With high school football all-everything teams being named, I thought it apropos to contribute to the recognition of the fine local gridiron athletes we watch.
There are many great players in The Mirror's coverage area. I covered games for Thomson and Warren County this year and kept up with Briarwood by way of lengthy conversations with Bucs Correspondent Jack Smallwood.
Armed with that knowledge, I chose seven outstanding players on offense and defense. Enjoy my list, but keep in mind it is for entertainment purposes. I mean no disrespect to players not chosen; they all deserve a pat on the back.
So without further ado, I name the Inaugural (because having a first annual anything is an oxymoron) Ridin' the Pine All-McDuffie/Warren County football team.
On offense, I chose a quarterback, two running backs, a wide receiver, two offensive linemen and a kicker. (If a player's class is not mentioned, he is a senior.)
At quarterback, we have Warren County junior Tommy Seals. Seals accumulated 1,035 yards on the ground and led his team to the GHSA class A quarterfinals. At running back from the same team is Quadrez Reese who had 1,048 yards on the season.
Thomson fullback LaBrandon Hudson has the other running back position with over 1,300 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, according to thomsonfootball.com. Offensive lineman Martell Winfrey helped make room for Hudson, putting him on the team.
Briarwood's tight end Kyle Ewest makes the other lineman position. His teammate, junior wide receiver David Josebury hauled in lots of passes for the Bucs.
At kicker, Warren County's Ivory Story booted key extra points and field goals, including a 31-yarder at the buzzer to beat Jefferson.
On defense, I chose two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs and a punter.
Chase Wilson anchored Briarwood's defense at nose guard. At 6', 210 lbs., he recorded 80 tackles. The leadership skills of Thomson defensive end Deltrick Sneed were invaluable. Thomsonfootball.com says he had 59 tackles, four sacks and an interception.
Sophomore linebacker Lonnie Harris led the Bulldogs in tackles this year. From that position he posted an outrageous 113 tackles, five sacks and an interception. Briarwood junior John Spivey hit hard all year at linebacker.
Vincent Scott may not have as many tackles as other Thomson defensive backs, but he filled in everywhere he was needed, at kicker, wide receiver and punter returner. Warren County Sophomore Kentrell Latimore heard his number on offense, but recovering fumbles put him on the team at defensive back.
Briarwood sophomore Cane Gilmer led local punters with an average of 36 yards per punt.
And for the big finish, it's coach of the year. Who else but Warren County's Lee Hutto? The first-year head coach made the state playoffs with a tough schedule.
Congrats to this year's team.