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Week 1 high school football roundup: Middletown rallies past Concord

Brad Myers
Delaware News Journal

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Middletown’s buses arrived late.

The Cavaliers’ typically noisy fans weren’t allowed to make the trip.

And the team ranked fourth in Division I quickly fell into a hole Saturday morning in its high school football season opener at Concord.

But Middletown erased an 11-point deficit in the second half and avoided a major upset by rallying past 10th-ranked Concord 21-18.

Middletown's Ryan Cheaton tries to break a tackle during Middletown's 21-18 win at Concord High School Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

“I told these guys it was probably the most satisfying second half of the time I’ve been here,” Cavaliers coach Zach Blum.

Only home team parents received tickets, as attendance was limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a quiet atmosphere for the most of the game, but the Raiders fired up their sparse fans early.

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Symir Brown returned the opening kickoff 66 yards, and John Pfander fired a 21-yard touchdown pass to Colton Calleung two plays later as Concord took a 6-0 lead just 55 seconds into the game.

Pfander and Calleung hooked up for another score, from 22 yards, to make it 12-0. Middletown got on the board with a 1-yard plunge from Michael Pearson, but the Raiders’ Connor Schleeweis blocked a punt and Cameren Smith scored from the 7 on the next play to give the Raiders an 18-7 halftime lead.

The Cavaliers got closer midway through the third quarter when Zy’Aire Tart made a diving catch on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Colby Chambers.

Concord's Symir Brown carries for the Raiders during Middletown's 21-18 win at Concord High School Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

On Middletown’s next possession, Pearson caught a 12-yard pass to the 1 and rumbled in on the next play to push the Cavaliers up 21-18.

Concord reached the Middletown 41 on its final possession, but the Cavaliers broke up a fourth-down pass and ran out the clock for the Blue Hen Flight A win.

Chambers completed 18 of 30 passes for 233 yards, with Tart catching five for 63 yards. Pearson rushed 18 times for 96 yards, including a 57-yard burst.

Smith gained 37 yards on 15 carries for Concord. Pfander completed 8 of 14 passes for 85 yards, with Calleung catching four for 62 yards.

St. Mark’s 36, Conrad 6

WILMINGTON - Christian Colmery scored three touchdowns to spark St. Mark’s to a season-opening win at Conrad. 

The senior sprinted 3 yards into the end zone to close the first Spartans possession, then caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Reid Daulton on the second. 

St. Mark’s led 27-0 at halftime after Thane Martin’s 1-yard TD burst, which was set up by Tymere Scott’s 25-yard interception runback, and Dononvan Artis’ 20-yard scoring scamper. 

Conrad got on the board on Quinton Conway’s 5-yard TD pass to Alex Brown in the third quarter. 

Colmery later sprinted 3 yards for the final TD. 

Howard 48, Newark 12

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED - Kevin Ignudo rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Donovan Cartwright zipped two scoring passes to Tyair Spencer as the top-ranked team in Division II opened with an easy Blue Hen Flight B win.

Corey Howard passed for 155 yards for Newark. Both of his touchdown throws went to Jayden Smith, who caught seven for 69 yards overall.

The Wildcats' other touchdowns came on a 15-yard interception return by Timothy Hill and a 14-yard pass from freshman QB Rahsaan Matthews Jr. to Damien Ross.

Ignudo's scoring runs covered 2, 50 and 7 yards. Cartwright completed 7 of 11 for 132 yards. Spencer snagged five catches for 103 yards, including TDs of 22 yards on Howard's first play from scrimmage and 41 yards early in the third quarter.

Tower Hill 21, Polytech 7

WILMINGTON - The Hillers broke out of a scoreless tie at halftime to give coach Kevin Waesco his 118th career victory, tying Bob DeGroat's school record.

Emmett Simpler scored on a 4-yard run early in the third quarter, then fired a  35-yard TD pass to Jordan Harmon to make it 14-0.

Tower Hill's final score came on Brendan Hickey's 4-yard run with 7:03 to play.

Polytech got on the board on a 62-yard run by Na'Kael Norman with 12 seconds remaining.

Hodgson 57, Delcastle 20

GLASGOW - C.J. Henry passed for 324 yards and five touchdowns as the top-ranked team in Division I rolled to a Blue Hen Flight A win.

Wayne Allen caught three of Henry's scoring throws on his way to 201 receiving yards. Ny'Ghee Lolley caught the other two TDs and had 82 yards. Josh Ames dominated on the ground with 119 yards and three touchdowns.

Delcastle's Marvin Atkins threw touchdown passes to Caden Johnson and Ryan Lee. Isaiah Alvarado also scored on a 1-yard run for the Cougars.

