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1997 Football All-Met Team

All-Met Football Team
The All-Met football team, which accomplished revolutionary feats this season, is at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Kneeling in front, from left to right: Jonas Weatherbie, Alex Markogiannakis, Cato June, Walter Cross, Dominique Wimbush, Marcus Howard and Keith Marshall. Second row: Coach of the Year Doug DuVall, Marcel Countiss, Brian Gallagher, Daniel Davis, Chris Ward, Rashad Harris, Jason Johnson and Jimmy Burns. Third row: Brian Greenleaf, Donte Carter, Willie Pile, Curt Rubinstein, Jason Scott and Ben Caffee. In back: Mike Compton, Bob Krantz, John Day-Owens, Brian Fleury, Demetrius Herring, Tim Falls, David Upchurch and Anthony Williams. Missing from photo: Corey Smith.

Season Highlights
Offensive, Defensive Players of the Year
Coach of the Year
First Teams: Offense | Defense
Second Teams: Offense | Defense
Honorable Mentions: Offense | Defense

Season Highlights:

  • Seneca Valley became one of the few teams in Washington area history to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason and never relinquish the position. Coach Terry Changuris's Screamin' Eagles finished 13-0, defeating previously unbeaten Suitland in the Maryland 4A final, 33-13.

  • Oxon Hill senior Walter Cross set a new Maryland public school career rushing record with 5,227 yards including 1,683 this season. However, at the press conference to announce he was committed to attend the University of Michigan, the Clippers also announced they were forfeiting their seven victories -- and a spot in the Maryland 4A quarterfinals -- due to an ineligible player.

  • H.D. Woodson defeated rival Anacostia, 26-22, in the D.C. Interscholatic Athletic Association championship game giving Coach Bob Headen a record personal eighth title, one more than Anacostia Coach Willie Stewart. But the victory for both teams was tempered somewhat hours after the game when Anacostia assistant coach James Fields -- a former longtime coach at Eastern -- died in his sleep. Stewart said Fields was having a difficult time accepting the defeat.

  • Robinson, under first-year coach Mark Bendorf, finished 14-0 and won the Fairfax school's first-ever in the Virginia AAA state title. The Rams defeated Kecoughtan for the Division 6 championship and shared the area's No. 1 ranking with Seneca Valley.

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    Offensive Player
    Of the Year

    Walter Cross
    Walter Cross
    Oxon Hill

  • Running back, senior
  • Set Maryland public school career rushing record with 5,227 yards
  • Rushed for 1,683 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. Scored career 58 touchdowns
  • Committed to Michigan
  • Defensive Player
    Of the Year

    Cato June
    Cato June

  • Defensive back, senior
  • Did not allow a touchdown pass this season for 10-3 DCIAA finalists
  • Intercepted five passes, returning two for touchdowns. Had 84 solo tackles, 39 assists
  • At tailback, rushed for 889 yards and 12 touchdowns
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    Coach of the Year

    Doug DuVall
    Doug DuVall
    Wilde Lake

  • In his 25th season at the Columbia school, led 13-0 Wildecats to their fifth Maryland state championship as they defeated Thomas Johnson in Class 3A final, 7-0
  • Team won three postseason games despite scoring total of 19 points (allowed six)
  • Career record of 210-56. His Wildecats have won 15 Howard County titles

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    First Team Offense

    QB Brian Fleury, Seneca Valley
    6-5, 200, Senior
    Threw for 2,025 yards, 26 touchdowns and 4 interceptions for 13-0 Maryland 4A champions

    QB Jonas Weatherbie, Broadneck
    6-3, 200, Senior
    Completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,700 yards, 20 touchdowns and 1 interception as Bruins earned first playoff berth in school history

    WR Mike Compton, Woodbridge
    6-4, 180, Senior
    Led Washington area with 60 regular season receptions for 12.8-yard average and five touchdowns

    RB Walter Cross, Oxon Hill
    6-0, 195, Senior
    Area's best combination of speed and power running averaged 9.3 yards per rush this season, 8.5 per carry for his career

    RB Marcus Howard, Robinson
    5-7, 160, Senior
    Set career records at the Fairfax school with 4,900 yards rushing and 70 career touchdowns. Led Rams to Virginia AAA Division 6 title

    RB Dominique Wimbush, T.C. Williams
    5-10, 200, Senior
    One of area's most difficult runners to tackle. Set Titans career records with 3,861 yards and 45 touchdowns

    TE John Day-Owens, DeMatha
    6-4, 235, Senior
    Caught 25 passes for 12.8-yard average for 11-1 WCAC finalists. As defensive end, had eight sacks, five forced fumbles

