Co-players Of The Year

Football/offense/ High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Erin Henderson

Aberdeen

The numbers were impressive enough for Aberdeen's senior quarterback and linebacker: 84-for-155 passing, with 1,580 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions; a team-leading 883 yards rushing with eight touchdowns; a team-leading 138 tackles to go along with two interceptions.

But in evaluating the Maryland-bound Henderson's season, it's also the intangibles the 6-foot-3, 225-pound four-year starter brought to Aberdeen that made him special.

"He was our centerpiece, our leader," said wide receiver Devron Galloway.

The Eagles followed their quarterback's lead to the program's first state title.

Trailing 20-0 to Edgewood in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, Henderson completed passes on fourth down three times to lead the Eagles' comeback. Two weeks later against South Carroll in the state semifinals, Henderson scored the only touchdown in a 6-0 win.

Finally, Henderson, visibly limited by a sprained ankle, threw three touchdown passes, including the tying one with just over two minutes to play and the eventual game-winner in overtime, to lead the Eagles back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Potomac, 33-25, in the Class 2A state championship.

T.J. Swanson

South Carroll

When watching the 6-3, 210-pound senior quarterback this season, it was very easy to forget that Swanson was a first-year varsity starter at that position.

Showing a strong arm, quick feet, remarkable poise in the pocket and impeccable decision-making skills, Swanson shattered school records by completing 53 percent (150-for-283) of his passes for a state-leading 2,451 yards and 28 touchdowns, and rushing for 813 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"He just had a phenomenal season," said Cavaliers coach Gene Brown. "When you're involved in 43 touchdowns in the season, that's remarkable. He had some good people around him, but the quarterback certainly starts the damage."

His combined 3,264 yards of total offense rank second on the state's all-time single-season total yardage list - 130 yards behind leader Keith Ricca (3,394) of St. John's Prospect Hall.

An A student, Swanson earned second-team All-Metro honors last season as a defensive back. He is receiving interest from a number of Division I-A and I-AA schools.

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