1997 All-Metro football teams

November 30, 1997|By SUN STAFF

Defense

Player of the Year

Loui Georgalas, Calvert Hall, senior, lineman: This 6-3, 225-pound two-way tackle runs a 4.8-second 40, bench presses 300 pounds and combines quickness, strength and aggression that make keeping him out of the backfield tough. He stays busy, with 41 tackles, 13 1/2 sacks, seven blocked passes, 11 hurries, six fumbles caused, four fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. "Most teams have to make an adjustment, double-teaming him because of his quickness," said coach Lou Eckerl, whose No. 2-ranked Cardinals (8-3, 2-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) have allowed on average 10 points with two shutouts and have scored 31 points a game. "I'll do anything possible to get in there without causing any penalties," said Georgalas, who scored 1,390 on his SAT, is a B-plus student and member of the National Honor Society, and is considering Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Cornell and Columbia universities. Georgalas, critical in the turn-around of a program that was 8-24 over three previous seasons, had one of his best games in a 28-21 win at Mount St. Joseph; one of his two sacks killed the Gaels' final drive. He also blocked a punt and knocked down a pass against St. Joe.

The first team

Danny Bayron, Wilde Lake, junior, defensive back: Bayron, Howard County's Defensive Player of the Year for the state champion Wildecats, is 5-9, 185 pounds of muscle. He made 121 tackles (58 solo) for a defense that recorded eight shutouts and allowed on average 3.7 points. In addition to 12 tackles behind the line and 11 pass deflections, he intercepted two passes and returned them for touchdowns and had a fumble recovery. His best defensive game was 13 tackles, nine unassisted, against Milford Mill in the state quarterfinals. Also a potent offensive force, Bayron rushed 160 times for 1,155 yards and 17 touchdowns. His best game was 170 yards and three touchdowns against Glenelg. His longest run was 62 yards. He also returned 11 punts for 172 yards, a 15.6 average.

David Boyd, Milford Mill, senior, defensive back: Boyd (5-11, 165) had 76 tackles, 22 solo, five sacks, recovered six fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown as the No. 9 Millers shared Baltimore County's 3A-4A title with Woodlawn and Eastern Tech. Offensively, he had 29 receptions for 537 yards and five touchdowns. He caught the only touchdown in a loss to Eastern Tech. Against Woodlawn, a 36-28 win, he returned one of two fumble recoveries for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown. He caught eight passes for 156 yards and a score in a 9-6 playoff loss to Wilde Lake, and scored touchdowns rushing and receiving in the Baltimore County All-Star game. Of Boyd, a 3.2 student with a 920 SAT score, Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall said: "That kid can play, flat-out."

Pat Brannan, Loyola, senior, linebacker: Known for separating quarterbacks from their senses, Brannan (6-0, 195) had 31 tackles and 24 assists in a defense that allowed nine points a game. "He's given some good shots to quarterbacks and calls our defensive signals," said Brune. "He'd make a good Division I-AA player." Brannan lists Fordham among his college favorites.

Keon Burley, Loyola, senior, defensive line: Burley (6-0, 200) had 64 tackles (34 solo), nine hurries and three blocked punts. He had three of his seven sacks in a 25-0 rout of Georgetown Prep, two sacks, a blocked punt and a touchdown-preventing tackle at the 6-yard line in Thursday's 19-7 win over No. 2 Calvert Hall and partially blocked a punt against Mount St. Joseph. "Keon is just unbelievable. We've known it all along. You're not going to block him one-on-one. You're just not going to beat him," Brune said.

Roger Evans, Hereford, senior, punter: This repeat All-City/County performer averaged 48.9 yards a punt (a public-school best) entering last weekend's state semifinal rout of two-time state champ Cambridge and had not allowed a punt to be fielded. He punted twice for an average of 48 yards in the Bulls' biggest regular-season game, a 28-6 win at No. 15 Randallstown, and constantly pinned the Rams in. Against Northeast, a 46-yarder landed on the 1-yard line. With 112 career kicking points, Evans ranks No. 3 in Maryland history in all-time kicking points. He averaged 42.2 yards as a punter last year. As place-kicker, he had a state single-season record 75 of 84 extra ++ points (109 of 124 career). He made a 35-yard field goal in the mud against Cambridge. The 5-11, 195-pound linebacker was third in team tackles and had two fumble recoveries.

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