Smyrna linebacker Debo Williams wins Defensive Player of Year All-State award

Debo Williams finished his senior season with a Smyrna school record 153 tackles. Delaware State News file photos

SMYRNA — Darryl “Debo” Williams was already leaving Smyrna High as the most decorated defender in school history.

The senior linebacker added another accolade on Monday.

Williams became the first Smyrna player to win the state’s Defensive Player of the Year award as the All-State teams were announced by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association.

He was one of seven Henlopen Conference players to earn First Team All-State honors.

Division I state champion Hodgson swept the other major awards. Quarterback C.J. Henry won the state’s Offensive Player of the Year award while Amir Mitchell-Marville was the Lineman of the Year.

Williams was one of three Smyrna players on the First Team. The others were wide receiver Makhi Jackson and defensive tackle Hugo Harp.
Sussex Central High had a pair of players make First Team in guard Chris Lombardi and defensive back Domonique Smith. Vonnie Peace (Dover High) was the First Team’s running back while Hunter VonArx (Delmar High) was honored as one of the First Team’s linebacker.

Williams finished his senior season with a school record 153 tackles. Thirty-two of those tackles were for a loss and he also tallied eight sacks.

Dover’s Vonnie Peace made the First Team for the second consecutive season. The Senator senior rushed for 1630 yards in nine games this year.

Salesianum coach Bill DiNardo, who coached against Williams twice this season, said he was a nightmare to gameplan for.

“I’ve seen some good linebackers come through the state but he’s one of, if not the best one I’ve ever seen,” DiNardo said. “When he gets to the ball, the play ends. When he gets to the ball, bodies fly. He is a tremendous competitor and a tremendous linebacker.”

Williams’ outstanding senior season came after he missed almost half of his junior year due to a knee injury.

Smyrna coach Mike Judy said Williams was able to turn that injury into a positive, though. He made himself an extra coach for the Eagles at the end of the 2018 season and worked on his leadership skills.

“It changed his whole trajectory as a football player,” Judy said. “The leadership he displayed on the field, in the school and in the community has been outstanding. Obviously he’s a great football played but he really polished himself in those areas and it’s been a great pleasure to watch him grow.”

Jackson set a Smyrna school record himself with 18 receiving touchdowns. The senior had 57 receptions this year for 848 yards.
Harp recorded 63 total tackles for the Eagles and led the team in sacks with 11.

Peace made the First Team for the second consecutive season. The Dover senior rushed for 1630 yards in nine games this year.

2019 DIFCA ALL STATE TEAMS

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: C.J. Henry, Hodgson

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Darryl Williams, Smyrna

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Amir Mitchell-Marville, Hodgson

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB-C.J. Henry, Hodgson

RB-Javon Peace, Dover

RB-Ethan Potter, Caravel

FB-Darius Hale, Hodgson

WR-Makhi Jackson, Smyrna

WR-Elizjah Lewis, Hodgson

WR-Isaiah Griffin, Middletown

TE-Jaheim Wing, Middletown

C-Blake Harbert, Middletown

G-Nicholas Doe, Hodgson

G-Chris Lombardi, Sussex Central

T-Jermaine Lugo, Howard

T-Audrick Brown, William Penn

DEFENSE

DT-Amir Mitchell-Marville, Hodgson

DT-Hugo Harp, Smyrna

DT-LaTerrian Spruill, Middletown

DE-Tashan Fitzgerald, Hodgson

DE-Jaheim Wing, Middletown

LB-Darryl Williams, Smyrna

LB-Eric Shimko, Hodgson

LB-Josh Parson, Appoquinimink

LB-Hunter VonArx, Delmar

DB-Ny’Ghee Lolley, Hodgson

DB-Ethan Potter, Caravel

DB-De’Quez Walker, Middletown

DB-Domonique Smith, Sussex Central

SPECIAL TEAMS

K-Jacob Jaworski, Wilmington Friends

P-Jacob Jaworski, Wilmington Friends

KR-Ethan Potter, Caravel

SECOND TEAM

QB-Aidan Sanchez, Smyrna

RB-Josh Ames, Hodgson

RB-Andrew Watkins, Salesianum

FB-Isaiah Johnson, Lake Forest

WR-Gabe Evans, Dover

WR-James Collins, Mount Pleasant

WR-Jermaine Earl, Caravel

TE-Zach Covington, Delmar

C-Andrew DeBenedictis-Bayne, Smyrna

G-Gavin Pie, Concord

G-Patrick Methlie, Salesianum

T-Ryan Haines, Salesianum

T-Holden Vidrine, Dover

DEFENSE

DT-Kasim Lewis, Sussex Central

DT-Kristopher Thompson, Lake Forest

DT-Josh Benedict, Woodbridge

DE-Jermaine Lugo, Howard

DE-Zach Covington, Delmar

LB-Jeremyah Combs-Washington, Howard

LB-Ezekiel Brister, Appoquinimink

LB-Talib Wright, Caravel

LB-Jack Healy, Salesianum

DB-Gavin Sembly, Smyrna

DB-Jalen Hill, Dover

DB-James Collins, Mount Pleasant

DB-Ky’eem Williams, Howard

SPECIAL TEAMS

K-Hunter Simmons, Salesianum

P-Ryan Nelson, Delmar

KR-James Collins, Mount Pleasant

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

QB-Braden Davis, Middletown

RB-Tyrez Cannon, Woodbridge

RB-Najair Smith, Middletown

FB-Liam Mara, Salesianum

WR-Blaec Sanders, St. Mark’s

WR-Ny’Ghee Lolley, Hodgson

WR-Aaron Lewis, McKean

TE-Grant Lamers, Sussex Tech

C-Tkai Perry, Dover

G-Wakeel Frazier, Howard

G-Kristopher Thompson, Lake Forest

T-Donald Burton, Newark

T-Josh Benedict, Woodbridge

DEFENSE

DT-Waverly DeBraux, Howard

DT-Anthony Diaz, Milford

DT-Nas Parks, Red Lion Christian

DE-Eric Samuels, Dover

DE-James Yelbert, Salesianum

LB-Donovan Delaney, St. Georges

LB-K’Tai Tilley, Sussex Central

LB-Javontae Wayman, Dover

LB-Kevin Custis, Sussex Tech

DB-Jayquon Massey, Woodbridge

DB-Rasheen Caulk, Salesianum

DB-Te’Kwon Dennard, Delmar

DB-Jayden Estes, Appoquinimink

SPECIAL TEAMS

K-Jaan Larkin, Mount Pleasant

P-Jaan Larkin, Mount Pleasant

KR-Kevin Ignudo, Howard

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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