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2011 Hall of Fame: Matt Dillon and Akeem Hebron

October 24, 2011

From St. Johns High School: Matt Dillon
Matt was a member of St. John’s Class of 1969 and was instrumental in winning both a football and baseball championship for the Cadets. He helped lead the efforts in securing the conference championship his senior year. As a running back and defensive back he always made key contributions to the team. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Matt lost his most difficult battle ever when he succumbed to brain cancer. Since then St John’s has established an award in his honor to recognize the best two-sport athlete ever to play football for the Cadets. We honor Matt and his legacy tonight as he is inducted into the Great American Rivalry Hall of Fame. Accepting the award was Matt’s wife Linda and his two sons Chris and Jamie.

From Good Counsel High School: Akeem Hebron
Akeem graduated in 2005 and was the #1 ranked player in the state of Maryland with 131 tackles and 13 sacks as a linebacker for Good Counsel. He was first team All-State, All-Conference and All- Metro and was voted a USA Today Parade All American and Army All-American. He was also captain of the team. He went on to earn a scholarship for the University of Georgia and is currently the linebackers coach for Falcons.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.