All-Decade Delaware high school football team: Readers, reporter disagree on picks
The readers have spoken, and some of their selections for the Delaware Online All-Decade high school football team are … a little questionable.
We didn’t put many restrictions on the polls. You could vote as often as you liked, and it became obvious that some of you liked to vote a lot.
That may have skewed the results at a few positions, but that’s what makes it fun. There were no wrong answers. Almost every player on the ballots were first-team All-State picks between 2010-19, some of them more than once.
In a lot of cases, that made it really hard to say this guy is better than the other guy. It’s very difficult to pick the All-State team each year, and it’s at least 10 times as difficult to pick an All-Decade team.
But with all due respect, the readers voted Will Knight as the seventh-best running back over the last 10 years of Delaware high school football, and Chris Godwin as the fourth-best receiver. Those readers must have skipped all of the games I saw.
So let’s run through each position, reveal the winners of the readers’ voting, and roll out my own All-Decade picks.
Readers’ pick: Darius Wade, Middletown. Brad’s pick: Jamie Jarmon, Indian River.
Wade is not a questionable pick at all. He would be No. 2 on my list.
But Jarmon’s senior season in 2011 – 2,151 yards and 24 touchdowns passing and 1,528 yards and 29 TDs rushing as Indian River went 12-0 and won the DIAA Division II title – ranks among the best by any player in the state’s history.
Many of the 960 “other” votes we received were for Troy Haynes of Woodbridge. While he never was a first-team All-State pick, Haynes is a solid choice and you could argue he should have been on the ballot.
Readers’ picks: Jamon Kane, Woodbridge; Terrique Riddick, Woodbridge; Darius Hale, Hodgson. Brad’s picks: Will Knight, Smyrna; Reggie Carroll, William Penn; Pierce Ripanti, Caravel.
The toughest position, because there have been so many good ones and we’re only going with a top three.
But with a state-record 6,490 career rushing yards, 119 total touchdowns, two Offensive Player of the Year awards and three Division I state championships, Knight should be everybody’s runaway choice for No. 1.
Carroll rushed for 3,450 yards and 40 scores in just two years at William Penn, including a state title in 2014.
Ripanti, battling flu-like symptoms, capped his Caravel career with 32 carries for 249 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-29 win over Hodgson in the 2012 D-II title game. Then he went on to a stellar career as a linebacker at Lehigh.
Readers’ picks: Isaiah Griffin, Middletown; Marquel Knight, Indian River; Makhi Jackson, Smyrna; Chris Godwin, Middletown. Brad’s picks: Chris Godwin, Middletown; Andre Patton, St. Elizabeth; Emon Roberts, Smyrna; Marquel Knight, Indian River.
Godwin went on to a fine career at Penn State, became a third-round NFL draft pick and is now among the top receivers in football, a second-team All-Pro pick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.
Patton also played in the Big Ten at Rutgers and caught six passes for the Los Angeles Chargers this season.
Both rank among the most dominant players in Delaware high school football over the past 10 years – on offense, defense and special teams.
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Readers’ picks: David Balint, St. Mark’s; Bilal Nichols, Hodgson. Brad’s picks: David Grinnage, Newark; Bilal Nichols, Hodgson.
Balint had good stats with the Spartans, and he isn’t a bad choice.
But the 6-foot-5 Grinnage was hard to stop at Newark, played three solid seasons at North Carolina State and has seen some NFL action with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nichols was more dominant as a defensive player at Hodgson, was a four-year star on the defensive line at Delaware and just finished his second solid season in the middle of the Chicago Bears’ line. The Silver Eagles didn’t throw to him a lot in high school, but when they did he usually caught it and scored.
Readers’ picks: T.J. Thomas, Delaware Military Academy; Dom Bright, St. Elizabeth; Sean Pie, Concord; Chris Lombardi, Concord; Caleb Weatherford, Middletown. Brad’s picks: Saleem Wormley, Smyrna; Evan Mulrooney, Salesianum; Hunter McHugh, Concord; Jacob Quinn, St. Mark’s; Conor Furey, Archmere.
Always a very tough position to select, as evidenced by wide variations in readers’ votes and the coaches’ All-State ballots every season.
But Wormley is the standout of this group, having just completed his freshman season at Penn State. And Mulrooney became a standout center at Maryland.
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Readers’ pick: Pearce Bartlett, Salesianum. Brad’s pick: Jacob Jaworski, Friends.
Bartlett was good, but we’ll go with Jaworski. In three years, I never saw him miss.
