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brian lewis⁄the gazetteThe 2006 All-Gazette Football first team. Front row (left to right): Patrick Pinchinat, Coach of the Year Gunnard Twyner, Player of the Year Melvin Harris, Chimso Okoji, Justin Taylor; second row: Pierre LaFontant, Dan Atwood, Nick Bonturi, Tony Edwards, Dayon Arrington, Neal Muradymov; third row: Rob Osborne, Josh Volpe, Joe Lefeged, Kivan Williams, Dean Boateng, Deontay Twyman, Dominique Budd; back row: Kevin Nesmith, Zach Kerr, Jourdan Brooks, Shawn Perry, Donald Langley, Cory Boatman, Nick Jenkins. Inset: Casey Dobyns. Not pictured: Pat Lazear.
Player of the Year
Melvin Harris, Kennedy, Jr.
Former White Oak pee wee football legend was spectacular in his first year of high-school ball, throwing for 2,275 yards and 29 touchdowns and running for 608 yards and four more scores. More importantly, his leadership skills were the story behind Kennedy's storybook season.
Coach of the Year
Gunnard Twyner, Kennedy, 1st year
The first-year head coach changed the culture at Kennedy, turning a program that had suffered 25 consecutive defeats on the field into a team infused with swagger and confidence. The Cavaliers won 10 games — as many as in the previous five seasons combined.
QB – Deontay Twyman, Sherwood, Sr.
County’s all-time most prolific passer accounted for combined 2,728 yards and 38 touchdowns throwing and running this season.
QB — Josh Volpe, Northwest, Sr.
Once-in-a-lifetime-type season. Threw just one interception and 33 TDs in 231 pass attempts (67.1 completion percentage).
RB — Shawn Perry, Seneca Valley, Sr.
Big-play runner made all the small plays too in rushing for 1,605 yards and 21 TDs. Finished career with 3,230 yards rushing and 45 TDs.
RB — Patrick Pinchinat, Richard Montgomery, Sr.
Translated sprinter’s speed onto the gridiron and led county in rushing. Totaled 1,722 yards and scored 17 of Rockets’ 20 TDs on the season.
WR — Dayon Arrington, Paint Branch, Sr.
Big-time college recruit hauled in 49 passes, 9 for TDs. Was the only receiver in the county to top 1,000 yards (1,008) during the regular season.
WR – Dean Boateng, Northwest, Sr.
Set single-season school records for receptions (56) and receiving yardage (1,083) and led the county in receiving yardage. Caught 9 passes for scores.
TE — Nick Bonturi, Damascus, Sr.
The complete package: Opened holes for the Hornets’ vaunted rushing attack, and also caught 16 passes for 304 yards and 4 TDs.
OL — Tony Edwards, Damascus, Jr.
Maybe the best technical blocker in the county, the center was, literally and figuratively, at the center the Hornets’ ground⁄clock-control attack.
OL — Nick Jenkins, Good Counsel, Sr.
University of Virginia-bound two-way lineman’s blocking helped pave the way to 2,934 rushing yards and 45 offensive TDs for the Falcons.
OL — Zach Kerr, Quince Orchard, Jr.
Anchor of a reconstituted line that got better as the season progressed.
OL — Neal Muradymov, Paint Branch, Sr.
Was the giant bedrock (6-8, 275) of a supremely balanced offense that featured a 1,000-yard rusher, receiver and passer.
OL – Kivan Williams, Northwest, Sr.
Big and quick. Gave record-breaking QB Josh Volpe plenty of time to throw and gave running backs plenty of room to run for county’s most prolific offense.
All-around – Joe Lefeged, Northwest, Sr.
Arguably the most diversely talented player in the county. The Rutgers commit rushed for 532 yards (on just 46 carries) and 8 TDs, caught a TD pass, threw for 131 yards, returned a punt for a TD, and was truly special at LB on defense with 48 tackles (15 for losses) and 7 sacks.
DL — Cory Boatman, Good Counsel, Sr.
Anchored sturdy Falcons defense (12.4 points per game) alongside Jenkins, made 51 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions, one returned for a TD.
DL — Nick Jenkins, Good Counsel, Sr.
Six-foot-3, 285-pound monster led Falcons with 95 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and 11 tackles for a loss. Jenkins also batted down three passes and was named to the All-WCAC first team.
DL – Donald Langley, Seneca Valley, Sr.
University of Tennessee-bound stud had unfair tools (6-2, 290 pounds, 4.8-second speed in 40-yard dash), and put them to good use for the Screaming Eagles with 54 tackles (8 for losses), 16 quarterback hurries, 2 sacks and an interception.
DL – Rob Osborne, Clarksburg, Jr.
Big man (6-2, 275) did it all at the line of scrimmage and in the opponents’ backfield for the Coyotes, making 86 tackles, 4 sacks and 12 tackles for losses.
LB – Jourdan Brooks, Seneca Valley, Sr.
Big-time college recruit (6-2, 240) was big-time playmaker for Screaming Eagles on the edge. Made 43 tackles, (9 for losses), 23 QB hurries, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
LB — Chimso Okoji, Kennedy, Sr.
Devastating hitter averaged more than 12 tackles a game, and gave the Cavaliers an intimidating, effective presence in the middle of the field.
LB — Pierre LaFontant, Gaithersburg, Sr.
