Player of the year
Raytron Leak, Edmondson
Leak, a senior running back, rushed for 1,514 yards and 17 touchdowns and had 1,460 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He also handled punting and kicking duties, averaging 43 yards per punt and launching all but 10 of his kickoffs out of the end zone. As a linebacker, Leak, 6 feet 1 and 230 pounds, had eight sacks, recovered two fumbles and returned three of nine interceptions for scores. Leak returned three punts for touchdowns and one kickoff for another. The Austin, Texas-based Rivals100 recruiting service ranks Leak No. 30 among the nation's top 100 running back recruits. Leak, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, has received scholarship offers from Nebraska, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Longtime Sherwood coach Bob Milloy of Montgomery County said, "I didn't see anybody better this year."
Coach of the Year
Pete Pompey, Edmondson
Unranked during the preseason, Pompey's Redskins (12-1) finished as the area's No. 2-ranked team after winning their second straight City West Division crown and reaching the program's first Class 2A state title game. Edmondson's 18-game winning streak ended with a state title-game loss to defending champion Urbana, which was ranked No. 2 in the state. The Redskins outscored their opposition by an average margin of 40 points to five, with four shutouts and routs of City West Division champion Dunbar (39-6), Howard County co-champion Howard (37-15) and Calvert Hall (40-7). Pompey developed Division I prospects in running back Raytron Leak and quarterback Eddie Colbert despite an undersized, underclassmen-laden offensive line. With 182 career wins, Pompey is tied with Patterson's Roger Wrenn for most victories in the city for an active coach.
Mount St. Joseph
From the season's outset, Mount St. Joseph coach Mike Working knew Abiamiri was about to have one of those special seasons, calling him an excellent wide receiver and deserving of any all-star honors that might come his way. Others thought the same of Abiamiri, a 6-3, 200-pound senior who has a 3.4 grade-point average and a 1,010 SAT score that made him an attractive recruit for several Division I programs. Abiamiri orally accepted a full scholarship to the University of Maryland. He caught 28 passes for 779 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for two scores and 294 yards, and returned a kickoff for another touchdown for 14th-ranked Mount St. Joseph.
Not only did Cromwell help the Wolverines turn last season's 1-9 record into an 8-2 campaign this season, but the senior wide receiver became the fifth-year school's first Division I prospect. Cromwell's 4.38-second speed, along with his 37-inch vertical leap, made the 6-2, 170-pounder one of the state's most coveted receivers. He is considering full-scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, James Madison and Temple. Cromwell caught 28 passes for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns. His career numbers: 83 receptions for 1,595 yards and 18 touchdowns also attracted interest from Maryland, Kent State, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Connecticut.
Dundalk was among the surprise teams in the Baltimore County 3A-4A league this season, and the disciplined blocking of Rogers was among the primary reasons. The 6-6, 255-pound two-way lineman was practically guaranteed to spring one of the Owls' two 1,000-yard rushers in critical short-yardage situations. The senior's efforts sparked an upset of last season's Class 3A state runner-up Eastern Tech, and also allowed the Owls to be ranked as high as No. 12 in the area. Rogers, the Owls' scholar-athlete honoree, also excelled defensively with 36 tackles and a fumble recovery. The three-year starter has received interest from several Division I programs.
A four-year starter and a member of three championship teams under coach Roger Wrenn, Belcastro (6-4, 290) led the Clippers to a share of their sixth Baltimore City title, their second straight in the City's East Division, and a berth in the Class 4A state semifinals. An effective, versatile blocker while pulling, pass-blocking or drive-blocking, Belcastro earned All-Metro first-team honors after being second team last season. He was part of an offense that averaged more than 350 yards per game, primarily on the ground. A two-way player, he also had nine sacks. Belcastro, also a heavyweight wrestler for Patterson, won his first city wrestling title last winter.