All-metro Football / Defense

December 14, 2005|By LEM SATTERFIELD

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brian Carroll

Gilman, linebacker Carroll led the Greyhounds' defense for the second

straight year -- this time to a 9-0 record that continued the program's 17-game unbeaten streak. The Greyhounds earned their second consecutive No. 1 ranking and their seventh Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown in nine seasons under coach Biff Poggi. A 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, Carroll led the Greyhounds in tackles (121), tackles for lost yardage (20), fumble recoveries (five) and caused fumbles (five). He ranked second on the team in sacks (seven) and pass disruptions (eight), and was third with two interceptions. Assistant coach Stan White said Carroll was "hands down the most valuable player" for a program that defeated two nationally ranked teams and five others rated among Maryland's top 20. Led by Carroll, the Greyhounds outscored their last six opponents 158-7, with five shutouts, and ended the year with an overall scoring advantage of 24.5-to.6.5. Gilman ended the year with a No. 15 national ranking and its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the East Region by USA Today. Carroll also ranked as the Greyhounds' No. 1 tackler last season, when he earned second-team All-Metro honors with four sacks, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions. That Gilman squad shut down five teams rated among Maryland's top 20 and finished 9-1. Carroll also is considered the state's best midfield prospect in lacrosse and earned All-Metro honors last spring. Carroll will play lacrosse at the University of Virginia.

FIRST TEAM

Sheldon Bell

City, defensive back

Known for his soft hands, leaping ability and precise pass routes as a receiver, Bell also made his mark as a defensive back. He had eight interceptions as part of a defense that sparked a 10-game winning streak -- allowing fewer than seven points a game during that period -- and a Class 3A state semifinal berth for the 10th-ranked Knights (11-2). One of only three seniors who started on defense, Bell led a unit that intercepted a school-record 27 passes, and he clinched a win over Patterson with a game-ending interception. Bell, who will attend Duke next fall, also caught six touchdown passes for more than 500 yards.

B.J. Benning

River Hill, lineman

Although he faced double and even triple teams, the 6-foot, 280-pound senior totaled 75 tackles and a school-record 12 sacks as a nose guard and defensive end, and was the Howard County Defensive Player of The Year. Benning had three sacks in the Hawks' 15-14 loss to county co-champion Long Reach. He also had three sacks in River Hill's 34-28 victory over top-seeded Severna Park in the program's first regional final berth. Benning had two sacks and two tackles for lost yardage in the Hawks' 30-21 Class 3A state semifinal loss to eventual state champion Gwynn Park (14-0).

Jason Burns

South Carroll, defensive back

He was among the eighth-ranked Cavaliers' most consistent contributors on both sides of the ball, leading South Carroll to the program's first state title game, where it lost to Potomac in the 2A final. As a defensive back, the senior made more than 100 tackles for the Cavaliers, and had a team-high eight interceptions. As a quarterback, Burns threw for 1,408 yards and 12 touchdowns. Burns also served as the Owls' punter. Among Burns' best games was a 27-18 semifinal win over Milford Mill, during which he made two interceptions, had 10 tackles and threw two scoring passes.

Ben Eaton

Gilman, linebacker

The junior ranked second on the team in tackles (97), fumble recoveries (four) and fumbles caused (four); third in disrupted passes (five), sacks (four) and interceptions (two); and fourth in tackles for lost yardage (11). Eaton, 5 feet 11 and 225 pounds, used his speed and strength on both sides of the ball, gaining 424 yards as the Greyhounds' second-leading rusher. Eaton, who is the son of Dunbar coach Ben Eaton Sr., was also effective as a blocking fullback, helping Sean Price rush for nearly 2,000 yards.

Barney Ehrmann

Gilman, lineman

The senior led the Greyhounds with 14 sacks and ranked second on the team with 18 tackles for lost yardage. Ehrmann made 53 tackles overall, disrupted six passes, recovered three fumbles, caused three fumbles and intercepted a pass. Two of Ehrmann's best games were shutouts against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rivals McDonogh and Loyola. Ehrmann had two sacks against McDonogh, and a sack, interception and pass deflection against Loyola. The son of former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann, Barney will play lacrosse at Georgetown.

Bryn Holmes

McDonogh, defensive back

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