senior
Wide receiver: Tony DellaValle, Linganore, Senior
Wide receiver: Blaine Price, Brunswick, Junior
Wide receiver: Grier Wilson, St. John's Catholic Prep, Sophomore
Offensive line: Wayne Schulz, Thomas Johnson, Senior
Offensive line:Keith Kluetz, Linganore, Senior
Offensive line: Matt Hawkins, Walkersville, Senior
Offensive line: Matt Stewart, Linganore, Senior
Offensive line: Justin Falcinelli, Middletown, Sophomore
Kicker: Nick Peifer, St. John's, Senior
Defensive line: Jay Dennis, Walkersville, Senior
Defensive line: Tanner Dixon, Walkersville, Senior
Defensive line: Cliff Peach, Linganore, Senior
Linebacker: Nick Sponyoe, Oakdale, Junior
Linebacker: Mike Lowe, Urbana, Senior
Linebacker: C.J. Sanders, Linganore, Senior
Defensive back: Juan Retana, Linganore, Senior
Defensive back: Dan Mullen, South Carroll, Senior
Defensive back: Forrest Parker, Walkersville
Defensive back: Nate Hairston, Thomas Johnson, senior
Punter: Sean Forner, South Carroll, senior