All-metro Football / Offense

December 14, 2005|By LEM SATTERFIELD

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Clancy

Westminster, quarterback

The senior completed 187 of 344 passes for 3,335 yards and 38 touchdowns (with just 13 interceptions). He also ran for 15 touchdowns and 188 yards. Clancy's effort, in a complex spread offense that allowed him the freedom to call an audible at the line of scrimmage according to the formation of the defenses, led the Owls to their first playoff berth in 24 years and their first state title game appearance since 1976.

Westminster (12-2) averaged 40 points during an eight-game winning streak that ended with Saturday's 20-14, double-overtime loss to Gwynn Park of Prince George's County (14-0) in the Class 3A state title game. Clancy led the Owls to wins over four strong programs on the way to the state finals: four-time state champion Linganore (21-7) and Urbana (27-25) of Frederick County, 12-time state titlist Seneca Valley (38-20) of Montgomery County, and perennial Baltimore City power City College (35-6).

The Owls also routed 2A state finalist and county rival South Carroll, 48-8. Although considered small for a college quarterback, Clancy, 6 feet 1 and 175 pounds, has thrown for more than 6,000 yards -- nearly 2,000 more than any other Carroll County quarterback. He has drawn interest from a number of Division I-AA programs.

Last season, behind a developing line and a confident coach with a plan in Brad Wilson, Clancy began to demonstrate the skills that produced this year's results.

Clancy threw 18 interceptions last season, but nevertheless, ended his junior year with confidence. He returned to Westminster this year among 13 starters who were confident they could reverse the Owls' past futilities.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brad Wilson

Westminster

Wilson was an assistant coach at North County when the Knights won the Class 4A state title in 1994 behind a prolific offense. But after taking over at Glen Burnie for six years, Wilson's teams went 13-47 with only one winning season -- at 6-4 in 2001. Wilson, 45, arrived at Westminster in the fall of 2004 looking to change his past fortunes, and after ending that season at 5-5, this year's Owls have done exactly that. Westminster took an eight-game winning streak -- during which it averaged 40 points per game -- along with a No. 2 ranking into last Saturday's Class 3A state title game against Gwynn Park of Prince George's County (14-0), which defeated the Owls in double overtime, 20-14. The title-game appearance is the Owls' first since 1976, and this was their first playoff appearance in 24 years. Wilson's record-breaking spread offense produced a Carroll County title along with a crown in the Class 3A West region. In Wilson's offense, quarterback Kevin Clancy passed for more than 3,000 yards -- mostly to all-purpose back Ryan Finch and receiver Ryan Payne.

FIRST TEAM

Alan Bosworth

Dunbar, lineman

The senior was the leader of an offensive line that was adept at passing and running. Bosworth, a four-year starter who never played organized football before high school, was one of the main reasons the fifth-ranked Poets (10-3) repeated as Baltimore City Division I and Class 1A South champions. The centerpiece to an offense that had two 1,000-yard rushers and a quarterback who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 37 touchdowns over two seasons, Bosworth, also an All-Metro pick last season, has drawn interest from Morgan State, Virginia State, Winston-Salem, North Carolina-Central and Virginia Union.

Ryan Callahan

Old Mill, running back

A repeat first-team All-Metro choice, Callahan completed another dazzling season, breaking a number of records to earn Anne Arundel County Offensive Player of the Year honors and lead the Patriots (10-3) to the Class 4A state semifinals for the first time in school history. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior set state records for touchdowns (87) and points (530) in a career. He also rushed for 5,253 yards, which ranks fifth among the seven players who have surpassed 5,000 yards. Callahan also set 18 school and county records. Callahan has received the Rhodes Trophy, presented by the Annapolis Touchdown Club to the county's best player, the past two seasons.

Kelley Cox

McDonogh, lineman

Smart, aggressive and skilled on both sides of the line, Cox led the Eagles to a No. 3 ranking and a runner-up finish with Georgetown Prep of Montgomery County in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Although he faced specialized blocking schemes designed to stop him, Cox had seven sacks. Cox earned second-team All-Metro honors as a defensive lineman last season. An A-student who was also a member of the Eagles' MIAA A Conference champion lacrosse team last spring, he will play football at Brown University.

Brian Farrell

Boys' Latin, receiver

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