No. 3 seed Saint Mark’s, No. 5 Caravel Academy and No. 6 Newark Charter all earned first-round byes and will host second-round matches in the 2022 DIAA Volleyball Championships.
Saint Mark’s hosts the winner of the Tatnall-Ursuline game, and Newark Charter hosts the Appoquinimink-St. Georges winner. Both games take place on Nov. 4 at 6:30.
“We are excited about starting the tournament,” Newark Charter coach Jessica Weller said. “This year’s team has been successful by having consistent backcourt passing and defense that allows us to run a balanced offense. The team plays with heart and has a ‘WE b4 ME’ mentality. We are looking forward to a strong tournament run, and behind the fire of these athletes, I like our chances. Everyone’s record is 0-0 now and it’s anyone’s chance to win it all.”
Caravel plays the winner of the Middletown-Wilmington Charter game on Nov. 5 at 6:30. No. 10 Red Lion played No. 23 MOT Charter on Nov. 2 with the winner traveling to take on No. 7 Caesar Rodney on Nov. 4 at 6:30.
Quarterfinal matches take place on Nov. 8 at Saint Mark’s and St. Elizabeth. The semifinals are on Nov. 10 at Saint Mark’s, and the finals on Nov. 14 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Second half dooms Yellowjackets
An evenly played scoreless first half on senior day on Butch Simpson Field turned into a Delaware Military Academy rout in the second half. The Seahawks scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and three in the fourth while racking up 336 of their 385 total yards in the second half to pull away for a 35-6 victory.
“It was a tale of two halves this week,” Newark coach Jody Russell said. “The first half was a battle, with both teams moving the ball. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalize on an early blocked punt and good field position. The second half had a couple of momentum-swinging turnovers that we couldn’t come back from. We need to give a better effort this week if we want to beat a solid Hodgson squad that will be emotionally ready to play for coach [Frank] Moffett’s last game.”
Newark’s lone touchdown came when Jayden Smith returned a kickoff 90 yards. Defensively, Markee Ellerbe led the way in tackles and blocked a punt.
Newark (5-3, 4-2) plays at Hodgson (1-7, 0-4) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The game will be streamed live on the Hodgson athletics YouTube channel.
Local gridiron roundup
Christiana High celebrated homecoming with its first victory of the season, a 24-12 win over Dickinson.
“I am proud of how our boys battled on Saturday and kept surging even when things were not going our way,” coach Casey Ryan said. “The victory was a total team effort. We need to keep the momentum going and finish the season strong.”
Rahlier Rankin tossed touchdown passes to Nyzair Love and Khamir Dargan, and Trent Odrick had the Vikings’ third score on a 12-yard run. Love led all receivers with five catches and 148 yards.
Christiana (1-7, 1-4) hosts Charter School of Wilmington (7-1, 4-1) on Saturday at 11.
Saint Mark’s defeated Delcastle 42-6 to up their record to 8-1, 5-0. The Spartans, who have clinched a playoff berth, close out their regular season when they host McKean on Friday night at 7.
Caravel Academy has also clinched a playoff spot and remained unbeaten with a 24-14 victory over Delmar. Running back Craig Miller ran for two touchdowns, and quarterback Truman Auwerda and wide receiver J.T. Wingo hooked up for a 17-yard score. Logan Keld drilled a 32-yard field goal to put the Bucs up for good just before the half.
Caravel (8-0, 5-0) travels to Milford (3-5, 1-4) on Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Red Lion Christian Academy scored six rushing touchdowns – Malik Pinkett (3), Breon Somms (2) and Ray Romano – and literally ran away with the game to defeat Odessa 56-14.
Evan Budinger threw touchdown passes to Kyle Manley (19 yards) and Seth McGroerty (29). Jahsiear Rogers had two interceptions, and Pinkett had two fumble recoveries to lead the Lions’ defensive effort.
Red Lion (5-3, 4-2) hosts Woodbridge (2-6, 2-3) on Friday night at 7:30, with the winner earning the last playoff berth in the Class 2, District 3 division.
Glasgow (2-6, 1-4) was defeated by Tatnall 47-20, and the Dragons head to Dickinson (1-7, 0-5) Friday night for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
In my opinion only
Maybe more teams should limit preseason practices to one hour and use bubble-wrapped helmets. Seems to be working OK for the undefeated Eagles. … The Michigan State players seen on video attacking a helmetless Michigan player in the stadium tunnel should be banned from the NCAA for life. That will send a message.
Wrapping it up
Head women’s soccer coach Mike Barroqueiro resigned after the Hens’ 2-11-5 season. Barroqueiro went 32-55-22 during his six seasons. … Hodgson football head coach Frank Moffett will coach in his final game on Saturday after a 20-year career at the helm of the program that included more than 200 wins and four state championships.
Until next time … have a great sports week!
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