Smyrna’s Wormley, Woodbridge’s Keeler top All-State list

Smyrna High School’s offensive lineman Saleem Wormley was named Lineman of the
Year. (File photo)

The Henlopen Conference placed 15 players on the first team and took two of the three major awards as the 2018 football All-State teams were announced on Monday by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association.

Smyrna High’s Saleem Wormley was named the state’s Lineman of the Year. Woodbridge High’s Brock Keeler earned the state’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Drew Fry of Middletown rounded out the individual honors, winning Offensive Player of the Year.

Division II state champion Woodbridge had four players make first team. Division I champion Sussex Central High and Dover High each posted three first-teamers.

Wormley became the first Smyrna player to ever win Lineman of the Year. The senior has committed to play offensive line at Penn State University and will sign in December’s early-signing period.

“He’s one of those positions where you don’t have to worry about his performance in the game,” said Smyrna coach Mike Judy. “He was completely dominant throughout the year. He did a great job, he’s been a great leader.”

Keeler is the third player from Woodbridge to be named Defensive Player of the Year, joining Corey Sanders (1999) and Leah Styles (2016). The senior linebacker recorded 95 tackles and helped lead Woodbridge to its second Division II state championship in three years.

“He’s just a special kid,” said Woodbridge coach Ed Manlove. “He comes from a great family, has a great disposition and he loves the game of football. He works at it, he studies it and just knows everything there is to know about it. You don’t have to tell him what to do, he can call the defense. He can do it all. He does everything the right way. If we had 11 kids like him on the field, I don’t think we’d ever lose a game.”

Keeler was one of three different Blue Raiders on the first team in four spots.

Gabe Wescott was named at wide receiver and defensive back. Jamon Kane was also honored at running back.

Sussex Central’s defense which earned seven shutouts on its way to its first ever state championship was well represented. All three of Sussex Central’s first-teamers were on the defensive side of the ball.

Kasim Lewis made it at defensive tackle, Zion Reed was named at linebacker and Isaiah Barnes was awarded at defensive back.

Dover’s three first team selections were all on offense — running back Javon Peace, center Tkai Perry and guard Bradly Anyanwu.

Wormley, at guard, was joined by wide receiver Emon Roberts as the two Smyrna players on the first team.

Sussex Tech’s Will Argo was also selected at guard. Delmar punter Ryan Nelson rounded out the downstate contingent on first team.

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