Readers’ picks: Mike Adams, St. Mark’s; Tashan Fitzgerald, Hodgson; Logan Bushweller, Salesianum; Brad Pease, St. Mark’s. Brad’s picks: Brian O’Neill, Salesianum; Frank Burton, William Penn; Amir Mitchell-Marville, Hodgson; Shymere Vessels, Woodbridge.
A really deep position, and we’re leaving some very good players out. But it has to be that way when you’re only picking four.
O’Neill was also a Delaware Basketball Player of the Year, put on almost 100 pounds of mostly muscle at Pittsburgh, became a second-round NFL draft pick and is now a solid offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings.
Readers’ picks: Darryl Williams, Smyrna; Brendan Fogarty, St. Mark’s; Shane Marvel, Sussex Tech; Peter Cox, Middletown. Brad’s picks: Ray Jones, Hodgson; Troy Reeder, Salesianum; Avery Roberts, Concord; Nick DiGati, Middletown.
Every team puts its best playmakers at linebacker, so narrowing this to four is exceptionally tough.
Troy Reeder went on to start at Penn State, transfer to Delaware and become a standout, and now plays for the Los Angeles Rams.
But we’re giving the tiniest of edges to Jones, who also starred at Delaware and was the fiercest hitter we’ve seen in a high school uniform.
Roberts was a top recruit at Nebraska, transferred and became the leading tackler at Oregon State this season. DiGati was a defensive centerpiece on some of Middletown’s best teams, and went on to be a standout at Delaware Valley.
Readers’ picks: Esaias Guthrie, Middletown; De’Quez Walker, Middletown; Jordan Griffin, Middletown; Shane Wilkins, Middletown. Brad’s picks: Darnell Savage, Caravel; Colby Reeder, Salesianum; Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Delcastle; Isaiah Barnes, Sussex Central.
Middletown must have never allowed a touchdown pass during the 2010s, because the readers’ top five picks played for the Cavaliers.
But we think there are some better choices, starting with Savage, a 2019 first-round NFL draft pick and starting safety for the Green Bay Packers.
Colby Reeder was a stellar running back, a devastating hitter on defense and blocked six kicks as a Salesianum senior before starring at Delaware.
Boddy-Calhoun became an All-Big Ten pick at Minnesota and played four years in the NFL. And Barnes was the glue of one of the state’s best recent defenses, which carried Sussex Central to the 2018 Division I state title.
Readers’ pick: Ryan Nelson, Delmar. Brad’s pick: Tyler Taschner, Tatnall.
Nelson is a fine choice, a two-time All-Stater. But we’re going with Taschner, because I can still remember sitting at an All-State banquet a few years ago, watching highlights of each first-team player and seeing several of Taschner’s punts soar at least 20 yards past the opposing returner.
Reader’s pick: None. Brad’s pick: Quadree Henderson, A.I. du Pont.
We didn’t include this position among the readers’ choices, but I’ll add it to find a deserving All-Decade place for Henderson, who went on to set the University of Pittsburgh record for career return touchdowns with seven (four kickoffs, three punts).
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All-Decade football voting
Readers’ voting results for the Delaware Online All-Decade high school football team:
Darius Wade, Middletown, 5,845
C.J. Henry, Hodgson, 4,035
Jamie Jarmon, Indian River, 3,798
Nolan Henderson, Smyrna, 1,768
Drew Fry, Middletown, 696
