Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007

All-Gazette football: Defense

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Dan Gross⁄The Gazette
The 2007 All-Gazette Football team first-team defense. Front row, from left to right: Anthony Young-Wiseman, Brian Wittenberger, Travis Hawkins, Jelani Jenkins, Joseph Boateng, Joe Rankin; back row: Mark Hamilton, Rob Osborne, Coach of the Year Larry Hurd, Sean Stanley, David Gamliel, Dominique Budd. Not pictured: Delano Ferguson, Cory Boatman, Darius Hill.
Coach of the Year
Larry Hurd, Clarksburg, Second year
The man who turned Poolesville into a power, has done the same in just Clarksburg’s second-ever season. Led Coyotes to wins in their first 12 games this year and into the Class 2A state semifinals, where they finally lost, with just 10 seniors on the roster. In fifth overall season (three at Poolesville, 2003-05) as a head football coach has stellar record of 46-11 (.807 winning percentage).

First team
Sean Stanley, Gaithersburg, Jr., DL
Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Maryland have made early scholarship offers. Strong and deceptively quick, piled up 20 sacks.

Delano Ferguson, Kennedy, Sr., DL
Opponents found Kennedy’s end terrifying and quarterbacks trembled most as his astonishing 22 sacks suggest.

Cory Boatman, Good Counsel, Sr., DL
Six-foot-1, 255-pound Division I-A college recruit totaled 60 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 9 hurries, 9 TFLs and 4 forced fumbles.

Rob Osborne, Clarksburg, Sr., DL
Quickness and strength made Towson-commit tough to block, racked up 80 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one sack.

Jelani Jenkins, Good Counsel, Jr., LB
Gatorade’s Maryland Player of the Year and All-WCAC first-team pick recorded 58 total tackles (48 solo) with five tackles for losses.

Brian Wittenberger, Damascus, Sr., LB
Insertion as middle linebacker coincided with 10-game winning streak and state title to end season for Hornets.

Darius Hill, Springbrook, Sr., LB
Towson commit was the Blue Devils’ leading tackler. Had 123 tackles, 21 for losses, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions.

David Gamliel, Sherwood, Sr., LB
Helped Warriors to county’s best scoring defense (7.6 points per game against) with team-high 95 tackles, including 15.5 for losses.

Joe Rankin, Seneca Valley, Jr., DB
Throw his way and he made you pay. Picked off seven passes and returned three for touchdowns.

Joseph Boateng, Northwest, Sr., DB
Tackling machine at defensive back, led Jaguars with 86 stops on the season, seven for losses. Also had 5 QB hurries and 3 ints.

Anthony Young-Wiseman, Whitman, Jr., DB
The Vikings’ jack-of-all-trades led them in several categories, including interceptions with four.

Travis Hawkins, Quince Orchard, Jr., DB
Rarely thrown at, he still snagged three picks. Also combined for 786 yards receiving and rushing with 14 touchdowns.

Dominique Budd, Sherwood, Sr., All-around
Player opponents had to gameplan for, but couldn’t. Lined up at QB, RB, WR, DB and returned punts. Had 18 TDs, 1,168 yards.

Mark Hamilton, Good Counsel, Jr., P
All-WCAC kicker⁄punter averaged 40.1 yards on 21 kicks with a long of 64 with six punts placed inside the 20-yard line.

Second team
Brian Boateng (Gaithersburg, Sr., DL)
Division I-AA recruit racked up 11 sacks.

Thomas Huff (Sherwood, Jr., DL)
Six sacks, 11 tackles for losses.

Pat Hunt (Landon, Sr., DL)
Finished with 53 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

Terrence Stephens (Quince Orchard, Jr., DL)
Terrific two-way lineman, piled up 7.5 sacks, 3 in 4A state title game.

Brendan Ray (Wootton, Sr., LB)
Mr. Versatility made 56 tackles, 6 sacks.

Alex Bazzie (Northwood, Sr., LB)
College recruit had 88 tackles, 11 TFLs.

Steven Gamble (Sherwood, Jr., LB)
Finished second on team with 80 tackles.

Matt Grossman (Landon, Sr., LB)
Tenacious leader had 107 tackles, 57 solo.

J.R. Scott (Bullis, Sr., DB)
Lone bright spot for Bulldogs. Recorded 47 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, 4 ints.

Nick Koutsos (Sherwood, Sr., DB)
Bounced back from injury-marred junior campaign to become key cog.

Tim Henley (Blake, Sr., DB)
Tallied 30 tackles, five interceptions.

Brian Yost (Damascus, Sr., DB)
Led Hornets with six interceptions.

Nick Parks (Seneca Valley, Sr., P)
Excellent 35-yards-per-kick average.

Honorable mention
DL — Uchenna Ahagotu, Sr., Springbrook; Dominick Brown, Sr., Rockville; Tom Hart, Jr., Landon; Taiquon Hill, Sr., Seneca Valley; Kyle Kelly, Sr., Magruder; Tim Mieklejohn, Sr., Clarksburg; Kenton Powell, Jr., Seneca Valley; Jordan Rigby, Sr., Northwood; Dan Tochen, Sr., Whitman; Chuma Ogunwole, Sr., Georgetown Prep

LB — Lydell Baker, Jr., Northwood; Nate Berry, Sr., Magruder; Dominique Chase, Jr., Seneca Valley; Mike Greaney, Sr., Gaithersburg; Badger Koefed, Sr., Whitman; Greg Rutland, Sr., Quince Orchard; Matt Voight, Sr., Good Counsel; Chase Williams, Sr., Northwest

DB — Xavier Hughes, Jr., Seneca Valley; Parker Mangold, Jr., Georgetown Prep; Brandon Martin, Sr., Clarksburg; Sam Trotman, Sr., Northwest; Travis Turner, Sr., Quince Orchard; Mike Wallace, Sr., Good Counsel

All-around — Gary Frazier, Sr., Richard Montgomery; Avery Graham, Jr., Clarksburg; Aron McDonald, Sr., Seneca Valley