2015 was a great year for Smyrna Eagle running-back, sophomore #25 Will Knight. Many memorable performances on the gridiron left absolutely no doubt to area high-school football fans who was the best player in the state. The Smyrna offense averaged 50 plus points a game, Knight reflecting a basketball player while averaging 22 points per contest, himself! The Eagles piled up nine regular season wins, usually putting the game out of reach by halftime. Their only set-back being a 76-56 loss to eventual championship game opponent Salesianum. Knight’s ability coupled with the results it produced was must-see entertainment for ten straight weeks. Narrowly missing a first round bye during the DIAA state football playoffs, the 3rd seeded Eagles blazed through the 6th seeded Mount Pleasant Green Knights at home 56-32. From there they went up north to visit the defending champion, #2 seed William Penn Colonials. Before halftime against a very tough Colonial defense, DeSPN’s All-Delaware QB, junior #2 Nolan Henderson was knocked-out of the contest. This left everyone playing and in attendance knowing that Smyrna would now have to lean heavily upon running-back Will Knight. Down 13-7, his second-half performance of three touchdowns, the first being a 99-yard gallop and three two-point conversion runs powered Smyrna into the finals. After the game the talk was about how the Colonial defense, one of the toughest in the state, couldn’t stop Knight knowing that he was getting the ball just about every play. In the championship game, a re-match versus top-seeded Salesianum, Knight scored two decisive TD’s. The first trip into the end zone tied the game late to send into overtime. His second TD came in OT providing the go-ahead points that clinched the Division I football championship as Smyrna won 32-26.
Reporting on games throughout the state, division I and II it became clear after a few weeks that Smyrna’s sophomore running-back, #25 Will Knight was the real-deal and possibly the best player, hands-down. His consistent dominating performances paired with winning the state title after defeating a gauntlet of strong opponents was enough of a resume to be rewarded. Delaware State Prep News is proud to present Will Knight the inaugural Mr. Delaware Football Award as the state’s top player. Smyrna Head Coach Mike Judy described Will as a very mature sixteen year old both physically and mentally. From the first day of practice on, the coaching staff knew he has the talent and determination to do it all. When your programs best player works the hardest and sets a great example for his teammates, it’s a recipe for success. Coach Judy finished saying how focused and driven Knight is and that after high school he has a promising future either on or off the field.
After presenting the award to Will, he was asked a couple questions being able to look back on the season that was:
DeSPN: Now that the season has been over for a little while and you’ve had time to reflect do you realize the type of season that you had as a sophomore?
WK: Actually I do, I see the impact I had on our season and it makes me want to do more next year. It’s really motivating seeing the effects of our championship season in the school and around town.
DeSPN: What are your goals going into your junior season? How do they differ from the goals you set prior to your sophomore season?
WK: I would love to duplicate my sophomore season, especially the championship. I am training to fight through adversity and to do what I do, only better.
DeSPN: Besides winning the state title, what was your favorite moment/game of your sophomore season?
WK: I really don’t have a favorite moment besides winning the title because every time I strap up, I’m playing the game I love. Everything about playing football is my favorite, I like it all. One game does stick out. It was the playoff game versus William Penn, that was my favorite.
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