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Ricca, Presnell earn All-State honors

December 23, 2004|by MARK KELLER

St. John's at Prospect Hall quarterback Keith Ricca and Middletown offensive lineman Andrew Presnell were named to the Maryland All-State Football Small School first team Wednesday.

Ricca set numerous state records in his three seasons as the Vikings' signal caller. He completed 254 of 431 passes for 3,591 yards and 45 touchdowns in his senior season - all single-season state records. He finished his career with 9,090 yards and 113 touchdown passes.

Presnell was the anchor of Middletown's offensive and defensive lines. At 265 pounds, he is the lightest of the five offensive linemen selected to the Small School first team. Presnell will continue his football career at the University of Connecticut.

Smithsburg's Matt Feiser was a second-team selection at linebacker. Feiser was The Herald-Mail's Defensive Player of the Year, recording 175 tackles, including 55 behind the line of scrimmage, and 12 1/2 sacks in leading the Leopards to their second straight Class 1A West playoff berth. Feiser also rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

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Max Morris was Ricca's favorite receiver at St. John's and earned second-team honors. Morris had 96 catches for 1,719 yards and 27 TDs - all single-season state records. He finished his career with more than 3,000 yards receiving and 49 touchdowns.

Running back Martise Colston of Maryland School for the Deaf was also a second-team selection. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards this season and was the National Deaf Player of the Year.

Frederick running back Bruce Dorsey and defensive lineman T.J. Taylor were selected to the Big School second team.

Dorsey ran for more than 2,000 yards in leading the Cadets to their first playoff bid since 1987. Taylor had 134 tackles and an area-best 13 sacks.

The consensus All-State team will be announced today. The All-State team is selected through voting by media members throughout Maryland.

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