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HAMMOCK: Norcross' Wilber, North's Haynes lead all-county snubs

Norcross' Joseph Wilber

Norcross' Joseph Wilber

As we look back on this high school football season's two all-county teams --the Daily Post's and the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett's --we can all find issues with one thing or another.

Between those two lists, a ton of football players are honored. But there are also way more standouts in Gwinnett than there are spots, which means deserving guys will inevitably be left off one team or the other.

In some cases, they're left off both all-county teams, which is my focus in this space today. Here's my look at all-county caliber players who surprisingly were left off during the voting process this year.

On the offensive side:

--Joseph Wilber, Norcross

The senior went 23-3 as a starter, including 15-0 this season for the Class AAAAAA state champions. He threw for 2,448 and a county-best 29 touchdowns (to just five interceptions), guiding a prolific offense with a 66.2 completion percentage.

An athletic kid, he could have run for more yards but Norcross used him sparingly in that role to protect his health for a playoff run.

"All he did was lead, lead and lead," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. "We wouldn't be where we are without him."

--Michael Haynes, North Gwinnett

Only three quarterbacks can be honored on the all-county teams, so that's why guys like Wilber and Haynes missed out.

Haynes threw for 2,193 yards and 26 TDs with a 66.5 completion percentage, rushed for 622 more yards and led the Bulldogs' playoff run while playing on a broken leg.

--Rafe Chapple, GAC

Chapple led the Spartans to the semifinals in AA and his 2,461 passing yards ranked second in the county. He threw 26 TDs to just eight picks.

--Will Anderson, Wesleyan

Anderson also was hurt because he was a quarterback, but he had another strong season with 2,264 passing yards and 21 TDs.

--Sean Fowler, Archer

Running back spots also are at a premium on the all-county lists, which kept Fowler and his 1,077 rushing yards and 10 TDs off the lists.

--Marvin Elam, Mountain View

Just like Fowler, Elam was a 1,000-yard rusher who deserved a better fate in the postseason awards.

Now onto the defense:

--Jalen Brooks, North Gwinnett

A playmaker all season for the Bulldogs, Brooks had 93 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions from his linebacker spot.

--Chris Dancy, Brookwood

The junior linebacker ranked second in Gwinnett with 153 tackles.

--Kevin Mouhon, Norcross

The Norcross linebacker, also a junior, got better and better as the season progressed, finishing third in Gwinnett with 152 tackles.

--Justis Rosser, Parkview

Though I'm listing Rosser on defense, it was hardly his only contribution as the Panthers made the state quarterfinals.

He had 50 tackles and two interceptions on defense and also stepped up offensively when star back Chris Carson was lost for the season, rushing for 743 yards and 10 TDs.

Will Hammock can be reached via email at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/willhammock.