Woodbridge set for latest run at Division II tournament berth

Woodbridge All-State RB Jamon Kane. Delaware State News file photos

BRIDGEVILLE — Ed Manlove couldn’t ask for much more at Woodbridge High this year.

The Blue Raider football team has just about everything a coach could want.

“We got experience, great skill and proven winners,” Manlove said. “A lot of these kids have been playing together for a long time.”
Woodbridge returns all but two starters from last season. The Blue Raiders went 8-2 in the regular season and fell by one point to Milford in a back-and-forth first-round playoff matchup.

Most of Woodbridge’s core were starters two seasons ago when the Blue Raiders went undefeated and earned the school’s first ever Division II state championship.

That includes 12 senior starters back for another shot at the state title in 2018.

The Blue Raiders will once again be quarterbacked by Troy Haynes, a senior who has been the starter since four games into his freshman year. They also have All-Staters Jamon Kane (RB/LB), Brock Keeler (TE/LB) and Gabe Wescott (WR/DB) in the senior class.

Richard Massey (RB/DB), Kemond Massey (LB), Corey Hastings (DE/TE), Josh Propes (OL/DL), Tajere Nock (OL/DL), Jacob Webb (OL), Tajhon Hammond (RB/LB) and Kyle Hensley (OL) are also returning senior starters.

Woodbridge RB Richard Massey

The Blue Raiders have six juniors who also saw time last year in V.J. Singh (OL), Jayquan Massey (RB/LB), Latyron Stones (LB), Jason Willey (OL), Gerald Walker (DE) and Trey Haynes (WR/DB). Sophomores Tyrez Cannon (RB) and Josh Benedict (OL/DL) are also returning after playing as freshmen in 2017.

Newcomers juniors Michael Hutchinson (OL/DL), Blake Lindgren (WR/DB) and Regan Odgen (LB/WR), sophomore Tyair Cannon (OL/DL) and freshman Jordan Evans (QB/DB), Jaden Bacon (RB/DB), Wyatt Wright (RB/LB) and Or’mon Sanders (OL/DL) are also expected to contribute.
“We want to get better and see where this thing takes us,” Manlove said. “I think we can be pretty good. With hard work and a little luck, I think we could be a playoff team again.”

Woodbridge opens the season on Friday when the Blue Raiders host Cambridge-South Dorchester of Maryland at 7 p.m.

The rest of the nonconference schedule also includes a trip to Dover in Week Two, a home game against Wilmington Friends in Week Three and a visit to St. Mark’s in the eighth week of the season.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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