    TE David Upchurch, Eleanor Roosevelt
    6-3, 247, Senior
    Often double-covered receiver had 15 catches for 15.6-yard average. As defensive end, had 127 tackles, 15 sacks

    OL Ben Caffee, Sherwood
    5-11, 245, Senior
    Center started 38 straight games helping the Warriors to Maryland 4A titles in 1995 and '96 and a berth in state semifinals this season

    OL Tim Falls, Damascus
    6-5, 270, Senior
    Four-year starter is one of area's most-devasting blockers. On defensive line, had 91 tackles, five sacks. Committed to Penn State

    OL Demetrius Herring, H.D. Woodson
    6-3, 260, Senior
    Graded 90 percent on run blocking for DCIAA champions who rushed for 35 touchdowns this season

    OL Bob Krantz, Centreville
    6-6, 270, Senior
    On running or passing plays, left little doubt about top offensive lineman in Virginia AAA Northern Region. Also strong as nose tackle

    OL Jason Scott, Gaithersburg
    6-2, 280, Senior
    One of the best offensive lineman ever at school known for producing some of area's best for three decades. Had 54 tackles, seven sacks on defensive line

    K Donte Carter, H.D. Woodson
    5-9, 197, Senior
    Kicked two field goals and 29 PATs for DCIAA champions, finishing as area's second-leading scorer. Rushed for 1,559 yards. Scored 23 touchdowns

    KR Brian Greenleaf, Dunbar
    5-10, 160, Senior
    Returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns this season. Finished with 14 career touchdown returns

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    First Team Defense

    DE Rashad Harris, Friendly
    6-1, 260, Senior
    Top defensive lineman in Prince George's had 76 tackles, five sacks as 10-2 Patriots reached Maryland 3A semifinals

    NG Jason Johnson, Seneca Valley
    5-7, 245, Senior
    Repeat All-Met. No. 1 Screamin' Eagles were rarely hurt in middle with quick, sure-tackling nose guard in command. 26 tackles for losses, 12 sacks

    DT Chris Ward, Culpeper
    6-3, 263, Senior
    Virginia AAA Commonwealth District offensive and defensive takcle. Had 24 tackles for losses

    LB Jimmy Burns, Chantilly
    6-0, 205, Senior
    Virginia AAA Northern Region selection had more than 100 tackles. Rushed for 1,263 yards on offense for 10-2 Chargers

    LB Alex Markogiannakis, Robinson
    5-10, 190, Senior
    Virginia AAA Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year. Top tackler past two seasons for Rams, who finished 14-0 this fall and won state Division 6 title

    LB Keith Marshall, Suitland
    5-8, 165, Senior
    Averaged 14 tackles per game as 12-1 Rams earned first playoff berth in school history, then advanced to Maryland 4A final. Deflected 10 passes

    LB Corey Smith, McNamara
    6-0, 195, Senior
    Averaged 13.8 tackles per game. Had nine sacks, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions. Rushed for 1,000 yards at fullback

    DB Daniel Davis, Brooke Point
    6-0, 207, Junior
    Hard-hitter is one of area's top coverage players. On offense, rushed for 161.6 yards per game. Scored 20 touchdowns

    DB Cato June, Anacostia
    6-0, 200, Senior
    Rarely left the field. Top defensive back in DCIAA. Running back scored 18 two-point conversions. Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns

    DB Willie Pil, West Potomac
    6-3, 187, Senior
    Northern Region Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback was even more effective on defense. Set school single-season record with eight interceptions

    DB Anthony Williams, Richard Montgomery
    6-1, 175, Senior
    "Gumby" is one of area's top all-around athletes. Intercepted four passes. At quarterback, rushed for 2,000 career yards

    FS Marcel Countiss, Leonardtown
    6-1, 160, Senior
    Southern Maryland Athletic Conference MVP led Washington area with 13 interceptions. Had 26 career interceptions

    FS Brian Gallagher, Gonzaga
    6-0, 170, Senior
    Three-starter helped Eagles to two straight WCAC titles. Averaged 46 tackles and five interceptions per season. 22-4 as starting quarterback

    P Curt Rubinstein, Bowie
    6-3, 190, Senior
    Quarterback was the best among Washington area's top group of punters in many years. Averaged 43.6 yards with excellent hang time. Best punt of 67 yards

