Leopards' punter named All-State

December 22, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

Henson 1st team; Dankmeyer and Hixon 2nd team

Smithsburg punter Jon Henson was selected to the Associated Press Maryland High School Football Small School All-State first team in balloting by the state's sportswriters.

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Henson, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, averaged 41.5 yards per punt for the 5-5 Leopards and had only 12 of his kicks fielded all season. Henson also played guard and defensive end, and was an All-County selection at all three positions. He was also a Monocacy Valley Athletic League first team pick as a punter.

Two other Washington County players were named to the Small School second team. Boonsboro senior Chris Dankmeyer made the squad as a linebacker, while Hancock's Mike Hixon was picked as a defensive back.


Dankmeyer averaged 16.5 tackles for the 5-5 Warriors and had 20 or more tackles in three separate games. He was Washington County Defensive Player of the Year and a first team MVAL selection. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder also rushed for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns and was an All-County first team pick as a fullback.

Hixon, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, led the Tri-State area with seven interceptions and set a school record with 139 tackles. He was also the Panthers quarterback, passing for 946 yards and six touchdowns. He was an All-County first teamer on both sides of the ball.

Smithsburg running back Darrell Clopper, Hancock tight end Dave Royer and Boonsboro defensive lineman Josh Lashley all received honorable mention.

Middletown placed two players on the first team - defensive linemen Jamie Cutsail and Thomas DeMoss - and another on the second team - offensive lineman Jamie Dillon.

Walkersville offensive lineman Dewey Weddle and defensive lineman Tony Wilson both made the second team.

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