Diaco sparks balanced West Deptford

West Deptford's Joe Diaco
West Deptford's Joe Diaco
Posted: October 17, 2013

On a balanced team, somebody has to lead the way in touchdowns.

For high-scoring West Deptford, it's senior two-way back Joe Diaco.

"We push each other," Diaco said of the Eagles' running backs. "When we're messing around in the locker room, we joke about who has more yards, who has more touchdowns."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Diaco is tops on the Eagles and is among South Jersey's leaders in touchdowns with eight.

West Deptford (4-0), which has won a state-best 25 games in a row, is averaging 58.8 points. The No. 7 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, the Eagles have five players with four or more touchdowns.

Senior Devin Bates has six. Senior Gerald Owens, a Michigan State recruit who has battled an ankle injury, and junior Kevin DeCaesar each have five. Senior Isaiah Worthy has four.

Diaco had his most productive game as a West Deptford running back on Friday, gaining 219 yards and scoring four touchdowns on just 12 carries in a 34-7 victory over previously undefeated Collingswood.

The victory set up a showdown on Friday at West Deptford, as the Eagles will host No. 15 Sterling in a Colonial Liberty clash of 4-0 teams. The game will be televised on the Comcast Network.

"He has a tremendous work ethic," West Deptford coach Clyde Folsom said of Diaco. "He's very elusive, very fast. He doesn't look like he's going that fast, and he's going right by people."

Diaco, who plans to play lacrosse at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., grew up playing youth football with many of his teammates.

He spent his first two years at Bishop Eustace and transferred to West Deptford as a junior.

"They welcomed me back," Diaco said. "I feel like this is where I should be."

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