1993 All-howard County Football Team

December 02, 1993|By Rick Belz

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR OFFENSE -- Guy Smith, Howard, RB, Sr. -- His teammates point Smith as the player who made them all better because of his dedicated work habits. "He's the kid who turned our program around," coach John Quinn said. Smith rushed for over 1,000 yards for the second straight season, gaining 1,119 and scoring 15 touchdowns on 147 carries. His 36 career touchdowns set a school record. His career rushing total is 2,835 yards. His best game this season was against Wilde Lake when he rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. As a middle linebacker, he was the defensive captain and second-leading tackler. He made 33 unassisted and 38 assisted tackles, had one quarterback sack and two fumble recoveries. Smith (5 feet 11, 195 pounds) combines quickness with power. He runs the 40-yard -- in 4.5 seconds and bench-presses 360 pounds. He had the fortitude to play despite injury. He came off the bench with a badly bruised shoulder to score a game-winning, fourth-quarter touchdown against Hammond in an 8-7 contest that was crucial toward deciding the county championship. This is his second year as a Baltimore Sun All-County selection.

DEFENSE -- Jimmy Jackson, Hammond, LB, Sr. -- Hammond's all-time leading tackler with 340 in three seasons, Jackson was the defensive captain and hardest hitter on the team. He has a knack for finding the football. Of his 138 tackles, 17 came against Glenelg. "He was steady and never had a bad game," coach Joe Russo said. "Other teams ran away from him." He set a school record with 20 sacks, and he had four interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He's 5-10, 215 pounds and a two-time All-County pick.

@COACH OF THE YEAR John Quinn, Howard -- Seventeen years transpired between county football championships for Howard High, a school synonymous with football excellence during the first half of the 1970s when the Lions won 47 straight games. Quinn, 39, long will be remembered in Lions circles as the coach of the team that ended that 17-year title-less streak. A former Penn State defensive lineman, three-year letterman and team captain, Quinn directed Howard to steady improvement over the past three seasons, going from 5-5 in 1991 to 7-3 in 1992, and then to 9-2 this season. Quinn earned this success. He spent six years as an assistant coach at Oakland Mills and two more at Hammond before taking the reins at Howard in 1986.

OFFENSE

* Matt Allen, Howard, OL, Sr. -- The only returning offensive lineman for the Lions, the 6-2, 235-pound right guard stabilized -- the line, opened many holes for Guy Smith and was especially adept on trap plays.

* Marc Bolea, Glenelg, C, Sr. -- He's strong and quick and had an especially outstanding game against Hammond. Also a nose guard, the 6-1, 225-pounder made 45 tackles, had six sacks and two fumble recoveries.

* Don Culbreth, Centennial, RB, Sr. -- A bull-like runner who gained 1,098 yards on 215 carries, Culbreth scored 12 touchdowns, all school records. He displayed excellent vision to find holes on cutbacks. Culbreth gained most of his yards by

breaking tackles and running in heavy traffic.

* Jay Green, Wilde Lake, OL, Sr. -- He had strength, quickness and great technique and was a heady player. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, size also was a definite plus for this tackle.

* Andy Holloway, Howard, Kicker, Sr. -- He converted on 22 of 23 extra-point attempts. He was 1-for-2 on field-goal tries and established a school record by hitting a 45-yarder. His average on kickoffs was 52.5 yards, and he kicked six out of the end zone. He had a 37.2 punting average.

* Adam Martiny, Atholton, OL, Jr. -- He opened a lot of holes in the right side of Atholton's line. The 6-0, 256-pound Martiny was proficient at staying with his blocks longer than most.

* James McKenney, Glenelg, RB, Sr. -- He led the league in rushing with 1,247 yards on 211 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. He ran for 100 yards six times. Atholton, Liberty, Oakland Mills and Mount Hebron were his most productive games.

* DaLawn Parrish, Howard, QB, Jr. -- His speed and athleticism created many problems for opposing teams. He could run or throw. He completed 55 of 108 passes for 727 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed 77 times for 513 yards and six touchdowns. His extra effort won the Atholton game, as he finished a 5-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left to play by extending his arms into the end zone after being stopped near the goal line. As a free safety he made five interceptions, recovered two fumbles and made 38 tackles. He scored on one interception.

* Damion Smith, Oakland Mills, E, Sr. -- He made 17 catches for 177 yards and five touchdowns. As a wingback he ran for 474 yards on 76 carries and scored seven touchdowns.

Jeremy Smith, Glenelg, OL, Sr. -- A three-year starter, the 6-4, 250-pound left tackle opened many of the holes for 1,000-yard rusher James McKenney.

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