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2010 Hall of Fame: Brendan Looney and Jelani Jenkins

October 15, 2010

From DeMatha: Brendan Looney
Brendan Looney played in the rivalry his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was the co-captain of the 1998 DeMatha team and led his team to victory over Good Counsel 35-0 with three receptions and eight tackles. He went on to the Naval Academy and played varsity lacrosse, leading his team to the NCAA finals his senior year. In September 2010, Brendan was killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan while serving his country as a Navy SEAL. His family is pictured accepting the award on his behalf.

From Good Counsel: Jelani Jenkins
Jelani played in the Good Counsel – DeMath rivalry all four years of high school. As captain of the 2009 team, Jelani led Good Counsel to a 42-21 victory over DeMatha in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Defensively, Jelani picked up a fumble and scrambled for a touchdown, made numerous tackles, and created havoc for DeMathas’s offense all night. Offensively, Jelani scored on a rushing touchdown and successfully blocked for Caleb Porsal in two more touchdowns. Jelani finished that season as a Gatorade Player of the Year and National High School Player of the Year. He is currently a starting linebacker for the University of Florida Gators. His father accepted the award on his behalf.

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