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Chesson, Diggs earn Maryland's top honors

December, 22, 2011
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Stefon DiggsTom Hauck Stefon Diggs earned Defensive State Player of the Year honors for 2011.
FREDERICK, Md. - This year marks the 20th annual Maryland Consensus All-State Team, which reflects the top 30 vote-getters through the Big School and Small School all-state process. More than a dozen high school football reporters contributed to the voting this year, which is compiled by Sheldon Shealer of ESPNHS.

Old Mill running back Rob Chesson, Good Counsel defensive back Stefon Diggs, River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen and Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy received the top honors for 2011.

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Maryland Big, Small School All-State

December, 21, 2011
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Cyrus JonesCourtesy of Tom HauckFor the second straight year, Gilman's Cyrus Jones is the Big School All-State all-purpose player.
FREDERICK, Md. - The Big and Small School All-State Teams are selected through a vote by media members and compiled by Sheldon Shealer of ESPNHS. More than a dozen high school football reporters contributed to the voting this year, which marks the 20th annual All-State selections.

The Consensus All-State team, along with Players and Coaches of the Year will be announced Thursday morning.

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Chesson makes a statement in Crab Bowl

December, 17, 2011
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Rob ChessonSheldon Shealer/ESPNHSRob Chesson rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown as the D.C. All-Stars defeated the Baltimore All-Stars 14-6 in the fourth annual Maryland Crab Bowl at Bowie State University.
BOWIE, Md. -- It might be impossible to top the image of Rob Chesson lunging into the end zone with a game-winning, two-point conversion in overtime to give Old Mill (Millersville, Md.) a Class 4A state title on the game's final play on Dec. 2.

However, Chesson gave it a run Saturday.

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Good Counsel finishes No. 1 in Maryland

December, 6, 2011
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After four weeks of playoffs, there was no change at the top of the Maryland high school football state rankings. Other than a shuffling of positions, there were hardly any new teams in the final Top 25.

Good Counsel ended the season where it started, at No. 1, followed by MIAA champ Gilman, Class 4A champ Old Mill, MIAA runner-up Calvert Hall and 4A runner-up Quince Orchard.

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Maryland football scores, Week 14

December, 3, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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Maryland football scores, Week 13

November, 24, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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Maryland football scores, Week 12

November, 16, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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Maryland football scores, Week 11

November, 8, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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North Point finally cracks the state Top 25

November, 8, 2011
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It took a loss by Kent Island to open up a spot in this week's Top 25, and it went to North Point.

This SMAC program has been on the fringe of a Top 25 most of the season, but every time it got close, North Point took a step back with a loss -- first to Patuxent, then to Friendship Collegiate (D.C.). Now that North Point (8-2) is in, it faces quite a task -- a first-round Class 4A East playoff contest against No. 16 Arundel.

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Maryland football scores, Week 10

November, 3, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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Stags slide, but remain in the top 15

November, 1, 2011
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When the votes were tallied, DeMatha checked in at No. 14 in this week's ESPNHS Maryland High School Football Top 25.

That got me thinking: When was the last time DeMatha was outside the Top 10? When was the last time the Stags had been ranked so low? The answers may surprise you.

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Maryland football scores, Week 9

October, 27, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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Good Counsel holds steady at No. 1

October, 25, 2011
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When 24 of the Top 25 teams either win, lose to another state-ranked team or simply do not play, it leaves very little room for change in the state rankings.

Such was the case this week in Maryland.

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Maryland football scores, Week 8

October, 21, 2011
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The Maryland scoreboard will be updated throughout the weekend. To report a score, e-mail Sheldon Shealer at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com.

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Huntingtown, Ft. Hill, Spalding enter Top 25

October, 18, 2011
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Generally speaking, the bottom five spots in the Maryland High School Football State Poll are a revolving door -- teams enter, run into a state-ranked team, lose and then fall out to make way for the next new squad on the list.

This year, however, there's no clear cut order for those awaiting their chance in the Top 25 since teams are taking turns beating each other. The end result is an ever-growing list of "others receiving votes" as the number of quality one-loss teams increases. In fact, the SMAC conference has four 6-1 teams. At 7-0, any of them would have been a lock for the Top 15. But at 6-1, it leaves voters wondering which team -- if any -- deserves a Top 25 spot. There's a similar situation playing out in Frederick County, which generally has two to four teams in the Top 25. Right now, there's only one that can be justified.

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