DC Touchdown Club to Honor Football Standouts

University of Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore will receive the Washington Metro College Player of the Year award at the DC Touchdown Club award banquet on April 12 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)
University of Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore will receive the Washington Metro College Player of the Year award at the DC Touchdown Club award banquet on April 12 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)

The DC Touchdown Club recently announced a local slate of award winners for its sixth annual 3M Awards Dinner.

The group is headlined by University of Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore, Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School wide receiver Anthony Lytton Jr. and St. John’s College High School quarterback Kevin Doyle.

The awards ceremony will be held on April 12, in Bethesda, Md., at Congressional Country Club, highlighting some of the best players in the region. The DC Touchdown Club, presented by Capital Bank N.A., honors the best Washington area football players with year-round events highlighted by an annual awards dinner.

Named the Big Ten Conference Receiver of the Year just a season ago, Moore exploited opposing defenses for 80 receptions, 1,033 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He will receive the Washington Metro College Player of the Year award.

“The D.C. area annually produces some of the top players in the nation and this year is no different,” said DC Touchdown Club Executive Director Steve Beck. “We are thrilled to honor DJ Moore as he begins the next step of his football journey. Our high school players of the year once again are a group of special people.”

Lytton was a significant piece in the Pumas’ championship puzzle just a season ago. The Florida State University commit helped increase Wise’s winning streak to 42 games en route to winning its third consecutive Maryland 4A title.

Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School wide receiver Anthony Lytton Jr. will be honored as the Maryland Football Player of the Year at the DC Touchdown Club award banquet on April 12 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)
Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School wide receiver Anthony Lytton Jr. will be honored as the Maryland Football Player of the Year at the DC Touchdown Club award banquet on April 12 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)

Lytton showed his versatility as a shutdown defensive back, racking up 32 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions on a defense that registered six shutouts and only allowed 7.1 points per game.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior caught 34 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He will take home the coveted Maryland High School Player of the Year award.

“Lytton is a top-notch player with great speed,” said Suitland High School head coach Ed Shields, who coaches in the same division as the Pumas. “He’s an excellent cover guy with very good ball skills and his ability to run with the receiver sets him apart. A lot of people just won’t throw to his side.”

Doyle will be honored as the D.C. High School Player of the Year. He transferred from Philadelphia to St. John’s for his senior year and had a season to remember. Doyle passed for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns, guiding the Cadets to their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship since 1989.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound gunslinger is excited about the opportunity of playing for the University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

“Obviously the University of Michigan is a great academic institution,” Doyle said in a statement to 247Sports. “Having Coach Harbaugh with his offense and Coach [Pep] Hamilton and all the quarterbacks he’s previously put in the NFL, I feel I fit the mold for that system. I think the offense they run should bring out the strong suits of my game.”

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