Six Sussex County football players, including two each from Henlopen Conference Southern Division champion Woodbridge and Delmar, have been selected to the 1999 Delaware High School All-State first team.
In addition, Woodbridge linebacker Corey Sanders, who helped lead the Blue Raiders to a 10-0 regular season record and the program's first state tournament appearance, was named the state's defensive player of the year. His coach, John Parker, had been named the state's coach of the year earlier in the week.
Besides Sanders, Woodbridge also placed wide receiver Jeremy Maddox and linebacker Corey Sanders, Delmar defensive back Dustin Johnson and placekicker Mickey Budd, Sussex Central defensive lineman Jack Roach, and Cape Henlopen linebacker Mark Moore.
Maddox and Sanders helped lead the Blue Raiders to their first state tournament appearance ever and an unbeaten regular season mark of 10-0.
Maddox, a 6-0, 160-pound junior, caught 32 passes for 559 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, he returned 6 kickoffs for 182 yards and a touchdown and 4 punts for a 50.5 average.
Sanders, a 6-2, 215-pound senior, recorded 132 tackles, forced 6 fumbles, recovered 5 fumbles and intercepted 2 passes.
Johnson, a 5-11, 153-pound junior, also made the team as an honorable mention quarterback. He returned one interception 41 yards for a touchdown in Delmar's win over Lake Forest.
Budd, a third-team all-state selection in soccer, booted a 41-yard field goal in the final seconds to lift Delmar over Milford, 31-28.
Roach, a 5-10, 205-pound junior, helped lead the Golden Knights to an 8-2 season. He had 62 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 sacks.
Moore, a 6-0, 195-pound senior, made the first team for the second straight year. He is considering the University of Delaware, James Madison University, and Towson University for college.
Named to the second team offense from Sussex County were Cape Henlopen tight end Tom Sheehan, Cape offensive tackle Trip Delcampo, Sussex Central tackle and guard Matt Lawrence and Jake Booth, and Seaford running back Jeron Handy.
The second team defense includes Woodbridge lineman Chris Horsey, Sussex Central lineman Burless Hall, and Cape Henlopen punter Nick Shaffer.
The honorable mention offense includes Sussex Central end Jesse Makowski, Cape guard Barry Barlow, Laurel guard Ryan McDowell, Sussex Tech guard Ben Jones, Cape center Keith Muchler, Delmar quarterback Dustin Johnson, Laurel running back Titus Mims, Woodbridge running back Titus Mims and Sussex Central placekicker Toby Hall.
The honorable mention defense includes Laurel's Jacob Byrd, Woodbridge linebacker Adam Hickman, Seaford defensive back Courtney Griffin, and Woodbridge defensive back Jason Rust. Rust was also the honorable mention punter.
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