From the sports editor: Wolverines’ RB Baynard hopes to land with NFL team

A small-college football program like Wesley can’t expect to send a player to the NFL every year.

But the Wolverines are going to hope it happens any way.

A year after quarterback Joe Callahan played his way onto the Green Bay Packers’ roster, Wesley coach Mike Drass is crossing his fingers that Jamar Baynard gets his chance, too.

The running back from Middletown High got some solid interest from NFL scouts over the past few months.

With the NFL draft ending on Saturday, today is a big day for NFL teams to sign their collections of undrafted free agents.

“To me, if anyone gives him an opportunity … he is such a good football player,” said Drass. “He can block, he can tackle. When he was on our special teams as a freshman, he was our best special teams player.”

Baynard also catches the ball well, something he showed the NFL scouts when he attended a pro day at the University of Delaware.

He finished his career with 5,499 yards of total offense and 59 touchdowns. So while Baynard may not have a big-school resume, Drass says there’s not much the kid can’t do on the field.

Wesley’s Jamar Baynard rushes against Delaware Valley’s Jarren McBryde last year. (Delaware State News file photo)

Baynard has heard from the Browns. Redskins. Jets and Texans.

“I think it’s encouraging that he’s had four or five teams call him,” said Drass. “When you have a team call you, that definitely means they definitely have an interest and see you as somebody that could be a mini-camp person or a camp invitee.”

Besides Callahan, Wesley has also seen defensive lineman Bryan Robinson and receiver/kicker returner Larry Beavers find their way into NFL camps. Each time a Wolverine gets a chance, it helps the next guy that catches the NFL’s attention.

At the moment, that next guy is Baynard.

On Friday, Baynard saw his former Middletown teammate, Penn State receiver Chris Godwin, drafted in the third round by the Buccaneers.

Right now, Baynard would love to just get his foot in the NFL door.

Jamar Baynard

“I gave it everything I had,” he said after his Pro Day workout in March, “so I’m just hoping for an opportunity somewhere in the future.”

Dover finally tops CR

Dover and Caesar Rodney High both started their girls’ lacrosse programs in 1998.

Senator coach Molly Phillips is well aware of that fact since she played on the Riders’ first team.

And Phillips was also well aware that Dover had never beaten CR in that 18-year history.

So it was a pretty special moment on Wednesday when the Senators finally beat the Riders, 9-7.

“We talk a lot about the legacy we want to leave for future Senators as we are working to build a program,” said Phillips. “We knew beating them was something we could do if we relied on each other and trusted in everyone on the field. The win was a total team effort.”

Phillips, who is back coaching Dover for the first time since 2009, hopes the victory is just a sign of more good things to come.

The Senators are 7-4 and currently own a five-game winning streak.

“CR has a rich lacrosse tradition and that is something we are trying to instill at our school,” said Phillips. “The fans kept the girls inspired and there was a lot of support from all the Senator teams the week leading up to the game.”

Jays getting it done

It’s no secret that this has mostly been a tough era for Seaford High’s athletic programs.

So it’s worth noting that the Blue Jays’ baseball program is holding its own this spring.

Once-mighty Seaford hasn’t won more than five games in a season since 2009. Between 2011-14, the Jays lost 44 games in a row.

But, at the moment, Seaford is 6-5 and has been competitive in most of its games. The Jays lost by just one run to both Dover and CR while knocking off Polytech, 2-0.

“The boys have really worked hard,” said coach Stu Madden. “We have a great group of six seniors that really deserve a lot of credit. They were forced into playing as freshmen and we certainly took our beatings the first couple of years.

“I know we didn’t have a great record last season but we were very competitive and showed signs that we were ready to turn the corner. We are learning how to finish out close games, which was a problem for us, even early in this season.”

With seven games remaining, Seaford still has its work cut out for it as it pursues a winning season. The Jays play at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday.

The last thing Madden wants his for his players is to let up now.

“I am very proud of our team for where we are right now,” he said. “But they know that I expect more out of them and I’m going to continue to demand more out of them.”

Odds & ends

• The Delaware Turf Complex in Frederica is hosting the Delaware Youth Soccer Association State Cup on each of the next three weekends.

The event is expected to include over 25 teams and 300 players vying for the right to represent the state in age-group regionals.

• Dover International Speedway is among the sponsors of the second annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover on May 9.

A dozen drivers are slated to take part in a series of events around Philadelphia, including a parade at noon.

• Special Olympics Delaware is holding Try-It Day on May 13 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) at the Delaware Turf Complex. The event is open to any new athletes as well as athletes already participating in Special Olympics school programs who are interested in learning more about area programs.

Athletes will have an opportunity to try sports while parents attend a short information session. Stop by any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is no fee and registration is not required.

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