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all of every game, and earned a spot on the first-team de­fense as a util­ity player. He led Kent with a team-high 94 tack­les — 11 for loss — and re­turned two in­ter­cep­tions 90 or more yards for touch­downs.

Earn­ing the Bay­side’s De­fen­sive Player of the Year was Eas­ton out­side line­backer Zack Strand, who to­taled 82 tack­les, seven sacks, and three fum­ble re­cov­er­ies.

Strand was “one of the most im­por­tant parts of our de­fense,” Eas­ton head coach Matt Grif­fith said. “Zack brings a pres­ence on the field, not just with his ath­leti­cism, but his foot­ball IQ. He watches a lot of game film and un­der­stands what he has to do.”

Strand was also a force of­fen­sively, com­pil­ing more than 700 all-pur­pose yards and scor­ing a team-high 12 touch­downs for the War­riors, who im­proved from 2-8 last year to 7-3 in 2016, fin­ish­ing one spot out of the Class 2A East play­off field.

“[He has] a huge im­pact. Not hav­ing him last year, him get­ting hurt, not able to play, we weren’t sure what we were gonna get. But he re­ally came around this year,” Grif­fith added. “[he’s] not only a big play­maker, but he made some trou­ble for of­fenses, too. I think he had eight-nine sacks for the sea­son, and did a great job for us. He was a leader on and off the field.”

Eas­ton’s three losses came against 2A op­po­nents which made the play­offs. Its fi­nal de­feat came in Week 8 by a 14-7 score against Kent Is­land, which fin­ished 9-2 and qual­i­fied for the play­offs for the ninth straight sea­son, its sec­ond un­der head coach Damian Fer­rag­amo.

Fer­rag­amo, whose eye for de­fense re­sulted in three shutouts, a 9-1 reg­u­lar-sea­son record, and a 332-88 ad­van­tage in points scored, was named Bay­side Coach of the Year by his col­leagues.

“To me, win­ning an award like this isn’t just an honor, it’s a spe­cial one,” Fer­rag­amo said. “When you win an award like this, from the guys you coach against, it means a lot be­cause they know what you go through as a coach, they know what you have go­ing on.”

“I think every year at Kent Is­land, we ex­pect to be suc­cess­ful,” said Fer­rag­amo, who praised his play­ers’ abil­ity to han­dle the pres­sures of a sea­son. “It’s re­ally a team award; they rec­og­nize the job that our kids have done this sea­son.”

“There was a lot about the sea­son [that] was a mys­tery go­ing in,” Fer­rag­amo said. “We grad­u­ated a good num­ber of our touch­downs. It was slow in the be­gin­ning. In the pre­sea­son, we had some bad prac­tices, be­cause ever ybody was still try­ing to fit in, to learn what their role was on the team. We had a lot of guys at new po­si­tions. What I re­mem­ber the most, is how all the kids came to­gether and played as a unit.

“We’ve had a few stars over the years,” Fer­rag­amo said. “We’re usu­ally very team ori­ented, not one stand­out, and this year was the epit­ome of that. We had three tail­backs that car­ried the ball, not just that one su­per­star. The way they came to­gether and played as a team was phe­nom­e­nal.”

James M. Ben­nett place kicker Stephen Os­car, the only ju­nior to re­ceive a Player of the Year award, was named the top spe­cial teams player.

Here’s a look at the other North Bay­side play­ers who re­ceived all-con­fer­ence recog­ni­tion:

First Team Of­fense Quar­ter­back: Ma­son Led­ford (Jr., Eas­ton), Mike D’An­gelo (Sr., Queen Anne’s); Run­ning Back: David Bai­ley (Jr., North Caro­line), Tre’ Lake (Sr., Cam­bridge-SD); Full­back: Al­lan Saathoff (Sr., North Caro­line); Slot Re­ceiv- ers: T.J. Nixon (Sr., EAS), Tajh Molock (Jr., CSD), C.J. Rogers (Sr., QA); Wide Re­ceivers: Dashawn Lis­ter (Jr., KC), Tahi­jere Nixon (So., EAS), Sean Mooney (Jr., KI); Tight End: Tyler Bon­ner (Sr., QA), Luke Ruffo (Sr., NC); Of­fen­sive Line: Tony Figueroa (Sr., NC), Drew Grif­fith (Sr., EAS), Jor­dan Wa­ters (Sr., QA), Justin John­son (Sr., KI), Trent Riggs (Sr., QA); Place­kicker: Bert Schre­con­gost (Sr., KI).

First Team De­fense Tack­les: Frank Ro­tondo (Sr., KI), Ja’Mion Franklin (Jr., NC), Justin Fen­wick, (Jr., EAS); Ends: Austin Ryan (Sr., KI), Navar So­lis (Sr., NC); Out­side Lineback­ers: Braden Doyle (Sr., KI), Bran­don Tibbs (Sr., CSD), Jor­dan Wilmer (Sr., QA); In­side Lineback­ers: Mike Scott (Sr., KI), Al­lan Saathoff (Sr., NC), Tyler Bon­ner (Sr., QA); Corner­backs: T.J. Nixon (Sr., EAS), Jor­dan Cal­la­han (Sr., QA); Safeties Mikey Mon­roe (Sr., QA), Tre’ Wright (So., KC).

Spe­cial Teams Kick­off Re­turner: Tajh Molock (Jr., CSD); Spe­cial teams util­ity player: Johnny Har­ri­son (Sr., KI). Sec­ond Team Of­fense QB: Tyler Hard­ing (Jr., CSD); RB: Braden Doyle (Sr., KI), Eric Joseph (Sr. Colonel Richard­son), Zack Strand (Sr., EAS); FB: Bran­don Hick­man (Sr., QA); Slot: Takai Caulk (Sr., KC); WR: Matt Far­row (Sr., EAS); TE: Jake Mor­ris (Sr., CSD); OL: Matt Hart­man (So., KC); Troy Ch­ester (Sr., CSD); Gar­rett Red­den (Jr., KI); Justin Fen­wick (Jr., EAS); All-Pur­pose: Tajh Molock (Jr., CSD). Sec­ond Team De­fense DT: Drew Grif­fith (Sr., EAS); Jor­dan Wa­ters (Sr., QA); DE: Xavier Jones (Sr., KC); OLB: Owen Joseph (Jr., KI); Trent Riggs (Sr., QA); ILB: Kobi Ruark (Sr., CSD); Devin Thomp­son (Jr., KC); CB: Sean Mooney (Jr., KI), Koby Jones (Sr., CSD); S: Wy­att Gross (Sr., NC), C.J. Brum­mell (Sr., CSD); Util­ity: Dy­lan Fin­ley (Jr. KI); Spe­cial Teams Util­ity: Mikey Mon­roe (Sr., QA).

Honor­able Men­tion Cam­bridge-SD: Josh Townsend (Jr., OL); Hunter Brown (Sr., OL); Cur­tis Stan­ton (Sr., OL); Jimmy Schulze (Jr., WR).; Caleb Ruark (Sr., OL).

Col. Richard­son: Speller (Jr., CB).

Eas­ton: Bran­don Spear­man (Sr., OL); Der­rick Duah (Sr., DT); Emma Skoglund (Sr., K); Ben Morse (Sr., OLB); Carter Tay­lor (Jr., LB).

Kent County: Josh Thomp­son (So., OL); Chas Wil­lis (Sr., DL); Pa­trick Kul­ley (Sr., Dar­rion

PHOTO BY WILLIAM HAUFE

Queen Anne’s quar­ter­back Mike D’An­gelo has been named first-team All-Bay­side Con­fer­ence.

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