By MARK KELLER
9:53 PM EST, December 15, 2012
If one were to sum up North Hagerstown linebacker Tre Anderson in three words, “whatever it takes” would be pretty good ones.
Whether it was running the football, catching the football, returning the football or stopping opposing football carriers, he was willing to do anything necessary to help the Hubs.
Anderson might have been so willing because he was unable to do any of those things in 2011.
After blowing out his knee in the first game of his junior season, Anderson was determined to make an impact any way he could as a senior.
That impact was felt most on defense, where he filled the stat sheet and helped turn a bend-but-don’t-break unit into a steel trap that few teams escaped.
Anderson is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Football Defensive Player of the Year.
“I knew this year was do or die for me after sitting out last year,” Anderson said. “It cost me a lot in recruiting, confidence and self-esteem ... I came back this year ready to go and expecting to play well.”
There was no question Anderson was going to play. In fact, after the second game of the season, coach Dan Cunningham was concerned that Anderson was playing too much.
“He was playing linebacker, he was on the punt team, the punt return team, the kickoff team ... he never left the field,” Cunningham said. “We sat him down and told him he was doing to much. We had to get him off the field a little bit.”
The Hubs were lacking a big-play receiver, so Anderson moved from tailback — where he was sharing carries with Isaiah Keyes — to slot, which opened up the offense.
It also kept Anderson a little more fresh for defense, where he began to come into his own as a leader.
“He would constantly ask for film, and he and (defensive coach Roy) Shoemaker would bounce stuff off of each other,” Cunningham said. “It really came out before the Boonsboro game, when we were going through their plays and he was just calling out everybody’s assignments. You could see he was getting it.”
For Anderson, it was just a part of being a student.
“Watching film is just like studying for a test,” Anderson said. “You watch every lineman move, watch where the ball goes ... I felt like I had to learn it and call the plays. If I was clueless, the team would be clueless.”
Anderson finished the season with 66 tackles, including 44 solo stops. He had 7 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception, a blocked kick and five passes defended.
He hopes to play football in college and has had recent contact with New Hampshire, Towson, Shepherd and Shippensburg.
“I just want to play football for four years and get an education,” Anderson said. “If I can do that, I’ll be satisfied.”
Joining Anderson on the All-County First Team Defense are:
Sarosh Bukhari, DL, South Hagerstown
Strong run stopper had 73 tackles for the Rebels.
Josh Miller, DL, Williamsport
Leading tackler in Washington County had 112 stops and 4 1/2 sacks this season.
Sabre Mkamba, DL, South Hagerstown
Finished with 75 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks.
Matt Ritter, DL, North Hagerstown
All-MVAL Antietam first team selection on both lines. Ritter had 52 tackles (3 for loss), 5 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Ian McMillen, LB, Boonsboro
Inside backer led the Warriors with 92 tackles, including 49 solo stops.
Oladipo Sadipe, LB, Saint James
Saints’ intense leader missed four games due to injury, but had 70 tackles in just five games.
Andrew Wells, LB, South Hagerstown
Rebels’ top tackler finished with 80 from his inside position.
Ryan Aaron, DB, Clear Spring
Aaron’s versatility and athleticism made opponents account for him on both sides of the ball. Had three interceptions defensively; threw for more than 600 yards and ran for more than 200 on offense.
Gabe Fridgen, DB, North Hagerstown
Heavy hitter was the Hubs’ leading tackler with 109, including 71 solo stops and six tackles for loss. He forced three fumbles and had six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.
Jakerian Jones, DB, South Hagerstown
Good cover corner had six interceptions, including three in Rebels’ win over Thomas Johnson.
Zach Poffenberger, DB, Boonsboro
Outstanding two-way athlete. Had 30 tackles and six interceptions on defense; ran for 559 yards, caught 24 passes for 342 yards and scored 12 total TDs.
Ryan Abbott, P, Saint James
Averaged just over 31 yards per kick and had eight kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.
Nate Souders, Utility, Hancock
Souders played multiple positions offensively, running for 147 yards, throwing for 157, catching 14 passes for 89 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Defensively, he had 32 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes defended.
Second Team Defense
Pos, Name, School, Class
DL, Aaron Dopson, North Hagerstown, So.
DL, Tanner Faith, Hancock, Sr.
DL, Joey Fisher, Clear Spring, Fr.
DL, Tyler Hollis, Boonsboro, Jr.
LB, Reggie Anderson, South Hagerstown, Sr.
LB, Cody Chaney, Williamsport, Sr.
LB, Dalton Condo, Smithsburg, Jr.
LB, Austin Stone, North Hagerstown, Jr.
DB, Noah Cisse, Saint James, So.
DB, Ryan Ruiz, Boonsboro, Sr.
DB, Kevin White, South Hagerstown, Sr.
DB, Jesse Wolford, Hancock, So.
P, Hunter McKinley, Hancock, Sr.
UT, Casey Strunk, Boonsboro, Sr.
DL — Kyle Dinterman, Smithsburg; Garrett Blank, Saint James; Austin Edgerton, Hancock; Ryan Little, Smithsburg; Alex Pickett, North Hagerstown; Garry Robinson, South Hagerstown.
LB — Jordan Gladden, Clear Spring; Nick Griffin, South Hagerstown; Logan Manning, Hancock; Ramal Martinez, South Hagerstown; Roland Renner, North Hagerstown; Matt Stevens, Smithsburg; Noah Teeter, Hancock; Ryan Walsh, Boonsboro.
DB — Nick Berchock, Williamsport; Bren Startzman, Smithsburg.
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