Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007

2007 all-county football team: Defense

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Christopher Anderson⁄The Gazette
Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Listorti, DeMatha

Coach Bill McGregor called the 6-foot, 215-pound senior linebacker one of the best defensive players he has coached during his 26 seasons with the Stags. Listorti led DeMatha with 109 tackles and added eight sacks. Equally adept at playing against the run and the pass, Listorti combined speed, strength and intelligence to lead a Stags’ defense that allowed 96 points in 13 games — 28 of which came in a season-opening loss to Cincinnati-St. Xavier, ranked No. 5 nationally in USA Today’s Super 25.

First team

Dalonte Wallace, Eleanor Roosevelt, defensive lineman: The senior was one of the primary reasons the Raiders opened the season with four consecutive shutout victories and ended the season with six shutouts. Wallace was among the team leaders in tackles, sacks and forced fumbles.

Nick Rivers, DeMatha, defensive lineman: A three-year starter, the senior was second on the squad with nearly 100 tackles and added 13 sacks. Typically asked to face the opposing team’s best offensive lineman, Rivers was a superb run stopper for a unit that allowed only 61 points in eight WCAC games and held Good Counsel to a single score in the championship game.

Dionte Arnett, Forestville, defensive lineman: The senior was one of the county’s most prolific sack artists, taking down opposing quarterbacks 15 times. He also forced six fumbles and had two fumble recoveries.

Eteyen Edet, Friendly, defensive lineman: Friendly’s leading tackler made 101 stops, including 5.5 sacks. The senior also had two interceptions and caused two fumbles.

Shane Stevens, Bowie, linebacker: Stevens helped the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball, but the senior shined on defense. He had 43 solo tackles, 81 tackle assists, 16 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and one interception.

Lorne Goree, Flowers, linebacker: The junior was a dominating force on defense for the Jaguars this season and it is almost assured that he will be drawing interest from major Division I college programs over the next year. His stats speak for themselves: 157 tackles (103 solo), nine sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

Damon Ramsey, Eleanor Roosevelt, linebacker: Another one of the main reasons the Raiders opened the season with four straight shutouts and six overall, the senior was equally strong against the run and pass. He led the team with 118 tackles, was second in sacks and added two interceptions.

Devon Bridges, Douglass, linebacker: The Eagles will be glad to have one more year out of the junior middle linebacker. Bridges led the defense as Douglass won the County 3A⁄2A⁄1A League regular-season title by registering team-bests with 117 tackles and a pair of interceptions

Cameron Chism, McNamara, defensive back: The University of Maryland recruit’s play on both sides of the ball was crucial for McNamara. At cornerback, he had five interceptions and recovered four fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. He added 1,096 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns at wide receiver. In a 29-28 win against Gonzaga that was key to McNamara’s playoff push, he scored, had an interception and blocked an extra point.

Okechukwu Okoroha, Eleanor Roosevelt, defensive back: The senior anchored a tough Roosevelt secondary that helped the Raiders shut out six opponents. He’ll continue his football career at the University of Virginia.

Kenny Tate, DeMatha, defensive back: The versatile senior has received more than 100 scholarship offers. He was DeMatha’s top cover man in the secondary and also returned punts and kickoffs, returning one for a touchdown against Gilman. Tate also was the Stags’ leading receiver the past three seasons.

Chris Wiseman, Gwynn Park, defensive back: The safety provided senior leadership for the Yellow Jackets’ defense, whose 162 points allowed were the third-fewest in the County 3A⁄2A⁄1A League. Wiseman led the team with nine sacks while amassing 59 tackles and three interceptions. At wide receiver, he had 535 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Devon Wallace, Friendly, defensive back: The University of Virginia recruit anchored the Patriots’ secondary with 68 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He also caused two fumbles.

James Proctor, Suitland, senior, defensive back: A genuine three-way threat for the 4A South Region champion Rams, Proctor played the run well and was strong in pass coverage. He also made numerous plays on special teams, including a blocked field goal that he returned for a touchdown in Suitland’s 15-14 victory against Parkdale in the region final. On offense, he ran for more than 1,000 yards.

Second team

Defensive line

Isaiah Ross, Roosevelt

Joe Collura, DeMatha

Randall Harris, DuValDeAnthony Cloyd, Friendly David Izebere, FlowersJohn Darr, SuitlandTheo Horton, Riverdale BaptistAndre Johnson, Wise


Maceo Smith, Wise

Melvin Tyler, Gwynn ParkA.J. Bryson, RooseveltRodney Hill, BowieTravis McCain, Suitland

Defensive back

Steven Bagby, Wise

Rodney McLeod, DeMatha De’Von Richardson, Bowie

DeAnthony Jones, Flowers