Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2002 All-County Football Team Offense: Imposing line leads way for all-county offense

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Hank Simon, Friendly, Sr., — Simon was an intimidating force for the Patriots’ offense, which averaged 36.4 points per game as the team won its final seven games. At 6-feet, 250 pounds, Simon also recorded 66 tackles (25 solo) and added 10 pass hurries, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Simon, who played football for the first time last season, has received interest from Division II programs Virginia State and Southern Connecticut State.

Cornelius Campbell, DeMatha, Sr., — Campbell (6-3, 270) helped protect Ryan Mitch and the Stags’ passing game during the fall. The WCAC finalists averaged 30.9 points including five 40-plus showings as Campbell added 68 tackles and six sacks on defense. An all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first-team selection, Campbell plans to sign with Syracuse where he will join former county standouts Quinn Ojinnaka (DeMatha), Larry McClain (Forestville) and Kellen Pruitt (Gwynn Park).

Ben Crumlin, Largo, Jr. — Crumlin secured the strong side of Largo’s offensive line by paving the way for running back Anthony Manigault and protecting quarterback Michael Langley. Crumlin did not allow a sack and he sealed the left side of the line on run plays, perhaps explaining why 12 of Largo’s 15 plays of 50 yards or more were to his side. At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, he still got downfield to punish linebackers and safeties and he is getting numerous looks from Division I programs.

Carlos Crestwell, Parkdale, Sr. — Crestwell spearheaded a front that overwhelmed opponents this season. With help from Eblin Molina, Alec Taylor, Daniel Oriola, Jerel Walker and Marcus Shepherd, Crestwell (6-2, 230) paved the way to a 2,000-yard season by Kevin Beverly and protected quarterback Anthony Brown, who was playing his first season of football.

Lewis Mayo, McNamara, Sr. — Coach Bernard Joseph called Mayo the team’s most valuable player. ‘‘He started on offense, defense and special teams. He never took a play off. He played hard every single play, and that’s rare,” Joseph said. Mayo was also a factor on the Mustang defense as he recorded 38 tackles — 16 for a loss — and five sacks.

Backs, receivers, kickers

Omar Cuff, Flowers, Sr., Returner⁄All-Purpose — Cuff’s efforts nearly captured a playoff spot for the second-year Flowers program. Despite missing for games with injuries, Cuff had more than 500 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards and 275 return yards. The 5-11, 180-pound Cuff and his teammates handed county 4A co-champ Suitland its only loss..

Devon Douglas, McNamara, Sr., Running back — Though 5-7 and 165 pounds, Douglas was a force to be reckoned with in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He rushed for 1,230 yards and 15 touchdowns as the Mustangs went 6-4. Douglas averaged 7.4 yards per attempt and was a first team all-WCAC selection.

Tim Jennings, Pallotti, So., Tight end — Jennings was a big reason the Laurel private school enjoyed its first .500 or better season since 1993. The 6-2, 190-pounder had 48 receptions for 807 yards and a county-best 12 touchdowns for the Panthers (5-5). His performance also captured a spot on the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference All-Gold Division team.

Markus McFadden, Parkdale, Sr., Wide receiver — When the state 4A champs needed a big play, McFadden rose to the moment. It was his catch on the final play of regulation that lifted Parkdale past Flowers in the regular season. His 39-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter sparked the Panthers’ 20-13 state semifinal win over Damascus. In the state title game against Sherwood, McFadden had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 50-yard touchdown reception. The 5-10, 175 pound McFadden had 51 catches for 955 yards and eight touchdowns.

Anthony Manigault, Largo, Sr., Running back — From the opening series of Largo’s first game this season against defending 4A state champion Bowie, Manigault served notice that he was going to be a force among county backs. He finished his senior season with 1,910 yards and 23 touchdowns on 242 carries, including 312 yards against Bowie in the opener. Displaying far more substance than style, Manigault simply hit the holes then kept going, often making linebackers miss him before plowing through defensive backs.

Traves Matthews, Laurel, Sr., Running back — In a county blessed with strong runners, Matthews quietly was one of the best this season. He rushed for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Spartans, who had a county public league-best 46-point outburst against defending state 4A champ Bowie. Matthews helped Laurel improved from 2-8 in 2001 to 3-6 this fall.

Ryan Mitch, DeMatha, Sr., Quarterback — His strong right arm nearly got DeMatha a third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. He completed 87 of 151 passes for 1,708 yards and 13 touchdowns helping the Hyattsville power back to the league finals where it lost to Gonzaga. A first -team All-WCAC selection, Mitch (6-3, 205) has committed to the University of Maryland.

Deyon Williams, Suitland, Sr., Widereceiver — Williams was one of several weapons who led the Rams back atop the county 4A league this fall. The 6-3, 185 pounder caught 34 passes for 681 yards and nine touchdowns as Suitland tied for the league title with eventual state 4A champ Parkdale. Williams, also one of the county’s premier track performers, has verbally committed to the University of Virginia on a football scholarship.


Bryan Clagett, Gwynn Park, Sr., Kicker — Clagett scored 58 of the Yellow Jackets’ 237 points. He converted on 28-of-30 extra-point kicks and made 10 field goals, ranging from 18 to 37 yards. Also a 2002 Star⁄Gazette soccer first teamer, Clagett is planning to play soccer in college, possibly at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon, W.Va.

Second team

Quarterbacks — Anthony Brown, Parkdale; Harold Dorman, Potomac; Chris Gibson, Suitland; Curtis Rich, Friendly; Alonzo Turner, Bladensburg.

Running backs — Billy Hill, Riverdale Baptist; Lionel Morton, Forestville; Thomas Myers, DuVal; Chad Nkang, Northwestern; Nathaniel Queen, Fairmont Heights; Jermaine Spriggs, Flowers; Brandon Toles, Friendly.

Kickers⁄Punters — Dan Dively, Bowie; Derron Ellis, McNamara; Ron Walls, Largo

All-Purpose⁄Returner — Raynardo Harrell, Potomac; Jason Hunter, Gwynn Park; Bobby Roundtree, DuVal; Brandon Toles, Friendly.

Receivers — Shaun Allen, Crossland; Michael Dolby, Friendly; Francisco Moreno, High Point; Paul Perry, Oxon Hill.