2010 Fall All-Met: Football: Defense

LB Vincent Croce

Good Counsel / Sr.

On a team loaded with top players, the two-way standout was a rock in the middle for the Falcons with 66 tackles, 31 of which were solo. Also had 7.5 tackles for loss and intercepted a pass. Had one of his best games of the season in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, posting 11 tackles as Good Counsel won its second consecutive league title with a 42-3 victory over rival DeMatha. A former defensive tackle, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder seamlessly made the transition to linebacker and played tight end on offense. Will play for Virginia, which recruited him to play defensive end.

Members of the 2010 All-Met first-team defense pose with Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo [Class of 2004, Lamar High School in Houston]. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post)

DL Jonathan Allen

Stone Bridge / 6-3, 211 / So.

In his first season, the dynamic lineman set school career records in sacks (20) and forced fumbles (eight) and had more than 90 tackles despite drawing double teams nearly every game as the Bulldogs won their fourth consecutive regional championship.

DL Ken Ekanem

Centreville / 6-3, 230 / Jr.

Rangy edge rusher led Wildcats' rejuvenation with 75 tackles (60 solo), 17 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 18 quarterback pressures as the team won its first eight games and advanced to the Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 6 semifinals.

DL De'Jon Wilson

H.D. Woodson / 6-2, 230 / Sr.

Quick off the ball, he had a school-record 21 sacks, along with 33 tackles for loss and four defensive touchdowns. Made eight tackles, five for a loss, had three sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown in team's third straight Turkey Bowl win.

DL Bernard Wolley

Seneca Valley / 5-11, 220 / Sr.

Perhaps the best defensive player in Montgomery County the past two seasons, the undersized nose tackle made 80 stops this season, including 14 for a loss and six sacks. Also was a dominant blocker on offense, helping Eddie Cunningham rush for 1,521 yards.

LB Conner Crowell

North Point / 6-1, 217 / Sr.

Repeat All-Met made more than 100 tackles, had five sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as the Eagles allowed 8.6 points per game and advanced to the Maryland 4A East region playoffs before he fractured an ankle in a loss. Will play for Ohio State.

LB Kyle Gouveia

Stone Bridge / 5-10, 205 / Sr.

Coming from a family of successful football players, he was the most polished and versatile player on a Bulldogs defense that allowed less than a touchdown per game. Also led the team with more than 100 total tackles and intercepted five passes.

LB Alex Twine

Quince Orchard / 6-0, 210 / Sr.

After struggling to find a position, he came into his own this season, proving adept at covering the pass as well as stopping the run. Made 52 tackles (18 for a loss), forced four fumbles and intercepted three passes as the Cougars made the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

DB Zack Fetters

Gaithersburg / 6-3, 195 / Sr.

Tough to find a player who contributed more to his team's success. Intercepted 10 passes at free safety. At quarterback, threw for 2,106 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 674 yards and 12 scores, as the Trojans reached the Md. 4A semis for first time in eight years.

DB Ronny Vandyke

South County / 6-3, 197 / Sr.

One rival coach calls him "freakishly" athletic; can play near line of scrimmage like a linebacker or shut down receivers in coverage. Made 106 tackles, 13 for loss. Intercepted three passes (returning two for touchdowns) and blocked three punts. Will play for Virginia Tech.

DB Jared Velasquez

Robinson / 6-1, 190 / Sr.

All-around playmaker had 72 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Also averaged 40 yards per kick return with two scores and added 1,340 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns as a running back. Made all-region on offense, defense and special teams.

KR Dominique Terrell

Osbourn / 5-10, 165 / Sr.

In addition to returning two punts for touchdowns, the Virginia AAA Northwest Region offensive player of the year rushed 275 times for 2,070 yards and 30 touchdowns and threw for 1,419 yards and 15 more scores as the Eagles reached the AAA Division 5 semis.

P Connor Frazier

Damascus / 6-0, 195 / Sr.

Though his team did not punt much, he placed six punts inside the 20 and four inside the 10. As a quarterback, he threw for 2,099 yards and 23 touchdowns, with three interceptions in 228 attempts. Rushed for 686 yards and five touchdowns for the Md. 3A semifinalists.

COACH OF THE YEAR Mark Cox

Battlefield

Led the Bobcats to a 44-6 record the past four years (the losses by a total of 25 points to teams that finished a combined 65-16), with a Va. AAA Division 6 championship this season and a semifinal berth last year. The Bobcats beat two undefeated teams on their home fields in the regional playoffs. Started the program from scratch when the school opened in 2004. In 2002, he coached W.T. Woodson to its first playoff berth in 29 years. In 1980, as Annandale quarterback, he was All-Met Offensive Player of the Year.

Honorable mention

Linemen: Emmanuel Adetunji, Lake Braddock, Sr.; Ali Ali-Musa, Annandale, Jr.; Jack Behrend, St. John's, Sr.; Roderick Chungong, Good Counsel, Jr.; Nicholas Eccleston, Chantilly, Sr.; Eddie Goldman, Friendship Collegiate, Jr.; Devante Gray, McDonough, Sr.; Jordan Griffin, River Hill, Sr.; Calvin Hollenhorst, Stone Bridge, Sr.; Carson Ingle, Good Counsel, Sr.; Colton Kmetz, Urbana, Jr.; Max Lehrman, Landon, Sr.; Caleb Lindsey, Broad Run, Jr.; Dimitri Mack, Osbourn, Sr.; Zach McHugh, Centennial, Sr.; Kevin Staton, Wise, Sr.; Zavier Stringfellow, Battlefield, Sr.; Josh Wade, McKinley, Sr.

Linebackers: Cody Acker, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.; Damian Benton, T.C. Williams, Sr.; Andrew Bose, Huntingtown, Sr.; Stephan Houston, Clarksburg, Jr.; Albert Kammler, St. Albans, Sr.; Darius Lee, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, Sr.; Va'a Niumatalolo, Broadneck, Sr.; DeVontae O'Bannion, Briar Woods, Sr.; Eric Palma, Park View, Sr.; C.J. Reimann, Oakton, Sr.; Payton Rose, Hammond, Sr.; Rayshaud Shields, Wise, Sr.; Joshua Thorne, Potomac (Md.), Jr.; Andrew Weidinger, Lake Braddock, Sr.; Kevin Wiley, Loudoun Valley, Sr.; Elbie Williams, DeMatha, Sr.

Defensive backs: Sherrod Baltimore, Friendly, Sr.; Lovie Banks-Rose, Wilson, Sr.; Bobo Beathard, Battlefield, Sr.; Mike Begley, Sherwood, Sr.; Davonte Burke, Southern, Sr.; Iric Harris, Hylton, Sr.; A.J. Hendy, Bowie, Sr.; Joe Kelly, Wilde Lake, Sr.; Jordan Lomax, DeMatha, Sr.; Thomas Petrocci, Robinson, Sr.; Jawan Poole, North Point, Sr.; Vance Roberts, Dunbar, Sr.; Joel Ross, Damascus, Sr.; Darius Smith, South Lakes, Sr.; Josh Trimble, O'Connell, Sr.

Team selected by The Washington Post's high school sports staff | Photos by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

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