Where did he go? DMA's Green leaves tacklers grasping and gasping
It’s impossible to know which direction Devon Green’s next step will be.
Sometimes, he doesn’t even know.
“It’s just a reaction, you know,” Delaware Military Academy’s junior running back said. “If somebody’s coming to the right, it’s just a quick reaction to go to the left. Or go right, you know.
“Just making somebody miss, it’s fun. It’s fun. That’s the funnest thing about football, making somebody miss and scoring.”
Green has been having a lot of fun in this abbreviated season, racking up 379 rushing yards and five touchdowns so far for the 2-0 Seahawks.
“It’s pretty easy,” DMA left tackle Nick DeLeo said of blocking for Green. “You don’t have to give him the biggest hole because no matter how small it is, he’s going to find it and he’s going to hit it full speed.”
Then, the real chase begins.
Green’s long runs rarely go in a straight line. He has been known to cover all four directions on his way to the end zone.
“There was actually a play today where he was running on the right side and I was running up, and I had to stop on a dime because he was cutting in front of me,” DeLeo said after a 37-0 win over St. Elizabeth on Oct. 28. “He ended up getting a touchdown.”
Green received limited touches behind All-State running back Corahn Alleyne as a freshman. Last year, he stepped into Alleyne’s role as the Seahawks’ feature back and zigzagged for 1,546 yards and 21 touchdowns.
This year, he’s even better.
“He has improved in his suddenness to the hole,” DMA coach Brian McArdle said. “He continues to get better at getting to the line of scrimmage. Once he’s at the line of scrimmage, there aren’t many people who can tackle him one-on-one.”
Green rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 41-7 win over First State Military Academy, then darted through the St. Elizabeth defense for 209 yards and three scores.
The Seahawks play host to neighborhood rival Conrad at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We’re happy with how it’s going so far. But that’s in the past,” Green said after the St. E game. “Now we’re on to next week, and we’re going to keep getting better and better.”
DMA’s offensive line is led by DeLeo, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound senior left tackle who is receiving some recruiting interest. Junior Kevin Decker is the left guard, with junior Colin “Tank” Wilson, senior Caleb Buckholdt and junior Roman Greenlee rotating at center and right guard. Sophomore Randy Lowe is the right tackle.
At just 5-5, 170, Green can be hard to spot as he takes a handoff from quarterback Miles Harding. Especially when he tucks in behind DeLeo.
“That’s what we preach to him,” McArdle said. “You’ve got to suck yourself up right behind those guys. They’re not going to see you pop out and break one.”
That’s exactly what happened on the final play of the first half against St. E.
Green took a pitch to the right, made three different cuts to his left and sprinted diagonally across the field for a 34-yard touchdown.
Vikings defenders were all around him, but it appeared no one got a hand on him.
“I’ve just got to go,” Green said. “Whatever I can get, I can get. I’ve got the best line in the state right now. They make holes for everybody, especially me.”
The Seahawks will close the seven-game regular season with their three toughest opponents – at Red Lion Christian (Nov. 20), at Archmere (Nov. 28) and at St. Mark’s (Dec. 4).
The elusiveness will always be there. But if Green has to grind it out against those defenses, he’s ready.
“I can make anybody miss one-on-one,” he said. “If I need to use power, I’ve got the power for it.”
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