Entering the 8th week of the 2016 season here is Delaware State Prep News DI football index
1. Smyrna (7-0) – Although they were held to their lowest offensive output in two years the BIG-game experienced Eagles found a way to escape on the road against #7 Sussex Central 22-14. Scoring three TD’s in the last seven minutes of the game stunned the Golden Knights who couldn’t hang on to close out what would’ve been the biggest upset in recent Delaware High School football memory. Smyrna came into the contest averaging a state-best 58 pts. a game coupled with an underrated defense only giving up 18 pts. per contest. The Eagles celebrate homecoming, 7pm Friday night with Caesar Rodney visiting “The Nest”. It could be a tough night for the Riders considering Smyrna will be out to prove their still the explosive powerhouse offensive unit the state has been accustomed to seeing.
DeSPN Prediction Smyrna 70 CR 12
2. Middletown (7-0) – The Cavaliers made themselves at home in “The Castle” smashing then #9 Mount Pleasant 53-14. Middletown Sophomore QB Drew Fry continued his impressive guidance of the well-balanced Cavalier offense tossing his 24th & 25th TD passes of the season building a 47-0 lead at halftime. Defensively, the Cavaliers lead the state surrendering a measly 7 pts. a game, showing no-mercy dishing out BIG-hits and forcing turnovers displaying constant QB pressure and gang tackling. Cross-town rival #9 Appoquinimink is next to defend their home turf against Middletown, 7pm Friday night. The Jaguars are a geographical rival of their neighbors with the rich high-school football history. The Cavs have dominated this match-up since its inception and will continue to do so.
DeSPN Prediction Middletown 48 Appo 20
3. William Penn (6-1) – The Colonials upended #6 Concord on the road 14-7, finishing off an impressive defensive effort with goal-line stand at the end of the game. Since their only loss so far, a week 2 shut-out against #2 Middletown 25-0 Wm. Penn has been on a tear. The Colonials have won 5 straight games averaging 34 pts. the defense led by senior DB #1, Zach Burton (committed to Virginia) are playing being very stingy holding opponents to 6 pts. an outing. If William Penn plans to stay HOT they need both offense & defense playing at their best while paying a visit to Wilmington’s Baynard Stadium taking on host #4 Salesianum Friday night, kickoff 7:30pm.
DeSPN Prediction Salesianum 27 Wm. Penn 20
4. Salesianum (5-2) – The Sals forever entertaining the state’s toughest schedule have won two in-a-row. After their week 5 loss to #2 Middletown 42-24 Salesianum has found themselves. The defense has shut-out their last two opponents over-powering #5 Concord 27-0 and dominating Dover 42-0 last week. The offense led by first-year starter junior QB #11 Zach Gwynn and buskey HB senior #8 Josh Patrick is finding a nice balance since Patrick has made the switch from TE. With all their road games behind them the Sals look to finish strong trying to roll into the post-season making it back to the title-game perhaps. Week 8’s foe is 3rd ranked William Penn visiting Baynard Staduim for a 7:30pm start Friday night.
DeSPN Prediction Sals 27 Wm. Penn 20
5. Concord (5-2) – After a strong start out of the gate winning their first five the Raiders have been on the losing end each of the last two weeks. Health has played a BIG factor in the recent weeks for Concord. They have been playing without one the state’s leading rushers, absolute STUD HB junior #6 Bam Roberts. He was having his way with defenses prior to suffering a lower body injury against Newark and is considered week-to-week. Being shut-out by #4 Salesianum 27-0 week 6 and experiencing a week 7 heartbreaker to #3 William Penn 14-7 after being stood-up on the goal-line in the waning moments has Concord hungry to get back on track. It doesn’t look good for their next opponent who happens to be Wilmington Charter, the Raiders are going on the road will no doubt be ready way before their scheduled 10:30am kickoff.
DeSPN Prediction Concord 40 Wilm. Charter 0
6. Cape Henlopen (6-1) – Since splitting their first two games against out-of-state competition, the Vikings have won 5 straight with the only close call being a 16-14 squeaker versus #7 Sussex Central. Cape’s offense commanded by senior QB #8 Dillon Adams and spearheaded by a full backfield, showcasing senior HB #2 Rasheed Woods, junior HB #10 Zach Dale and junior FB #42 Kolbi Wright, averages 29 pts. a game. The Viking defense has recorded two shut-outs and have yielded 14.5 pts. per contest. Friday night, the Caravel Academy Buccaneers (DII #7) will take that long bus ride down-state for a 7pm kickoff. If Cape plans on extending their winning streak to 6 games the offense and defense will have to step-up because Caravel is never an easy game whether home or away.
DeSPN Prediction Cape Henlopen 35 Caravel 20
7. Sussex Central (4-3) – Last week the Golden Knights were less than 8 minutes away from pulling-off what would have been a monumental upset squandering a 14-0 lead to #1 Smyrna and thus dropping to 2-2 in the tough Henlopen North. Sussex Central’s offense has averaged 38 points a game in their 4 wins. A major drop-off in offensive production has hindered them in three losses averaging only 14 points a game. The Golden Knights have lost all three by a combined 14 points. These stats convey that the games have been close even with the offense struggling. Central’s defense has played well keeping them in every game, holding top-ranked Smyrna to 22 pts. when the Eagles average 58 proves they can play. The Henlopen North schedule continues Friday night for the Golden Knights as they visit Polytech, kickoff 7pm.
DeSPN Prediction Sussex Central 50 Polytech 6
8. Sussex Tech (4-3) – The Ravens have had an up & down season not winning or losing more than two in row through seven weeks. A 41-14 drubbing of Polytech last week helped even their Henlopen North record to 2-2, with a daunting schedule left to play. After visiting Dover this Friday for a 7pm start, the Ravens will travel to Wilmington week 9 to take on #4 Salesianum. They stay on the road to end the season and conference play when they go to #6 Cape Henlopen week 10 hoping that game has some indication of post-season play. But for now its about defeating the Senators.
DeSPN Prediction Sussex Tech 19 Dover 16
9. Appoquinimink (4-3) – The Jaguars have won two in a row thrashing Delcastle 50-8 after putting another 50 on Wilmington Charter winning by 37 pts. (50-13). Appoquinimink is a steady force in the middle of the Division I race. They haven’t been able to creep-up and defeat the bigger more traditional football powers as of yet, but they definetly control the range of teams their in. Basically, they beat all the schools they’re supposerd to beat and haven’t been able to knock-off the likes of Wm. Penn, Concord or Middletown. The Jags offense will light-up the scoreboard if they have their way. The offense has averaged 48.5 pts. in their four wins with defense not giving more than 14 in each. Cross-town rival, the powerful, always ready to play #2 ranked Middletown Cavaliers come knocking on the door Friday night at 7pm.
DeSPN Prediction Middletown 48 Appoquinimink 20
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