Ray Jones, Hodgson, 535
Taylor Reynolds, Newark, 439
Jamon Kane, Woodbridge, 8,708
Terrique Riddick, Woodbridge, 7,929
Darius Hale, Hodgson, 5,679
Kani Kane, Sussex Tech, 3,605
Desmond Sivels, Sussex Tech, 3,574
Dominique Dorsey, Caesar Rodney, 2,312
Will Knight, Smyrna, 2,245
Troy Reeder, Salesianum, 943
Jamar Baynard, Middletown, 924
Ryan Kilpatrick, Salesianum, 877
Patrick Udovich, Archmere, 722
Brooks Parker, Delmar, 718
Chris Jones, Laurel, 702
Colby Reeder, Salesianum, 683
Javon Peace, Dover, 575
Darnell Savage, Caravel, 573
Te’Shawn Dennard, Delmar, 514
Jerome Johnson, Cape Henlopen, 506
Eric Patton, St. Elizabeth, 497
Reggie Carroll, William Penn, 468
Pierce Ripanti, Caravel, 453
Quadir Bryant, Lake Forest, 436
Tarron Selby, St. Georges, 432
David Bowman, Milford, 429
Ethan Potter, Caravel, 423
Logan Gilbert, St. Georges, 414
Isaiah Griffin, Middletown, 7,619
Marquel Knight, Indian River, 6,437
Makhi Jackson, Smyrna, 5,997
Chris Godwin, Middletown, 2,712
Gabe Wescott, Woodbridge, 1,836
Emon Roberts, Smyrna, 1,351
Quadree Henderson, A.I. du Pont, 1,346
Andre Patton, St. Elizabeth, 933
Xavier Griffin, Newark, 869
Donte Ritchie, Smyrna, 815
Dalton Ziemba, St. Mark’s, 721
Dante Shells, Caesar Rodney, 714
Tavarus Sample, Dover, 661
Anthony DelPercio, Middletown, 630
Ryan Taylor, St. Mark’s, 622
Elizjah Lewis, Hodgson, 615
Kenneth Edelin, Middletown, 570
Nick Johnston, Middletown, 447
Jamai Rice, St. Mark’s, 436
David Balint, St. Mark’s, 1,322
Bilal Nichols, Hodgson, 1,046
Ameer Watson, Smyrna, 999
Frank Burton, William Penn, 728
Shawn Bowman, Howard, 709
Ryan Fields, Middletown, 698
Jaheim Wing, Middletown, 610
David Grinnage, Newark, 575
Collin Russell, St. Elizabeth, 459
T.J. Thomas, DMA, 7,573
Dom Bright, St. Elizabeth, 5,017
Sean Pie, Concord, 3,796
Chris Lombardi, Sussex Central, 3,293
Caleb Weatherford, Middletown, 1,881
Zach Zupan, Concord, 1,720
Greg Rostick, Salesianum, 1,465
Shawn Davis, Concord, 1,272
Hunter McHugh, Concord, 1,107
Ty-Key Moore, Smyrna, 1,095
Will Argo, Sussex Tech, 1,015
Jerren Carter, Smyrna, 914
Jake Quinn, St. Mark’s, 839
Saleem Wormley, Smyrna, 772
Brandon Dooley, William Penn, 630
Darren Helwig, Smyrna, 516
Blake Harbert, Middletown, 473
Jacob Jones, Hodgson, 429
Jacob Smulski, Middletown, 397
Evan Mulrooney, Salesianum, 325
Jackson Truitt, Appoquinimink, 319
Bradly Anyanwu, Dover, 307
Xavier Trotter, Hodgson, 307
Ahmod Westbrook, Middletown, 306
Michael Hurd, Dover, 297
Zach Warren, Salesianum, 290
Zebulon Wright, Salesianum, 283
Foster Holland, St. Mark’s, 254
Tkai Perry, Dover, 253
Mike Royston, Middletown, 253
Pat Ryan, Salesianum, 250
Ernest English, William Penn, 245
Ryan Nowakowski, St. Mark’s, 245
J.D. Filippone, Salesianum, 229
Nicholas Doe, Hodgson, 227
Audrick Brown, William Penn, 222
Shaquan Brittingham, St. Georges, 204
Mitch Moyer, Archmere, 201
Conor Furey, Archmere, 193
Jermaine Lugo, Howard, 187
Dan Turk, Salesianum, 158
Tyler Odrick, St. Georges, 156
Randy Sinnott, Salesianum, 154
Pearce Bartlett, Salesianum, 5,882
Pat Duffy, Salesianum, 3,967
Jacob Jaworski, Friends, 2,344
Jeff Richards, St. Mark’s, 1,111
T.J. Dematties, St. Mark’s, 327
Adam Szczreba, St. Elizabeth, 296
Mike Powers, Newark, 222
Cooper Urban, Salesianum, 197
Jay Perry, St. Mark’s, 113
Mike Adams, St. Mark’s, 7,356
Tashan Fitzgerald, Hodgson, 3,742
Logan Bushweller, Salesianum, 2,720
Brad Pease, St. Mark’s, 2,540
