It took less than 14 minutes in the second half for the Sals to score five touchdowns, aided by four CR turnovers during the span, to turn a six-point deficit into a comeback rout in a Saturday night showdown at Baynard Stadium.
CR took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and would extend that lead to 20-14 with 7:35 left in the third quarter before Sallies went on its unlikely five-touchdown burst.
"We made our breaks, and I was very happy about that," Sallies coach Bill DiNardo told The News Journal. "Caesar Rodney is a great team, and I wouldn’t want to see them again."
DiNardo may or may not get his wish, as both teams most likely will be contenders come Division I playoff tournament time. Sallies (3-0) will be tested again when Middletown (3-0) travels to Baynard Stadium for a Friday night game with kickoff at 7:30. CR (2-1) will play an out-of-state opponent when it hosts Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) on Friday night at 7:30.
Caravel makes statement
Lauded early in the season as the team to beat in Division II, the young Buccaneers have rebounded from a tough season-opening loss to Division I power Sussex Central to easily handle Indian River last week, and previously undefeated Pencader Charter, 49-7, this past weekend. Bucs senior Brandon Cheaton scored three touchdowns, rushing for 110 yards on 10 carries, while his backfield mate, senior Jordan Hutchinson, scored two.
Middletown remains unbeaten
The Cavaliers upped their record to 3-0 with a convincing 43-7 win over Christiana (1-2). Senior Scott Adkins scored two touchdowns and converted four PAT kicks as Middletown (3-0) won its first Flight A game.
"Our defense has really paved the way for our success in the early season," Middletown coach Mark DelPercio said. "Our first team held Christiana to negative yards and offensively we are beginning to find our rhythm."
Silver Eagles soar to win
Hodgson won this nonconference battle easily, 29-7, behind running back Jamaal Jackson’s 245 yards and three touchdowns. Willie Robinson and Donovan Jackson had key interceptions for the Silver Eagles, who face rival Howard next week.
Ursuline grad hired to coach hoops at Padua
Joanna Pennell has been hired to coach the Padua basketball team, the school announced last week. Pennell, 31, who was a first team all-state selection three consecutive years at rival Ursuline Academy, will take over a relatively young and inexperienced team that finished with a 10-14 record last season, graduating seven seniors.
"I’m extremely excited," Pennell told The News Journal. "I’ve met with some of the girls. We have a young program, and they are willing to put in the work and the time."
First-rate performers in the first state
Among outstanding efforts last week:
* Nikki Christ (St. Mark’s volleyball): The senior setter had 44 assists in her team’s 3-1 win over rival Padua. She followed that up with 37 assists in the Spartans’ 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Fallston (Md.).
* Desmond Sivels (Sussex Tech football): Sivels upped his state-leading touchdown total to 12 when he ran for five scores in Sussex Tech’s 49-8 win over Laurel.
* Tyler Hrycak (St. Mark’s football): The Spartans’ senior quarterback had three passing and two rushing touchdowns in the Spartans’ 48-8 win over rival Newark. Playing in just the first half, Hrycak completed 4-of-8 passes for 143 yards to lead St. Mark’s to a 41-7 halftime advantage.
* Jamie Jarmon (Indian River football): The sophomore quarterback rushed for 105 yards and scored four touchdowns, completing 10-of-16 passes for 207 yards in leading the Indians past Dover, 32-27.
* Jamaal Jackson (Hodgson Vo-Tech football): The highly touted senior running back rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Silver Eagles to an easy 29-7 win over rival Concord.
Among this week’s top games:
* Middletown (3-0) vs. Sallies (3-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Baynard Stadium. Sallies made a huge statement beating CR Saturday night and could become the team to beat in Division I with a win over undefeated Middletown. The Cavs are facing their first opponent capable of beating them.
* Hodgson (2-1) vs. Howard (3-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. at Baynard Stadium. The winner of this game puts itself in the driver’s seat for the Flight B championship.
* Brandywine (0-3) at Concord (1-2), Saturday, 2 p.m. These neighboring intra-district rivals are both desperate for a win. The rivalry alone will make for an exciting game between first-year Bulldogs coach Keenan Dorsey and 38-year veteran George Kosanovich.
Middletown senior lineman Giff Timothy, who verbally committed to Clemson, will practice for the first time in a month after suffering a preseason knee injury. Middletown coach Mark DelPercio says Timothy will be a game-time decision.
The red arrow pointing upward emblazed on each Lake Forest football helmet this season is symbolic of the 155 soldiers of the 262 Security Company, which is based in nearby Dagsboro but now stationed in Iraq. The 262 Company, led by a Lake Forest alumnus, officially adopted the team for the season before heading overseas. And while the red arrow is a constant reminder to the players and fans of the Company’s support, more importantly, it’s a symbolic reminder to everyone that high school football is just a small event in the larger game of life.
Jon Buzby is the sports columnist for the Newark Post and a freelance writer. You can reach him at