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    Second Team Offense

    Pos. Player School HT. WT. YR.
    WR James Johnson McNamara 6-2 190 Sr.
    WR Durique Taylor Seneca Valley 5-11 180 Sr.
    TE Andrew Wimsatt Damascus 6-4 225 Sr.
    OL Brian Ames Herndon 6-1 245 Sr.
    OL Mike Catlett Robinson 6-1 240 Sr.
    OL Ryan Gillis DeMatha 6-5 315 Jr.
    OL Kareem Licorish Bullis 6-1 275 Sr.
    OL Robert Nathan Suitland 6-1 280 Sr.
    QB Larnell Hamn Potomac (Va.) 6-0 170 Sr.
    RB Marvin Brown DeMatha 6-0 245 Sr.
    RB Sherron Byrd Spotsylvania 5-11 200 Sr.
    RB Ty Washington Seneca Valley 5-10 185 Sr.
    KR Maurice Shaw Suitland 6-0 190 Sr.
    K Uwa Airhiavbere McLean 6-1 190 Sr.

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    Second Team Defense

    Pos. Player School HT. WT. YR.
    NG Marcus Washington Gonzaga 6-3 190 Sr.
    DL Bo Cote Landon 6-5 210 Sr.
    DL Zach Hilton Good Counsel 6-8 245 Sr.
    DL Eugene Mitchell Robinson 6-2 220 Sr.
    DL Montique Sharp Dunbar 6-3 260 Sr.
    LB Marion Moore Potomac (Md.) 6-2 195 Sr.
    LB J.D. Schmidt Gonzaga 6-3 220 Jr.
    LB Vince Carag Lake Braddock 6-0 220 Sr.
    DB Michael Geddie T. Roosevelt 5-9 165 Sr.
    DB Dennard Melton Severn 6-0 200 Sr.
    DB Tony Okanlawon DeMatha 6-0 180 Sr.
    DB Daryl Whitmer Westlake 6-1 185 Sr.
    S Danny Bayron Wilde Lake 5-10 185 Jr.
    P Clark Mercer T.C. Williams 6-0 175 Sr.

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    Honorable Mention: Offense

    QUARTERBACKS: Joe Austin, Westlake; Nick Bernthal, Sidwell Friends; Jeremy Bowen, Poolesville; P.J. Dolan, Centreville; Colby Edwards, James Monroe; Gibran Hamdan, O'Connell; Antoine Harmon, Forestville; Cornell Hawkins, Gaithersburg; Maurice Hill, Wilson; Greg Korwek, Severna Park; Byron Leftwich, H.D. Woodson; Jason Lutz, Stonewall-Mount Jackson; Ryan Metzbower, St. Mary's-Annapolis; Darrell Morton, High Point; Ronnie Peyton, Colonial Beach; Curt Rubinstein, Bowie; Jason Thompson, Damascus; Jeff Whittle, Strasburg.

    WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS: Jared Albert, Atholton; Bo Arthur, Sherando; Tre Brady, Potomac (Md.); Kevin Brant, Walter Johnson; Jerald Brown, Wilson; Duane Caines, Langley; Larry Catlett, James Monroe; Jay Chapman, Anacostia; Rob Cunningham, Sherwood; Lehrman Dotson, Broadneck; Justin McElfish, Osbourn Park; Brian Fanning, Pallotti; Rodney Farmer, Arundel; Donald Gooden, Bowie; Eric Johnson, Cardozo; Eric LaHaie, Good Counsel; Jesse Leach, Liberty (Va.); Curtis McNeil, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes; Jason Neal, Seneca Valley; Mike Papritis, Loudoun County; David Reese, H.D. Woodson; Charles Shaw, Strasburg; Sam Stroud, Broad Run; T.J. Swann, Broad Run; Tra Tribble, Friendly; S.J. Womack, Annapolis; Gerard Woods, Gaithersburg.

    LINEMEN: John Burtram, Chantilly; Mark Crighton, Rockville; James Dunn, Oakton; Charlie Fay, George Mason; Arnold Gibson, High Point; Gabe Hinton, Douglass; Alex Hochron, Walter Johnson; Doug Hughes, Severn; Kamonee Jackson, Einstein; Courice Martin Sherwood; Josh Nadolny, Sherando; Adam Neff, Lake Braddock; Matt Nelson, Hammond; Tommy O'Neill, Brentsville; Marcus Ogden, St. John's; Kevin Schwind, Falls Church; George Selby Gaithersburg; Matt Smith, Culpeper

