Either way, Quarles made the play for North County Player of the Year 1992 ALL-ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

November 29, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Not taking anything away from two of his big guns, North County football coach Chuck Markiewicz said, "Take away [quarterback] Eric Howard and we had [ace back] Frank Brown. Take away Brown and we had Howard, but take away Mike Quarles and we would have been in trouble."

There is no question that the player who meant the most to the state semifinalist Knights (10-2) this season was Mike Quarles, The Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Football Player of the Year.

Quarles, a four-year varsity starter (first year at Andover, last three at North County), excelled for North County as a two-way performer and kick returner.

Howard and Brown rang up record-setting numbers for the run-and-shoot Knights, but Quarles, a team captain and vocal leader, was the heart and soul of the club.

"I'm going to nominate Mike for the Rhodes Trophy because he meant more to our team than anyone else," Markiewicz said.

The prestigious Rhodes Trophy is awarded to the county's most outstanding football player each year by the Annapolis Touchdown Club and voted on by county coaches.

From split end, Quarles, 5 feet 6 and 150 pounds, set a metro area record for pass receptions (67).

On nine of his catches, Quarles scored touchdowns and his total yardage was 901, which is an average of 13.4 yards per catch.

In addition, Quarles carried the ball seven times for 75 yards, returned 19 punts for 278 yards and two touchdowns (85 and 64 yards), and seven kickoffs for 145 yards. He scored 68 points and totaled 1,399 yards.

On defense, Quarles intercepted four passes, knocked down eight others, was fourth in tackles with 66 (54 unassisted) and had one sack.

"Mike had a lot to do with our offense being 100 percent better than it was in 1991," said Markiewicz, whose team amassed more than 4,700 yards of offense.

"When you lose someone like Damon Martin [county's all-time leading pass receiver who missed the last five games with a knee injury] and replace with him a Mike Quarles and don't miss a beat, you know you've got somebody special," said Markiewicz.

Quarles was certainly that and credited his teammates.

"I was part of a special team," Quarles said.

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