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December 21, 2007Richmond, VA - As the younger brother of Virginia Tech and former Westfield quarterback Sean Glennon, Mike Glennon had some rich family history to match.
He did it, all the way through the state championship game, where he threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Westfield rolled to the Division 6 title, 42-14.
Just like his brother, Glennon was the choice of a panel of sportswriters as the top player in Group AAA, and as the quarterback on the All-Group AAA first team.
Glennon, a 6-foot-6, 197-pounder, threw for 2,548 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Bulldogs. He also ran for 129 yards and seven more touchdowns as Westfield went 15-0.
Glennon is joined on the first team by his favorite target, Johnny Pickett, who caught 74 passes for 1,221 yards and 13 TDs, and Westfield linebacker Brian Kennedy.
Westfield's Tom Verbanic also was selected as the coach of the year.
The other first-team receiver is Ryan Moody of Division 5 champion Stone Bridge. He caught 59 passes for 1,199 yards and 19 TDs, including scores of 42, 48 and 20 yards in the title game as the Bulldogs (14-1) blanked previously unbeaten Potomac 38-0.
Stone Bridge defensive back Jeron Gouveia also was a first-team selection.
The backfield includes senior Kevin Whaley of Salem and juniors De'Antwan Williams of Division 5 runner-up Woodbridge and Chase Barnett of Brooke Point.
Whaley ran for 1,661 yards and 25 touchdowns. Williams gained 2,249 yards and scored 26 touchdowns. Barnett ran for 2,173 yards and scored 27 touchdowns.
The tight end is Eric Martin, who had five TDs in 21 catches for C.D. Hylton.
The line has tackles Jimmy Bennett of Western Potomac and Vinston Painter of Maury, guards Will Wilson of Langley and Byron Tibbets of Manchester and center Andrew Belcher of L.C. Bird. Painter, 6-5 and 305, also was a first-team selection in 2006.
Tyler Bitancurt of West Springfield kicked 13 field goals, including a 50-yarder, and Potomac's Eric Dobratz averaged better than 40 yards per punt. Both were advised to keep those kicks away from Marcus Burley of Highland Springs, who had five return TDs.
Ju-Ju Clayton of Hermitage, who accounted for 22 passing and five rushing touchdowns as a quarterback and also starred at safety, is the utility player.
All four state finalists are represented on defense, with Gouveia leading the way among defensive backs. He had seven interceptions, including two in the state championship game, and accounted for 22 touchdowns as a running back for the Bulldogs.
The other backs include Todd Harrelson of Oscar Smith, Abdul Kanneh of Potomac and Darryl Hamilton of Centreville. Harrelson had four interceptions, and like Gouveia, contributed both ways. He caught 61 passes for 1,241 yards and scored 17 touchdowns, and had 15 catches for 349 yards in Oscar Smith's state semifinal loss to Westfield.
Kanneh was in on 140 tackles with six interceptions, and Hamilton scored five touchdowns on fumble recoveries (2), blocked punt returns (2) and interceptions (1).
Paul Thompson of Woodbridge had 10 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. He's joined by Dominik Davenport of Phoebus, who anchored the defense for the state semifinalists, Jamal Davis of Hermitage and Derik Qadir of Robinson. Davis had seven sacks, recovered one fumble and caused three others, while Qadir had nine sacks among 93 tackles.
At linebacker, Kennedy was everywhere with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. Lyndell Gibson of Salem, Kenny Fryman of Hanover and Perry Jones of Oscar Smith also were selected to round out the linebackers.
Fryman's 111 tackles included 77 solo stops, Jones had 11 sacks and five interceptions and Gibson led a defense that held eight teams to single digit points.
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