The summer is winding down, and high school football is right around the corner. With preseason camps just days away, the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association released its preseason divisional top 10’s and preseason top 25 rankings.
After an 8-3 season, the Sussex Central Golden Knights made the Division 1 top 10, ranked sixth, while being ranked ninth in the overall top 25 poll. Cape Henlopen was ranked ninth within the Division I top 10 and sixteenth in the top 25.
To no one’s surprise, defending champs Middletown took the top ranking in both the Division I top 10 and overall top 25.
A long side the Golden Knights and Vikings, two other division foes made the Division I top 10 from the always tough Henlopen Conference.
The team that knocked out the Golden Knights in last year’s quarterfinals, the Caesar Rodney Riders, earned the third and highest spot among Henlopen Conference teams in the Division I top 10, coming in at fifth in the overall top 25.
Despite going 4-5, the Dover Senators rank fourth in the Division I top 10 and sixth in the overall top 25.
The Golden Knights will enter the season transitioning to a new leader behind center, likely junior Amontay Clanton, while turning over running back duties to juniors Shawn Savage and James Jenkins.
Cape Henlopen will no doubt want to prove doubters wrong after being ranked below both Dover and Caesar Rodney even with victories against both last season.
After a 9-3 record last season, Indian River was ranked fourth in the Division 2 Top 10 and tenth in the overall preseason top 25.
Both the Vikings and Golden Knights will open up their scrimmage schedule on Wednesday, August 21. Cape Henlopen will participate in a scrimmage play day against Delcastle and Howard. Sussex Central scrimmages’ defending champions Middletown at home.
Indian River will take the field for their first scrimmage on the road against Caesar Rodney on Friday, August 23.