MICHAEL CAMPANARO, River Hill
With 4.4-speed in the 40-yard dash,Campanaro was able to outrun opponents, and the 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior was strong enough to break tackles for big yardage.
Campanaro caught 13 passes, averaging 27.8 yards per reception, with six touchdowns.He had two other touchdowns on punt returns.
Doubling as a defensive back, Campanaro had three interceptions and was an excellent cover man, especially on deep balls.
ZACH MARTIN, River Hill
Martin had three spectacular seasons at linebacker for the Hawks and contributed immensely at running back, as well.
A 5-10, 180-pound senior, Martin led a defense that tied the state record for shutouts with 11. He used his strength and 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash to lead his team in tackles for a third straight season with 146. He recorded 21 of those tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
He also had two interceptions and recovered two fumbles. Calling the defensive signals for a unit that gave up just 21 points,Martin was a menace to quarterbacks and ball carriers.
Offensively, he ran for more than 1,000 yards for a second straight season and scored 13 touchdowns. In his past two seasons,Martin scored 38 touchdowns.
COACH OF THE YEAR
BRIAN VAN DEUSEN, River Hill
Van Deusen led the top-ranked Hawks to the Class 2A state title and a fifth consecutive Howard County championship. His teams have gone 27-1 over the past two seasons.
River Hill (14-0) tied the state record for most shutouts in a season with 11 and had five straight shutouts before its 14-7 win over Eastern Tech in the state final.
Van Deusen and his well-organized coaching staff guided the Hawks' spread offense to more than 4,200 rushing yards, and River Hill outscored its opponents 551-21.
River Hill has not lost a Howard County League game since Nov. 18, 2005, when it dropped a 15-14 decision at Long Reach.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAM
Offense: Justin Sottilaire, Oakland Mills, senior, quarterback; Jarell Epps, Wilde Lake, junior, runnng back; Ashton Hayes, Wilde Lake, senior, running back; Malek Redd, River Hill, junior, running back; Dave Klotz, Wilde Lake, senior, center; Alvin Thomas, Long Reach, senior, guard; Surya Valsetty, Atholton, senior, guard; Nathan Burner, Atholton, senior, tackle; Mike Santiago, Oakland Mills, senior tackle; Ricky Kersey, Oakland Mills, senior, tight end; Jeff Javier, Howard, senior, wide receiver; Lyle Williams, Oakland Mills, senior, wide receiver; Kyle Williams, Marriotts Ridge, junior, wide receiver; Derek Coleman, Marriotts Ridge, junior, all-purpose; Graham Spicer, Wilde Lake, junior, kicker.
Defense: Cody Blue, Wilde Lake, senior, line; T.J. Culler, Mount Hebron, senior, line; R.J. Murray, River Hill, senior, line; Marc Arseneault, Wilde Lake, senior, end; Mike Evans, Reservoir, senior, end; Jon Hill, River Hill, senior, linebacker; Mike McCabe, Glenelg, senior, linebacker; Brian Nance, Atholton, senior, linebacker; Jimmy Speake, Oakland Mills, senior, linebacker; Kenyatta Drake, Hammond, senior, back; Leron Eaddy, River Hill, junior, back; Danny March, Wilde Lake, junior, back; Tsusa Matsui, Centennial, senior, back; Kevin Seker, Marriotts Ridge, senior, punter.
Note: Player and Coach of the Year were selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches. The public schools team was selected by the Columbia Flier after consultation with county coaches.