2018 All-County Foot­ball: De­fense

Cecil Whig - - ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL - WHIG STAFF RE­PORT Franky Baglio, Bo. Manor Mark Con­ley, Bo. Manor Jake Har­ris, Bo. Manor Bran­don Per­menter, Bo. Manor Trevin Ewing, Elkton Kyle Gre­gory, Elkton Tyler Bane, North East Drake Bare, North East Jachai Gra­ham, North East Justin Sullivan, North

Coach of the Year Clem Vaughan, Ris­ing Sun

Af­ter five years away, re­turned to Tigers side­line and com­pleted pro­gram’s re­mark­able turn­around, help­ing team go 7-3 af­ter winning just one game in 2017 … in­stalled phys­i­cal Wing-T of­fense that amassed 3,378 to­tal rush­ing yards … over­saw strong O-line and slew of run­ning backs that helped pro­duce 337.8 rush­ing yards per game … guided team to up­set, 13-12 win over Har­ford Tech, cap­tur­ing Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion crown and snap­ping Co­bras’ 18-game reg­u­lar-sea­son winning streak … came within a breath of mak­ing 2A play­offs, fin­ish­ing fifth in race for East Re­gion tour­na­ment … had seven play­ers earn All-Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion honors …

De­fen­sive Player of the Year Aaron Hawkins Elkton, Sr., DB

Elec­tric play­maker on tal­ented Golden Elks de­fense … trans­fer from ri­val Bo­hemia Manor, who pro­duced nine in­ter­cep­tions … hauled in pair of in­ter­cep­tions dur­ing post­sea­son … clutch per­former, who brought down in­ter­cep­tion in end zone in team’s nar­row win over Har­ford Tech in 2A East Re­gion semi­fi­nals … set up key of­fen­sive touch­down with take­away in team’s win over un­de­feated North Caroline in East Re­gion Fi­nal … also added fourth-down tackle at goal line to pre­vent No. 1 Bull­dogs from scor­ing just prior to half­time … ball mag­net, who col­lected 49 tack­les … one of four key se­niors on oth­er­wise youth­ful Elkton team that sur­prised with trip to state semi­fi­nals … first-team All-Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion.

Matt Dis­ci­ullo North East, Sr., DL

Se­nior leader on North East’s phys­i­cal de­fen­sive line … edge rusher who piled up 13 sacks … pro­duced 88 tack­les, in­clud­ing 24 solo … also had 20 quar­ter­back pres­sures … will grad­u­ate as key mem­ber of locker room that helped turn around pro­gram … ex­pe­ri­enced 10 wins over two years af­ter In­di­ans lost 26 in-a-row across his first twoand-half years … first-team All-Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion … back-to-back All-County se­lec­tion.

John Mob­ley Elkton, Jr., DL

Nose guard who an­chored mid­dle of Elkton’s state semi­fi­nal­ist de­fense … key mem­ber of de­fen­sive line that dom­i­nated op­po­nents in the trenches … part of unit that cor­ralled North Caroline’s Wing-T of­fense, slow­ing down an un­de­feated Bull­dogs team that en­tered 2A East Re­gion Cham­pi­onship av­er­ag­ing 38.4 points per game … blocked for 1,000yard run­ning back and quar­ter­back who threw for a lit­tle more than 2,800 yards.

RJ Smith Elkton, Sr., DL

Re­lent­less pass rusher and ex­plo­sive run stop­per … held the edge for Golden Elks’ phys­i­cal de­fen­sive line … shut­down de­fender who col­lected 41 tack­les … leader on youth­ful de­fense that helped spark run to 2A State Semi­fi­nals … first-team All-Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion.

Tye­sean Stephen­son North East, Sr., DL

Fiery de­fender and an­chor of Pan­thers’ de­fen­sive line … veteran voice on unit that helped Perryville re­turn to play­offs af­ter one-year hia­tus … game-changer, who pro­duced 54 tack­les, in­clud­ing 30 solo, six tack­les for a loss, three sacks and two hur­ries ... part of Pan­thers revival on de­fense that se­verely slowed Havre de Grace’s ex­plo­sive of­fense and nearly gar­nered 1A East Re­gion crown.

