Dodd runs in a class by himself Offensive Player of the Year 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

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

Another running back may never dominate Carroll County high school football like Mike Dodd did this season.

Dodd, 6 feet 3, 245 pounds, ran all year as if he had come down from a higher league. He seemed to dare opposing defenses to stop him and got away with it time after time.

It was evident in the second game of the season that the South Carroll running back was going to be something special.

On that Sept. 11 day against Centennial, Dodd broke four tackles on a 48-yard run and gained the total respect of first-year South Carroll coach Gene Brown.

"I judge running backs by how many yards they gain after they've been hit," said Brown, whose team went 6-4. "Mike got almost all 48 of those yards on his own."

The talented senior went on to punish would-be tacklers all season for 1,299 yards on 254 carries (5.1 average) and 14 touchdowns.

The 1,299 yards were nearly twice as many as Carroll County's second-place rusher, Gabe Zepp of Westminster who had 683 yards.

Dodd's 14 touchdowns and 84 points also were far ahead of the second-place Zepp who had seven touchdowns and 46 points.

He truly obliterated the field in a romp to the Baltimore Sun's 1992 Offensive Football Player of the Year in Carroll County.

He was bigger, stronger and faster than most players in the county, and could not be stopped even though the opposition knew when and where he was going to run the ball.

Not even state 3A power Linganore could handle Dodd in a prolific first-quarter performance against the Lancers.

Dodd ran the ball 14 times for 62 yards in the first quarter against a Linganore team that finally figured out a way to stop him with 22 seconds left in the first quarter.

The South Carroll star was running toward the end zone at what appeared to be the end of a 66-yard touchdown, when Linganore defensive back Ben Arneson suddenly stripped the ball out of Dodd's hands at the 5-yard line and returned the ball 94 yards.

It was the kind of thing that Dodd's idol, Hall of Famer John Riggins, might do.

"I do some crazy things on the field like Riggins did," said Dodd. "Like against Glenelg when I just dropped at the 1-yard line after running 50 yards. I've talked to Riggins a few times and he told me to keep low, keep pumping my feet and hit the weights."

Dodd certainly followed that advice to have the kind of season a lot of people will remember for a long time.

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