Smyrna’s Knight and Milford’s Bowman earn top honors on 2017 All-State football teams

Smyrna’s William Knight rushes against Middletown in the second quarter during the Division 1 football finals in Newark. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

The Henlopen Conference won two of the major individual awards and had 12 players named to the first team as the All-State football teams were announced on Monday.

Smyrna running back Will Knight was awarded Offensive Player of the Year while David Bowman of Milford was honored as the state’s Defensive Player of the Year. Hodgson’s Jalik Heyward was named the Lineman of the Year.

It is the second time in Knight’s career he was given the Offensive Player of the Year award. He won in 2015 as a sophomore.

Knight became the first player to ever win the offensive award twice and the fifth to receive a Player of the Year award more than once. He joined St. Elizabeth’s Eric Patton (2010, 2011) and Llyod Badson of William Penn (1990, 1991) who were two-time Defensive Players of the Year and Newark’s Orien Harris (1999, 2000) and Caesar Rodney’s Demetrius Stevenson (1990, 1991) who were two-time Linemen of the Year.

David Bowman of the Buccaneers gets into the Delmar secondary for a big gain in the 2nd quarter Saturday night. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Bowman earned first team honors on both offense and defense in addition to his Defensive Player of the Year award. He made the first team as a running back and a defensive back.

Smyrna placed seven players on the first team after winning its third consecutive Division I state championship. The Eagles were represented by Knight at running back, junior Emon Roberts at wide receiver, senior Ty-Key Moore at center, junior Saleem Wormley at offensive tackle, senior Hunter Moyer at defensive end, senior Desmond Wilson at defensive tackle and sophomore Darryl Williams at linebacker.

Delmar, the Division II champions, had a pair of players on the first team with senior Brooks Parker at fullback and sophomore Ryan Nelson at punter. Parker also made the second team as a linebacker and Delmar also had senior Carson Phillips on the third team as a linebacker.

Bowman at running back and linebacker and Woodbridge junior linebacker Brock Keeler rounded out the Henlopen Conference honorees on the first team.

Caesar Rodney had three players named to the second team and one to the third. Senior tight end Bailey DeAtley, senior offensive guard Brendan Holder and senior defensive back Julian Trammell were on the second team for the Riders while linebacker James Holmes made the third team.

Polytech senior wide receiver Tucker Reed was named on the second team. Dover had three third teamers in sophomore running back Javon Peace, senior offensive guard Naquan Peace and senior punter Sean Quirk.

Milford placed junior Ritchy Corvil on the second team as an offensive guard. He was joined at the position by Sussex Tech senior Nathaniel Showacre. Milford also had senior defensive end Jordan Waters on the third team.

Woodbridge had a pair of players on the second team and two more on the third. Junior Jamon Kane was second team fullback and Gabe Wescott was named as a defensive back while senior wide receiver Mike Brewer and junior center Joshua Propes made the third team for the Blue Raiders.

Sussex Central’s senior linebacker Josiah Blake made the second team and junior Zion Reed was the third team’s kick return.

Cape Henlopen’s senior defensive back Ben Ashby rounded out the Henlopen Conference honorees as a third team selection.

2017 DIFCA All-State Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Will Knight, Smyrna

Defensive Player of the Year: David Bowman, Milford

Lineman of the Year: Jalik Heyward, Hodgson



QB-Drew Fry, Middletown, Jr.

FB-Brooks Parker, Delmar, Sr.

RB-Will Knight, Smyrna, Sr.

RB-David Bowman, Milford, Sr.

WR-Emon Roberts, Smyrna, Jr.

WR-Kenny Edelin, Middletown, Sr.

TE-Shawn Bowman, Howard, Sr.

C-Ty-Key Moore, Smyrna, Sr.

OG-Ahmod Westbrook, Middletown, Sr.

OG-Ernest English, William Penn, Sr.

OT-T.J. Thomas, Delaware Military, Sr.

OT-Saleem Wormley, Smyrna, Jr.


