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Week 2 HS football roundup: Backup QB throws 3 TDs for St. Georges

Brad Myers Kevin Tresolini
Delaware News Journal

MIDDLETOWN - The first varsity action of Donovan Brooks’ high school football career couldn’t have gone much better.

The sophomore took over at quarterback after starter Nyaire Wilson was injured in the second quarter and threw three touchdown passes as St. Georges knocked off William Penn 29-12 in a Blue Hen Flight A game on Saturday.

“I always knew I had to be ready for it,” Brooks said. “[Wilson] taught me how to understand defenses. He taught me a lot. So I knew I had to bounce back for him and the team.”

Donovan Brooks threw three touchdown passes in his first varsity action to help St. Georges defeat William Penn 29-12 on Saturday.

Brooks’ first TD strike covered 22 yards to Elijah Alexander with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter. Then the left-hander did it again with a 27-yard scoring toss to Le’Mar Wright to push the Hawks up 22-6 with 33 seconds left in the half.

“He did a great job,” St. Georges coach John Wilson said of Brooks. “We felt they were really packing the box, and if we got behind them, just get it out there. That’s what he had to do, and the line protected well for him.”

Brooks went back to Alexander for his final TD, a 12-yarder, with 4:32 to go in the third quarter.

“He looked real good,” Alexander said of Brooks. “I’m proud of him.”

Gi’Vonni Sanchez rushed 24 times for 94 yards and a score and intercepted two passes for the Hawks (2-0), ranked sixth in Division I.

The 10th-ranked Colonials (1-1) got a 3-yard touchdown run from Markell Holman and a 28-yard scoring pass from Jacob Tiberi to Tayvione Squarrell.

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Mount Pleasant 6, Concord 2

PENNY HILL - One week after surrendering 50 points in a loss to William Penn, the Green Knights kept the visiting Raiders out of the end zone in a satisfying Flight A victory over its district rival. 

Concord had drives stopped at the Mount Pleasant 26-, 44-, 15-, 35-, 24- and 13-yard lines, lost two fourth-quarter fumbles at midfield recovered by Joseph Le and had three fourth-down passes broken up in the end zone, the last with 41 seconds left. Ahmir Batts’ interception thwarted one Concord foray.

Richard Paczewski’s tumbling catch of Nick Harkins’ 16-yard pass accounted for the Mount Pleasant touchdown in the second quarter. The Green Knights (1-1) had taken possession at the Concord 32 after an errant snap on a punt. 

Concord (0-2) took a 2-0 lead when Cameren Smith blocked a punt out of the end zone on Mount Pleasant’s first possession. 

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Conrad 32, First State Military Acad. 6

CLAYTON – Quinton Conway ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more as the Red Wolves (1-1) rolled past the Bulldogs (0-2) in a Diamond State Conference game.

Ja’Teir Berkeley-Osborne opened the scoring on a 64-yard pass from Conway. Then the QB scored on a 1-yard run, flipped a 16-yard TD to Alexander Rollo and ran in another one from the 15.

John Paul Wisniewski scored the final Conrad TD on a fumble recovery. FSMA hit the board on an 8-yard run by Amir Beverly.

Tower Hill 33,
Charter of Wilmington 15

WILMINGTON – Emmett Simpler and Brendan Hickey each ran for two touchdowns as the Hillers made Kevin Waesco the school’s career leader in coaching wins.

Waesco earned his 119th win at Tower Hill, eclipsing the mark set by Bob DeGroat.

Tower Hill's Brendan Hickey takes the ball to the end zone during the Hillers' 33-15 win at Tower Hill Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.

Simpler got the Hillers started with scoring runs of 3 and 1 yards. Then Hickey scored from 3 and 46 yards to make it 26-0 after three quarters.

John Gray added a 1-yard TD run for the Hillers (2-0). Tenye Martin scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards for the Force (0-2).

Archmere 20, Red Lion Christian 19

BEAR – Conor Udovich broke up the final two-point pass attempt as the Auks (2-0) won a double-overtime Diamond State Conference thriller over the Lions (1-1).

Kieran Udovich rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns for Archmere. Chris Albero added 75 yards on the ground, including a 16-yard score in the second overtime.

Gavin Shields passed for 210 yards and two scores and added a 1-yard TD run for Red Lion Christian. Shields also had nine tackles on defense.

John Purnell had a 59-yard scoring reception for the Lions, and Joe Pargoe caught a 9-yard touchdown in the second OT and had a hand in 13 tackles.

Howard 42, Brandywine 7

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Tyair Spencer caught three touchdown passes – two from Donovan Cartwright and one from Rahsaan Matthews Jr. – as the Wildcats (2-0) overwhelmed the Bulldogs (1-1).

Cartwright completed 8 of 13 for 116 yards for Howard, ranked first statewide in Division II.

Kevin Ignudo rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt for another score for the Wildcats. Tim Hill scored on a fumble recovery for Howard.

Friday’s games

Hodgson 26, Appoquinimink 15

MIDDLETOWN - The top-ranked Silver Eagles erased a two-point halftime deficit by scoring three touchdowns to start the second half and secured their 16th straight Flight A win at Jaguars Stadium. 

Hodgson (2-0) has won 14 straight overall and 24 of its last 25. 

C.J. Henry and Wayne Allen connected on 24-, 30- and 4-yard TD passes before Josh Ames ran 8 yards for the final Hodgson TD and a 26-9 lead with 9:54 left. 