Friday’s games

St. Georges 21, Appoquinimink 7

MIDDLETOWN - Gi’Vonni Sanchez rushed for 100 yards and two TDs and the St. Georges defense was dominant at Jaguars Stadium during a Flight A showdown matching nearby schools. 

Sanchez scored on 10- and 7-yard runs in between quarterback Nyaire Wilson’s 1-yard keeper, which put St. Georges up 14-0 before halftime. 

St. Georges' Donovan Delaney takes off with a reception in St. Georges' 21-7 win at Appoquinimink on the opening night of high school football in Delaware, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Appo didn’t drive into St. Georges territory until a late fourth-quarter threat was stopped on downs. The Jaguars scored their only touchdown on Xavier Rodgers’ 30-yard fumble return in the final minute. 

Smyrna 40, Dover 7

SMYRNA - Aidan Sanchez passed for 444 yards and four touchdown - to four different receivers - to lead Smyrna in a season-opening Henlopen North game.

Sanchez’s first touchdown pass came in the second quarter on a 17-yard connection to Devin Smith.

The Eagles broke the game open in the third quarter with 24 points on an 80-yard touchdown run by Knight and scoring passes from Sanchez to Devin DeMoe and Dominick Galban.

Sanchez ended his night with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Yamir Knight in the fourth quarter.

Smyrna’s defense limited the Senators to 168 total yards.

Milford 24, Caravel 0

GLASGOW – Senior Marquis Gillis ran 26 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead Milford to a shutout of Caravel.

Aaron Sivels added 55 rushing yards and a touchdown to form a two-headed monster for the Milford offense.

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Caravel only reached Milford territory three times, but a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter ended the home team’s most promising drive.

Milford also recovered two fumbles in the second quarter, one by Gillis.

Kyshwn Drumgo rushed 13 times for 77 yards for Caravel, and Ethan Gray made an incredible interception in the second quarter.

Sussex Central 26, Cape Henlopen 17

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central completed zero passes, and it didn’t matter.

The Golden Knights rushed for 347 yards, with P.J. Stratton racking up 153 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening Henlopen North win over Cape Henlopen.

Sussex Central's P.J. Stratton rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns against Cape Henlopen on Friday night.

Sussex Central won this matchup 47-0 last year, but it was much closer this time.

The teams exchanged early field goals before Stratton swept right for a 25-yard score and an 11-3 lead. Cape answered with a 1-yard plunge from Jaden Davis, but missed the 2-point try to trail 11-9 at the half.

The Golden Knights grinded 74 yards in 10 plays on their opening drive of the second half, with Dion Stephens scoring from the 1.

Then Sussex Central went 65 yards in 10 more plays the next time, with Stratton covering the final 5 to make it 24-9 with 10:20 remaining.

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Cape edged closer when Davis scored from the 5 and Kurtis Wells turned a fumbled snap into a 2-point run to make it 24-17 with 7:41 left.

But the Golden Knights scored a clinching safety when a Vikings punt snap sailed out of the end zone with 3:56 to go, and Sussex Central ran out the clock from there.

Stephens added 114 yards on 17 carries for Sussex Central. Davis rushed 15 times for 69 yards for Cape, and Hank D’Ambrogi completed six passes for 72 yards.

Archmere 31, St. Elizabeth 8

CLAYMONT – Chris Albero ran nine times for 106 yards and a touchdown and threw two scoring passes as the Auks romped in their opener.

Albero scored the first TD from the 1, then connected with Jake Hernick and Declan Pearson for scores. Kieran Udovich added a 16-yard touchdown ran as Archmere led 25-0 at the half.

McKean 16, A.I. du Pont 6

GREENVILLE – Keith Webb returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a score, then punched in a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter as the Highlanders got off to a 1-0 start.

The Tigers tied it at 6 on a 40-yard interception return by Cameron Garnett in the second quarter. But McKean took an 8-6 lead in the third quarter when Rasha’Email Rogers-Hammond made a tackle in the end zone for a safety.

Caesar Rodney 14, Sussex Tech 0

GEORGETOWN – The Riders’ Tremere Woodlin rushed for a 1-yard score in the first quarter, then threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Deontre Cale in the fourth quarter in the shutout Henlopen North win.

Other scores

Red Lion Christian 57, Charter of Wilmington 0

Indian River 22, Seaford 12

Laurel 27, Lake Forest 18

Brandywine 24, Glasgow 8

Delaware Military Academy 41, First State Military Academy 7

Malvern Prep (Pa.) 35, Salesianum 0

Christiana 48, Dickinson 13

William Penn 50, Mount Pleasant 20

Delmar at Woodbridge, canceled

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