Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Team Has That Unstoppable Look Prolific Backfield, Two- Way Standout Lead 1996 Edition

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Team Has That Unstoppable Look Prolific Backfield, Two- Way Standout Lead 1996 Edition

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Milton Proctor smiled as he looked across the lobby of the Post-Dispatch last week at his teammates on the 1996 All-Metro Team.

Proctor, a cornerback - and a cornerstone - on Hazelwood Central's Missouri Class 5A championship team, said: "Great linemen, great running backs, a great quarterback and some excellent receivers. No stopping this team here."

This season's Post-Dispatch All-Metro team covers a geographical expanse from St. Charles County to Crystal City and recognizes 23 players in 24 slots. That includes prep All-America Reggie Germany, the only member to earn first-team recognition on both sides of the football. Germany, a dynamo at 6 feet 2 and 180 pounds, could hurt opponents in many ways, including long catches, dazzling kickoff and punt returns and bone-jarring hits from his secondary post. His 98-yard kick return against St. Louis U. High at the Trans World Dome is one for the highlight reel. "He meant so much to our program," Hazelwood East coach Rick Gorzynski said. "He's by far the fastest football player we've ever had" at Hazelwood East. "This year, I faced double- and triple-team coverage, but that gave my teammates a chance to make big plays," Germany said. This season, Germany had 30 catches for 730 yards and nine TDs. On defense, he had 41 solo tackles and two interceptions, even though most quarterbacks avoided his side of the field. Germany joins Crystal City punter Matt Brown and Edwardsville fullback Collin Gardiner as repeat members from last year's first team. Brown kicked high and long, averaging 40.7 yards a punt in helping Crystal City to the Class 2A playoffs. The All-Metro backfield is as prolific as any, featuring a full-house alignment of Gardiner, CBC's Kenny Alsop and Pattonville's Brian Lewis. The trio combined for 4,820 yards and 69 TDs. Alsop, a darting runner, gained 1,539 yards and scored 24 TDs. The past two seasons, Alsop rolled up 2,621 yards and 47 TDs, prompting coach Bryan Hagerty to call him "the best football player I have ever coached at CBC." Lewis put up stunning numbers, 1,751 yards and 23 TDs, despite being only a sophomore, and keyed regular-season victories over Hazelwood East and Hazelwood Central. …

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