Anchor in middle of fearsome Trojans defense racked up team-highs in tackles (97) and sacks (seven).
LB — Pat Lazear, Wheaton, Sr.
Tackling machine led Knights with 121 stops (8 for losses). Also, made 5 sacks and forced 5 fumbles.
DB — Dan Atwood, Gaithersburg, Jr.
Speedy safety packs more wallop than most linebackers. Division I college prospect had 84 tackles, six sacks in eight games before season was cut short by injury.
DB — Dominique Budd, Sherwood, Jr.
Vocal and emotional leader of state finalists did it all for Warriors, including underrated contribution on ‘‘no-name” defense. Had 76 tackles (seven for losses) and 3 ints.
DB — Kevin Nesmith, Quince Orchard, Sr.
Lock-down cover guy was rarely tested. When he was, he made opponents pay with 4 interceptions.
DB — Justin Taylor, Magruder, Sr.
Cat-quick cornerback led county with eight interceptions, including one returned 74 yards to pay dirt. Also led Colonels in tackles with 73.
K⁄P —- Casey Dobyns, Georgetown Prep, Sr.
Dobyns, another in a long line of quality Little Hoyas kickers, booted 21 of 24 extra points, connected on 3 of 5 field goals and sent 10 kickoffs into the end zone. Averaged 41.2 yards per punt, dropping six inside the 10-yard line.
QB - Pepper Coe, Q. Orchard, Sr.
RB - Corwin Acker, Blake, Sr.
RB - Chris Daley, Good Counsel, Sr.
RB - Adou Kouadio, Springbrook, Sr.
WR - Abreon Scott, Kennedy, Sr.
WR⁄TE - Kevin McTighe, Rockville, Sr.
TE - Carter Willson, Sherwood, Sr.
OL - Devin Johnson, Gaithersburg, Sr.
OL - Malinda Weeramunda, SV, Sr.
OL - Brian Murray, Good Counsel, Sr.
OL - Tommy Oswald, Sherwood, Sr.
OL - Jamie Warner, Whitman, Sr.
All-around - Mike Smith, Bullis, Sr.
K - Freddy Santos, Seneca Valley, Sr.
DL - Griff Courtney, Quince Orchard, Sr.
DL - Delano Ferguson, Kennedy, Jr.
DL - Andy Rampp, Wootton, Sr.
LB - Fred Branch, Seneca Valley, Sr.
LB - Aswand Cruickshank, G. Counsel, Sr.
LB - Darius Hill, Springbrook, Sr.
LB - Chris Patterson, Northwest, Sr.
LB - Jake Spring, Churchill, Sr.
DB - Theo Clunis, Watkins Mill, Sr.
DB - Elijah Davis, Wheaton, Sr.
DB - Ben Minturn, Damascus, Sr.
DB - Ryan Shuler, G. Prep, Sr.
P - David Johnson, Poolesville, Jr.
Scott Barnes (Paint Branch, Jr.); Sean Donoghue (G. Prep, Sr.); Kyle Frazier (Damascus, Jr.); Greg Kingscott (Whitman, Sr.); Alex Goodrich (W. Mill, Jr.); Joe York (Rockville, Sr.).
Alex Bazzie (Northwood, Jr.); Salifu Cham (Einstein, Sr.); Muhammad Ferguson (Rockville, Sr.); Anthony King (Northwest, Sr.); James Simmons (Paint Branch, Sr.); Evan Zedler (Damascus, Jr.).
Sam Bender (Bullis, Sr.); Jewison Hurtault (Q. Orchard, Sr.); Anthony Lloyd (Northwood, Jr.); Kalgeri Robinson (Magruder, Sr.); Collin Stevens (G. Counsel, Sr.); Anthony Young-Wiseman (Whitman, Soph.)
Alex Betancourt (S. Valley, Jr.);
Danny Parker (G. Counsel, Sr.).
Tim Kline (Magruder, Sr.); Jeremy Levert (Northwest, Sr.); Dino Molina (Damascus, Jr.); Darryl Parker (Magruder, Sr.)
George Harris (Magruder, Sr.); Mike Henley (Kennedy, Sr.); Nick Oates (Springbrook, Sr.); Josh Pleasant (Watkins Mill, Sr.).
Jamal Currica (Damascus, Sr.); Matt Dawson (Sherwood, Sr.); Luke Marchwicki (Poolesville, Sr.); Charles Mouton (Whitman, Sr.); Sean Stanley (Gaithersburg, Soph.); Joe Tkac (Landon, Sr.); Justin Young (Northwest, Sr.).
Steven Gamble (Sherwood, Soph.); Mike Grossman (Landon, Jr.); Steffan Lazerow (R. Montgomery, Sr.); Chase Livengood (Q. Orchard, Sr.); Josh McCants (Gaithersburg, Sr.); Patrick O’Brien (Rockville, Sr.); Mike Onley (Poolesville, Sr.); Brendan Ray (Wootton, Jr.); Chase Williams (Northwest, Jr.).
Tommy Cosgrove (Damascus, Sr.); Herve Doliska (Watkins Mill, Sr.); Max Feely (Landon, Sr.); Kendall Haley (G. Counsel, Sr.); Derrick Morgan (Clarksburg, Soph.); David Purvis (S. Valley, Sr.); Billy Robinson (Einstein, Sr.); Brandon Saunders (Paint Branch, Sr.).