1996 All-Howard County football teams

November 22, 1996|By Rick Belz

Player of the Year

Tony Jackson, Wilde Lake, SS, senior: He made 68 unassisted tackles and 56 assists. He had 10 tackles for losses. He made four interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. He recovered two fumbles and returned both for touchdowns. He batted away 11 passes. "He was a major factor in our defense," said coach Doug DuVall. Offensively, the four-year starter played tight end and caught 23 passes for 485 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-2, 200-pounder is being recruited. Jackson was second-team all-Metro last season.

First team -- defense

Ross Benson, Atholton, DL, senior: Wherever the ball was, Benson wasn't far away. The 5-9, 250-pounder made 31 solo tackles, 15 assists, four sacks and recovered a fumble.

David Boteler, Glenelg, DL, senior: He made 43 tackles and had six sacks, and the 6-3, 235-pounder was Glenelg's only first-team All-County player.

Scott Bross, Centennial, LB, senior: A versatile player who was also a safety, he made 27 unassisted tackles and had 74 assists. He recovered four fumbles. The third-year player -- second-team All-County last fall -- called the defenses. As a running back, he carried 97 times for 545 yards and two touchdowns. And he caught five passes for 66 yards.

Owen Brown, Howard, LB, senior: The 6-0, 192-pounder earned lots of respect from opposing coaches and players with good reason. He made 95 unassisted tackles, 45 assists, two interceptions, three sacks and one fumble recovery. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Quentin Collins, Wilde Lake, S, junior: One of only four juniors on the first team, Collins made six interceptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns. His 100-yard touchdown run against Centennial was the defining play of that game and one of the season's most exciting. He made 36 tackles.

Chip Harrison, Centennial, CB, senior: Centennial's best defensive player, Harrison made two interceptions, one for a touchdown. He also had 20 unassisted tackles and 27 assists and two sacks. Offensively, the 5-7, 155-pounder caught 33 passes for 594 yards and seven touchdowns. His 70-yard touchdown catch against Oakland Mills set up a game-winning two-point conversion. He was a good blocker on the corners and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Mike Kelley, River Hill, S, junior: He made 151 tackles, 51 solos and 81 assists. The 5-10, 156-pounder was a tenacious, hard-hitter who also played some linebacker for the undermanned, first-year Hawks.

Kyle Leibe, Wilde Lake, LB, senior: He broke an ankle last May playing soccer, but recovered in time to make 53 tackles and 62 assists. The 6-0, 215-pounder, All-County last season, is an aggressive player who likes to hit.

Paul McElheny, Atholton, DL, senior: At 6-7 and 295, he was an imposing figure at guard, someone assistant coach Chuck Fales called "the best in the county and maybe the state" at that position. He made 43 solo tackles and 22 assists, three sacks and recovered two fumbles. He was often double-teamed, easing teammates' load.

Brian Neal, Howard, DL, senior: The 6-1, 270-pounder made 19 unassisted tackles and had 38 assists. He recovered four fumbles and made five sacks.

Pat North, Wilde Lake, LB, senior: At 5-10 and 179 pounds, North was a firecracker who made 67 tackles and had 50 assists, four sacks, 25 tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery.

Beau Pich, River Hill, P, junior: He punted 48 times, averaged 35.0 with 65 yards his longest. As quarterback, the 5-11, 163-pounder completed 60 of 210 passes for 887 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 242 yards and five TDs.

Josh Zillmer, Hammond, CB, senior: A repeat selection at defensive back, the three-year starter intercepted six passes, made 40 unassisted tackles and six assisted. He also played quarterback, punted and returned punts. As quarterback he rushed 53 times for 307 yards and three touchdowns and completed 16 of 47 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Howard County football team was selected by staff writer Rick Belz after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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