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2004 All-County Football Team Offense: Top performers help county offenses thrive

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by Derek Toney, Ted Black and Terron Hampton

Staff Writers

Prince George’s County produced a pair of state football champions in 2004.

Suitland, the 4A state champion, and Potomac, the kings of the state 2A ranks, both enjoyed impressive offensive displays.

Suitland accomplished a rare feat with three running backs gaining at least 1,000 yards. Potomac was effective on the ground and in the air, as all-county quarterback James Nickens threw for nearly 2,000 yards and was intercepted just five times.

Here is the Star⁄Gazette 2004 All-County First-Team Offense:

Linemen

Brandon Jackson, Potomac, Sr.: At 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds, Jackson has the physical ingredients to be a Division I player and beyond. The Wolverines averaged a county-best 34 points per game this season with Jackson as a guard. He was part of a fourth-quarter offensive effort (126 yards) that helped carried Potomac to its first state championship.

Gus Parrish, Potomac, Sr.: With strong bloodlines (brother Justin is a standout at Kent State after playing at Fairmont Heights), Parrish was dominant on both sides of the ball. The 6-4, 303-pound guard helped protect quarterback James Nickens and create space for running back Titan Trabue. Defensively, Parrish was second on the team with 10 quarterback sacks and had a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the state finals.

Joe Muldoon, DeMatha, Sr.: Muldoon was the anchor up front for the state’s premier team this fall. The 6-6, 290-pound center was a first-team all-league selection in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He was a powerful run blocker for the Stags’ backfield of Jordan Scott, Jeff Allen, Kenny Jefferson and Patrick Mealy. Army, Buffalo, Lehigh, Navy and Vanderbilt are interested in the two-year starter.

Bakari Bayou, Flowers, Sr.: His imposing frame often draws thoughts of his abilities on the defensive line, but Bayou was a major component of a Flowers attack that rushed for more than 3,000 yards this season. Defensive linemen often had trouble seeing past Bayou’s massive 6-4, 235-pound frame. Bayou didn’t allow a sack in nine games on the offensive line and was called for just one penalty.

Loinel Hardy, Suitland, Sr.: The 5-10, 230-pound senior was the leader of an offensive line that protected one of the state’s best ground games. Three different Suitland backs surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this season, and the Rams won the state title game against Damascus by beating the Swarmin’ Hornets at their own game, moving the ball effectively on the ground behind Hardy and the rest of the line.

Quarterback

James Nickens, Potomac, Jr.: Nickens more than exceeded expectations, replacing last season’s Star⁄Gazette Offensive Player of the Year Harold Dorman. The 6-foot, 205-pounder completed 91-of-168 passes for 1,935 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. In the Wolverines’ come-from-behind victory against Hereford for the state 2A title, Nickens accounted for 93 yards in a pair of fourth quarter scoring drives.

Running backs

Trevin Parrish, Pallotti, Jr.: Parrish was the driving force in Pallotti’s run to a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference championship. He rushed for 1,418 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Panthers, who tied with Boys’ Latin for the title. Parrish had one of his best games against Boys’ Latin with 181 yards and three touchdowns, and a 73-yard touchdown reception.

Titan Trabue, Potomac, Sr.: After carrying some of the blame for Potomac’s agonizing 2A title game loss in 2003, Trabue came back this season and found redemption. He rushed for 1,165 yards and 18 touchdowns, including two fourth-quarter scores as the Wolverines rallied to win the state title. Trabue played with an injured shoulder in the postseason, and had 249 yards and four touchdowns against Friendly in the 2A South Region finals.

Charlie Rivers, Largo, Sr.: During a season in which the Lions nearly reached the playoffs for the first time in nine years, Rivers led the offense. He was the county’s leading rusher with 1,600 yards on 178 carries, and he scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown against High Point in the season finale as the Lions rallied from a 21-0 deficit to prevail 28-21.

Brandon McRae, Flowers, Sr.: Unquestionably one of the busiest offensive players this season, McRae amassed a county high 18 rushing touchdowns to go along with 1,521 yards rushing, which was second in the county. He also caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Receivers⁄Tight End

Eric Westbrooks, Potomac, Sr.: Westbrooks was a terror for opposing defensive backs this fall. He pulled in 32 passes for 681 yards and 10 touchdowns. Westbrooks’ third-down catch in the fourth quarter helped sustain the go-ahead scoring drive in the Wolverines’ 19-12 victory against Hereford in the title game.

Brandon Peterson, DeMatha, Sr.: DeMatha might not have repeated as WCAC champion without Peterson’s clutch performance in the title game against Good Counsel. He caught four passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, helping DeMatha to a 30-29 victory. For the season, Peterson had 32 receptions for 619 yards and seven touchdowns. He has attracted interest from Buffalo, Clemson, Georgetown, Lehigh, Marshall, North Carolina State.

Will Davis, Roosevelt, Sr.: A solid two-way player, Davis had 24 receptions for 579 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games and was a dependable blocker as the Raiders’ tight end. He also contributed 136 tackles, 24 sacks and forced four fumbles and one safety on defense and blocked two punts.

Kicker

Eric Williams, Roosevelt, Sr.: In a county where place-kicking has become a lost art, Williams enjoyed a superb season for the Raiders. He converted on 32 of 35 extra-point attempts and made a 32-yard field goal in his only attempt this season. He also handled the kickoff duties.

Second team

Quarterbacks: Joe Hayden, Friendly; Jermaine Lindsay, Forestville; Kevin Olive, Pallotti; Marc Poblador, DeMatha; Eric Pinkney, Riverdale Baptist.

Running backs: Greg Bailey, Fairmont Heights; Monty Clayton and Robert Sanford, Suitland; Kelvin Jones, High Point; Jimmy McClam, Flowers; Raymond Saunders, Oxon Hill; Jason Smith, Parkdale.

Tight ends: Ryan Griffith, DeMatha; Tim Jennings, Pallotti.

Linemen: Marcus Adams and Chris Hutton, Largo; Julius George, Parkdale; Gavin Gourley, Pallotti; Antonio Logan-El, Forestville; Daniel Malcolm, Northwestern; Robert Norris and Ambrose Phillips, DeMatha; Nate Powell, Oxon Hill; Torrie Tolson, Bowie.

Receivers: Vincent Hill and Greg Penn, Friendly; Anthony Herbin, Gwynn Park; Erick Jones, DeMatha; Sean Rawls, Crossland; Kevin Teel, Bowie.

Kickers: Cordell Hodnett, Gwynn Park; Kemar Scarlett, Potomac.

All purpose: Mark Duncan, Suitland; Harold Morton, Pallotti.

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