All-Arlington Football Teams by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer Sun Gazette Newspapers |
Seniors from Wakefield and Yorktown high schools have been chosen as the Arlington Sun Gazette’s best offensive and defensive football players for their efforts during 2011 fall campaign.
In addition, Yorktown High’s Bruce Hanson is the Sun Gazette’s 2011 Coach of the Year. Hanson led the Patriots to their best record in school history at 12-1, the team’s first perfect 10-0 regular season, a National District championship and a runner-up finish in Division 5 of the Northern Region playoffs.
Yorktown lost to eventual Group AAA state runner-up South County in the region title game.
The Sun Gazette’s Offensive Player of the Year for 2011 is Wakefield quarterback Drew Powell.
The left-handed Powell passed for 1,867 yards, ran for 676 and had 39 yards in pass receptions. He threw 16 touchdown passes and ran for seven more scores. Powell had a couple of games when he threw and ran for more than 100 yards each. Wakefield won just one game during the fall, but Powell was the most productive offensive player, as far as statistics, in the National District. Wakefield head coach Keith Powell said the quarterback plans to play college football, but the school hasn’t been determined.
The Sun Gazette’s Defensive Player of the Year is Yorktown linebacker Austin Browne. The 6-foot, 240 Brown clogged the middle of Yorktown’s defense, making running the ball difficult for opponents, and he covered well in pass defense.
Browne was the team’s leading tackler and helped Yorktown record three shutouts and hold four other opponents to seven points or fewer.