1998 All-Howard County football team

November 29, 1998|By RICK BELZ

Defense

Player of the Year

Danny Bayron, Wilde Lake, senior, back: The 5-foot-10, 210-pound strong safety made 75 solo tackles, 52 assists, three sacks, eight tackles behind the line, broken up 12 passes and had one interception. A first-team All-Metro selection last season at defensive back, Bayron was the heart of the county champion Wilde Lake defense. On offense, the punishing runner and two-year captain rushed 125 times for 837 yards and 14 touchdowns, and threw key blocks for teammate Jimmie Levins. Bayron, who scored 88 points, also returned 15 punts for 201 yards. He is looking at Towson and James Madison.

Team at a glance

Sean Aaron, Atholton, senior, linebacker: He made 68 solo tackles and 52 assists. He also recovered three fumbles, registered four sacks and intercepted one pass.

Jake Adams, River Hill, senior, linebacker: er: One of the most hardnosed players in the league, Adams made 46 tackles, six for a loss. He had three sacks, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

Paul Brooks, Glenelg, junior, punter: He punted 44 times for a 39.8 average and placed six of them inside the opponent's 5-yard line. On offense he made 13 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

Devin Conwell, Long Reach, junior, linebacker: backer: He made 60 solo tackles and 44 assists. Conwell had seven sacks as well as one interception and he broke up four passes. On offense he rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Joey Ellis, Oakland Mills, senior, back: The most versatile player in the league, Ellis made 52 solo tackles, 65 assists and intercepted eight passes, returning two for touchdowns. He had six sacks. On offense he rushed 90 times for 825 yards and one touchdown.

Jason Fawcett, River Hill, senior, linebacker: backer: He made 89 tackles and was a key reason the Hawks went from 1-9 to 7-3. On offense the fullback rushed for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns.

Luis George, Long Reach, junior, defensive back: He played cornerback, displayed excellent cover technique and was a ferocious tackler. He intercepted six passes.

Steve Glasgow, River Hill, senior, back: He made 34 solo tackles, caused three fumbles and intercepted two passes. At quarterback, he completed 77 passes for 948 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Vinnie Rubbo, Oakland Mills, senior, linebacker: backer: A repeat first-team selection, Rubbo made 56 solo tackles and 34 assists. The hardnosed leader also recovered two fumbles and had three interceptions. On offense he rushed 112 times for 698 yards and seven touchdowns while battling ankle and knee sprains. He was a second-team All-Metro pick his junior year when he set a school record with 1,873 yards rushing.

Nick Service, Wilde Lake, senior, linebacker: er: At 5-9, 175 pounds, he made 78 solo tackles and 55 assists. He had 25 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He also had nine pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. A versatile player, he could cover backs on pass defense and pressure the quarterback on the blitz.

Luke Vanderwagon, Wilde Lake, senior, lineman: A knee injury sidelined this former first-team All-Metro player for almost half the season. The team captain still managed 35 tackles, 25 assists, seven sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. He's interested in the Naval Academy.

Mike Von Paris, Centennial, senior, lineman: man: A three-year starter, Von Paris was Centennial's best lineman. What success we had fell on his shoulders," said coach Ed Holshue. Defensively, Von Paris made 43 tackles and had one fumble recovery.

Tally White, Long Reach, junior, lineman: A 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, White made 69 tackles and had seven sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Chris Yetter, Wilde Lake, senior, back: He made 50 solo tackles and had 49 assists and 10 pass deflections. He intercepted one pass and returned it for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles.

Offense

Player of the Year

T. J. Welsh, Oakland Mills, senior, quarterback: The 6-foot-4, 205-pound passer completed 119 of 229 attempts for a county-record 1,943 yards. The strong-armed Welsh threw 15 touchdown passes, eight interceptions and had at least 100 yards passing in 12 of 13 games. The Scorpions won 12 games -- a school record -- and won their first state title. Welsh threw a season-high four touchdown passes against Glenelg and three against Elkton. Welsh also ran for five touchdowns. He saved perhaps his best and most-poised performance for the state Class 1A championship game at College Park, where he completed 17 of 25 for 193 yards, ran for one touchdown and helped his team rally from a 12-0 third-quarter deficit to defeat favored Forestville, 15-12. A gutsy player, Welsh popped out his throwing shoulder when tackled by two players in the first series of the state quarterfinals, but he never missed a series despite playing the entire playoffs in pain. For his career, he passed for 3,210 yards, just missing the county record of 3,351 yards set by Wilde Lake's Jim Traber, who played quarterback for Oklahoma State and major-league baseball for the Orioles.

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