Friendly RB battle heats up at DSU scrimmage

Mike Waters

DOVER — The healthy rivalry in the Delaware State backfield has resumed.

With Mike Waters back in action, the Hornets’ running game had a field day in their annual football spring game on Saturday.

Waters and Brycen Alleyne combined for five touchdowns to highlight the offensive performance in the Red-White scrimmage hosted by Dover High.

Waters missed the final eight games of his sophomore season a year ago with an injury. He only played in three games in 2017 after setting the school record for most rushing yards by a freshman in 2016.

Waters scored three times on Saturday while Alleyne added a pair of touchdowns.

“We feed off each other,” Alleyne said. “It’s a lot of good competition between us. I’m definitely excited, me and Mike have been tight since the first day he came on his visit. We go back and forth with each other, we’re like brothers.”

“He pushes me to go harder and I push him to go harder,” Waters said. “We might argue sometimes but at the end of the day we’re still brothers.”

Alleyne had the two longest plays of the day.

His first touchdown was a 61-yard rush where he juked his way past the secondary and into open field. His second came from 52 yards out as he burst through a wide-open hole.

Brycen Alleyne

Waters’ touchdowns were from 12, 11 and eight yards. He finished with 83 yards on nine attempts.

“I’m just glad to be out here with the team,” Waters said. “I’ve been working all offseason and had a great offseason with the guys. I’m just happy to be out here with all them.”

Alleyne was the leading rusher with 140 yards on only six carries.

“I call them the two-headed monster,” said DSU first-year coach Rod Milstead. “They’re like fire and ice. They both want the ball, they both want to be the man. They’ve been fighting all spring, once one scores, the next one wants to score. You saw it today and they’re having fun doing it.”

Giovanni Downie also had a rushing touchdown from 18 yards out.

The Hornets rotated five different quarters backs during the scrimmage.

Jack McDaniels saw the most playing time. He completed three of his seven attempts

For 64 yards.

Keenan Black started the game at quarterback but only played one series before he finished the scrimmage playing at safety on defense. Black started the most games for the Hornets of all the quarterbacks a year ago.

Nasir Boykins, River Walker and Shayne Smith also lined up at quarterback on Saturday. All three redshirted in 2017.

The Hornets did not turn the ball over during the scrimmage. The defense forced three punts.

“The one thing I wanted to see is our guys competing,” Milstead said. “I wanted to evaluate our players and our coaches. I think we got something positive out of our 15 days of spring ball. The coaches have done a great job of getting the team prepared and the players are buying in to what we’re selling.”

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