Delaware State News
Caesar Rodney High football coach Mike Schonewolf was named the state football Coach of the Year as radio station 1290 The Ticket announced its sixth annual ‘1290 The Ticket High School Football Awards’ on Tuesday afternoon.
The other award winners were Middletown junior split end, linebacker and return man Chris Godwin, who was named the Most Valuable Player; teammate Darius Wade, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year as well as Championship Game Most Outstanding Player; and Salesianum linebacker Troy Reeder, who was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Schonewolf helped the Riders go from 3-7 last year to 8-4 this season. CR shared the Henlopen Conference Northern title and beat Sussex Central, 28-6, in the DIAA Division I state quarterfinals before falling to Middletown, 35-28.
“We are extremely proud of our 2012 team,” Schonewolf told 1290 The Ticket. “We were able to improve each and every week because of our players’ hard work, resiliency and total commitment to our team.”
Entering the championship game, Godwin had caught 37 passes for 721 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added to his touchdown total in the title game with a 59-yard touchdown run and a 25-yard scoring pass that sealed the Cavs’ victory.
On the defensive side of the ball, Godwin recorded 24 tackles and six sacks. The 6-foot-4 speedster scored four touchdowns while averaging an impressive 66.43 yards per punt/kickoff return.
During the regular season and including the first playoff game, Wade completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,025 yards and 26 touchdowns with just one interception. He also rushed for 478 yards and seven touchdowns. P
“Darius Wade and Chris Godwin are outstanding football players, honor students and men of great character,” Middletown coach Mark DelPercio told 1290 The Ticket. “Chris Godwin is the best all-around football player that I have coached in 25 years. Darius Wade is the finest quarterback that I have coached and his ability to make plays at his position separates him as one of the best.”
Troy Reeder missed four games due to injury, but when he was in the Salesianum lineup he anchored one of the best defenses in the state. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is “quick, smart, and incredibly tough,” Salesianum coach Bill DiNardo told 1290 The Ticket. “Troy gets to the ball as well as anyone I have ever coached,” he added. “What makes Troy truly special is his versatility. He has the size and toughness to take on a blocker, the speed to pursue across the field, and the athletic ability to cover a receiver.”