By Mike McClure

The Delmar varsity football team has a number of holes to fill from last year’s team, which went 6-0 in the conference and 9-3 overall, winning the Henlopen South. Among the key losses are Hunter VonArx, Jacob VonArx, Te’Kwon Dennard, Zach Covington, Chris Elliott, Isaac Brumbley, Ryan Nelson, and Tyler Wright.

The Delmar varsity football team is shown taking part in a drill during a pre-season practice. Photo by Mike McClure

“Those types of guys you just don’t replace that easily. It’s not just playing, it’s are they going to make big plays when you need them to,” said Delmar head coach David Hearn.

The team had 80 players come out for the team including a large ninth grade class. “I hope everything stays in place and we can play ball,” Hearn said. “So far they’ve done well.”

The Wildcats’ returning players include seniors Jamar Cuffee (T/DT), Parker Lucas (QB/DB), and Garrett Wright (C/DE); juniors Rajay Allen (RB/DB), Trent Kemp (RB/LB), Aiden Marly (T/DT), Josh Oakley (QB/DB), and Jaylin Warner (RB/DB).

The team has one returning starter on the offense and four to five returning starters on defense. Warner and Allen saw time on offense while Lucas, who started one game under center last year, is competing with Oakley for the starting quarterback position.

Among the team’s newcomers are: seniors Kody Jones (OL/LB) and Chance Wells (C/DT); juniors Kendrick Jones (RB/DB), Zach Layton (OL/DL), Amir Maddox (OL/DL), KC Ryan (RB/LB), Brian Spence (RB/LB); and sophomore Darius Hunt (RB/LB). Among the key positions that need to be filled due to graduation are kicker and punter.

Coach Hearn expects the Henlopen South to be evenly matched. “We’re certainly not on the top of the pack. We have to find a way into the pack,” said Hearn. “I like the group that we have.”

The Wildcats open the season on Oct. 23 against Woodbridge in a game that is usually played at the end of the regular season.