2018 All-County Football: Defense
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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