1993 All-baltimore City/county Football Teams

December 02, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR OFFENSE -- Greg Kyler, Poly, Sr., RB -- Superprep's preseason report on Kyler: "For pure speed, this guy is way out there." As the area's most exciting offensive player, Kyler (6 feet 2, 175 pounds) had an area-leading 29 touchdowns on 1,390 rushing yards and 432 receiving yards on 22 receptions. Most importantly, he was a clutch player. Top-ranked Poly trailed, 6-0, in a regular-season game against Lake Clifton before Kyler's 283 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns led the Engineers to a 37-6 victory. His 24-yard touchdown reception with 25 seconds left lifted the Engineers over then-No. 1 City, 21-20, in a game in which Kyler also rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown. His second touchdown in the 3A state title game against Seneca Valley put the Engineers ahead, 12-9, with 7:35 left in an eventual 15-12 loss. Kyler ended the game with 159 of Poly's 194 rushing yards. A 4.3-second 40-yard--- runner who has satisfied NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility, Kyler is considering "at least a dozen schools," said coach Augie Waibel. They include Miami, UCLA, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State and Maryland.

DEFENSE -- Lamar King, Chesapeake-BC, Sr., LB -- King has averaged 80 tackles since starting his first year as a freshman, boosting this year's Bayhawks to an 8-2 record and a No. 15 ranking with 95 solo tackles. Despite standing 6-4 and weighing 235 pounds, he has excellent lateral pursuit thanks to 4.6 40-yard -- speed, which contributes to his ferocious hits. King, who returned a fumble recovery 60 yards for a touchdown, also intercepted three passes and has a 3-foot vertical leap. "He is by far the best that I have seen at that position. No one could control him," said coach Rick Zentz. Listed among the state's top 30 players during the preseason by The Poop Sheet, King is considering Syracuse, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Virginia Tech and Rutgers.

@COACH OF THE YEAR Stanley Mitchell, Dunbar -- Mitchell successfully guided the Poets through a turbulent season. Pete Pompey led the Poets to a runner-up finish in last year's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference, but was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the state's attorney's office into alleged misuse of athletic funds. Mitchell, hired as interim coach before the first day of practice, and his players often were greeted by Pompey supporters at games and practices early on -- some trying to discourage players from participating. But the players remained with Mitchell, who was true to a strict work ethic and wove the veterans and the newcomers together through a 9-3 season. The Poets were ranked as high as No. 5 in the metro area, losing only to No. 1 Poly, No. 3 Southern and former No. 13 Forest Park. Dunbar qualified for the 2A state playoffs as the eighth seed, and upset then-unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Overlea, 22-10, the top seed, in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual runner-up Southern-Anne Arundel in the semifinal.

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE * Robert Arthur, Forest Park, Sr., RB -- Arthur (5-10, 178) faced a schedule perhaps tougher than any area rusher, including No. 5 Gilman, No. 4 City, No. 7 Dunbar, No. 9 Patterson and 2A state semifinalist Cambridge. Yet the 4.4 speedster amassed 1,206 yards and 13 touchdowns and scored 66 of his team's 126 points. Hampton, Bowie, Morgan and Maryland have expressed interest.

* Than'l Badder, Gilman, Sr., C -- At 6-2, 204, he was "an excellent center," says coach Sherm Bristow of this two-way lineman who relied on his powerful legs and arms. Badder, who probably is headed for Duke, was chosen as a center for the MSA team in this year's All-Star game against Baltimore County. He was also the Greyhounds' second-leading tackler with 120 (58 solo), including 15 for losses, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

* Dennis Badham, McDonogh, Jr., WR -- Opposing coaches often designed their defenses around Badham (5-10, 175), one of many weapons for the No. 2-ranked Eagles. He had 73 receptions for 1,654 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. This season, Badham still caught 31 passes for 761 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns and returned punts for touchdowns of 63 and 65 yards. He also had four interceptions.

* Dwight Banks, City, Sr., WR -- The No. 4 Knights have gone 29-2 in Banks' three seasons, during which he had 92 receptions for 1,942 yards and 22 touchdowns. A second-team All-Metro pick last year, Banks' 4.4-second 40-yard -- speed led to 43 receptions for 902 yards and a career-high 13 touchdowns this year, leading the Knights to a 3A state playoff appearance. Listed among the nation's top 10 receivers by Prep Football Report and ranked among the nation's top Division I prospects by Athlon Football Magazine, Banks is a 3.0 student being recruited by Penn State, Michigan, Syracuse, Maryland and

Wake Forest.

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