James Baglio Perryville, So., LB

Emerged in sec­ond sea­son to pace Ea­gles on de­fense and of­fense … as line­backer, pro­duced 77 to­tal tack­les (66 solo), with one sack, one forced fum­ble, two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies, five bat­ted balls and one touch­down … as lead run­ning back, paced Bo Manor with 146 car­ries for 754 yards and seven touch­downs … added eight catches for 201 yards and two scores.

Dar­nell Coursey Bo­hemia Manor, Sr., LB

Off­sea­son trans­fer who pre­vi­ously earned All-County honors as a ju­nior for archri­val Elkton ... in­tel­li­gent and savy play­maker who pro­vided veteran lead­er­ship in mid­dle of Ea­gles de­fense … over eight games, pro­duced 76 to­tal tack­les, in­clud­ing 62 solo … added three tack­les for a loss and one forced fum­ble … col­lected two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies and one in­ter­cep­tion … first-team All-Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion … back-to-back All-County se­lec­tion.

Kha­ree Stephens Elkton, So., LB

De­spite sopho­more sta­tus, pro­duced 72 tack­les … elite pass rusher gar­ner­ing 11 sacks … key mem­ber of youth­ful line­backer core that fea­tured three sopho­mores and ma­tured into heart of Golden Elks post­sea­son-cal­iber de­fense … part of elec­tric front seven that shut down un­de­feated North Caroline’s dom­i­nat­ing WingT of­fense in 2A East Re­gion Cham­pi­onship.

Frank Turner Elkton, So., LB

Trans­fer and son of a col­lege foot­ball coach, emerged to be­come Elkton’s lead­ing tack­ler … pro­duced 102 tack­les … added three sacks and one in­ter­cep­tion, which he re­turned for score … one of three sopho­more lineback­ers on dom­i­nat­ing Elks de­fense … part of tena­cious front seven that slowed down ex­plo­sive of­fenses of Har­ford Tech and North Caroline dur­ing post­sea­son run to state semi­fi­nals.

Eli­jah Perry North East,Jr., DB

Tall, phys­i­cal pres­ence on In­di­ans smash-mouth de­fense … play­maker who led North East with 107 tack­les, in­clud­ing 44 solo … added 14 tack­les for a loss … col­lected one in­ter­cep­tion and 20 passes de­fended … first-team Al­lSusque­hanna Di­vi­sion.

Phoenix Phillips Perryville, Sr., DB

De­spite only ap­pear­ing in six games due to in­jury, racked up 45 solo tack­les (59 to­tal) with two forced fum­bles … game-changer, whose late-sea­son re­turn to lineup helped power Pan­thers to 1A East Re­gion Cham­pi­onship … saved best for last, pil­ing up 15 solo tack­les in team’s 35-28 loss to state semi­fi­nal­ist Havre de Grace in play­offs — a ma­jor turn­around af­ter 30-point loss ear­lier in year.

John Rho­dan Elkton, Jr., DB

Def­i­ni­tion of shut­down, rou­tinely forc­ing quar­ter­backs to tar­get other side of field … con­sid­ered team’s top cover­age de­fen­sive back on unit that in­cluded Al­lCounty safety Tashawn Wat­ters and Player of the Year Aaron Hawkins … mem­ber of de­fense that se­verely lim­ited high-scor­ing of­fenses of Har­ford Tech and North Caroline in 2A play­offs.

Jake Bosler Elkton, Jr., P/K

For­mer All-County Boys’ Soc­cer Player of the Year who made the switch to foot­ball and ex­celled … stron­g­legged kicker and punter … fin­ished 4-for-7 on field goals, with long of 30 and two blocks … went 52-58 on ex­tra points with four at­tempts blocked … av­er­aged 51.9 yards per kick­off … as punter, flipped field with 31.4 yards per boot … af­ter sea­son, re­warded with four-star rat­ing, ac­cord­ing to Kohl Kick­ing Camps … sec­ond-team All-Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion.

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