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December 09, 2003|By Lem Satterfield


Marc Mesaros

Eastern Tech

When Mesaros inherited the position vacated by Bruce Strunk, the first-year coach took over a program that was expected to continue its success since being Class 3A state runner-up in 1998 under Nick Arminio.

The Mavericks did just that, recording their fifth playoff berth and a 12-1 record that equaled the victory total of the '98 squad. Eastern Tech twice defeated three-time state champ and Baltimore County power Hereford, dethroning the Bulls for the 2A-1A league and 2A North region crowns and earning The Sun's No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history.

Eastern Tech reached the state semifinals for the second time, registering seven shutouts this season (10 shutouts during an 18-game winning streak) before losing to Potomac of Prince George's County, 8-0.

Mesaros and his staff were a close-knit group whose relationship rubbed off on the players.


Dietrich Wright

Eastern Tech

The season began with high expectations for the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, and the senior running back lived up to them. A four-year starter, Wright rushed for 1,738 yards and 27 touchdowns to lead the Mavericks to a ranking as high as No. 1.

One of his best games was against neighborhood rival Overlea, a contest during which Wright rushed for four touchdowns on 139 yards. The victory was part of a 6-0 league record that earned the Mavericks the Baltimore County 2A-1A title and a 10-0 regular-season record heading into the 2A state playoffs.

Wright finished his high school career with 4,426 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. His career touchdowns tie him for first on the state's all-time list with Marcus Mason of Georgetown Prep.


Joe Akers


At 6-2, 310 pounds with a 40-yard dash time of 5.0 seconds, Akers was the standard by which county linemen measured themselves. A repeat first-team pick, the two-way player had 11 sacks.

Adrian Brown


The 6-5, 380-pound two-way lineman cleared the way for his running backs with power, and his footwork improved as the season went on. Brown made 35 tackles, had two sacks, recovered two fumbles and caused three others.

Scott Burley


Considered one of the best run-blockers in the state, the 6-6, 320-pounder is headed for the University of Maryland on a full football scholarship. Burley had 45 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack in his two seasons. Burley also was named to the All-City/County team last season.

Cory Davis


A tremendous leaper who also plays basketball for the Eagles, the senior wide receiver stands 6-feet and weighs 180 pounds - an imposing threat for any defender. His 42 catches for 14 touchdowns and 560 yards ranked among the area's best.

Jon Dinkins


Not only did the senior kicker convert his seventh, eighth and ninth career field goals - his longest being from 43 yards - but he also made 28 of 33 extra-point kicks for the Class 2A North region finalist Bulls. Dinkins, who has three game-winning field goals, also set a state record with 140 career successful extra-point kicks.

David Evans


Whether the Clippers were running the option or going straight up the middle, Patterson coach Roger Wrenn knew he could count on Evans to clear the way. The 6-2, 266-pound senior guard was the main reason Thomas Smith cleared 1,700 rushing yards.

Chris Gillyard


The sturdy, 5-11, 205-pound senior running back had his best games against Gilman, Curley, McDonogh and Mount St. Joseph, combining for 707 yards and nine touchdowns (6.86 yards per carry) in those contests. Gillyard finished the year with 1,001 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

Jason Goode


One of the best athletes in the area, Goode excelled as a tight end with 19 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns, and also rushed for 476 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-4, 230-pounder has had interest from Colorado, Boston College and Georgetown.

Luke Hiteshew

Mount St. Joseph

Coach Mike Working calls the 6-1, 265-pound senior "the best tackle I've had since I've been here [10 seasons]." Hiteshew did not give up a sack, and, defensively, was the Gaels' best lineman with six sacks. Several colleges have expressed interest in him.

Nathan Irby


Irby was a fierce competitor all over the field, rushing for more than 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns, catching 21 passes for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns, returning a punt for another score and returning three of his nine interceptions for touchdowns. The junior led the Poets to the Class 1A state semifinals.

Brandon Johnson

Archbishop Curley

A massively constructed 6-3, 330-pound junior right guard and defensive tackle, Johnson was a key reason the Friars set a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference single-season record for team rushing, and surpassed 400 rushing yards in a game three times. He made 11 pancake blocks.

Justin Ross


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