Leah Styles, Woodbridge, 2,359
Anthony McPoyle, Dover, 1,193
Jayvon Thomas, A.I. du Pont, 1,192
Shymere Vessels, Woodbridge, 1,148
Jaire Hicks, St. Georges, 1,090
Stefon Woodruff, St. Georges, 810
Brian O’Neill, Salesianum, 693
Frank Burton, William Penn, 622
Sean Murphy, St. Mark’s, 615
Lee Jones, St. Mark’s, 590
Hugo Harp, Smyrna, 504
Desmond Wilson, Smyrna, 480
Hunter Moyer, Smyrna, 459
Kyle Cathers, Salesianum, 413
Luke Horney, St. Mark’s, 393
Jacob Bricker, Middletown, 381
Ryan Fields, Middletown, 358
Xavier Trotter, Hodgson, 322
Malcolm Bowden, Sussex Central, 319
Amir Mitchell-Marville, Hodgson, 287
Jalik Heyward, Hodgson, 284
Jaheim Wing, Middletown, 274
Kasim Lewis, Sussex Central, 271
Jacob Smulski, Middletown, 235
Caleb Weatherford, Middletown, 194
John Flamer, Lake Forest, 187
Ernest English, William Penn, 179
Mitch Moyer, Archmere, 174
LaTerrian Spruill, Middletown, 174
D’Mir Copeland, William Penn, 163
Randall Anderson, William Penn, 144
Devin LaBau, St. Mark’s, 143
Marek Easton, Salesianum, 132
Markel Weldon, Middletown, 131
Mike Williams, St. Mark’s, 115
Joe Laznik, Appoquinimink, 114
Darryl Williams, Smyrna, 4,339
Brendan Fogarty, St. Mark’s, 3,008
Shane Marvel, Sussex Tech, 2,405
Peter Cox, Middletown, 2,290
Avery Roberts, Concord, 2,239
Charles Hope, William Penn, 1,387
Troy Reeder, Salesianum, 1,300
Grahm Roberts, Concord, 1,022
Brock Keeler, Woodbridge, 733
Nick DiGati, Middletown, 583
Ray Jones, Hodgson, 577
Kedrick Whitehead, Middletown, 577
Josh Hutchinson, Smyrna, 461
Hunter VonArx, Delmar, 452
Cory Mattox, Delmar, 398
Eric Patton, St. Elizabeth, 378
Brandon Shimko, Hodgson, 257
Zion Reed, Sussex Central, 256
Aaron Clark, Middletown, 252
Eric Shimko, Hodgson, 252
Deon Wright, Dover, 245
Erich Schneider, Middletown, 240
Mike McGreevy, Salesianum, 235
Shaquan Brittingham, St. Georges, 186
Josh Patrick, Salesianum, 170
Marquis Lake, William Penn, 157
Miles Hunter, Caesar Rodney, 153
Atticus Hall, Milford, 149
Conor Furey, Archmere, 140
Darren DiRenzo, Archmere, 101
Josh Parson, Appoquinimink, 74
Esaias Guthrie, Middletown, 1,882
De’Quez Walker, Middletown, 1,568
Jordan Griffin, Middletown, 1,290
Shane Wilkins, Middletown, 945
Chris Godwin, Middletown, 783
Quadree Henderson, A.I. du Pont, 755
Darnell Savage, Caravel, 692
Gabe Wescott, Woodbridge, 679
Colby Reeder, Salesianum, 588
Isaiah Barnes, Sussex Central, 563
Carlton Nash, Smyrna, 449
Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Delcastle, 376
David Bowman, Milford, 329
Andre Patton, St. Elizabeth, 321
Zach Burton, William Penn, 307
Darius Jones, McKean, 290
Ruben Saunders, Hodgson, 273
Jabre Lolley, St. Mark’s, 255
Isaiah Gaynor, William Penn, 252
Ny’Ghee Lolley, Hodgson, 241
Isiah Mitchell, Middletown, 239
Ethan Potter, Caravel, 238
Thomas Davis, Middletown, 228
Domonique Smith, Sussex Central, 227
Daniel Douglas, Hodgson, 167
Keyjuan Selby, St. Georges, 167
Malik Banks, Howard, 153
Na’Quan Watson, Howard, 148
Reginald Grinnell, Glasgow, 141
Myric Rhodes, William Penn, 140
Teddy Patton, McKean, 111
Jarrett Ross, Charter of Wilmington 85
Ryan Nelson, Delmar, 5,854
Tyler Taschner, Tatnall, 5,283
Jacob Jaworski, Wilmington Friends, 1,086
Jim Andrews, Salesianum, 431
Jordan Dorman, Sussex Central, 331
Will Frangia, Salesianum, 325
Adam Szczerba, St. Elizabeth, 260
Sean Smith, Salesianum, 185
T.J. Morton, Salesianum, 169
Collin Russell, St. Elizabeth, 109