Osbourn Park, Sr.
At some point last season -- maybe after his team's 0-5 start -- it dawned on Anthony Bratton that he was not an Osbourn Park team captain in name only. With that distinction came responsibility.
"We had to have some leaders on the team, but we didn't really have anyone," said Bratton, now a senior. "I started working harder in practice and . . . training off the field and staying around and working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers after practice."
That work paid off. Bratton ended up catching an area-high 40 passes for 616 yards and seven touchdowns, and also blocked two punts against Potomac and a field goal against Osbourn to force overtime.
In the fifth through seventh games, Bratton accounted for four of his team's five touchdowns, including two in the team's first win of the season -- 21-14 over Osbourn in that overtime game -- and the lone TD in a 7-0 victory over Gar-Field.
"I felt a lot of pressure," said Bratton, who attended Stonewall Jackson as a freshman. "The team was relying on me to make something happen."
Bratton was named second-team all-Northwestern Region at both wide receiver and defensive back. Last spring, he ran the area's third-fastest time in the 400 dash (50.71 seconds) and posted the third-best performance in the triple jump (43 feet 3 inches).
-- PRESTON WILLIAMS