DE-Hunter Moyer, Smyrna, Sr.

DE-Jalik Heyward, Hodgson, Sr.

DT-Desmond Wilson, Smyrna, Sr.

DT-Ernest English, William Penn, Sr.

LB-Grahm Roberts, Concord, Sr.

LB-Darryl Williams, Smyrna, So.

LB-Kedrick Whitehead, Middletown, Sr.

LB-Brock Keeler, Woodbridge, Jr.

DB-Isaiah Gaynor, William Penn, Sr.

DB-Reggie Grinnell, Glasgow, Sr.

DB-David Bowman, Milford, Sr.

DB-Malik Banks, Howard, Sr.


K-Cooper Urban, Salesianum, Sr.

P-Ryan Nelson, Delmar, So.

RET-Corahn Alleyne, Delaware Military, Jr.



QB-Chad Jones, A.I. du Pont, Jr.

FB-Jamon Kane, Woodbridge, Sr.

RB-Kedrick Whitehead, Middletown, Sr.

RB-Corahn Alleyne, Jr.

WR-Tucker Reed, Polytech, Sr.

WR-LeRoy Lynch, A.I. du Pont, Jr.

TE-Bailey DeAtley, Caesar Rodney, Sr.

C-James Faragher, Middletown, Sr.

OG-Ritchy Corvil, Milford, Jr.

OG-Brendan Holder, Caesar Rodney, Sr.

OT-Nathaniel Showacre, Sussex Tech, Sr.

OT-Dom Marra, Salesianum, Sr.


DE-Jon Smith, Middletown, Sr.

DE-Amod John, Howard, Sr.

DT-T.J. Thomas, Delaware Military, Sr.

DT-Brandon Crkvenac, Salesianum, Sr.

LB-Josiah Blake, Sussex Central, Sr.

LB-Brooks Parker, Delmar, Sr.

LB-Vaughn Wood, Hodgson, Sr.

LB-Tymere Wilson, Glasgow, Sr.

DB-Ernest Washington, Middletown, Sr.

DB-Julian Trammell, Caesar Rodney, Sr.

DB-Gabe Wescott, Woodbridge, Jr.

DB-Corahn Alleyne, Delaware Military, Jr.


K-Matt Drejza, Delaware Military, Sr.

P-Cooper Urban, Salesianum, Sr.

RET-Ernest Washington, Middletown, Sr.



QB-Zach Gwynn, Salesianum, Sr.

FB-Robert Jadick, Appoquinimink, Sr.

RB-Grahm Roberts, Concord, Sr.

RB-Javon Peace, Dover, So.

WR-Nick Johnston, Middletown, Jr.

WR-Mike Brewer, Woodbridge, Sr.

WR-Jamir Dantley, A.I. du Pont, Jr.

TE-Victor Marcelo, St. Mark’s, Jr.

C-Joshua Propes, Woodbridge, Jr.

OG-Christian Francis, Howard, Sr.

OG-Naquan Peace, Dover, Sr.

OT-Joey Cartwright, St. Mark’s, Jr.

OT-Xzavier Chandler, Hodgson, Sr.


DE-Daniel Adebi, Wilmington Friends, Sr.

DE-Jordan Waters, Milford, Sr.

DT-Jhemir Stanley, St. Georges, Sr.

DT-Anthony Soscia, Archmere, Sr.

LB-Lance Edwards, William Penn, Sr.

LB-Joe Gormley, Salesianum, Sr.

LB-Carson Phillips, Delmar, Sr.

LB-James Holmes, Caesar Rodney, Sr.

DB-Mandela Montgomery, Caravel, Sr.

DB-Brandon Dennis, Concord, Sr.

DB-Ben Ashby, Cape Henlopen, Sr.

DB-Daniel Douglas, Hodgson, Jr.


K-Kyle Peterson, A.I. du Pont, Sr.

P-Sean Quirk, Dover, Sr.

RET-Zion Reed, Sussex Central, Jr.

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