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Caravel QB Barker fitting in after transfer from ECA

By Sean Greene 3:09pm, August 30, 2016 - Updated 3:21pm, August 30, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene catches up with Caravel
Alex Barker was a rising senior without a school, but some long-formed connections.

The closure of Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland left a quality group of talent needing to find homes for their senior years.

That included Barker, a 6'3" quarterback who has attracted attention from college recruiters at schools like Buffalo, Ohio, and Youngstown State. He was named 2nd-Team All-Maryland Private School in 2014, and made the Honorable Mention list last season.

Needing to find a new home for his final year of high school eligibility, all he had to do was go back to his youth football coach, Caravel head coach John Reed.

Saying he enjoyed playing under Reed on teams that included his new center Jake Reed, it was a logical move to come to Caravel. Despite what can be well-entrenched friendship patterns by 12th grade, Barker says he has fit in immediately.

"It was tough here at first, but the kids and coaches here have welcomed me with (open) arms, and made it really easy."

Jake Reed, John's son, said that's not by accident.

"We put him right in the mix. We don't let him stay with the new guys. We mix them all in so they get to know us."

Barker takes the keys to an offense that was steered by Jackson Argoe last year, who transferred to Elkton (Maryland) High School for his senior year. The two schools meet on September 16 in a rematch of a game Elkton won 7-3 last year.

He figures to bring in plenty of experience from his time at Eastern Christian. The Honey Badgers were judged by MaxPreps to have the toughest schedule in the country in 2014, and played schools in Georgia, Florida, and Canada last year.

Protecting Barker will be a sizable offensive line anchored by Reed at center.

The Bucs welcome back 5 of their 6 members from the offensive line and tight end, and Jake Reed says they've only improved as a group.

"We had a really good offseason. Two of our guys (Keith Medley and Curtis Linton) wrestled, and that really helps them balance and strengthwise by pulling and pushing people around. Damon Callis and Vincent Green were in the weight room with me, so we really became one unit. We all get along really well."

Caravel finished a disappointing 3-6 last season, although included in that were narrow losses to Elkton, Buena (New Jersey), and Hodgson that could have easily flipped that record around and earned them a playoff spot.

They once again face a tough schedule in 2016, with 4 of their 10 games (Concord, Elkton, Salesianum, and Cape Henlopen) featuring Division I opponents. A victory in one of those games could go a long way with bonus points to getting them into Division II's field of eight playoff teams. In addition, they'll have their Backyard Brawl with rival Hodgson on November 4.

CARAVEL 2016 SCHEDULE



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You can contact Sean Greene, Sports Director for WDEL and Delaware Sports Zone, at sgreene@dbcmedia.com, Instagram, or



Hodgson's Heyward shifts from LB to aid pass rush

By Sean Greene 10:27pm, August 29, 2016 - Updated 10:30pm, August 29, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene catches up with the Silver Eagles
Hodgson's Jalik Heyward had a solid sophomore year by any measure, but that's not stopping Head Coach Frank Moffett from mixing things up for his junior campaign.

Heyward is being switched from an outside linebacker to defensive end in an attempt to take advantage of his growing 6'4", 210-pound frame.

In the 3-4 alignment, Heyward often was used as the blitzing linebacker, although he said he's looking forward to having lower pass-coverage responsibilities as he focuses on running backs and quarterbacks.

"I really like it. I get more physical down in the dirt. I like the head-on contact with somebody, it's more physical."

Heyward was already plenty physical in 2015, accounting for 55 tackles in the Silver Eagles' 11 games, along with 17 tackles for loss and a team-high 5 sacks.

Defense figures to be important for the Silver Eagles this season, as they come off a 6-5 campaign that ended in a 39-14 loss to rival St. Georges in the quarterfinals of the Division II State Tournament.

Besides Heyward, LB Vaughn Wood (55 tackles, 17 TFL, 4 tackles), Greg Tucker (44 tackles, 10 TFL), and Will Hunter (40 tackles, 8 TFL) also figure to be challenges for Flight B opponents.

Heyward sees plenty of reason for optimism.

"We're bigger, faster stronger, and we get the job done."

Quarterback Marc Perez is back for his senior season, after throwing for 762 yards and 5 touchdowns, along with 7 rushing scores, last year. Hodgson still has a battle at running back, with 4 returning tailbacks who rushed for over 200 yards. Competition figures to be a key word over the next week of preparation, as over 100 kids came out for the opening days of drills, leaving Coach Moffett with some tough decisions.

Hodgson opens with what should be an intriguing interconference showdown with Lake Forest, and will also tackle St. Mark's and Backyard Brawl rival Caravel in their non-conference action. They'll take on defending Division II champion Howard in Week 4.

HODGSON 2016 SCHEDULE



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You can contact Sean Greene, Sports Director for WDEL and Delaware Sports Zone, at sgreene@dbcmedia.com, Instagram, or





Blue Hens' Brock says running back will be a strong suit

By Don Voltz 8:23pm, August 29, 2016
VIDEO: Dave Brock on Delaware's Running Backs
The University of Delaware kicks off its 2016 season Thursday night when the Blue Hens host the Delaware State Hornets....and coach Dave Brock is excited to get things started.

Brock has said numerous times he thinks this team is a playoff team...and after three straight years under his helm of missing the playoffs, this would seem to be a good time to advance beyond the regular season.

Delaware is both experienced and deep and that has Brock extolling the strengths of this team. Eighteen players are back who have starting experience.

While last year's Delaware team had its problems on offense, most of the problems on that side of the ball were because of an ineffective passing game...poor play by quarterback Joe Walker and his receivers. But the running game was a different matter. After Wes Hills and Jalen Randolph went down with season-ending injuries, Thomas Jefferson and Kareem Williams stepped in and rushed for 890 and 795 yards respectively. Jefferson was named CAA Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Now the Blue Hens have a wealth of riches at running back. Hills rushed for 952 yards two years ago, scoring six touchdowns while Randolph rushed for 629 yards that same year with nine scores. Jefferson rushed for seven scores a year ago.

Brock says Hills has worked especially hard in the off-season, calling him the total package. He says Hills has a great work ethic and that has won him the respect of his teammates...he and Randolph are two of the team's four captains this year.

Brock says Hills will also play on special teams and will be the deep return man on kickoffs.

The three running backs are so good, Brock says he'll have to use a rotation to get them all playing time...and his plan now is to red-shirt Williams, in spite of his outstanding season last year.

Brock also talked about Joe Walker's improvement....last year, he was arguably the worst starting quarterback in FCS football, with the team dead last in passing yards per game. His receivers didn't help any as they were unable to get any consistent separation to have any downfield threat.



But Brock says Walker has improved from a year ago. Brock says he's matured, his preparation has gotten much better and he focuses more on details..meanwhile, his receivers have worked hard with him in the off-season.

On defense, Brock says the team has to play great run defense, get to the quarterback more and force more turnovers. The back seven has a great deal of depth, especially at linebacker, where former Salesianum star and Penn State linebacker Troy Reeder will play after transferring from Happy Valley. Brock says Reeder will be an exceptional player...with adjectives like active, strong, fast and smart used to describe him. Brock says Reeder will have a significant impact on the defense.

Delaware is coming off a 4-7 season...their opponent, in-state rival Delaware State, suffered through a 1-10 season last year, finally winning on the last Saturday of the season.

Kickoff at Delaware Stadium Thursday night is 7pm.



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