Selected by the sports staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun for the week ending Sept. Only players nominated by coaches and the public are selected for the Players of the Week column. Nominations must be phoned to Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, absolutely no later than 11 p.m. Sunday for inclusion in Tuesday's paper.
TOP MALE ATHLETE
Talk about doing it all; that's what Stevens, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound senior running back/safety/kicker/ and return man did Friday night as the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak to beat Prince George's County's Bowie High, 14-13.
Stevens scored all the Arundel points by grabbing a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Bayne, plunging 1 yard for another and kicking the extra point after each six-pointer.
On the night, Stevens had 161 yards of total offense on 14 carries for 86 yards (6.1 average) and four pass receptions for 85 yards (21.3 average).
"Rodney also returned kickoffs and punts, kicked one kickoff for us from the 35-yard line into the end zone, and on defense he had five tackles and one interception," said Coach Buddy Hepfer. "It was a long time coming (beating Bowie), but the kids really wanted it."
With Stevens leading the way, the Wildcats rallied from an early 13-0 deficit for all their points in the second period and hung on the final two periods.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETE
North County High
Hecox becomes the first athlete from the new North County High to be named a Player of the Week by winning the Knights' own North County Invitational on Friday.
The former Andover High runner covered the 5K course in a time of 21 minutes, 1.2 seconds to finish nearly 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Cindy Silate of Glen Burnie. Her outstanding performance enabled Coach Ed Harte's girls to take second place behind Queen Anne's of the Eastern Shore.
Old Mill High
Beverly's stats were nearly as impressive as those of Arundel's Rodney Stevens, but the latter did a little more overall.
In terms of points scored, though, no one had the game Beverly did in pacing the Patriots to a 33-0 trouncing of Charles County's LaPlata.
With scampers of 6 and 18 yards and a 45-yard touchdown pass reception from quarterback Eric Scott, the flashy 5-foot-11, 185-pound tailback tallied three touchdowns on offense and added a fourth on defense. From his linebacker position, he scooped up a loose pigskin and raced 67 yards to paydirt.
South River High
Hutson delivered the weekend's most decisive kick, an extra point following Jake Cameron's 9-yard touchdown toss to Brian McElhenny with one second to go in the first half. The boot enabled the Seahawks of Coach Dave Summey to nip Broadneck, 7-6, in Cape St. Claire, home of the Bruins.
It's extremely rare when Annapolis passes 17 times in a game as it did Friday night against Friendly of Prince George's County, but after falling behind 14-0 in the third period, the Panthers didn't have much choice.
While the Panthers went on to lose their third straight to the Patriots, 21-0, Evans emerged as a bright spot. The senior back had four pass reception for 61 yards from quarterback Darryl Foote, who completed nine passes for 144 yards.
FOOTBALL, BIG PLAY
North County High
Kim smothered a botched-up snap from center by Meade at the Mustang 17-yard line with time running out in the final period to set up the game-winning touchdown as the Knights stunned the Mustangs, 6-3.
In what was the school's first football game, Vernon Dawson plunged over from the 1 five plays later to give ex-Meade coach Chuck Markiewicz a winning debut as Knights' head coach.
CROSS COUNTRY, MALE
Old Mill High
With a clocking of 16 minutes, 51 seconds, Boetig took second place, just 20 seconds behind Calvert Hall's Chris Sisk, in the first Jack Griffin Cross Country Invitational at Fort Detrick, Va., on Saturday. The 5K meet was presented by Frederick High School in honor of its coach, who has won 13 state championships in an 18-year period and gone on to be a three-time Olympic track coach.
Boetig's superb effort helped Coach Gary Bater's Old Mill boys squad finish third (81 points) behind first-place Archbishop Curley of Baltimore (48) and runner-up Good Counsel of Washington (67).