    RUNNING BACKS: Khalil Anthony, Bladensburg; Daniel Baltimore, Sherando; Germaine Bennett, Suitland; Keith Beverly, Maret; Donte Carter, H.D. Woodson; Delvin Courtney, West Potomac; Von Craig, Severn; Ben Cross, Loudoun Valley; SoSo DeDe, Hylton; Umar Ferguson, Einstein; Terence Foreman, Sherando; Van Free, Gaithersburg; Brad Guckenberger, George Mason; Cee Harris, Northern; Brandon Johnson, St. John's; Doug Kushin, Herndon; Bobby Lane, Friendly; Terrance Leftwich, Anacsotia; Dwayne Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt; Dwaine Lovette, Centreville; Mike McDonald, Clarke County; Travis Neighbors, Washington-Lee; Devin Nickerson, Paul VI; David Ogburn, Wheaton; Lawrence Onley, Forestville; Yuji Porter, Mount Vernon; Denny Rector, Colonial Beach; Brandon Royster, Fairfax; Vinnie Rubbo, Oakland Mills; Tanardo Sharps, Meade; Junior Simmons, Potomac (Va.); Ronnie Thomas, Bullis; Andrew Toussaint, Georgetown Prep.

    KICKERS: Todd Catlin, St. Albans; Freddy DelVilla, Seneca Valley; Perry Kammar, Bladensburg; Mark Moseley, Stonewall Jackson; Justin Snyder, James Monroe.

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    Honorable Mention: Defense

    LINEMEN: Bobby Addison, Anacostia; Ryan Bailey, Culpepper; Jean Batravil, Wheaton; Donnie Birdine, Cardozo; Perry Brooks, Hylton; Tony Browne, Chancellor; Andy Burman, Landon; Jim Casey, Damascus; Will Chapman, Episcopal; Tim Coleman, Centreville; Dan Cook, Centreville; Alan Creveling, Spalding; Barret Diefenderfer, Landon; Darnell Dockett, Paint Branch; Ronnie Doggett, Spotsylvania; John Edwards, Sherando; Mike Finnerty, Gonzaga; Anthony Quist, Fauquier; Vaughn Ross, Fairmont Heights; Claudio Silva, Potomac School; Tim Smith, Poolesville; Mac Stockdale, Sidwell Friends; J.R. Swerda, Spotsylvania; Brad Thomas, Fairfax; Jim Turnmeyer, Robinson; Mike Van Dyke, Robinson; Randy Wagner, Chesapeake; John Paul Williams, Annapolis.

    LINEBACKERS: David Anthes, Spotsylvania; Chris Bynum, Rockville; Chuckie Carrington, McDonough; Ricky Castillo, Quantico; Beau Dickerson, Whitman; Dave Dugan, Gonzaga; Reggie Ellis, James Monroe; Dschulu Foster, Surrattsville; Richard Gonzales, Parkdale; Elmer Holmes, Osbourn; Nolan Jeffries, Luray; Robert Jones, Central (Md.); Keiffer Kelly, Springbrook; Ron Luczak, Thomas Stone; Tom Manatos, Wheaton; Pete Moran, Watkins Mill; Chris Papachristos, Fairfax; Joel Pearson, Culpeper; DiAngelo Robin, Suitland; Rodney Thomas, Bullis; Alan Thompson, Oxon Hill; Luke Vanderwagen, Wilde Lake; Michawn Yuvienco, North County

    DEFENSIVE BACKS/SAFETIES: Derek Baskerville, Spotsylvania; Seth Coffman, Stonewall-Mount Jackson; Eugene Downing, Annandale; Troy Dugger, Spingarn; Frank Gaither, Suitland; B.J. Grant, Fauquier; Contee Harris, Fauquier; Herbie Hastie, Centreville; Corey Hoppe, Bladensburg; Malwan Johnson, Meade; Greg Middleton, Lee; Mike Ray, Wheaton; Greg Spriggs, Douglass; Tyrone Stewart, Anacostia; David Straub, Landon; Brendan Trossen, Langley; Justin Vitarello, St. Albans; Duane Walker, Madison; Rhys Williams, Kennedy; Mike Wrobel, Chantilly

    PUNTERS: Jose Cabrera, Poolesville; TraJordan Hawkins, Orange; Matt McLaughlin, Osbourn; Shannon Tyler, Central (Md.).

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    NOMINATIONS: More than 190 Washington area football coaches were invited to submit All-Met nominations for their own and opposing players.

    SELECTIONS: All-Met selections made by Neil H. Greenberger. All-league teams, organized by Bryan Tucker, reflect the selections made by respective league coaches, although the choices represented here are those of The Post's staff.

    PHOTOS: Taken at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, through the cooperation of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. Photos by The Post's Gerald Martineau, with assistance from Nate Parsons.

    © Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company
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