Quarterback Woodlin emerging as Riders star

First-year starting QB Tremere Woodlin will look to continue his growth as CR travels to Cape Henlopen tonight. Delaware State News file photo

CAMDEN — Tremere Woodlin felt the pocket forming around him and kept his eyes downfield.

The Caesar Rodney High quarterback took a couple of steps forward and heaved the ball over everyone. That is, everyone except the on-rushing receiver Corey Handy.

“I just trusted in my line that I would be able to step up in the pocket and deliver a great ball,” Woodlin recalled. “I trusted that my wide receiver was going to get to it.”

The 53-yard touchdown bomb was just one of several highlight plays the junior posted during last Friday’s 34-7 Homecoming victory for the Riders over Milford.

Woodlin has been making more and more of those plays as the season has gone on. The first-year starter will look to continue his growth as Caesar Rodney travels to Cape Henlopen High for a 7 p.m. kickoff tonight.

“We’re seeing him grow up right before our eyes,” said CR coach Dan Candeloro of Woodlin.

Woodlin spent his first two years at Caesar Rodney quarterbacking the junior varsity team. But he was called up this year and won the starting job prior to the opener against Appoquinimink.

Riders coach Dan Candeloro said the Caesar Rodney coaching staff has noticed Tremere Woodlin has been displaying the leadership qualities it expects out of the quarterback over the last few weeks. Delaware State News file photo

And a good amount of his junior varsity teammates from a year ago are now starting with him on varsity, including running backs Anthony Rivera, Kendall Smith and Handy, the other end of that 53-yard touchdown. They’re all part of a junior class who know they have another year after this of playing together.

“We’re all young,” Woodlin said. “So we know we’ve got to step up. If one person goes out, it’s the next man up. We’re going to keep fighting.”

Candeloro said the Caesar Rodney coaching staff has noticed Woodlin has been displaying the leadership qualities it expects out of the quarterback over the last few weeks.

“He’s starting to take the team under him and starting to be a leader,” Candeloro said. “He’s getting out to practice on time and doing the right things both on the field and off the field.”

The entire Caesar Rodney team showed that attitude last week as the victory over Milford came after the Riders were shut out 40-0 the week prior at Middletown High.

In a season of ups-and-downs, the Riders have never folded.

After two-straight losses to start the year, Woodlin earned his first victory as starting quarterback in Week Three against Polytech. Woodlin went 3-of-5 on his passing attempts in that game for 81 yards and also connected with Handy for a touchdown.

He provided three touchdowns for the Riders last week by adding a three-yard run up the middle and maneuvering his way around the defense on a 21-yard keeper late in the fourth quarter.

Even in defeats, Woodlin has shown signs of being the quarterback the Caesar Rodney staff thinks he can be.

He led a potential game-winning drive all the way down to the goalline in the second game against Caravel. Woodlin converted on fourth-and-long in the final minute by scrambling around before finding Rivera for a first down. He then tossed a 21-yard pass to bring the Riders into the red zone.

But CR lost on the final play after being stopped a half-yard short of the end zone as time ran out.

Those opening defeats did not deter Woodlin though.

“At the beginning it was a little struggle but I knew we were going to get it together,” Woodlin said. “We had a tough couple games but we’ve been doing our best.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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