Seaford wants to keep building on last year’s progress

Dwayne Henry

SEAFORD — For a football program that’s struggled to win many games at all lately, progress can’t always be measured in victories.

That being said, Seaford High’s 4-5 record last fall was its best since 2009. And the Blue Jays’ 32-20 win over Indian River was the program’s first Henlopen Southern Division victory since 2012, snapping a 31-game South losing streak.

So with Seaford opening the season at 6 p.m. Friday by hosting Middle Township, N.J., coach Dwayne Henry was pleased with what the Jays accomplished in 2017.

“We made some improvements,” he said. “When you have a losing season, you never really feel good about it. But we took some steps in the right direction.”

Henry has 11 seniors on this year’s rosters, most of who have been with him since he was hired as Seaford’s coach four years ago. Henry especially likes the Jays’ experience on their offensive line right now.

“They’ve been playing together for a while,” he said. “It makes a difference when kids know what they’re doing, they’ve been around and they understand. It really helps.

“Now they know how to make the calls. They know what adjustments to make. And they know what my expectations are. They’re also being leaders.”

Among the group of returning starters for Seaford are Logan Absher, Jerry Lacy, Thomas Lacy, Isaiah Lake, Leroy McLaughlin, Ja’hMier Garrison-DeShields and Billy Hoyle.

“I try to stay away from (talking about) wins and losses,” said Henry. “I always tell our team, our goal is to be 1-0. If we win our first game, we win our first game. Then we go on from there.

“We seem to be moving the ball more effectively. We’re just trying to get better each and every day. We just want to be competitive.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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