2 Wildcats win coaches' top football honors


December 19, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Arundel's Nick Elko and John MacDonald will be honored by the Annapolis Touchdown Club after a vote by Anne Arundel County public and private school coaches.

Elko, the Wildcats' record-setting quarterback, was voted the winner of the 49th Jim Rhodes Trophy, which goes to the county's outstanding high school football player.

MacDonald, a 5-foot-11, 260-pound guard, won the 19th Al Laramore Award, which goes to the county's top lineman.

Elko and MacDonald, both seniors, will receive their awards at the Annapolis Touchdown Club banquet, which also honors the Navy football team, in February.

As the leader of the Class 4A state finalist Wildcats' no-huddle spread offense, Elko set state records for attempts (430), completions (260), yards passing (3,091) and total yards (3,993), and the state public school record for touchdown passes (43).

MacDonald, whose two older brothers also played on the offensive line for Arundel coach Chuck Markiewicz, was the best blocker on the No. 4 Wildcats (13-1).

Elko and MacDonald have 3.8 and 4.0 grade-point-averages, respectively. MacDonald is ranked second in his class and is president of Arundel's National Honor Society.

Surprise start

The Arundel boys basketball team, 13-11 last season, is off to a 4-0 start under first-year coach Jeff Starr. The Wildcats notched their fourth win Friday in Gambrills by routing Severna Park, 72-54. It was the first loss for the Falcons (2-1).

Senior point guard Julian Watson, senior shooting guard Jordan Benson and senior swing player Mandel Brown, a transfer from Meade, all played well against Severna Park.

"Julian only had one point, but he did a great job of controlling the game," Starr said. "It was a great overall team effort. We're playing good basketball right now and still getting used to each other with the addition of the football players this week."

Benson had a game-high 28 points against Severna Park, while Brown scored 12.

Strother to College Park

Brigitte Strother, an All-Metro field hockey forward from Broadneck, has committed to the University of Maryland.

Strother, a four-year starter, led the No. 3 Bruins (15-2) to their first Anne Arundel County Championship with 20 goals and five assists.

Quick hits

Joining Arundel in getting off to a fast start in boys basketball is Broadneck (4-0), Annapolis (3-0) and Glen Burnie (3-0). ... Senior Garee Boston has led Annapolis in scoring all three games, including 23 in a 72-59 win over South River (1-1) on Friday. ... Senior Jarvez Pierce had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists in Glen Burnie's 69-52 romp at North County (1-3). ... Annapolis sophomore Kamyiah Surgeon had 21 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 75-66 loss to South River. ... St. Mary's freshman Kelly Broussard had 20 points in 53-48 win over Virginia Episcopal.


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