Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007

2007 all-county football team: Offense

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Christopher Anderson⁄The Gazette
Offensive Player of the Year

Davin Meggett,Surrattsville

The key component in the county’s most prolific offense, the 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior sparked the Hornets’ bruising ground game. Meggett piled up 1,786 rushing yards on 166 carries and ran for 26 touchdowns. He added 11 catches for 411 yards and another six touchdowns. Surrattsville was the county leader in points scored with 446 in its 12 games. The son of former NFL running back Dave Meggett, he has given a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland.

Coach of the Year

Tom Green, Surrattsville

A year ago, the Surrattsville High football team went 4-6 and was outscored 224-180. The Hornets entered 2007 without ever having qualified for the playoffs and with a coach who had won just 18 games through his first six seasons at the Clinton school. But coach Tom Green and his program will enter 2008 looking to follow up a history-making season. After Green guided the Hornets to a 9-1 regular season mark, Surrattsville won its first playoff game in school history, blasting Baltimore’s Digital Harbor, 44-0. Although Surrattsville’s season came to an end in a 1A South Region final loss to Baltimore’s Dunbar, the team was led by pair of 1,000-yard rushers and had the county’s highest-scoring offense in 2007.

First team

Eric Evans, Parkdale, quarterback: Evans, a second-team pick last year, did a little bit of everything to lead the Panthers within a point of the Class 4A semifinals. He accounted for 2,770 yards and factored into 29 touchdowns, throwing for 1,822 yards and 17 scores and rushing for 948 yards and 12 scores.

Andre Johnson, Surrattsville, quarterback: Johnson missed the entire 2006 season after tearing a knee ligament, but his return this fall provided a huge lift to the Hornets’ offense. The senior ran for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns and completed 47 of 94 passes for 1,336 yards and 18 touchdowns, with just four interceptions.

Josh Haden, Friendly, running back: The Boston College recruit became the focal point of Friendly’s offense this season. One year after his brother Joe Haden quarterbacked a pass-happy Patriots’ attack, Josh Haden carried 131 times for 1,350 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 11 two-point conversions, giving him 130 points for the season.

Jarren Brown, Flowers, running back: The senior powered the Jaguars’ ground game, finishing with 1,115 yards and 14 touchdowns on 145 carries. He is leaning toward attending Navy next fall.

Ashby Christian, DeMatha, running back: The senior led the offense with more than 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. He ran for 354 yards and three touchdowns in the Stags’ two WCAC playoff victories and has scholarship offers from Army, Navy, Villanova, William & Mary, Ohio University and Akron.

Brandon Felder, Oxon Hill, wide receiver: The junior gathered 942 receiving yards — including five 100-yard games — and scored 11 touchdowns as the Clippers made it to the playoffs. Felder, who also grabbed three interceptions, has interest from West Virginia, his top choice, among other Division I schools.

Kay Kromah, Parkdale, wide receiver: Along with Evans, Kromah helped push Parkdale into the region championship game. A second-team selection as a junior, Kromah led the county and set Parkdale records with 1,061 receiving yards on 59 catches — 18 yards per touch — and scored 10 touchdowns.

Kevin Dorsey, Forestville, wide receiver: The University of Maryland recruit was among the county’s top offensive threats. The senior totaled 50 catches for 902 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Lamaar Thomas, Friendly, all-purpose: The Ohio State-bound senior demonstrated his versatility for the Patriots. He gained 900 yards and scored 15 touchdowns on 88 carries. He also caught 10 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns and completed 10 of 16 passes for 200 yards and four more touchdowns.

Kenny Jenkins, Surrattsville, offensive lineman: The Hornets’ starting center was the cornerstone of an offensive line that paved the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and the county’s top-scoring offense.

D.J. Sellman, DeMatha, offensive lineman: Equally adept at run and pass blocking, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound senior tackle was one of the primary reasons the Stags were superb on the ground and were able to look for yardage downfield with their passing game.

Quinton Sales, Friendly, offensive lineman: Ranked by Rivals.com as one of the state’s top 20 recruits, Sales anchored the Patriots’ offensive line, which transitioned from a pass-heavy scheme to more of a running game this fall. The senior has several Division I offers.

Michael Kay, Flowers, offensive lineman: Kay may have quietly been the best offensive lineman in the county. In two years starting, the senior did not give up a single sack, and the Jaguars frequently ran their plays to his side of the line. He will continue his football career next fall at Syracuse University.

Cameron Peterson, Suitland, offensive lineman: The Rams frequently ran behind the senior left tackle, who provided key blocks for a Suitland rnning game that chewed up significant yardage on the ground.

Second team

Offensive line

Terray Walker, Flowers

Terrell Hawkins,Friendly

Raynard Randolph, Gwynn Park

Rob McDowell, DeMatha

Marquell Sneed, Parkdale

Brian Gibbs, Roosevelt

Running back

Darius Cain, Suitland

Anthony Wright, Wise

Malik Cross, Oxon HillTrey Massey, Douglass

Quarterback

Carlos Fields, Suitland

Kevin Dickerson, Forestville

Jesse Henderson, DuVal

Wide receiver

Alonzo Cooke, McNamara

Tavon Green, Suitland

Adonte Hunter, Fairmont Heights

Duane Cunningham, Potomac