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December 09, 2003|By Pat O'Malley

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jeff Herrick

Broadneck

When the season started, Broadneck had average size and experience, and two All-County returning starters in kicker Chris Desautels and center Ben Gabbard.

Graduation had taken its All-County quarterback (Fred Steinmark) and All-Metro linebacker (Preston Pehrson), leaving big holes to fill.

A good season still was in the offing because of the steady, intense Herrick and his superb staff. They groomed junior quarterback Tony Marino and moved Tyler Moyer to linebacker.

However, no one expected a 13-0 season, the best in Anne Arundel County history, and a berth in the Class 4A state final.

The Bruins are playing in tonight's 4A championship game against Damascus at M&T Bank Stadium largely because Herrick and his staff have turned in a remarkable coaching job.

Herrick, who was also Coach of the Year in 1998, became the county's eighth coach to win 100 games this season. At 105-54 (.660) in 15 years, Herrick, a former Arundel High, Anne Arundel Community College and Towson State star, ranks fifth all-time in the county in victories.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Bobby Schram

Arundel

The heady quarterback of the no-huddle offense, Schram led Arundel to its first playoff berth since 1995.

Schram, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior who had a knack for capitalizing on audibles, guided the Wildcats to a 7-4 record.

Leading the county in passing for a second straight year, Schram completed 163 of 299 passes (.545) for 2,420 yards, 15 interceptions and 25 touch- downs. Schram also ran for 350 yards and eight touchdowns.

His 10-game regular-season statistics - 151-for-271 (.557) for 2,238 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions - led the metro area.

Schram hopes to continue his football career at a small college.

FIRST TEAM

Chris Desautels

Broadneck

The 6-3, 175-pound junior kicker had a county record 11 field goals, 10 in the regular season. The other came in a 17-14 playoff win over Arundel, and his longest was 42 yards. Desautels, also a first-team selection last season, converted 40 of 46 extra-point kicks.

Darnell Dixon

Old Mill

Dixon, a speedy 6-0, 150-pound senior wide receiver with soft hands, led the Patriots in receiving. His 29 receptions are second in school history to Jason Galloway's 40 in 1999. Dixon had 505 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

Tim Fair

Broadneck

An unsung hero in the Bruins' run to an undefeated season and state final, Fair played guard and linebacker. Hard-nosed and fundamentally sound, the 5-11, 195-pound senior made big plays on both sides of the ball.

Ben Gabbard

Broadneck

Big and intimidating at 6-4 and 290 pounds, Gabbard is a three-year starter at center and a repeat All-County performer. He anchors the offensive line and calls blocking schemes. A Division I prospect with a 4.0 grade point average, Gabbard is also the Bruins' long snapper.

Brandon Hall

Arundel

Hall, a 6-3, 315-pound junior tackle, emerged as a Division I prospect this season. His quick feet, strength and athleticism enabled him to excel as a pass blocker in the Wildcats' pass-first offense. On running plays, Hall cleared out areas with his acceleration and power.

Brandon Johnson

Broadneck

At 5-9, 195 pounds, Johnson is one of the bigger backs the Bruins have had in recent years. The sophomore rushed for 1,340 yards and 19 touchdowns. A bulldozing back who can accelerate in the open field, he carried 276 times for a 4.9-yard average in the Bruins' ball-control offense.

A.J. Lee

Southern

Just 5-7 and 140 pounds, Lee, a standout sprinter in track, led the Bulldogs to a second straight Class 2A playoff berth. With marvelous first-step speed and the ability to cut sharply or reverse field, the senior ran for 1,450 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Danny Marin

Arundel

Marin was quarterback Bobby Schram's favorite target. The 6-2, 185-pound junior led the Wildcats in receiving with 36 catches for 525 yards and five touchdowns. Acrobatic with good hands and instincts, Marin averaged 14.6 yards a catch.

Ray Matula

Southern

Matula, a repeat first-team selection, was a two-way standout in the trenches for the past three seasons. A powerfully built, 5-11, 260-pound guard, he was running back A.J. Lee's main escort to an open field. On the defensive line, Matula was a road block, making 75 tackles.

Deon Peters

Severn

Peters used his speed, head- on power and sheer athleticism to lead the county in rushing and the Admirals to a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title. The 6-0, 180-pound junior rushed for 1,631 yards and 19 touchdowns on 186 carries, an average of 8.8 yards per carry.

Mike Rutland

Archbishop Spalding

If you had to choose one player most responsible for the best season (8-2) in Cavaliers history, it would be the 6-0, 175-pound senior. Rutland ran for 1,452 yards on 173 carries (8.4 average) and set three school scoring records: most touchdown runs (20), total touchdowns (20) and total points (126).

Dean Samuel

Severna Park

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