1996 All-Howard County football teams

November 22, 1996|By Rick Belz

Player of the Year

Dain Lewis, Wilde Lake, RB, senior: His best game was a five-touchdown, 246-yard effort against Hammond. After that game, Wilde Lake left tackle Garrow Brigham said of Lewis: "Dain is unbelievable. He's got power, speed. I've never seen anything like him." Lewis carried 179 times for 1,571 yards and 27 touchdowns. He's a punishing runner who enjoys contact. On defense, the three-year starter made 61 unassisted tackles and 53 assists, including 10 tackles for a loss. He had one interception and three fumble recoveries. "He's a tough kid, a great kid to coach. He doesn't say much. He just plays great," said coach Doug DuVall. Lewis, who is being recruited, was second-team All-Metro last fall.

First team -- offense

Willy Bhatia, Long Reach, WR, junior: He caught 40 passes for 769 yards and six touchdowns for the first-year Lightning. The 6-foot, 198-pound end also played safety and returned kicks.

Marcus Boykins, Atholton, OL, senior: This 6-foot-6, 325-pound tackle was first-team All-Metro last season and was bigger and ++ stronger this season. He and Wilde Lake's Josh Vanderwagen went head-to-head in the most exciting line matchups this season. "We ran behind him a lot, as you would expect," said coach Kevin Kelly.

Fardan Carter, Oakland Mills, RB, senior: The county's most elusive runner, and always a big-play threat with his outstanding speed, Carter gained 1,068 yards on 122 carries and scored 20 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He did that despite missing two games with a sprained ankle. He scored six touchdowns and rushed for 223 yards against Mount Hebron. He scored five touchdowns and rushed for a season-high 241 yards against Hammond. In three seasons, he scored 44 touchdowns. A second-time All-County selection.

Pat Chamberlain, Wilde Lake, C, senior: A steady, sure-handed player and a two-year starter, the 5-11, 198-pound Chamberlain also handled Wilde Lake's long snaps. "He's an all-purpose center and a real complete blocker who snapped every play for the last two years," said DuVall.

Bryan Cole, Oakland Mills, TE, senior: He was a key offensive weapon for the Scorpions, catching 29 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a hard-hitting linebacker and is a repeat All-County selection. Defensively, he made 32 unassisted tackles and had 66 assists. He recovered a fumble and had one interception.

Bryan Frizzelle, Oakland Mills, OG, senior: nior: The 5-10, 210-pound, two-year starter bench presses 360 pounds and was by far Oakland Mills' best lineman. He carries a 3.90 GPA and hopes to attend Navy or West Point. Defensively, he led Oakland Mills in tackles with 41 unassisted and 88 assists. He recovered three fumbles.

Ryan Gielen, Centennial, QB, senior: He rewrote Centennial's passing record book, completing 76 of 166 for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns -- all school records. The 6-2, 214-pound Gielen led the county in passing yardage.

Sean Jefferson, Wilde Lake, RB, senior: The 5-7, 190-pounder, a three-year starter, gained 1,111 yards on 131 carries, scoring 48 points. On defense, he had five interceptions. Interested in Colgate and Towson.

Levar Macon, Atholton, RB, senior: He carried 98 times for 701 yards, including a thrilling 75-yard touchdown run against Wilde Lake. At 5-8, 170 pounds, he was also a hard-hitter on defense, where he made 42 tackles, nine sacks and intercepted twice, once for a TD.

Aaron Perkins, Centennial, OG, senior: His coach, Ed Holshue, called Perkins the "best lineman I've had." The 6-1, 230-pounder is considering Colgate, Penn and Holy Cross.

Josh Vanderwagen, Wilde Lake, OT, senior: nior: The captain of the Wilde Lake line and a three-year starter, Vanderwagen played especially well toward the end of the season. The 6-6, 265-pound repeat All-County selection is considering Wake Forest, Delaware and William & Mary.

Jason Zolak, Centennial, WR, senior: A 4.0 student, the 5-7, 150-pound Zolak ran good routes, had soft hands and took advantage of his 4.6 speed to catch 35 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns. He had an 84-yard touchdown catch against Liberty, and a 75-yarder against Oakland Mills.

T. J. Smith, Oakland Mills, K, senior: The best kicker in county history, Smith made seven of 10 field-goal attempts, including a state-record four in one game. His kickoffs frequently made the end zone. He is being actively recruited.

Jerry Oliver, Hammond, kick returner, senior: He ran back five kickoffs for touchdowns, a county and state record. The returns were for 70, 95, 81, 67 and 83 yards. He also played wide receiver, catching 18 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns. And at either strong safety or defensive end, he made 34 unassisted tackles and 20 assists, intercepted a pass, recovered three fumbles and made 10 sacks.

Team selection

fTC 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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