S. Carroll's Lyerly is little guy who made a big impact Defensive Player of the Year 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

November 29, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

South Carroll football wasn't all Mike Dodd running behind an imposing front line that included 280-pound tackle Jamie Waltersdorff.

There was a smallish, junior defensive back named Chris Lyerly, who was mainly responsible for stopping the opposition and getting the ball back to Dodd and company.

"Chris Lyerly is the best tackler I've had in the secondary in 17 years," said the Cavaliers' Gene Brown, who coached the team's secondary for 16 years before becoming head coach this season. "If we had 22 players like Chris, we wouldn't lose a game."

L Quite a tribute to Lyerly, who is only 5 feet 7, 150 pounds.

In the final two games of the season that were won by South Carroll over Frederick and Westminster, Lyerly put on defensive shows that clinched his selection as The Baltimore Sun's Defensive Football Player of the Year in Carroll County.

"He was great against Frederick," Brown said. "And he had six solo tackles against Westminster. There are very few times I've had an impact player out of the secondary like Chris. He has good speed and his run support was tremendous."

Lyerly had the instincts and skills to rush to the line of scrimmage when opponents were running the option and hit the pitch man.

"His primary responsibility was pass coverage," Brown said. "But he flew up on the line and stopped the run. I've never seen him miss a tackle."

Lyerly had 32 solo tackles and 28 assisted for the county-champion South Carroll squad.

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