Offensive team a versatile mix
Player of the year
Anthony Wright, Wise, Sr., RB
One of the primary reasons the Henry A. Wise High football team emerged with the first 4A South Region title in its brief, three-year existence, the senior led all county running backs with 1,760 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns on 262 carries. He also added four receptions for 91 yards and two scores. Wright rushed for 200 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in the Pumas' 28-0 victory against Charles H. Flowers in the 4A South Region championship game.
Coach of the Year
DaLawn Parrish, Wise, third season
In only his third season at the helm of the county's newest school, Parrish guided Wise High to its first 4A South Region title after going 7-3 during the league schedule. Wise defeated previously unbeaten Eleanor Roosevelt, 14-6, in double overtime in the region semifinals. Roosevelt, which had the highest-scoring offense in the county this season, had two possessions from the 10-yard line in overtime, but Wise held the Raiders out of the end zone both times. The Pumas then notched a convincing 28-0 victory over perennial region finalist Charles H. Flowers in the region title game. Wise was handed a 45-6 setback by eventual 4A state champion Sherwood in the state semifinals, but after starting the program with no seniors in 2006, Parrish has accomplished much in a short period of time.
Marcus Coker, DeMatha, Jr., running back
Coker was the Stags most consistent tailback this season, as the junior gained 1,174 yards on the ground and ran for 18 touchdowns. Coker came up big for the Stags in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game victory against Good Counsel with two touchdown runs.
Khalek Shepherd, Gwynn Park, Jr., running back
In an offense that focused on the run this season and averaged better than 30 points per game, the junior led the playoff-bound Yellow Jackets with 938 yards and 14 touchdowns, second-best in the county during the regular season.
Leo Gordon, Oxon Hill, Sr., running back
In his senior year, Gordon emerged as one of the elite offensive backfield players and was a workhorse for the Clippers. Gordon finished with 1,000 yards, averaging 7.63 yards per carry and added 13 rushing touchdowns this season.
Tom Chroniger, DeMatha, Sr., quarterback
Chroniger was the Stags' leader this season and was pivotal down the stretch. Chroniger finished the season completing better than 58 percent of his passes (91 for 155) for 1,375 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air. Chroniger, who will play in the Maryland Crab Bowl, also was effective on the ground, rushing for more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Joe Creek, Wise, Sr., lineman
When the Pumas needed yards and points they typically ran behind this senior left guard. Wise coach DaLawn Parrish noted that Creek was 95 proficient on blocking assignments and was responsible for more than half of the yards running back Anthony Wright accumulated during the season.
Reggie Eiland, Gwynn Park, Sr., lineman
Eiland was one of the main blockers leading the Yellow Jackets' high-powered running attack into the 2A South Region playoffs, with 19 touchdown runs coming through his side of the line. The senior has attracted recruiting interest from several schools, including Bucknell and Lehigh.
Tijon Porter, Douglass, lineman
Porter was part of an offensive line that upheld the Eagles' tradition of power football. Behind Porter, the team's highest-rated lineman, Douglass ran for more than 2,000 yards as a team and rushed for more than 30 touchdowns.
Pete DeSouza, DeMatha, Sr., lineman
The Stags ran behind the 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle more than 70 percent of the time this season, and more impressively, DeSouza did not yield a sack all season long. Stags' coaches said DeSouza, a Maryland Crab Bowl selection, completed more than 90 percent of his blocking assignments in every game this season.
Darius Arrington, Suitland, lineman
The solid right guard paved the way for many yards and points for a Rams' offense that had no returning starters this season. Equally adept at pass blocking and run blocking, Arrington often neutralized opponents' best defensive linemen and completed more than 90 percent of his blocking assignments.
Jerome Couplin, McNamara, wide receiver
A first-team All-WCAC selection, Couplin caught 32 passes for 472 yards and six touchdowns and had a breakout game against Bishop O'Connell on Nov. 1, when he caught 11 passes for 199 yards and four scores. He caught at least four passes in four other games.
Antonio Belt, Forestville, Sr., wide receiver
The Knights receiver proved he was among the elite in the county this season and capped his prep career with a stellar all-around season. Belt caught 39 passes for 861 yards and 13 touchdowns and also ran for 191 yards during the 2008 season.
Derrick Thomas, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr., wide receiver
A do-it-all player for the County 4A League champions, the senior led the Raiders with 11 touchdown catches and 524 receiving yards, and accounted for 65 percent of the team's aerial attack. Thomas, who was named to the D.C. team for the Maryland Crab Bowl, has given a verbal commitment to play for Penn State.
Devonta Tabannah, Potomac, Jr., all-purpose
Among the county's elite receivers, Tabannah caught 31 passes for 603 yards and nine touchdowns for the Wolverines. The junior also accumulated 1,441 yards of total offense, adding four punt returns for touchdowns and one TD run.
Dwayne Powell, Flowers, Sr., all-purpose
The senior completed 22 of 40 passes for 333 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 384 yards and eight TDs and returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns. His 92-yard kickoff return for a TD gave Flowers its lone score in a 7-6 victory over Wise.
Running backs: Nigee Carmichael, Gwynn Park; Donovan Ray, DuVal; DeAnte Love, Laurel; Stephen Darden, Potomac; Keith Hawkins, Riverdale Baptist; Dewayne Price, Friendly; Trey Massey, Douglass; Anthony Bush, Suitland
Receivers: Malik Cross, Oxon Hill; Alex Blake, Friendly; Kevin Turrentine, Largo
Quarterbacks: Jesse Henderson, DuVal; Daquan Markham, Largo; Mike Thomas, Roosevelt
Linemen: Calvin McDowney, DeMatha; Anthony Lindsay, Bladensburg; Michael Procter, Flowers; Terrel Stewart, Suitland; Kenny Patrick, Wise; Danzel Manley, Roosevelt; Brian Davie, Roosevelt