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The Decade's Best: high school football

With the release of the final All-Met football team of the decade coming next week, we thought it would be fun to look back on the past 10 seasons and try to assemble a team of the decade, pulling from the more than 300 schools in the Washington area. If selecting each year's All-Met team spurs plenty of heated debate, then we can only imagine what picking a team of this ilk would generate.

But don’t scan NFL rosters or look back at who went on to great college careers; we're making these choices solely based upon players' high school accomplishments – taking into account not just individual statistics, but also how much those stats went toward helping his team win games.

That makes it a little tougher; how do you ignore the standout NFL careers that Douglass's Shawne Merriman or Westfield's Eddie Royal are putting together, and just focus on their high school resumes? Well, we're going to try.

We're interested in your opinions, too. We're going to start by offering a list of players who we would consider the top candidates for Player of the Decade on each side of the ball. We've also selected some teams that we are considering the best of the decade, as well.

Over the next week, we'd like to hear your opinions on these nominees. We will publish our all-decade team and the reasons behind our selections next week. We'll also publish a list of players that we totally missed when it came time to All-Met selections.

If you feel especially passionate about one player or team, state your case in the comments or email us. We'll publish the best reader takes on the blog as long as you include your full name and city and state in the comment/email.

Quick links:

Teams of the decade

Top offensive players of the decade

Top defensive players of the decade

By Alan Goldenbach and Josh Barr  |  December 9, 2009; 2:11 AM ET
Categories:  Decade's Best , Football  
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This post does not belong in this area but it's one of the few Football related articles I can post on...I think it's disgraceful that Linganore was not ranked by the Washington Post this year. They should be ranked either number 1 or at the very least number 2.....They're ranked number 21 in the nation in USA Today's top 25, being 2 spots behind Good Counsel. Good Counsel was in a higher division but they did loose this year. Both Urbana and Linganore where ranked last year. But due to "economic reasons", only Urbana was ranked this year and they're only a few miles from Linganore. Linganore had the toughest road to the Championship this year. They've beaten 3 of the post's top 20 teams. Well, demolished them would be more accurate. They played Huntingtown in the championship when Huntingtown was ranked 4th!!!....And in an article leading up to the game the Washington Post recognized Linganore as being "HEAVY FAVORITES"! How can a team be a heavy favorite and NOT BE RANKED?!!??! C'mon people, let the Washington Post know that they cannot insult our intelligence purely because they refused to spend the few hundred extra bucks a year to cover Linganore.

Posted by: jacob21703 | December 9, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Merriman went to Douglass, not Gwynn Park.

Posted by: Barsyames | December 9, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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