Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2003 All-County Football Offensive Team: County offensive talent stacked deeply in 2003

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by Ted Black, Derek Toney and Terron Hampton

Staff Writers

A wealth of talent in Prince George’s County made selecting this year’s Star⁄Gazette First-Team Offense a series of difficult decisions.

Seemingly at each position, there were a number of high-profile players who more than made names for themselves. Many of the county’s teams boasted robust running games, which rely on the quality play of their offensive lines.

But several quarterbacks also demonstrated the ability to put the ball in the air with success this season. And in spite of the county’s reputation for quality ground games, the Star⁄Gazette’s two first-team wide receivers and the first-team tight end are headed to Division I programs.

Without a doubt the Star⁄Gazette’s 2003 First-Team Offense can find a way to find the end zone. The team is as follows:

First-Team Offense

Joe Danna, DeMatha, senior, quarterback — Danna was the latest in a long line of DeMatha signal callers who guided the Hyattsville school to a championship season. A backup to Ryan Mitch (Maryland) last season, Danna completed 94-of-147 for 1,976 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was also a second-team All-WCAC selection.

Kenny Snowden, Frederick Douglass, senior, running back — Before the season began, Eagles coach J.C. Pinkney knew what he had in quarterback Quinton Brown, but was looking for a back to complement him. Snowden filled that role as Douglass enjoyed a perfect regular season. He tallied 1,001 yards and nine touchdowns on 150 attempts during the year. Never flashy, Snowden just ran through many defenders for short gains, occasionally breaking a long one.

Theirrien Davis, Eleanor Roosevelt, senior, running back — Despite missing two games this season, Davis rushed for 1,329 yards and 13 touchdowns on 153 carries to lead the Raiders through an undefeated regular season and the 4A South Region title. Davis, who also caught five passes for 120 yards and one touchdown, has received college offers from Boston College, Duke, Marshall, Pittsburgh and Virginia. He also contributed 38 tackles while playing strong safety and special teams.

Allen Rice, Pallotti, senior, running back — This Panthers’ running back ascended to the head of the class among county rushers, gaining a county-best 1,479 yards and 16 touchdowns on 171 carries for Pallotti this fall. Rice had one run of 96 yards this season and he concluded his Pallotti career with 2,529 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns.

Richard Abney, Forestville, senior, wide receiver — Abney was arguably the best receiver in the county public ranks this fall. The 6-2 wideout hauled in 22 passes for 560 yards (25.4 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns, helping Forestville to the 2A South Region playoffs. Abney’s next stop will be Michigan State, where he has a football scholarship.

Derrick McPhearson, DeMatha, senior, wide receiver — With a brother playing for Maryland and his father, Gerrick Sr., a former NFL player with the New England Patriots, McPhearson had the ingredients to be a standout this season. He was the Stags’ main outside threat, hauling in 49 passes for 906 yards and 12 touchdowns. Florida, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia Tech are the schools McPhearson will be visiting this month.

Eric Lively, DeMatha, senior, tight end — A force at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, Lively caught 21 passes for 238 yards and six touchdowns, in addition to being a part an offensive line that dominated opposing defenses. He added 84 tackles and a team-high nine quarterback sacks as a defensive end. Lively has Florida, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and several Atlantic 10 programs hot on his trail.

Gerald Rich, Frederick Douglass, senior, line — For all of the rushing yards that the Eagles amassed this season, little credit was given to the line that made it possible. Rich was the main reason for that. Pinkney considered the lineman the best on a Douglass team that depended on the line to pave the way for the ground game. The Eagles gained 2,795 yards behind their line and Rich was the one of the reasons the Eagles ground attack had success.

Ben Crumlin, Largo, senior, line – One of the most highly-touted and sought-after linemen in the county, Crumlin anchored a Largo offensive line that was firmly committed to running the ball. Crumlin provided numerous lead blocks for senior tailback Calvin Lee, who amassed nearly 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, and did an admirable job protecting quarterback’s blind side.

Rashad Wright, Eleanor Roosevelt, senior, line — This Roosevelt center proved invaluable to the Raiders during their 12-1 season and berth in the state semifinals. Wright not only handled all of the snaps flawlessly, he paved the way for running backs Theirrien Davis and Harrison Baker up the middle and provided good led blocks for quarterback Derrick Williams on designed quarterback draws.

Michael Richardson, Flowers, senior, line — This Jaguars’ guard was instrumental in leading the Flowers ground game this fall. Richardson was responsible for opening holes up the middle for running backs Ramond Dixon and Brandon McRae and pulling to provide lead blocks for Rashard Henry on sweeps.

Edwin Williams, DeMatha, senior, line — Headed to Maryland on a football scholarship, Williams emerged as one of the state’s best frontline performers. The Stags often ran on his side as they rushed for more than 2,000 yards. On defense, Williams contributed five sacks to a defense that posted five shutouts.

Jeovanny Blanco, Northwestern, senior, kicker — Though Northwestern struggled to score at times during the season, Blanco was consistent in producing points. He was 10-of-12 in extra points and three-of-four on field goals for the Wildcats (6-5), who lost to Flowers in the 4A South Region playoffs.

Quinton Brown, Frederick Douglass, senior, all-purpose — Whatever the Eagles needed on both sides of the ball, Brown was there. As the quarterback, Brown was nearly an unstoppable force from the option. The senior amassed 1,054 yards and 15 touchdowns on 138 attempts. On punt returns, Brown was always a threat and returned a couple this season. On defense, where he will play at Syracuse next fall, Brown intercepted four passes.

Second-team offense

Jason Best, Gwynn Park, line; Brian Blake, Friendly, receiver; Travis Bowman, Suitland, receiver; Anthony Brown, Parkdale, quarterback; Jonathan Cartagena, DeMatha, line; Matt Clark, Crossland, running back; Korey Coles, Potomac, receiver; Calvin Lee, Largo, running back; Lamar Hyson, Gwynn Park, quarterback; Steve Jennings, Pallotti, receiver; Ricardo Johnson, Surrattsville; Carl Mayo, Bladensburg, running back; Ulysee Davis, McNamara, running back; Brandon McCrae, Flowers, running back; Derrick Murry, Riverdale Baptist, quarterback; Kevin Olive, Pallotti, quarterback; Lawrence Sidbury, Oxon Hill, line; Daniel Singleton, Northwestern, running back; DeMarcus White, Laurel, receiver; Anthony Wiseman, DeMatha, running back; DeAndre Wright, Gwynn Park, running back; Antonio Carter, Suitland, running back.

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