Rhodes, Laramore honors go to Pfisterer, Gulley

By Kevin Bradford

The top two candidates for the Touchdown Club of Annapolis postseason football awards were North County record-setting quarterback Mike Pfisterer and Annapolis two-way standout Brandon Gulley.

Annapolis coach Roy Brown and North County coach Chuck Markiewicz both spoke passionately while nominating their respective players during yesterday’s voting at the Officer’s Club on the campus of the Naval Academy.

Both coaches went away pleased because in the end both players will be honored after winning by convincing fashion in the voting.

Pfisterer, a 5-10, 175 pound senior who set six state passing records, was named winner of the Jim Rhodes Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to Anne Arundel county’s top football player.

He is the third North County player to earn the award, joining Topper Ellis (94) and Anthony Walker (91), who played at Syracuse. Pfisterer is also the first quarterback chosen since Erik Lipton (Arundel ’96).

Gulley, a dominating 6-4 225 pound senior offensive guard and linebacker, won the Al Laramore Award as the county’s top linemen after leading Annapolis (11-2) to its first state championship game since 1984 and tying the second most wins in school history.