The Pigskin Club of Washington, a 75-year-old nonprofit with goals of promoting the benefits of sports and fair play and bringing together those associated with the game who share those goals, will honor several D.C.-area gridiron standouts at its annual awards dinner Saturday. The group recognizes players from all levels, and its high school honorees will join  NFL players Torrey Smith, Josh Morgan, and Josh Wilson, who will also be receiving awards at the event.

Lake Braddock senior QB Caleb Henderson (John McDonnell/The Washington Post). Lake Braddock senior QB Caleb Henderson (John McDonnell/The Washington Post).

The dinner will be held at Howard University’s Blackburn Center, where 22 high schoolers will be honored on the 2013 Pigskin Club All-Metropolitan team. Good Counsel’s Sam Mustipher and Capitol Christian’s Jaylen Harris will share the Rodney P. Savoy Jr. Award as outstanding scholar athletes, and H.D. Woodson’s Deonte Jackson will receive the Leonard Guy Ford Jr. Award as the outstanding defensive player of the year. Mustipher was a first-team All Met selection this fall, while Jackson was a second-team pick.

The Pigskin Club will name DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks its coach of the year for a 2013 season in which he led the Stags to an 11-1 record and their first WCAC Championship since 2008.

The rest of the Pigskin Club’s All-Metropolitan roster is below:


OL: Jaylen Harris, Capitol Christian

OL: Justin Herron, Bullis

OL: Sam Mustipher, Good Counsel

OL: Damian Prince, McNamara

OL: Brock Ruble, DeMatha

RB: Jai Carson, H.D. Woodson

RB: Taiwan Deal, DeMatha

WR: Jordan Crockett, McNamara

WR: Cameron Phillips, DeMatha

QB: Caleb Henderson, Lake Braddock

ATH: D’Andre Payne, H.D. Woodson


DL: Jesse Aniebonam, Good Counsel

DL: Darius Brown, Dunbar

DL: Nate Davis, Stone Bridge

DL: Da’Shawn Hand, Woodbridge

LB: Fred Anderson, Wilson

LB: Ja’Whaun Bentley, DeMatha

LB: Deonte Jackson, H.D. Woodson

DB: Marcel Joly, Forestville

DB: Andre Morris, Dunbar

DB: Jalen Tabor, Friendship Collegiate

DB: Miles Taylor, Gonzaga