All-Gazette Football: Defense
Player of the Year
Jelani Jenkins, Good Counsel, Senior, LB
The most sought-after football recruit to come out of Montgomery County in some time, possibly ever. His reputation drew ESPN cameras to Olney for a nationally televised game against DeMatha, in which he returned a fumble for a touchdown. He found the end zone 25 times in various ways and recorded 59 tackles, including 7.5 for losses, at linebacker, his probable college position.
Jason Ankrah, Quince Orchard, Sr., DL
Emerged over summer as high Division I prospect; emerged this fall as on-field force, with 6.5 sacks, 14 hurries in regular season.
Sean Stanley, Gaithersburg, Sr., DL
Fear of Penn State-bound man-child was basis for gameplan of every offensive coordinator Trojans faced this season.
Terrence Stephens, Quince Orchard, Sr., DL
Stanford commit was bedrock of Cougars' dominant front four over last three seasons, contributing 10 TFLs this fall.
Steven Gamble, Sherwood, Sr., LB
Epitomizes how Warriors won state championship. Undersized, instinctual, "reckless": 100-percent pure football player.
Avery Graham, Clarksburg, Sr., LB
Maryland-bound mauler tallied team-high 87 tackles, 11 sacks, 4 interceptions, one of which he returned for score.
Brian Lucas, Damascus, Jr., LB
Invaluable on both sides of ball, bruiser produced 62 tackles, 2.5 sacks while also rushing for 1,137 yards, 14 touchdowns.
Chris Pitsenberger, Good Counsel, Jr., LB
Playing alongside Jenkins, led team with 72 tackles, 15 for losses. Also intercepted one pass, returning it for touchdown.
Ralph George, Sherwood, Sr., DB
Described as team's most talented player, athletic safety intercepted nine passes, including one in state final.
Joe Rankin, Seneca Valley, Sr., DB
Division I recruit, returning first-teamer was almost never beaten, intercepting 3 passes and defending 19.
Gary Schneider, Georgetown Prep, Sr., DB
Punishing hitter from secondary, produced 61 tackles, 4 fumble recoveries, five interceptions, one for 99-yard touchdown return.
Anthony Young-Wiseman, Whitman, Sr., DB
Duke-bound safety, all-around dynamo used every bit of his athletic frame to stifle opposing offenses.
Trevor Lawler, Georgetown Prep, Sr., P
Produced 40-yard average on 31 punts for Little Hoyas (7-3), also converting 25 of 27 extra points, 6 of 7 field goals.
Travis Hawkins, Quince Orchard, Sr., All-around
Maryland-bound athlete gained at least 100 yards rushing, passing, receiving, returning; best at corner, which he'll play for Terps.
Brad Harris, Damascus, Sr., DL
Battled injuries, made 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks.
Tom Hart, Landon, Sr., DL
All-IAC pick recorded 54 tackles, 6 sacks.
Reuben Vample, Seneca Valley, Sr., DL
Athletic nose posted 12 tackles for losses.
Thomas Huff, Sherwood, Sr., LB
Delaware-bound rusher terrorized QBs.
Serge Kona, Gaithersburg, Sr., LB
Led team in tackles, special teams plays.
Paul Okeyo, Walter Johnson, Sr., LB
Heart, soul of defense with 80 tackles.
Aaron Smith, Walter Johnson, Sr., LB
Led team with 94 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 ints.
Andrew Stout, Georgetown Prep, Sr., LB
Had 79 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 hurries.
Chris Everett, Sherwood, Sr., DB
Savvy safety made secondary calls.
Xavier Hughes, Seneca Valley, Sr., DB
Hard-hitter played bigger than frame.
Axel Ofori, Gaithersburg, Jr., DB
Budding star of Trojans' young secondary.
Louis Young, Good Counsel, Jr., DB
Recruit had 21 tackles, 4 picks, one score.
Mark Hamilton, Good Counsel, Sr., P
Averaged 38.6 yards, put nine inside 20.
Mitchell Pollard, Springbrook, Jr., All-around
Speedster led secondary, scored 10 TDs.
DL — A.J. Bowman, Jr., Good Counsel; Aaron Butler, Sr., Kennedy; Ian Jeffers, Sr., Springbrook; Danny Lee, Jr., Whitman; Will Leighton, Sr., Landon; Kenton Powell, Sr.; Seneca Valley; Brandon Tisdale, Sr., Georgetown Prep
LB — Lydell Baker, Sr., Northwood; Chase Beck, Sr., Poolesville; Thomas Best, Sr., Seneca Valley; Justin Dhanyi, Sr., Wootton; Phil Durity, Jr., Sherwood; Ashton Foster, Sr., Northwest; Nick Goss, Jr., Quince Orchard; Renan Guedes, Sr., Magruder; Noah Joseph, Sr., B-CC; Sosthene Kapepula, Sr., Sherwood; David Katembwe, Jr., Northwest; Chris Ralli, Sr., Magruder; Jon Umanzor, Sr., Landon
DB — Sam Collins, Jr., Clarksburg; Kendall Cottman, Sr., Northwood; Torian Henderson, Jr., Paint Branch; Alex Kelly, Jr., Wootton; Ralph Mensah, Sr., Gaithersburg; Sharadi Mudimbi, Sr., Kennedy; Cody Schecter, Sr., Quince Orchard; Zack Thomas, Sr., Rockville; Al Thompson, Jr., Good Counsel; Mike Wallace, Sr., Good Counsel
AA — Matt Bookman, Soph., B-CC; Preston Carmon, Sr., Watkins Mill; Tracy Martin, Jr., Paint Branch