The First Team 1992 All-carroll County Football Team

November 29, 1992|By Bill Free

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

* Brad Gibson, Westminster, Sr., QB -- From the frosh-soph team to the junior varsity to the varsity, Gibson was the starting quarterback and leader for the Owls, prompting his teammates to look up to him for four years. He was equally adept at running and passing, which put a lot of pressure on defenses. In his senior year, Gibson completed 49 of 111 passes for 744 yards and eight touchdowns.

* Gabe Zepp, Westminster, Sr., RB -- Only South Carroll's Mike Dodd ran for more yards and scored more touchdowns than Zepp (131 carries for 683 yards and seven TDs) in the county this season. He had his best game against powerful Linganore, carrying the ball 11 times for 139 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run in a heavy rain late in the game. Zepp, like Brad Gibson, was a major part of Westminster football for four years.

* Doug Coppeler, Liberty, Sr., WR -- When the Lions cranked up their passing game, it was Coppeler whom quarterback Ross Yastrzemsky usually was looking for. Coppeler has good hands, decent 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard -- and caught 21 passes for 295 yards and four TDs.

* Micah Shaffer, Westminster, Sr., WR -- This slender athlete had a knack for getting behind defenders and catching long passes from Brad Gibson. He averaged 19.9 yards per catch on 15 receptions for 299 yards (most receiving yards in the county). Shaffer started out as an offensive guard as a sophomore but his speed was too valuable to waste on the line and he became a major deep receiving threat his senior year.

* Eric Priddy, Liberty, Sr., TE -- At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Priddy was an imposing sight at tight end for a Liberty team that liked to throw the football. Priddy could block as well as catch the ball. He caught the go-ahead touchdown pass with 4:29 left in the game when Liberty beat North Carroll for its only win of the season. He has what coaches call "soft hands" and caught 20 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

* Jamie Waltersdorff, South Carroll, Sr., T -- His size (6 feet 5, 280 pounds) made Waltersdorff one of the most talked about players in the county. The Cavaliers loved to line up and let Waltersdorff clear the way for Dodd (Offensive Player of the Year) time after time. In an eight-play, 42-yard TD drive against Westminster, South Carroll ran Dodd behind Waltersdorff on almost every play in what was one of the top performances of the year by the lineman.

* Chris Nave, South Carroll, Sr., G -- A superb trap blocker, the Cavaliers ran all their traps behind Nave who had "seven or eight real good games," said coach Gene Brown. Superb quickness enabled him to step right in and be a star in his first season on the offensive line. Nave, a goalie on the Cavaliers' lacrosse team, will play lacrosse in college.

* Paul Weinhardt, South Carroll, Sr., C -- The youngster with the ever-present smile on his face was also the unsung hero on the large and talented South Carroll offensive line, which averaged 238 pounds. Weinhardt is an intelligent player who was responsible for the snap count and he helped create a lot of pride among his teammates on the line.

* Brandon Hurst, Francis Scott Key, Sr., G -- He was the most technically sound player on the Eagles and played a large role in the team's spurt at the end of the season that gave Key the second-best record in the county at 3-7. A three-year starter, Hurst went both ways, playing defensive tackle as well as offensive guard.

* Mike Johnson, South Carroll, Sr., T -- This 250-pound youngster was an instant hit in his first year of high school football. He was a last-minute addition to the team after being convinced by other players on the team to come out for football. Johnson played a major blocking role in an impressive win over Frederick, the biggest victory of the season for the Cavaliers.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

* Pat Shuck, Westminster, Sr., L -- All heart and a lot of desire are the words used by Westminster coach Jeff Oeming to describe Shuck. He led the Owls in getting to running backs (four tackles) in the backfield and had one quarterback sack. Shuck had 26 solo tackles and 22 assisted.

* Jamie Waltersdorff, South Carroll, Sr., L -- One of only three players in the county to make first-team offense and defense. Coach Gene Brown said it was tough for offensive linemen to move Waltersdorff, who had 72 tackles. Although he weighed 280 pounds, Waltersdorff had enough quickness to pursue away from the ball.

* Thomas Rheubottom, Liberty, Sr., L -- A three-year starter, Rheubottom is only the second Liberty player to surpass 100 tackles in a season (101 this year) in the 13-year history of football at the school. Joel Prell has the record with 114 in the 1988 season. Rheubottom worked hard in the off-season to make himself a success. Had superb games against Frederick and Westminster.

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