SPORTSfever's 2014 FOOTBALL FEVER PREVIEW--Del-Val League


Del-Val League
2103 Standings
Team League Overall
Glen Mills 5-0 9-4
Academy Park 4-1 10-3
Interboro 3-2 6-5
Chichester 2-3 5-7
Chester 1-4 2-8
Penn Wood 0-5 1-9

Del-Val 11
TB Deron Savoy Glen Mills
TE/WR Anthony Johnson Glen Mills
OT Naje Lathan Glen Mills
OL/DL Jeremiah Dellipriscolloi Interboro
QB/LB Sean Menold Interboro
LB/RB Danny Nea Interboro
RB/LB Jermaine Wesley Academy Park
RB/LB Jeremy Dembry Academy Park
OL/DL D’Andre Gill Chester
RB/DB Edward Nelson Chester
RB Tavon Ruley Penn Wood

Scouting Report
Glen Mills, which has won two of the last three Del-Val championships, and Academy Park, which won the league in 2012 and the PIAA District 1 AAA championship last season by defeating Glen Mills, have pushed once-dominating Interboro out of the way. The Battlin’ Bulls coaching staff has improved on its off-season evaluation on how the lineup is going to take shape. The Knights have gotten a handle on how to develop their athletes. Not that Interboro is sliding backwards. The Bucs won the District 1 championship in 2012. Now the Del-Val is home to three of the top AAA teams in District 1. The margin between the three teams is small. But Glen Mills owns an edge provided by a stable of athletes with size and speed.

Around the Del-Val
TB Deron Savoy (5-9, 185, Sr.), TE/WR Anthony Johnson (6-7, 230, Jr.), OT Naje Lathan (6-3, 265, Jr.) and DB Quinton Christian (5-10, 175, Sr.) return for Glen Mills, poised to defense its Del-Val championship. “That’s a lot of returning starters for Glen Mills,” says assistant coach Robert Hall. “Last year we pieced it together. This is the first time since I’ve been here we haven’t declared we don’t know what we have. We’ve got some bodies.” Hall says the Bulls will continue their tradition of physical football with a grind-it-out rushing attack. There’s always ample numbers of big and fast athletes at Glen Mills and this season is no different. The challenge for the Bulls’ coaching staff is getting them all on the same page. When the chemistry develops, the Bulls are a handful for any opponent. Head coach Kevin Owens expects Savoy to emerge as a playmaker on offense and Lathan to be one of the best offensive linemen in the league. “This is the best our defense has looked this early,” says Hall.

In contrast to Glen Mills, Interboro has remained one of the top football teams in SE PA year-in and year-out because of players who are willing to do whatever it takes to win. “We are not always as big or as fast as our opponents,” says veteran head coach Steve Lennox. “But we have hard-nosed kids who play their hardest on every down. We have real tough kids. We have some athletes but we don’t have the numbers others do. We have to be disciplined.” The Bucs will lean on QB/LB Sean Menold (5-10, 180, Sr.), a playmaker on both sides of the ball, RB/LB Mike Ochuida (5-9, 175, Sr.), OL/DL Jason Miksit (5-10, 175, Sr.) and OL/DL Jeremiah Dellipriscolloi (5-11, 180, Sr.). They are first-year starters who saw important playing time last season. Assistant coach Joe Coffey expects RB/DB Sean Douglas (5-11, 185, Jr.), RB/DB Chris Hummel (5-10, 165, Jr.), RB/DB Lamar Shaw (6-0, 255, Jr.) and RB Paul Bilardo (5-9, 165, Sr.) to make an impact in the rushing attack. Lennox expects TE Chase Pattinson (6-2, 190, Jr.), WR Naim Bey (5-11 175, Sr.), WR Blake Dalesio (5-11, 150, Sr.) and WR Paul Younkman (6-1, 170, Sr.) to emerge in the passing attack. LB/RB Danny Nea (6-0, 205, Jr.) is a leader on defense. One of the top playmakers last season, WR Mark Everton, has transferred to Cardinal O’Hara.

WR/DB Clarence Buchanan (5-11, 170, Jr.), LB Anthony Balogh (5-11, 190, Jr.) RB/LB Jermaine Wesley (5-11, 185, Jr.) and RB/LB Jeremy Dembry (6-0, 195, Jr.) are the top players for Academy Park. Head coach Jason Vosheski has energized and raised the profile of Academy Park football. But with only five returning starters, the challenge to reload rather than rebuild will be difficult this season. “We do not have a lot of field experience returning,” says Vosheski. “We have a tremendous junior and sophomore group of players.” Allon Ruffin (5-11, 175, Sr.) is a first-year starter at QB. Wesley and Dembry are the go-to guys in the rushing attack. OL Chris Thomas (6-3, 180, Soph.) is the only returning starter on the offensive line. It will be difficult to replace the dynamic playmakers from last season, RB Jerry Lanier and QB Brian Ingram, both who graduated.

A former head coach in the Philadelphia Public League, Tony Beaty replaces Chuck Crews as head coach of Chester. WR/DB Hassan Bush (5-9, 170 Sr.), RB/DB Edward Nelson (5-10, 185, Jr.), OL/DL D’Andre Dill (6-3, 275, Jr.) and TE/DE Andre Fambro (6-2, 200, Sr.) are the top players for the Clippers. Offensive coordinator Dahnte Crawley says there are a lot of returning starters who saw a lot of playing time as sophomores. But there’s concern with a lack of depth with linemen.

Chichester head coach Ryan Smith expects QB Greg Mills (6-1, 170, Sr.), RB Kevin Miller (5-10, 190, Jr.), TE/FB Danny Sullivan (5-10, 215, Sr.), RB/WR John Lawrence (5-11, 175. Jr.), OL/DL Colin McAllister (6-3, 290, Sr.) and LB Isaiah Bobo (5-9, 205, Sr.) to be the nucleus for the Eagles, who have a lineup dominated by first-year starters. “We are very raw, very young,” Smith says. “We’ve got a lot to prove.” Smith says the rushing attack needs to be a strength and that team speed is better than past years.

Former Imhotep Charter assistant coach Nick Lincoln replaces Troy Brooks as head coach of Penn Wood. Despite the fact that the Patriots have won just two games over the past three seasons, Lincoln declares that it won’t take long for Penn Wood to jump back into the mix in the Del-Val. “I don’t think it’s a rebuilding year,” he says. “Our players are extremely hungry. We’ve got skilled kids. It’s up to me to get our linemen figured out.” Fred Johnson (5-8, 180, Sr.) returns at QB where dual-threat Soph. Edward Fields III (6-1, 175) is also in the mix. Lincoln expects RB Tayvon Ruley (6-0, 180, Sr), WR Kwabriem Jenkins (5-10, 180, Sr.), WR Malik Grant (5-9, 160, Soph.), OL/DL Jordan Johnson (6-4, 245, Jr.) and FS/SS Casheim Harris (5-11, 180, Sr.) to be the main contributors on both sides of the ball. He says Ruley and Jordan Johnson are emerging impact players.