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December 09, 2003|By Rick Belz

COACH OF THE YEAR

Larry Luthe

Mount Hebron

A year after finishing 2-8, the Vikings started the season with back-to-back losses.

Then everything changed.

Mount Hebron won seven of its next eight to earn its first playoff berth since 1982. That year, Luthe, 38, was a defensive back for the Vikings.

Mount Hebron (7-4) earned its playoff berth with exciting victories to end the season. The unranked Vikings surprised then-fifth-ranked River Hill, 23-20, on a 30-yard field goal by Toni Sacke with no time remaining in regulation, then in the last regular-season game stunned then-sixth-ranked Wilde Lake, 29-22, in overtime.

The Vikings, who lost their playoff game to Douglass of Prince George's County, set school records for total offense (3,057 yards) and points (254).

Luthe, in his sixth season, wanted two things from his team this season - to have "tremendous character" and to "worry about what we need to do and play hard."

He got those things, and in return, the Vikings earned a playoff berth.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Shawn Frederick

Wilde Lake

"He's of the best offensive linemen I've ever coached," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall, who just completed his 31st season. "I've had a number of college scouts tell me he is the best technique kid in the state."

A three-year starter, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Frederick played guard and tackle this season. He also played nose guard on defense, was the Power -I back in short-yardage situations and was a member of the special teams unit.

Frederick is mobile for his size and an excellent run blocker. He also is accomplished off the field, serving as Student Government Association president with a 3.6 grade point average.

A returning first-team selection, Frederick will play for Georgetown next fall.

FIRST TEAM

Kevin Beaman

Oakland Mills

Playing his first season of high school football, the junior wide receiver had 19 receptions for 436 yards and seven touchdowns. A good leaper with soft hands, Beaman's 19-yard catch in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-11 play against Wilde Lake helped the Scorpions win.

Chris Eccleston

Mount Hebron

The sophomore played running back and free safety and came up with big runs and key tackles when the Vikings needed them. He averaged a team-high 8.9 yards on 103 carries and had 17 catches for 289 yards. He led the team with nine touchdowns.

Eric Fair

Wilde Lake

The 6-4, 265-pound senior played center for the Wildecats. An excellent blocker and long snapper, Fair made all the calls on the offensive line. He is a Division I prospect.

Ben Hostetler

River Hill

Hostetler is the fourth straight River Hill quarterback to be named to the first team. The 6-2, 175-pound junior completed 111 passes on 208 attempts for 1,237 yards and a school-record 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for five scores. He threw four touchdown passes in an overtime win over Long Reach.

Josh Isaacs

Glenelg

The two-year starting senior kicked field goals and extra points for the Gladiators and did the punting, as well. A second-team selection last season, Isaacs was 41 of 47 on extra points, and averaged 36.6 yards on punts.

C. J. King

Oakland Mills

A three-year starter, King came off an injury-riddled junior season to rush for 1,238 yards on 178 carries and scored 15 touchdowns. The 5-11, 195-pounder combined quickness and power, and came up with big plays when the Scorpions needed them. A second-team selection last season, King also had eight receptions for 62 yards.

Charlie LaGrave

River Hill

A strong pass protector and dominant run blocker, the 6-3, 285-pound senior tackle was a key component of the Hawks' offensive line. He is a Division I prospect.

Nick Madiou

River Hill

A three-year starter and team captain, the 6-1, 230-pound Madiou helped anchor the Hawks' offensive line with his strength, quick feet and agility. A guard on offense, the senior also played middle linebacker. He was a second-team selection last season.

Brian McGettigan

Howard

The 5-9, 170-pound senior fullback ran hard to the hole and was difficult to stop. A three-year starter, McGettigan, who was a second-team selection last season, rushed for 1,000 yards on 156 carries and had 12 touchdowns and four two-point conversions.

Ben Nowak

River Hill

The 6-4, 200-pound senior tight end had a county-best 63 receptions for 702 yards and eight touchdowns. Nowak not only had great hands, but he was tough to bring down after the catch. He had a season-best 12 receptions against Oakland Mills.

Brian Pless

Centennial

Pless was the team statistician last year, and didn't earn a start until the third game this season. The 6-1 senior wide receiver had 59 receptions for 789 yards, six touchdowns and two two-point conversions. He ran his routes well, didn't shy from going over the middle and made the catches he was expected to make.

Jereme Scott

Long Reach

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