Hodgson football coach Frank Moffett is happy to discuss the many ways Jeff May helps his offense. Just be prepared for a long answer.
“We can put him in the backfield. We can line him up in a slot. We can line him up as a wideout. We can put him in motion. He can be an edge player. He can get the toss. He can run between the tackles. He can catch.”
And that doesn’t include the prominent roles May also plays on defense and special teams. Expect to see the senior all over the field tonight when second-seeded Hodgson (11-1) meets third-seeded Caravel (12-0) in the DIAA Division II championship game at Delaware State University’s Alumni Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30.
“Jeff May is a very elusive player,” Caravel coach John Reed said. “He presents a lot of threats to us. We’ve got to see him and tackle him on every play, know where he’s at on the field at all times.”
That’s because May is out there at all times. He lines up at running back or receiver on offense, cornerback on defense and returner on punts and kickoffs.
“The coaches put me in a good position to make plays,” May said. “I try to be as versatile as I can on offense, defense and special teams.”
He has made more than his share of plays this season, leading the Silver Eagles in rushing (1,119 yards, 19 touchdowns), receiving (22 catches, 527 yards, 7 TDs) and punt returns (27.4-yard average, 2 TDs). On defense, he has 32 tackles and two interceptions.
“He’s a very solid player,” Moffett said of May. “To me, he’s an All-State player at defensive back, as well as at running back. That’s just my opinion. He brings a lot to us.”
May isn’t a bruiser at 5 foot 10, 175 pounds, but the Silver Eagles often go to him in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
“It definitely makes me feel good knowing that the coaches can trust me, putting the ball in my hands on the goal line,” he said. “But that’s really all because of the linemen. It’s just a few yards for me to pick up.”
But May is at his best when there are more yards to pick up, especially on punt returns. Hodgson opened the playoffs Nov. 17 with a 47-6 victory over Delaware Military Academy, with May ringing up two touchdowns in the first four minutes. The first came on a 66-yard run, the second on a 72-yard punt return.
“I don’t know what Caravel will do this week, but a lot of teams have tried to kick away from him,” Moffett said. “But we also have Ruben Saunders and Rakeim Woodland back there, and each of them has returned kicks for touchdowns. So we have multiple threats on special teams.”
May already has received recruiting interest from Delaware, James Madison, Delaware State and many Division II colleges. His sister, Jaquetta May, led Delcastle to the 2009 state championship in girls basketball and now plays at Delaware. Jeff has a chance to add to the family’s title collection tonight.
“It would be the best feeling. I think of that a lot,” he said. “Going back to my sister, she won a state championship in basketball her senior year, and that’s something I’d like to do. With all the hard work we’ve put in, I’d like to go out on top with a championship.”