1998 All- Anne Arundel County football teams

November 29, 1998

Offense

Player of the Year

Rayvon Johnson, Annapolis, junior, running back: Johnson becomes just the second underclassman named Player of the Year for his offensive accomplishments and just the third Panther since the award began in 1980. Johnson (5 feet 10, 170 pounds) used his 4.4 speed to become the county's first 2,000-yard rusher with a record 2,060 yards in 11 games on 254 attempts. He also set the 10-game regular-season mark for rushing with 1,947 to break the record of 1,862 set by Meade's Tanardo Sharps last year. "It's pretty amazing Rayvon did what he did in his first year playing high school football," said coach Roy Brown. Johnson's 20 total TDs and 18 rushing TDs are both school records, as are his five 200-yard games (259 against Meade was his high). The five 200-yard games were one short of the county record by Sharps in '97. What would be a great game for a lot of backs, 113 yards rushing against Sherwood in the playoffs, was Johnson's season low. "And what a lot of people didn't realize is that he never came off the field because he was also an outstanding defensive back," said Brown. "He had one interception and never got beat on a pass play, always making the tackle." Johnson also ran back kicks and punts when opponents kicked his way. "It's hard to believe he has another year," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco.

First team at glance

Kyron Belt, Annapolis, senior, quarterback: back: Belt played quarterback as if he had been playing it all his career, when in fact, it was the first time. A running back his first two years, Belt filled a team need, showing the poise, confidence and leadership that a polished quarterback exhibits. Leading Annapolis to the 4A playoffs, Belt (6-foot-2, 175-pounds) completed 37 of 76 passes for 741 yards, 14 TDs and six interceptions. He also ran for 224 yards and seven touchdowns while guiding the offense to 33.4 points a game. Sherwood coach Bob Milloy, whose Warriors slipped by the Panthers, 17-7 in the Class 4A state quarterfinals said Belt "was really impressive and a gutty player." Doubling at defensive back, Belt averaged three tackles a game, knocked down six passes and intercepted three passes.

Dan Burke, Broadneck, senior, center: The county's most productive offensive unit was ignited by Burke. Burke (6-0, 240) was solid with his snaps and blocking, resulting in precision-like starts for the Bruins in their run-and-shoot/option attack. Burke prevented opposing nose guards from penetrating.

Marvin Charles, Annapolis, junior, tight end: One of five first-team juniors, Charles (6-1, 175) emerged as one of the county's most feared receivers with his soft hands, leaping ability and speed. Charles only caught 14 passes in 11 games, but nobody got more out of their receptions. He had a county best 34.8 yards per catch in the regular season and 30.9 overall (433 yards) with seven catches going for touchdowns. "Marvin is one of the best receivers we've had, " said coach Brown. "He never drops passes, not even in practice."

Nick Dewind, Severna Park, senior, tackle: le: A huge force at 6-4 and 290 pounds in the trenches on both sides of the ball, Dewind's forte was opening holes for Falcon running backs and sealing off would-be tacklers. On defense, he was in on over 30 tackles with two sacks. He was hampered by several nagging injuries, including two bad shoulders most of the season. "His peers voted him the No. 1 captain," said coach J. P. Hines. "He also received our team's outstanding lineman award and a new award, the Andy Borland Leadership Award."

Lehrman Dotson, Broadneck, senior, all-purpose: An All-County and All-Metro wide receiver as a junior when he set a school record for touchdown receptions (14), Dotson caught 13 passes for three TDs in his first five games this season before moving to quarterback in the sixth game. Dotson (6-1, 170) also punted, played some defensive back and ran back kicks. At quarterback, he added another dimension with his ability to run the option, scoring eight TDs and throwing for five more in completing 43 of 91 passes for 688 yards and two interceptions. Dotson also averaged 32.2 yards on 32 punts and intercepted one pass.

Charles Gaither, North County, senior, wide receiver: Another in the long line of outstanding receivers to come out of the Knights' run-and-shoot attack, Gaither (5-9, 150) led the county in receptions (47). He agained 388 receiving yards with five of his catches going for TDs despite playing just seven games. With quickness and good hands, Gaither caught 65 passes in two seasons for the Knights (3-7).

Andrew Halton, Annapolis, junior, place-kicker: Halton was practically automatic on extra-point attempts, converting 44 of 47. The 44 PATs tied the county record set by Broadneck's Brooks Barnard last year and is the fourth-highest in state history. Halton's strong foot often boomed kickoffs deep or into the end zone. He also averaged 33 yards a punt.

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