By Kevin Eickman
While the just concluded season was not what the Milford Buccaneer football team had in mind, they can take some comfort in the fact that their efforts did not go unrecognized. Although posting a 1-9 record usually doesn’t bode well for post season recognition, the coaches of the Henlopen Conference thought there were a number of Milford players that stood out, none the less.
Leading the way for Milford was senior Andrew Marshall. The 6’6” offensive tackle, was a steadying presence on a young offensive line. Marshall saw his season get off to a slow start as he suffered an injury during training camp. However, as the season progressed he demonstrated the skills that show why he has Division-1 potential. “Andrew is the type of player that comes a coache’s way once in a lifetime,” commented coach Mike Tkach. “The first time I saw him, I couldn’t believe his size. I just looked to the sky and thanked the lord.” While Marshall was limited on the defensive side of the ball, due to his slow start, he stood out there as well garnering 2nd team honors.
Another player who received honors on both offense and defense was senior William Wagenhoffer. Playing wide receiver on offense, “Wags” as he is called, had a flair for the big catch. His steady productions throughout the season earned him 2nd team honors. During the course of the season, Wagenhoffer was on the receiving end of numerous first down receptions. “Wags really blossomed as a pass catcher this year, it was something that we didn’t expect, he really stepped up his game this season.” Tkach stated. On the defensive side of the ball, Wagenhoffer was selected 2nd team at defensive end. Wagenhoffer really developed his pass rushing skills this season, recording more than a few key sacks. Tkach was thrilled with the work ethic. “He is the type of kid you would love to have ten more of, he never stopped and his motor was always running,” said Tkach.
The running back position was supposed to be a strength going into the season, and it was at the beginning. However, as the season wore on, injuries began to take their toll on the Bucs. By the time the dust had settled, their was really only one player left standing. Originally looked at as more of a carry sharing running back type, senior Octavion Wilson took over full time running back duties during the season. With a bulls eye on his back, Wilson took a constant pounding. To his credit, he never gave up, he never walked away. There were nights when it was hard to watch, but he was always getting back in the huddle and continuing to give it his all. “OT, never gave up, he basically was asked to carry the offense on his back,” Tkach stated. “He showed great strength and determination this year, he was a true leader on this team. For his efforts during the season, Wilson was named second team All-Conference.
Senior Vance Daniels was another Buccaneer who saw more than his fair share of injuries, constantly demonstrating perseverance. Anchoring the Milford secondary, while Daniels may not have had the senior season he had hoped for, he still stood out for second team honors. “Vance was real solid this season, he battled a lot and never quit,” stated Tkach.
Another lineman who also received a 2nd team nod was junior Junior Lamur, with his senior senior season on the horizon, Tkach thinks it could be a special one. “Junior has real big upside, I’m really looking forward to see him next season.” he stated. The sole linebacker named to the All-Conference squad was junior Matt Viramontes. Possessing a nose for the ball, Viramontes is a sure tackler with big play ability. Due to his efforts on the field, Viramontes was named to the 2nd team. The final Buccaneer to be recognized was senior James Powell, who received honorable mention for his work at defensive back.