Del-Val League preview

Academy Park continued to progress last season and has put itself in prime position to grab its first league title.

The Knights (8-4 overall, 3-2 league) return senior quarterback Tyler Street and wide out Earl Hargrove. In their eight wins, Academy Park showed an ability to light up the scoreboard as they beat their opponents by an average margin of 30 points a game.

Along with Hargrove, Street's progression will be aided by the return of fellow targets Brian Ingram and Jeff Devaughn. Linebackers Jamar Dembry and Lewis Morrison will join stalwart end Mike Warren to form a solid defensive unit.

The league is in a bit of flux these days as longtime stalwart Interboro has slightly relinquished its grip. The Buccaneers had won 12 straight league titles before Penn Wood and Glen Mills split the last two.

Interboro (7-5, 4-1) will have a chance to climb back in the driver's seat as it opens its league schedule with trips to Glen Mills, Chichester, and Penn Wood. Interboro returns Rashon Fentress, an agile 6-foot-2 senior who plays tight end and defensive end. He'll be the team's top target on offense.

Glen Mills (6-4, 5-0) will need junior quarterback Alexander Cheatham to step up quickly in order to defend last season's title. Formerly the backup, Cheatham will be joined by new starters Dominic Hopkins and Khalil Bey. Hopkins and Bey, both running backs, will fill the void left by the graduation of 1,700-yard rusher George Walker.

An interesting team to watch is Chichester (4-8, 2-3), which won four of its last six games to snap a 31-game losing streak.

Quarterback Duffy Gilhool is just a junior and will be able to grow alongside junior tailback Trey Anderson. In those four wins, Gilhool showed promise in controlling the offense as he threw for three touchdowns against Penn Wood. In order to maintain that success, Gilhool will rely on the playmaking ability of Vlenale Byrd.