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Henlopen Conference
Football Preview, 2002
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Central, Delmar Look
Like Best in Sussex

Photo: Delmar coach Dave Hearn celebrates with fans after the school's second straight Division II state title in 2001.

Despite a tumultuous off-season in the Henlopen Conference, two-time defending state champion Delmar and Sussex Central still appear to be the best high school football teams in Sussex County this season.

Delmar state title celebrationDelmar will be looking to make history this year as the Wildcats, despite the loss of starting quarterback Brandon Hudson to Sussex Tech, strive to become only the second team in Division II history to win three consecuive state championships.

Central, meanwhile, benefitted from school choice during the summer as the Golden Knights picked up two-way all-stater Jamil Young and all-conference performer A.J. Neal from Woodbridge.

Woodbridge nearly lost its athletic program entirely after a failed current expense referendum in late May but was given a reprieve when a second attempt passed in June.

Sussex Tech, under head coach Bill Collick, will try to continue the remarkable progress it made last year when it went 7-3 following 1-9 and 0-10 campaigns.

A number of teams will be guided by new coaches this season -- Shawn Larrimore in Seaford, Ed Manlove in Laurel, and Mike Tkach in Milford.

Follow the links below for previews and schedules for each of Sussex County's high school football teams.

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