In a game plagued with penalties and turnovers, the Delmar varsity football team held off Laurel, 34-0, last Friday in Laurel to win the annual Lions Club game. This week the Wildcats face Woodbridge to determine the Henlopen South champion while Laurel visits rival Seaford.
“It was a sloppy game,” Delmar head coach David Hearn said of the team’s penalties. “You just can’t do that. Other than that we did a lot of nice things.”
Laurel opened the game with the ball on its own 36 following the kickoff return. Javier White ran five yards for a first down on third and three from the 43, but Delmar’s Zach Covington sacked Laurel quarterback Kaden Shockley on fourth and five from Delmar 47 to turn the ball over on downs.
Delmar’s offense took over on the Laurel 45 and quarterback Jacob VonArx completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Zach Covington to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead with 7:43 left in the first quarter.
Following a Bulldog punt, Delmar started with the ball on its own 39. Hunter VonArx had a 35-yard run, Jacob VonArx added 11 yards on a keeper, and Hunter VonArx plunged into the end zone from 15 yards out. Ryan Kowalski’s extra point upped Delmar’s lead to 13-0 (4:05).
On the next Laurel possession, Quadyr Whitney had three runs for 15 yards to move the chains. Covington recorded another sack before Shockley completed a 12-yard pass to Preston Chambers on third and five from the Delmar 48.
Laurel’s Jaden Snyder added seven-yard run and Trevor Collins took a pitch and ran seven yards to set up first and 10 at the Wildcat 22 as the first quarter came to an end.
The Bulldogs kept the drive alive when Shockley found Collins for a 15-yard pass play on fourth and five from the 17 to set up first and goal. On the next play, Delmar recovered a Laurel fumble at the four yard-line.
Laurel got the ball back when Javier White intercepted a Delmar pass. An eight-yard run by Whitney and a Delmar penalty moved the ball to the 22. Donte Handy and Covington sacked Shockley for a four-yard loss before Laurel turned the ball over on downs.
Delmar’s offense moved the ball upfield into Bulldog territory on a 20-yard run by Te’Kwon Dennard and a 22-yard gain by Vershawn Spence. Dennard scored on a 29-yard touchdown run and Kowalski added the PAT (3:57) as the Wildcats took a 20-0 lead into half-time.
Delmar opened the second half with the ball on its own 35 following the kickoff. On fourth and two from the 43, Dennard scampered 38 yards to the Laurel 10, but Collins recovered a Wildcat fumble on the next play to give the Bulldogs the ball on their own nine.
Laurel was later forced to punt the ball, but Javier White recovered Delmar’s fumble to set up first and 10 on the 48. Delmar’s Trent Kemp recorded a sack on third and 10 and the Bulldogs were forced to punt.
Delmar’s offense took over at midfield. Jacob VonArx gained six yards on a keeper on third and two from the Laurel 42 for a first down. Penalties pushed the Wildcats back, however, an 11-yard run by Dennard, and a 15-yard run by Jacob Von Arx set up a 34-yard touchdown run by Hunter VonArx. Following several flags on the extra point attempt, Kowalski upped the Wildcats’ lead to 27-0 with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter.
Shockley completed a nine-yard pass to Chambers on the first play of Laurel’s next possession. Hunter VonArx dropped Shockley for a four-yard loss on a sack before White ran nine yards for a first down at the end of the quarter.
Laurel was eventually forced to punt early in the fourth quarter. Delmar’s Dylan Rodriguez had two carries for 34 yards and Christian Layton gained 11 yards on a run before Rodriguez capped the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run and Kowalski made it 34-0 (7:03).
Delmar held on to win by that score. Now the Wildcats turn their attention to Friday’s home contest against Woodbridge and a shot at the Henlopen South title.
“That should be a good game, a rivalry game, but it’s got importance too,” Hearn said.