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Christopher Anderson⁄the Bowie StarMembers of the Star⁄Gazette All-County First Team Offense include: (front row, from left): Devonte Campbell, R.J. Shannon, Kenny Tate, Chester Stewart, Kligo Livingston; (middle row, from left): Raynard Randolph, Rayvon Williams, Mike Avent, Mikeem Chavious, Mike Barnes; (back row, from left): Lawrence Brewer, Joe Haden, Vincent Hill, Emmanuel Barnett, Joseph Medley, Jamaal Thomas.
Michael Avent, Eleanor Roosevelt, running back: The senior led all county rushers during the regular season and helped the Raiders reach the 4A South Region playoffs. Avent finished with 1,342 yards on 157 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 186 yards.
Rayvon Williams, McNamara, running back: Williams was one of the biggest factors in the Mustangs’ resurgence as he filled a major void at tailback when the team’s leading rusher from last season was dismissed from school during the offseason. Williams, a first team All-WCAC selection, finished the year with 1,203 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.
Mikeem Chavious, Suitland, running back: Sparingly used on the Rams’ 2004 state title team, Chavious was the big-play performer on Suitland’s title charge this fall. The 5-7 junior rushed for 1,082 yards and 10 touchdowns and had nearly 600 return yards, including an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that turned the momentum in the Rams’ state semifinal victory against Broadneck. In the state finals, Chavious had 129 yards from scrimmage.
Joseph Medley, Charles Flowers, running back: Medley was among the team leaders in rushing yards with more than 800, added another 200 yards on receptions and was a true catalyst on the special teams. He returned a touchdown 86 yards for a touchdown against Bowie in a 4A South Region semifinal victory and added a 99-yard return in the 14-13 loss to Suitland.
Raynard Randolph, Gwynn Park, lineman: The junior could prove to be one of the county’s best next fall. Randolph made it possible for the Yellow Jackets to make it to the 3A South Region final despite first-year starters at quarterback and tailback. With all of their halfbacks returning next season, the Yellow Jackets could have a formidable rushing attack behind Randolph.
Lawrence Brewer, Friendly, lineman: Despite all of the success that the Patriots’ skill players have enjoyed over the past two years, players like Joe Haden and Vincent Hill could not have excelled without a good offensive line. Despite not being the biggest individual on the Patriots’ offensive line, Brewer proved to be a leader on the unit.
Jamaal Thomas, Flowers, lineman: One of the primary reasons the Jaguars amassed more than 3,000 rushing yards this season, Thomas paved the way with blocks up front. He also was equally adept at pass protection and gave opposing defensive linemen trouble with his size and technique.
Mike Barnes, Suitland, lineman: Barnes, a 6-2, 280-pound senior guard, was a part of an unheralded effort at the state 4A finals. After falling behind 21-0, Suitland dominated Sherwood’s defensive front with Barnes leading the way. The Rams held the ball for 28 of the final 35 minutes in the regulation. A two-year starter, Barnes helped Suitland rush for nearly 1,800 yards this season.
Emmanuel Barnett, Douglass, lineman: The Eagles are well known for their rushing attack, and Barnett helped pave the way for Douglass to gain just under 3,000 rushing yards this fall. Barnett proved his worth during games and on the practice field and was one of the team leaders, despite not playing a skill position.
R.J. Shannon, DeMatha, lineman: Shannon was the main cog in an offensive front that dominated all season. The 6-2, 275-pound senior helped the Stags average more than 35 points a game. A two-time All-WCAC first-team selection, Shannon has Army, Harvard and Navy among his college choices.
Vincent Hill, Friendly, wide receiver: Hill set the standard for Maryland wide receivers over the past three years. He finished this season with 65 catches for 1,344 yards and a state-record 22 touchdowns and finished his career with 149 receptions. Hill has attracted numerous offers from Division I football programs.
Kenny Tate, DeMatha, wide receiver: Tate is arguably the best junior in the country. A two-time first-team All-WCAC and Star⁄Gazette selection, the 6-4, 210-pound hybrid, caught 21 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns and added 382 yards and six touchdowns rushing. Tate, who also had three special team touchdowns and three interceptions, will likely have an offer from many major Division I programs by late spring.
Devonte Campbell, Forestville, tight end: The 6-2, 234-pound senior had 31 catches for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 71 tackles at linebacker. Rated the No. 3 prospect in the state by national recruiting Web site Rivals.com, Campbell has narrowed his college choices to Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse and Tennessee.
Kilgo Livingston, DeMatha, kicker: The 6-foot, 185-pound senior missed just one point-after attempt in 61 tries and made four field goals. A first-team All-WCAC selection, Livingston placed 46 kickoffs into the end zone.
Player of the year: Joe Haden
Haden finished his career as one of the finest players not only in county history but also in state history. Even on the rare occasions when the Patriots found themselves pinned deep within their own territory Haden was a threat to either pass for or run for a touchdown. Haden’s blazing speed (able to run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds) and overall athleticism allowed for him to become one of the nation’s top recruits. Proving he is also good academically, Haden will complete high school this month and enroll in January at the University of Florida. Haden finished his career with Friendly as the state’s all-time leader in passing yards with 7,371 and tied the state’s all-time touchdown passing mark at 80. Haden finished the season with 2,779 yards passing with 38 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions.
Defensive linemen: Roy Ballard, Suitland; Troy Carter, Friendly; Earl Council, Forestville; William Harkins, Oxon Hill; Nick Rivers, DeMatha, Vernon Bond, McNamara.
Linebackers: Travis Blair, Oxon Hill; Justin Brown, DeMatha; Jerry Clinton, Suitland; Howard Crumpe, Forestville; James Dews, Flowers; Brandon Gallman, McNamara; Evan Harrington, Bowie; Rod Hill, Bowie; Maceo Smith, Wise; Emmanuel Williams, Suitland.
Defensive backs: Joe Goins, DeMatha; Cornelius Ward, Friendly; Ammar Dyson, Northwestern; Gerald Foster, Oxon Hill; Reggie Hildebrandt, Roosevelt; Dante Hinton, Flowers, DeAnthony Jones, Flowers, Okechuckwu Okoroha, Roosevelt.
Punters: Yanni Davis, Suitland; Steve Bagby, Wise.
Running backs: Jarren Brown, Flowers; Ashby Christian, DeMatha; Jerrel Coles, Gwynn Park; Davin Meggett, Surrattsville; Kyle Moore, Pallotti; Clarence Reese, Flowers, Devon Smith, Roosevelt; Jason Smith, Parkdale; Lamaar Thomas, Friendly.
Offensive linemen: Ben Chroniger, DeMatha; DeAnthony Cloyd, Friendly; Mike Lancaster, Roosevelt; Ben McQueen, Flowers; Tony Pollock, Bowie; Donovan Stevenson, Flowers; Donald Wilson, Suitland.
Wide receivers: Matt Cunningham, Bowie; Kay Kromah, Parkdale; Rodney McLeod, DeMatha.
Quarterbacks: Kevin Dickerson, Forestville; Carlos Fields, Suitland; Earl Harris, McNamara; Eric Evans, Parkdale.
Tight end: Marcus Harrington,McNamara.
All purpose: Adonta Hunter, Fairmont Heights.
Kicker: Erich McGuffey, Roosevelt.