Newark High picked up its first victory on the field – the one other win is due to a forfeit by Glasgow High School – with a dominating 41-6 win over Dickinson High. Newark thrilled the homecoming crowd with 20 first-quarter points and it would prove to be all the Yellowjackets needed to send the players dancing with a win under their belt.
“[It was a] feel -ood win for all involved,” head coach Jody Russell said. “It was great to get everyone involved in a homecoming win.”
A large homecoming crowd was on hand to see the Yellowjackets finally click on all offensive cylinders and the defense step up to ensure the offense’s efforts weren’t for naught.
“Great crowd saw the offense come alive,” Russell reflected. “This week we made the explosive plays as opposed to the other weeks where our opponents did.”
Sophomore Briheim Kelson scored four rushing touchdowns, one of them from 20 yards out and another from 50. He finished the game with 151 yards on 10 carries.
“He added a dynamic element with the ball in his hands,” Russell said.
Senior quarterback and co-captain Mele Stallings completed five of six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Amir James and Kamau Lately. The scoring toss to Lately covered 53 yards and was his third receiving touchdown of the season.
“Being able to get the run game going really opens up the game for us,” Stallings said. “It lets us be able to have a more balanced offense, which is hard to stop.”
Speaking of stopping an opponent, Newark’s defense played perhaps its best game of the season, shutting out the Rams until the fourth quarter, when the game had already been decided.
Seniors Darren Tyson, Jason Mitchell-Dickerson and Corey Geerlof each had interceptions for the Yellowjackets.
“We played hard and dominated on both sides of the ball,” Alex Aviles said. “It was a great confidence boost for us and it was great to see a lot of the younger guys get varsity action during the second half.”
“The win was great for us and the whole entire school,” Jason Mitchell-Dickerson said. “We needed that win to bring some momentum and positive energy into our locker room. It got a lot of guys excited, and we are looking forward to translating that energy to this week during practice.”
This week at practice
“Our goal for us has to be getting better each week,” Russell explained. “We will continue to work hard on our fundamentals with tackling and blocking at the forefront.”
Newark plays in another homecoming game this week at St. Mark’s on Friday night. The Spartans are 3-2 and coming off a hard-fought loss at Division 1 Appoquinimink. A late touchdown by the Jags secured a victory in a game that St. Mark’s seemed to be in control of for the majority of the contest.
“St Mark's is a well-coached team that runs the ball well,” Russell pointed out. “They are disciplined and play well as a team. We will have to match their discipline. Our penalties and turnovers have stopped us from winning games. We need to be better in all three phases of the game to win.”
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The Buzz from the Hive will be posted online each Monday morning during the high school football season and also in Friday’s print edition. It will include some game analysis and exclusive quotes from Newark High football coach Jody Russell and select members of the team after they've had a chance to watch game film, evaluate their performance, and begin preparation for the next game.