The Delmar varsity football team bounced back its lopsided week two loss to Parkside to defeat Queen Anne’s County, 40-27, last Friday in the home opener. The Wildcats, who improved to 2-1 in non-conference play, host Easton this Saturday in their Homecoming game.
“I didn’t know how we would come out after last week,” said Delmar head coach David Hearn. “It was a great team effort. We played well up front.”
The opening quarter of the game was a track meet, with both teams’ offenses marching up and down the field and scoring. The Lions opened with the on their own 15 before quarterback SyRus McGowan run 76 yards for a touchdown. Garrhet Richardson kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0 with 10:58 left to play in the quarter.
The Wildcats answered with a 72-yard scoring drive on their first possession. Quarterback Jacob VonArx ran for 21 yards on a keeper, Donte Handy had a 17-yard run, and Te’Kwon Dennard picked up 18 yards before taking a pitch from VonArx and running it in from 15 yards out. The PAT by Guillermo Konowaluk-Echude knotted the score at 7-7 (8:58).
Queen Anne’s began its next possession near midfield as Jordan Johnston returned the kickoff to the 48. On third and seven from Delmar 35, McGowan completed a 22-yard pass to Xavior Jones while Devrin Turner capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run and Richardson booted the PAT to make the score 14-7 with 4:14 remaining in the quarter.
VonArx picked up a first down on a keeper on third and inches near the 40 yard-line and Jaylin Warner scampered around the left and went 58 yards for a touchdown. Konowaluk-Echude knotted the score at 14-14 with 2:09 remaining in the quarter.
Turner rumbled 18 yards up the middle to push the ball into Wildcat territory and McGowan completed an 18-yard pass to Garvin Jens on second and 18 from the 45. The drive continued into the second quarter before McGowan completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jones. Richardson’s extra point made it 21-14 with 9:21 left in the first half.
The Wildcats attempted to answer the score again as VonArx ran for 15 yards and Warner added a 23-yard run to push the ball to the Lions’ 32. The drive ended, however, when a Delmar fumble was recovered by Queen Anne’s Sean Blackwell.
Queen Anne’s offense started with the ball on the Delmar 37. McGowan completed a 27-yard pass to Johnston, but the Lions faced fourth and 24 from the 27 following an intentional grounding penalty. Dennard made the stop at the 12 following a Lions’ completion to give the ball back to the Wildcats
On the second play of the possession, Dennard went 95 yards for the touchdown with 3:59 left. The extra point was blocked, keeping Queen Anne’s on top, 21-20
Delmar’s defense forced a punt on the next Lions’ possession, giving the offense the ball at their own 35. Von Arx had a 17-yard run before competing a pass to Zach Covington at the Queen Anne’s 22. Covington appeared to be out of boundd with .4 seconds left, but the referees ruled that the first half was over.
The Wildcats opened the second half with the ball on their own 42 following the kick return. Warner had a 12-yard run and Von Arx completed a 28-yard pass to Vershawn Spence. On fourth and goal from the four. VonArx found Dennard for a four-yard touchdown pass with 7:42 to go in the third. Delmar faked the extra point but the two-point try was unsuccessful, keeping the score at 26-21.
On the next Lions’ possession, Queen Anne’s faced first and 10 from the Delmar 41 after starting with the ball on its own 32. Covington stuffed Jens in the backfield for a four-yard loss and the Lions were eventually forced to punt.
The Wildcats were pushed back to their own 19 before Dennard scampered for a 46-yard run. Delmar later fumbled the ball on a pitch and the Lions’ Marcus Floyd recovered it.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jens had a 16-yard run to the two and McGowan scored on a one-yard keeper (9:01). The two-point attempt was no good and the Lions held on to a narrow 27-26 lead.
Delmar started with the ball on its own 27 with VanArx completed a 16-yard pass to Spence. The ball moved to the Lions’ 43 when Queen Anne’s was called for hitting Spence out of bounds at the end of the play. Dennard added a 17-yard run and VonArx picked up seven yards on a keeper on fourth and seven from the Lions’ 23 to move the chains. VonArx picked up three yards on third and one from the seven and Warner ran it in from four yards out. VonArx’ found Warner on the two-point attempt to extend Delmar’s lead to 32-27 with 3:43 remaining.
The Lions tried to recapture their offensive magic from the first half one more time, starting at the 30. On second and six, the Wildcats brought the pressure and McGowan was hit by Covington as he threw the ball and Dylan Rodriguez intercepted it and returned it for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, but Delmar held a 40-27 advantage with 2:50 remaining and held on to win by that score.