The Caesar Rodney Riders return to the field after a successful 2012 season that saw them almost pull an upset win over eventually champions Middletown. CR looks to prove they belong with the state's elite once again, taking on state runner-up Salesianum and the Cavaliers in consecutive weeks to start the season.

Caesar Rodney High School

Nickname: Riders

2012 Record: 7-3

Key Returning Impact Players: Alexander Kemp, Kendall Wicks, Seth Brosius Naquan Watkins, Dominique Dorsey, Deshawn Schuler, Jalen Copeland, Arthur Miles, Taevann Calloway

Key Newcomers: Brinen Lefevre, Marcus Carney, Gabriel Cortez, Michael Clavier

Season Outlook: The Riders' football squad is coming off a strong 2012 season, going 7-3 and advancing to the state tournament semifinals where they came within a touchdown of upsetting defending champion Middletown. This year, the Riders return several players from last year's team including quarterback Alexander Kemp and running back Kendall Wicks. While CR lost some contributors on both ends of the ball to graduation, they have plenty of juniors who are ready to step up and fill new roles. They once again expect to be the class of the Henlopen Conference with aspirations of returning to the DIAA state tournament.

Coach's Quote: "Great competition will make our team better," said Caesar Rodney Head Coach Mike Schonewolf. "We are looking forward to playing every opponent on our schedule, one game at a time. We know that our first three games are against three of the four teams that played in the finals last year and we are looking forward to the challenge."