WDEL Athlete of the Week

WP's Dooley - WDEL HS Athlete of the Week

By Sean Greene Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 7:08pm
VIDEO: Interview with Brandon Dooley
William Penn center Brandon Dooley is this week's WDEL High School Athlete of the Week.

The junior anchors a line averaging 275 yards per game on the ground as the Colonials are 11-0 on the season.

William Penn's season came to an end in a loss at Caesar Rodney last year, and Dooley says that focused his team in the offseason.

"It made us know that we have a good team, we just have to work harder. That's what we did, everybody put in multiple hours and time, and we hung out with each other and became more of a team."

The center is the only position in football that touches the ball on every offensive snap, and Brandon says there's a lot to process on every play.

"It's hard to read a defense, snap the ball, and then fly to your position. It's hard to go from one spot to another while snapping the ball."

William Penn's head coach is Brandon's father Marvin, and Brandon says while he loves playing for his dad, it comes with extra challenges at times.

"The extra coaching. Sometimes you have to put in 8 hours a day over everyone else's 4, but it's worth it."

Dooley says he aspires to become a math teacher after college.

"I love watching students succeed. I watch them grow up, and, to me, that's the best feeling, watching someone grow up and succeed in life."

William Penn looks to succeed in picking up their first Division I Football Championship since 2002 when they battle Middletown Saturday at 5:30 inside Delaware Stadium. WDEL will broadcast the game as part of its Championship Tripleheader on Saturday.

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