First Team

All-metro Football -- Defense

December 17, 2004|By Lem Satterfield

Joe Akers

Hereford, lineman

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound senior earns All-Metro honors for the third straight year for his play on both sides of the ball. Akers led a Bulls team that went 13-1, reached the Class 2A state title game for the third time in his four years as a starter, and finished with a No. 2 area ranking.

A member of the Bulls' state title-winning teams of 2001 and '02, Akers helped Hereford go 48-4 during his tenure. This season, he registered 15 sacks. Offensively, Akers anchored a line that paved the way for a state single-season-record 636 points.

Akers will satisfy graduation requirements at Hereford in January, then leave to join spring practices at the University of Connecticut, the school to which he has earned a full football scholarship.

Alex Butt

Hereford, linebacker

He was a tireless presence for the Bulls on both sides of the ball. On defense, Butt, 6 feet 1, 195 pounds, played linebacker and was the team's leading tackler. On offense, Butt teamed with backfield mate Cory Smith, a second-team All-Metro selection, to form a solid duo.

Defensively, Butt was almost always around the ball. More than 50 of his 151 tackles were solo, he notched six sacks and occasionally dropped back into pass coverage, making two interceptions.

Offensively, Butt was a hard runner but was also deceptively fast, having clocked a 4.6-second 40 yard dash. He rushed for 13 of his 16 total touchdowns and ran for nearly 900 yards.

A B-average student, he is undecided about his college choice.

Tommy Farmer

Eastern Tech, def. back

A repeat All-Metro performer, Farmer, 6 feet 4 and 195 pounds, stood above most of his rivals. And this year, from his position in the secondary, the senior continued to be the scourge of rival receivers.

Farmer grabbed eight interceptions, raising his career mark to 22, and deflected 10 other passes. In 30 games as a starter, Farmer has given up only one scoring reception.

One of his best games was in a 7-6 victory over then-No. 1 Randallstown, when he made a defensive stop at the 1-yard line and caught the game-winning touchdown pass. As a receiver, Farmer made the most of his 12 receptions for 218 yards, scoring on 11 of them. He also returned a punt for a score.

Farmer has been offered a full scholarship to play for Towson, but also has received interest from Connecticut, Buffalo and Richmond.

Ben Hostetler

River Hill, defensive back

He is known primarily for his abilities as a quarterback, but the senior also excelled this year in his debut in the secondary.

Hostetler, 6 feet 3 and 180 pounds, had 10 inteceptions on the season, grabbing three in each of the Hawks' Howard County League wins over Hammond and Reservoir. Hostetler also caused three fumbles, and 37 of his 72 tackles were solo.

Hostetler completed 98 of 197 passes for 1,415 yards, 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also rushed for 218 yards and eight more scores. Hostetler also was the punter for the 10-0 team.

Hostetler, who holds seven school records, led River Hill to its second straight county title and second straight playoff berth. A 4.0 student who ranks No. 1 in his class, Hostetler is getting looks from several Ivy League schools.

John Jackson

Bel Air, linebacker

Jackson was an invaluable player for the Bobcats, who dethroned Randallstown as Class 3A North region champions and reached the 3A state semifinals, where they lost a close game to eventual state champ Northwest of Montgomery County.

The 6-foot, 205-pound senior led the Bobcats to an 11-2 record with a team-high eight sacks. Jackson ranked second on the team with 116 tackles, averaging eight per game. Jackson also made 13 of his tackles behind the line of scrimmage, caused and recovered two fumbles and had an interception.

Jackson also converted 41 of 45 extra-point attempts, and made nine field goals, including one from 51 yards and three others from 40, 42 and 47 yards.

Jackson is considering playing football for either Robert Morris, Delaware State or Richmond.

Anthony Lott

McDonogh, defensive back

He was an imposing presence on both sides of the ball for a talented Eagles team in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Lott, an MIAA high jump champion, intercepted three passes and made 27 tackles.

As a receiver, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior was the perfect complement to Maryland-bound receiver and second-team All-Metro player Darrius Heyward-Bey. Lott finished with 31 receptions for 580 yards and eight touchdowns.

Lott, who forced two fumbles against Gilman, also caught the game-winning touchdown in a 12-7 win over Calvert Hall.

Lott has received a full scholarship offer from Northwestern, and also has drawn interest from schools such as Pittsburgh, Alabama, North Carolina, Villanova, William & Mary, Richmond and Temple.

Shawn Maczka

Gilman, punter

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