Banquet to honor Trantin, Ciancaglini

Touchdown Club names top players

Notebook

December 06, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Jake Trantin of Archbishop Spalding and Broadneck's Rob Ciancaglini will be honored as the county's best player and best lineman, respectively, at the annual Annapolis Touchdown Club banquet Feb. 15 at the Annapolis Double Tree Hotel.

The awards were voted on by county private and public school football coaches and media members.

Trantin, a running back and linebacker, will be the first Spalding player and first two-way player since DeMario Harris of Annapolis in 2002 to receive the Rhodes Trophy in its 48-year history.

Trantin, 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds, led the No. 4 Cavaliers to a repeat Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title and an 11-0 season.

Possessing power and speed, Trantin dominated on both sides of the football. He rushed for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns and had two other scores on receptions to lead the county in scoring with 84 points on 14 touchdowns.

At linebacker, Trantin routinely delivered vicious hits and recorded a team-leading113 tackles.

Ciancaglini (pronounced Shang-a-li-ni), a 6-1, 220-pound center and defensive lineman for Class 4A state semifinalist Broadneck (11-2), is the third Bruin in four years to win the Al Laramore Award, named after the late Annapolis coach who is the county's all-time winningest coach.

He joins center Ben Gabbard and guard Brett Cheplowitz, who were Laramore award winners from Broadneck in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

A three-year starter, Ciancaglini called blocking assignments in the Bruins' triple-option offense and from his down lineman position on defense, where he consistently clogged the middle and recorded eight sacks.

Ciancaglini, who also plays lacrosse and throws the shot put for the indoor track team, maintains a 4.25 grade point average and scored 2,010 (out of 2,400) on the SAT.

For tickets to the Touchdown Club banquet, which also honors the Navy and Maryland football teams, call Ed Brady at 410-295-7100 or Jim Galligan at 410-271-2945.

Farewell quotes

After Broadneck's 28-26 loss at Suitland in the Class 4A state semifinals Saturday, Bruins senior linebacker Nick Peterson was asked how he would remember the team.

"I will remember the team chemistry and leadership on this team," he said. "It was the closest bond of any football team I've ever been on and, that's a great indicator of why we had so much success."

Southern coach Russ Meyers, whose Bulldogs (8-5) lost to Edmondson, 28-13 in the Class 2A state semifinals, said of his team: "All the way through this season, these guys had each other's back and were just as happy to see one of their teammates score as themselves. That type of enthusiasm really carried us along."

It was Southern's first appearance in the state semifinals since 1993.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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