All-Harford County Football Teams

High Schools

December 14, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Erin Henderson

Aberdeen, senior, quarterback

Told for years that he would never measure up to his brother, E.J., the former Maryland All-American linebacker, Henderson issued a resounding response this season.

The response came with touchdown passes (20, with 1,580 yards passing) and touchdown runs (eight, with 883 yards rushing), but most importantly, it came with true grit.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback, who is headed to Maryland, did everything for the Eagles - he was their leading tackler, too, as a linebacker - but no statistic could trump his gutsy performance in Aberdeen's 33-25 overtime victory over Potomac Wednesday in the Class 2A state title game.

Essentially playing on one leg because of a badly sprained ankle, and without his contact lenses, which fell out early in the game, Henderson broke out of a funk to throw three touchdown passes. His second was a 17-yard, game-tying strike to Ryan McVey with 2:17 to play. His final one, an 11-yard connection with Devron Galloway in overtime, was the game-winner.

Said Aberdeen coach Joe Harbert: "He's a warrior. There's nothing more that can you say about the kid."

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jeremy Navarre

Joppatowne, junior, defensive end

At 6 feet 4, 235 pounds, Navarre wasn't sneaking up on anybody, but even with the increased blocking attention, he never stopped making plays.

Whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, Navarre was front and center for the Mariners, who parlayed a stirring late-season run into a Class 1A state championship.

On offense, Navarre, a fullback who was primarily a lead blocker in the Mariners' Power-I, caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 227 yards.

On defense, he led the Mariners with 152 tackles while calling all the signals for Joppatowne, which shut down four opponents in the playoffs.

Navarre also had 11 sacks, five fumble recoveries, five caused fumbles, one safety and a blocked punt.

At times, Navarre, a Class 2A-1A state wrestling champ last year at 215, carried the Mariners on his broad shoulders.

He had 13 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in the Mariners' 28-21 regular-season upset of eventual Class 2A champion Aberdeen.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Joe Harbert

Aberdeen

Harbert, 29, put out the challenge four years ago when, as a first-year head coach, he told a talented freshman class about the hard work that was required to take the program to the next level.

Well, the Eagles have reached the next level and the fiery Harbert has gotten quite a return on his teaching.

With a 33-25 overtime victory over Potomac in the Class 2A championship game on Wednesday, Harbert's Eagles topped off a 12-1 season by capturing the program's first state title.

The comeback win over Potomac, highlighted by 26 unanswered points, capped a stellar season in which the Eagles won a share of the county championship and a Class 2A East regional crown to go along with the team's first taste of playoff success.

Harbert, who deflected credit to assistant Kevin Reilly, played to his team's strengths, adjusted well to the flow of the game and always seemed to push the right buttons.

Greg Komondor

Joppatowne

When Komondor, the ninth-year coach of the Mariners, wanted to alert his players that Joppatowne's Class 1A state title game against Beall was postponed for a couple of days because of snow, it wasn't as much work as he thought it would be.

He called one player's house and that player and seven others were there, poring over game film of Beall.

It was that kind of unity, attention to detail and focus that Komondor instilled in his young team and the result was the Mariners' first state championship since 1975.

After losing all but two starters from a successful 2002 team, the season didn't figure to end with Komondor (career record of 48-48) getting carried off the M&T Bank Stadium field by his players.

But Komondor and a tireless coaching staff pushed this team, getting players to believe in themselves after the Mariners started 0-2, and never straying from their power-football plan.

THE TEAMS

Offensive Player of the Year: Erin Henderson, Aberdeen, senior, quarterback Defensive Player of the Year: Jeremy Navarre, Joppatowne, junior, defensive end Co-Coaches of the Year: Joe Harbert, Aberdeen; Greg Komondor, Joppatowne First-team offense

Name School Yr. Pos. Comment

Andrew Berry Bel Air Jr. QB Ran for 496 yards; threw for 1,449 and 20 TDs

Brent Cash Joppatowne Sr. RB Nobody predicted county-leading 1,820 yds., 28 TDs

Dane Frank John Carroll Jr. RB Just 145 lbs., but ran for 1,625 yards, 18 TDs

Mike Perez Havre de Grace Sr. RB Shifty and tough; ran for 1,092 yards, 10 TDs

Corey Trice Edgewood Sr. RB Main Wing-T threat with 1,246 yards and 13 TDs

Willie Bell Bel Air Jr. WR Smart routes led to 42 catches for 641 yards, 8 TDs

Adam Berry Bel Air Jr. WR 29 catches, 336 yards and 10 TDs for speedster

Justin Donaldson Havre de Grace Sr. WR 1st-year WR emerged with 42 catches, 5 TDs

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