The First Team 1992 All-howard County Football Team

November 29, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht

* Seth Willingham, Wilde Lake, QB, Jr. -- Willingham guided the Wildecats' offense with excellent command of the option as well as big-play pass capability. He passed for 716 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns and won early-season games against South Carroll and Dundalk with his passing.

* Guy Smith, Howard, RB, Jr. -- Smith was the spark plug to Howard's 7-3 season, the Lions' best under seven-year coach John Quinn. Smith rushed 156 times for 1,119 yards and 13 touchdowns. He rushed seven times for over 100 yards. His best night came in a 24-20 come-from-behind victory over Centennial, when he rushed for 177 yards and all three touchdowns.

* Paul Brosenne, Glenelg, RB, Sr. -- Brosenne led Glenelg to an 8-3 season, including the Gladiators' first playoff trip in seven years, by running over and around opposing tacklers for a league-leading 1,442 yards and 14 touchdowns He rushed eight times for over 100 yards, and his best performance -- a 41-carry, 221-yard, three-touchdown night in a 22-14 victory over Howard -- established Glenelg as a contender.

* Kelvin Stevens, Hammond, WR, Sr. -- Stevens, a three-year starter, led the county with 43 receptions for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught 10 passes for 81 yards in a 12-0 loss to Chopticon. He set a school record with 82 career receptions. He also led the county with eight interceptions.

* Aaron Gross, Glenelg, WR, Sr. -- When teams began to key on Brosenne, Gross emerged as the Gladiators' top passing threat. He caught 34 passes for 505 yards and four of QB Sean Lookingbill's five touchdowns. Gross had two touchdown catches of over 40 yards.

* Carlton Fox, Howard, WR, Jr. -- The Lions' passing yardage doubled this year, largely due to Fox, who caught 35 passes for 399 yards and five touchdowns. A two-year starter, he also gave Howard solid play in the defensive backfield, where he made 51 tackles and had one interception.

* Danny Boone, Hammond, OL, Sr. -- A three-year starter, the 6-foot-1, 285-pound Boone gets his second All-County nod. "When we wanted to score, we ran over Danny. He's our best blocker," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. Boone also rushed 10 times for 72 yards and four touchdowns.

* Jay Green, Wilde Lake, OL, Jr. -- Green, one of four newcomers on the Wildecats' offensive line, was the lineman who made the fastest progress among the four. The Wildecats began running behind him early and often, and much of their 2,500 yards rushing can be attributed to his blocks.

* Cedric Benning, Wilde Lake, C, Sr. -- An All-County selection last year, Benning was the lone senior on an offensive line that showed its immaturity early and came on strong in the season's second half.

* Kevin Corwin, Howard, OL, Sr. -- A three-year starter at left guard, Corwin cleared many paths for Smith. "We ran a lot of dives behind him, and the trap with Guy was Kevin's signature play," coach John Quinn said. Corwin overcame a severe concussion as a sophomore that threatened his high school career.

* Terry O'Brien, Glenelg, OL, Sr. -- "I think he's the best offensive lineman in the county. He overpowers people," coach Ed Ashwell said of O'Brien. At 6 feet 5, 270 pounds, O'Brien wound up his third year as a starter with his best season. O'Brien has drawn interest from Louisville and North Carolina.

* Jason Beall, Glenelg, K, Sr. -- One of more versatile players in the county, Beall could have been picked at linebacker, where he had 63 tackles and was second in the county with six interceptions. He was also an excellent punter and kick returner. Beall gets the nod for his place-kicking. He made 20 of 24 extra points and four of six field goals. His 25-yard field goal beat Centennial, 9-6, and put the Gladiators in the playoffs.

* Travis Harriston, Mount Hebron, kick returner, Sr. -- Harriston was the bright spot for 1-9 Hebron. He averaged 32.2 yards on 10 kickoff returns, and returned one 85 yards for a touchdown against Northeast. He also had a terrific season at running back, rushing for 1,054 yards and nine touchdowns.

* Justin Lavis, Hammond, DT, Jr. -- The 6-foot, 225-pound Lavis was a steadying influence at tackle, where he freed up inside linebacker Jimmy Jackson to dominate. Lavis had 51 solo tackles, including 10 behind the line of scrimmage. He also recovered two fumbles and had three sacks.

* Steve Markley, Howard, DT, Sr. -- A two-year starter, Markley quietly allowed Smith and fellow LB Brad Stubbs to clog opposing running games. Markley made 47 tackles and had four sacks. "He forced a lot of double-teams with his quickness," coach John Quinn said.

* Mike Green, Wilde Lake, DE, Jr. -- Green could have made it at running back, where he piled up 936 yards and 13 touchdowns as one of the county's most explosive runners. But he was just as much of a terror on defense, with 68 tackles, including eight sacks and a team-high 22 tackles for losses. He also forced five fumbles, recovered four and blocked two punts.

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