By Kevin Bradford
Annapolis and St. Maryâ€™s high schools have a tradition of producing the top overall football player and lineman in Anne Arundel County.
Seniors Demario Harris of Annapolis and Brendan Teague of ST. Maryâ€™s continued that trend Sunday as they were honored by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis.
Harris won the prestigious Rhodes Trophy, Anne Arundelâ€™s high school version of the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded annually to the countyâ€™s top player.
He is the 12th Annapolis player, most among county schools, to win the 44 year award, and third in the past five seasons.
â€œPound for pound, heâ€™s the best player Iâ€™ve coached at Annapolis. When you pick a Player of the Year, you pick the best all around player. He was a 1,000 yard rusher, our offensive MVP and our most consistent defensive player,â€ Annapolis coach Roy Brown said.
Teague was chosen as winner of the Laramore Award, which is given to the countyâ€™s top linemen. He is the fourth St. Maryâ€™s player, most among county schools, and third in the past seven seasons to receive the 14-year award.
â€œItâ€™s nice to see the public schools (coaches ) give us respect. They donâ€™t see us play much because we donâ€™t play a lot of them, so we appreciate the respect. Itâ€™s a nice tradition weâ€™ve had for our program,â€ St. Maryâ€™s coach Mike Codd said.