SMAC Football Player picked as All-Met Defensive Player of the Year

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Lexington Park, MD - On Dec. 18, the Washington Post released its yearly All-Met teams, honoring the DC Metro areas best athletes in all fall sports. Included in this year’s list were 12 players from Southern Maryland, including one First-Team player and another Player of the Year.

The Southern Maryland Football Coaches Association outlined their pics for the best players in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) at the beginning of December but the new list, from The Post, shows how the tucked away conference stacks up against the other, larger schools and areas.

North Point Senior defensive back Malik Lawrence was honored as the All-Met Defensive Player of the Year. Lawrence lead the nation with 15 interceptions and finished the year with 58 tackles, 300 interception return yards, and three "pick-sixes" ( touchdowns after an interception). He helped the Eagles in many facets of the game, also accounting for 1,240 receiving yards and 21 receiving touchdowns.

St. Charles Senior linebacker, Kameron Blount, was honored as a First-Team Defensive All-Met pick, playing both ways as quarterback and linebacker for the Spartans. Blount had 42 tackles and two interceptions on defense. He also threw for 982 yards and eight touchdowns. Many of his passes went to his younger brother, Konner Blount-Foster (more on him to come).

Three SMAC players who were honorable mentions for the defensive All-Met honors were Seniors Camron In from North Point, Jacob Purcell from Northern and Nick Reynolds from Huntingtown. In finished the season with 110 tackles, seven sacks and an interception on the Eagles’ defensive line. Purcell played end for Northern and secured 93 tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss and 8 sacks. Reynolds was a substantial part of the stout Hurricane defense, gaining 87 tackles and 6 interceptions from the strong safety position.

Offensively, seven players from five different schools were given the honorable mention distinction.

Konner Blount-Foster, junior wide receiver, helped St. Charles make its first playoff berth, finishing with 26 catches for 372 receiving yards, 145 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Trent Gaskins, Senior running back from Thomas Stone, carried the ball 142 times for 1,272 yards, 4 100-plus yard games and 14 touchdowns for the Cougars. Dre Mackall, senior running back for Calvert High School, had 187 carries for 1,681 yards, eight 100-plus yard games, and 21 touchdowns. Mackall was reliable for the Cavaliers, not losing any fumbles and helped them go from winning three games in 2017 to six in 2018.

North Point had three offensive honorable mentions---Senior offensive lineman Notah McCabe, kicker and punter Evan Patterson, a senior; and quarterback Asa Williams, a junior. It is hard to quantify o-lineman with statistics, but McCabe helped the Eagles rush for 185.6 yards per game and 29 touchdowns in 2018. He also accounted for 58 tackles and 2 sacks on defense. Patterson was a reliable kicker for the Eagles, making 52 of 57 points-after-touchdown attempts, 8/12 field goals and had 84 points on the season for North Point. Patterson also handled kickoffs and punts, kicking off 75 times for 4,112 yards and 30 touchbacks. Patterson punted the ball 33 times for 1,119 yards. Williams was a staple of the offense, finishing his junior season with 2,483 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. He also carried the ball 133 times for the Eagles, racking up 620 yards and 13 touchdowns. All three helped propel the Eagles to the school’s first State Championship game, where they lost to Quince Orchard 40-33.

The last player from Southern Maryland honored was Jonathan Wynn from St. Mary’s Ryken. The senior running back carried the ball 149 times for 1,215 yards, had five 100=plus yard games, and 12 touchdowns. Wynn helped Ryken win their first WCAC championship, when they defeated Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 43-6.

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