All-harford County

December 17, 2006


Offensive Player

Josh Appold

Havre de Grace

Appold was the spark to a Havre de Grace offense that developed into one of the area's most potent in the second half of the season. He completed 129 of 235 passes for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns, helping Havre de Grace make a surprising trip to the Class 1A state semifinals.

The 5-foot-11 senior kept receivers Travis Brown and Arthur Ibewuike very busy - the pair combined for 93 catches and 1,713 yards. In Appold's second year as the starting quarterback, he helped Havre de Grace finish 8-5. The state semifinals was the furthest Havre de Grace had gone in 10 years.

First-team offense

Name School Class Pos.

Josh Appold Havre de Grace Senior QB

Sean Kelly Fallston Senior QB

Mason Burks Joppatowne Senior RB

Manny Washington Edgewood Senior RB

Travis Brown Havre de Grace Senior WR

Arthur Ibewuike Havre de Grace Senior WR

K. Bowen-Wright Joppatowne Junior OL

Corey Jubb North Harford Junior OL

Zach MacPherson Edgewood Senior OL

Mark Peterson Joppatowne Senior OL

Grant Steelman Havre de Grace Junior OL

Chris Stengel North Harford Senior K

Second-team offense

Name School Class Pos.

Dan Griffin North Harford Junior QB

James Scharf Edgewood Junior QB

Quentin Bell Edgewood Junior RB

Xavier Martin Joppatowne Senior RB

Jamel Mutunga Bel Air Senior RB

Jeremy Rice C.M. Wright Senior RB

Matt Barile Fallston Soph. WR

Vernon Joines Bel Air Junior WR

Jake Barben North Harford Junior OL

Howie Holloway Havre de Grace Junior OL

Eddie Nolan Edgewood Junior OL

Ken Tozzi Fallston Senior OL


C.J. Townes


Townes stepped in as the team's quarterback midway through the season and helped the Mariners finish 8-2 and make the state playoffs. But he also was a leader on defense at free safety. The junior led the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference with seven interceptions and made numerous big plays on defense.

Mariners coach Bill Waibel said he doesn't like his starting quarterback to play defense also, but Townes proved too valuable. Townes played a deep center field-type position because Joppatowne uses a 4-4 defense. The Mariners also put him at cornerback.

First-team defense

Name School Class Pos.

Mark Keifer Edgewood Junior DL

Hal Reader C.M. Wright Senior DL

Chris Soul Joppatowne Senior DL

Tyrell Demby Aberdeen Senior LB

Chad Fike Joppatowne Senior LB

Derrick Johnson Joppatowne Senior LB

Dylan Manley Fallston Junior LB

Mike Simpson Havre de Grace Senior LB

Bryan Woolson North Harford Senior LB

Chris Denardi Edgewood Senior DB

Tyler Maguire North Harford Senior DB

C.J. Townes Joppatowne Junior DB

Second-team defense

Name School Class Pos.

Mark Alexander Bel Air Senior DL

John Burchett North Harford Senior DL

Andrew Streett Fallston Senior DL

John Von Paris John Carroll Senior DL

George Denton C.M. Wright Junior LB

Brendal Henning Bel Air Junior LB

Matt Strong Havre de Grace Senior LB

Devon Brown North Harford Senior DB

Kasim Logan Edgewood Senior DB

Sterlin Mickey C.M. Wright Junior DB

Mark Varvaris North Harford Senior DL

Pat Bish C.M. Wright Junior P

Note -- Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Coach of the Year

Johnny Brooks

Havre de Grace

Brooks guided the Warriors to an 8-5 record, capped by two road wins in the state playoffs. After pulling out a wild, 51-50 victory at Catoctin in the first round of the Class 1A North regional playoffs, Havre de Grace surprised New Town, 22-15, in the regional final before losing to Fort Hill (57-14) in the state semifinals.

Brooks helped the Warriors turn things around after a 4-6 finish last year and a slow start this season. They lost seven games in which they had leads in the fourth quarter last year, and Brooks pushed his players to do more offseason conditioning. In addition, Havre de Grace had only 20 players on its roster and had to overcome the loss of several players to injury during the season.


Melissa Gomes

John Carroll

On a team loaded with talent, Gomes remained one of the leaders for the Patriots. The senior forward scored 10 goals and had nine assists this season. Although she has a prowess for scoring goals, Gomes has played every position for the Patriots in her four-year varsity career.

During that time, she has been a perennial starter for John Carroll, which won back-to-back Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships in 2004 and 2005. Gomes scored goals in big games despite being the main focus of the opposition. She will play soccer at Towson University in the fall.


Gary Lynch

John Carroll

Lynch has helped build John Carroll into one of the top programs in the state. The No. 4 Patriots finished 16-3-2 in the tough Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

John Carroll lost, 2-1, in the conference semifinals to eventual champion Archbishop Spalding, which was ranked fifth nationally at the time. Lynch's teams are known for their highly developed skills and smart play.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

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