Sports Radio Station 1290 The Ticket (WWTX-AM) Unveils 2012 High School Football Award Winners
Delaware’s only all sports radio station, 1290 The Ticket, has announced its sixth annual 1290 The Ticket High School Football Awards. The recipients were chosen from the players who participated in games broadcast during the 14-game schedule on the station’s Friday Night High School Football Game of the Week coverage.
Middletown junior split end, linebacker and return man, Chris Godwin, is the 2012 Most Valuable Player. Teammate, Darius Wade, was named the Offensive Player of the Year and the Middletown junior quarterback also was named the 2012 Championship Game Most Outstanding Player. The Defensive Player of the Year award goes to Salesianum junior linebacker Troy Reeder. All three award winners have several offers from Division I colleges. Caesar Rodney head coach Mike Schonewolf is the 2012 Coach of the Year.
Chris Godwin was dominant in all three phases of the game. Entering the championship game, Godwin had already 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 had 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.
For Darius Wade, it was his third straight year under center for the Cavs and the third consecutive season he engineered the Cavaliers to the championship game. During the regular season and including the first playoff game, Wade completed sixty-six percent of his passes for 2,025 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also rushed for 478 yards and seven touchdowns. Perhaps his most impressive stat, though, is that his lone interception on the season was a desperation pass into the end zone to close out the first half of the semifinal game against Caesar Rodney. In the championship game, Wade executed the Cavalier offense to perfection, completing 13 of 20 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards to earn the Championship Game Most Outstanding Player award.
“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.”
Mike Schonewolf consistently puts together one of the toughest schedules in Delaware. This year it paid off as the Henlopen North champion Riders finished 7-3 during the regular season and were more than prepared for the playoffs, defeating rival Sussex Central 28-6 before battling Middletown to the wire in a 35-28 defeat.
“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.”
Each winner and school will be presented one-of-a-kind customized trophies courtesy of Crown Trophy in People’s Plaza. For more information on past and present winners, visit 1290theticket.com.
2012 1290 The Ticket High School Football Awards:
Most Valuable Player: Chris Godwin (Jr. SE/LB/Ret. Middletown)
Offensive Player of the Year: Darius Wade (Jr. QB Middletown)
Defensive Player of the Year: Troy Reeder (Jr. LB Salesianum)
Championship Game MOP: Darius Wade (Jr. QB Middletown)
Coach of the Year: Mike Schonewolf (Caesar Rodney)