1993 Football

December 05, 1993

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

OFFENSE -- Greg Kyler, Poly, Sr., RB -- 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 state-title game with 159 of Poly's 194 rushing yards. A 4.3-second 40-yard dash runner who has satisfied NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility, Kyler is being considered by more than "at least a dozen schools," said coach Augie Waibel, including Miami, UCLA, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State and Maryland.

DEFENSE -- Troy Fowlkes, North County, Sr., LB -- He was the quintessential player at his position. Big and fast with speed nearing a 4.5-second 40-yard --, Fowlkes (6-0, 240) rivaled Severna Park's Ron Green as Anne Arundel County's most feared hunter. A big-time college prospect who was an All-County defensive lineman last year, as well as a second-team All-Metro selection, Fowlkes had a county-leading 196 tackles (80 solo) plus three sacks, forced several fumbles and scored three touchdowns. "He's the best defensive player we've had at North County," said coach Chuck Markiewicz. Fowlkes is getting serious looks from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Boston College and Maryland.

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. 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 kept both 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-AA and former No. 13 Forest Park. Dunbar qualified for the 2A state playoffs as the eighth seed, then upset then unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Overlea, 22-10, the top seed, in the first round before losing to eventual runner-up Southern-AA in the semifinals.

First-team offense at a glance

* Jaryn Avery, North County, Sr., Line -- A consummate lineman who combined power and speed in fueling the Knights' potent run-and-shoot offense, Avery (6 feet 3, 235 pounds) is a two-time All-Anne Arundel County lineman.

* Dennis Badham, McDonogh, Jr., WR -- Opposing coaches often designed their defenses to stop Badham (5-10, 175). He had 73 receptions for 1,654 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Despite double coverage "after the first couple of games," said coach Mike Working, 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.

* Dwight Banks, City, Sr., WR -- The No. 4 Knights have gone 29-2 in Banks' three seasons, during which he had 92 pass 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 top Division I prospects by Athlon Football Magazine, Banks (6-1, 180) is being recruited by Penn State, Michigan, Syracuse, Maryland and Wake Forest.

* Kenny Boyd, Annapolis, Sr., RB -- Anne Arundel County's leading rusher set the school regular-season record for rushing (1,365), just 13 yards short of the overall school record set by Shawn Taylor in 11 games last year. Boyd (5-11, 175), a workhorse with 225 carries, also tied for the county lead in touchdowns (17) and ranked third in points scored (108).

* Joe Brown, Poly, Sr., Line -- At 5-11, 287 pounds, Brown is perhaps the area's best pure blocker for the area's premier scoring threat -- Greg Kyler. Brown, who runs a swift 40-yard --, has quick feet and also was among the team's top defensive players. He was a first-team All-City pick and a second-team All-Metro selection last season. Miami, Wake Forest, Towson State and Virginia Tech are after him.

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