Xavier Rodgers had run 3 yards for an Appo touchdown to open the scoring after Daniel Nyamkimah Fondong’s fumble recovery. Daniel Speciale’s 35-yard field goal then gave Appo a 9-7 edge it carried into halftime. 

The Jaguars (0-2) got a late 13-yard TD pass from Ryan vonBrandt to Emmanuel Osiegbu. 

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St. Mark’s 20, Lake Forest 19

PIKE CREEK – Luke DeKay broke through the line to stop a late two-point conversion attempt and preserve St. Mark’s victory.

Lake Forest went for two after quarterback Damian Galindez scored on 3-yard keeper on fourth down, but DeKay made the play to keep St. Mark’s (2-0) ahead by one point.

St. Mark’s quarterback Reid Dalton (10) pitches to Thane Martin during a 20-19 home victory over Lake Forest on Friday night.

T.J. Martin, who scored the go-ahead touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter for St. Mark’s, carried five times on the ensuing possession to run out the clock. Martin finished with 189 yards on the ground.

St. Mark’s quarterback Reid Dalton rushed and passed for touchdowns in the first half. Galindez rushed for two scores and passed for another for Lake Forest (0-2).

Salesianum 21, Dover 9

DOVER – Mashon Tiller gave the Sals an early spark with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a win over the Senators.

Dover took a 3-0 lead on Jordan Moran’s 25-yard field goal. But Tiller broke free down the right side to push Sallies ahead 8-3 with 4:23 left in the first quarter.

“It was great blocking from my teammates,” Tiller said. “I found a hole, and I just went with it. And then that last person, I made a move and went to the house.”

Mashon Tiller's 95-yard kickoff return got Salesianum started in a 21-9 win at Dover on Friday night.

Cooper Brown carried 22 times for 127 yards for the Sals (1-1), including touchdown runs of 6 and 3 yards in the first half.

The Senators’ (0-2) only touchdown came on a high punt snap recovered in the end zone in the third quarter. Moran completed 16 of 35 passes for 97 yards for Dover.

A.I. du Pont 42, Dickinson 22

GREENVILLE – Johnny Beverly-Davis rushed for three scores and caught a touchdown pass as the Tigers (1-1) picked up a Flight B home win over the Rams (1-1).

A.I. du Pont's Johnny Beverly-Davis (23) runs away from Angel Velazquez-Bedolla of Dickinson on Friday. The Tigers won 42-22 on their home field.

Beverly-Davis hit paydirt from 12, 7 and 20 yards, and snagged a 25-yard scoring pass from Marcellis Jones. The Tigers also got an 11-yard touchdown run by Jahmir Davis and a 24-yard TD pass from Jarad Alley to Jamir Leggett.

Dickinson’s three scores came on runs by Chase Tarantino (49 yards), Trevis Lee (13) and Giovanni Ramirez (1).

Caesar Rodney 16, Sussex Central 14

CAMDEN – Deontre Cale made a leaping catch on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tremere Woodlin with 3:31 left as the Riders (2-0) stunned the third-ranked Golden Knights (1-1) in a Henlopen North upset.

Caesar Rodney scored first on a 24-yard burst by DeAndres Willis-Prattis. Sussex Central answered with a safety and a 1-yard plunge by Dion Stephens to go ahead 8-7.

Jensen Reed booted the Riders into the lead with a 27-yard field goal, but P.J. Stratton put the Knights back up 14-10 with a 1-yard run late in the first half.

Cale’s TD was the only score of the second half.

Smyrna 54, Cape Henlopen 13

LEWES – Aidan Sanchez fired six touchdown passes as the second-ranked Eagles (2-0) routed the Vikings (0-2) in a Henlopen North game.

The Knight brothers caught Sanchez’s first four scoring throws. Yamir Knight scored from 10 and 50 yards out, and Wayne Knight hauled in TD passes of 65 and 62 yards as Smyrna led 30-6 at the half.

Sanchez’s second-half scoring throws covered 23 yards to Devin Smith and 13 yards to Jermaine Earl. Denim Smith scored the Eagles’ final TD on a 5-yard run.

Cape Henlopen’s Hank D’Ambrogi threw for two touchdowns – 17 yards to Jordan Baines and 33 yards to Jaden Davis.

Wednesday’s game

DMA 37, St. Elizabeth 0

WILMINGTON – Devon Green darted for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks (2-0) scored a shutout win over the Vikings (0-2).

Green scored on runs of 48, 14 and 34 yards in the first half.

Delaware Military Academy's Nicholas Shavino returns a fumble as St. Elizabeth's Michael Hamby catches up in the Seahawks' 37-0 win at home on Wednesday.

DMA also got a 27-yard touchdown pass from Miles Harding to Dominic Sama, a booming, 43-yard field goal from Joseph Eyiolopwe and a 5-yard touchdown run from Mason Rossiter.

Harding finished 11 of 15 passing for 128 yards, and Sama had 10 tackles and a sack.

Other scores

Newark 20, McKean 12 (OT)

Caravel 25, Wilmington Friends 14

Delmar 27, Seaford 6

Middletown 46, Delcastle 0

Glasgow at Christiana, NA

Laurel at Indian River, 7 p.m. Monday

Sussex Tech at Polytech, canceled

Woodbridge at Milford, postponed

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