1. Howard – Defending Division II state champion Wildcats return super wide-out senior, #10 Korey Kent along with most of its offensive line. Skill positions at Howard are always at a premium and the defense seems to get tougher as each week passes. A tough schedule lies ahead including a date with defending Division I state champion Smyrna on October 8th.
2. Wilmington Friends – After finishing 10-2 in 2015 and losing to Howard in the state semi-finals, the Quakers are poised to make a state title run in coach Bob Tattersall’s 49th season. Friend’s has plenty of talent and a load of experience returning including three-year starting QB #7, Justin Beneck, and his backfield.
3. Caravel – 2015 was a rare down year at Caravel Academy as they finished 3-6. 2016 brings a chance for the Buccaneers to redeem themselves as a perennial state title contender. An experienced offensive line anchored by massive seniors #55, Keith Medley and #76, Curtis Linton combined with a few transfers should have Caravel in the hunt for a playoff birth and more.
4. Woodbridge – The Blue Raiders return the majority of their team that finished 8-4 after a close loss in the D-II Semi-finals. An experienced offensive backfield led by junior RB #3, Antwain Holden & senior RB #2 Terrique Riddick will take care of the ball behind an offensive line anchored by “Monster” senior OL/DL #66, Shymere Vessels and Co. If Woodbridge starts fast the Blue Raiders could be a threat to win it all.
5. Delaware Military Academy – After finishing 9-1 in the 2015 regular season the Seahawks suffered a disappointing first round playoff loss. Returning senior QB #8, Jacob Hudson has most of his offensive line back which will help the Seahawks chances of getting back into the D-II playoffs picture.
6. St. Elizabeth – University of Delaware commit, offensive lineman senior #54, Mickey Henry will help open holes for the talented speedster, junior RB #7, Chris Cropper. The Viking’s also return junior QB #15, Casey Rock, all together this group is looking to improve upon last years 4-6 record.
7. Archmere – A tough opponent for any D-II school to match up with, the Auks return bruising senior RB #44, Patrick Udovich along with senior utility player #24, Mark Dombroski. If the new starting QB, junior #16, Joseph DeGregorio can get the ball downfield the Auk’s will once again be a tough team to beat.
8. Tatnall – A very popular pick for most improved team coming into 2016. The Hornet’s return almost every starter from a team that finished 6-4, losing some close games. Do it all senior RB #21, Sam Ragland can get loose on any play. With an experience offensive line and a seasoned defense, expect Tatnall to go toe-to-toe with all opponents.
9. St. Marks – Finishing 2015 4-6 and not making the playoffs after their first season back in Division II, the Spartan’s will try to blend new comers with experience starters to navigate one of the states tougher schedules. After losing more than a few games by single digits, St.Marks experience and talent should guide them into their second season back in Division II .
10. Lake Forest – Finished 8-3 in 2015 after losing in the first round of the D-II playoffs. The defending Henlopen South champions have a long conference winning streak intact. It has been over two seasons since the Spartans have lost to a Henlopen South football foe. If junior QB #1, Xavier Daniels can bring the offense together, Lake Forest’s stingy defense should make the Spartans match up with Woodbridge determine the south champ.
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