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This Week on WDEL
Monday, October 24
7:45pm NFL Football Houston at Denver
Thursday, October 27
8:00pm NFL Football Jacksonville at Tennessee
Friday, October 28
7:00pm High School Football William Penn at Salesianum
Saturday, October 29
12:00pm Saturday Football Center
12:30pm Wesley College Pre-Game Show
1:00pm Wesley College vs Montclair State
6:30pm High School Football Laurel vs DMA
Sunday, October 30
12:30pm NFL Football Detroit at Houston
7:30pm Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

If you're looking for sports coverage, WDEL.com keeps you on top of all the local sports action. WDEL broadcasts the following sports programming: * Although we broadcast Phillies Baseball and NFL Football on 1150AM WDEL, we are not permitted to do so on WDEL.com or 93.7 HD-3. High School Sports, Wesley College Football and University of Delaware updates are broadcast on WDEL.com and 93.7 HD-3.

Tough Montclair defense awaits Wesley Saturday

By Sean Greene 1:46pm, October 28, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Wesley Head Coach Mike Drass (PHOTO: Wesley College Athletics)
In Wesley's second season in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, they've quickly learned there's a common theme among the teams.

Among that list is Montclair State. Wesley's opponent Saturday afternoon in Dover is giving up just 17.4 points per game on their way to a 4-3 overall record, and 3-3 mark in the NJAC.

The Red Hawks have 26 sacks among their 60 tackles for loss, and have picked up 6 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries during their 7 games.

Anchoring the attack up front are lineman Joe Falato and Vin Cordasco. That duo has 22 TFL's and 12.5 sacks just between them.

"Falato is the number one pass rusher in our conference. He uses his hands really well. They're just a team you have to earn every yard you get."

Offensively, the Red Hawks are averaging just 19.7 points per game, but tailback John DeStafano has 1,133 yards of total offense, and at 5'10", 200-pounds, he's a challenge according to Drass.

"They have a huge offensive line, and they're trying to find a crease. One thing about DeStefano, he's not going down on first contact, you have to wrap him up and get him to the ground.

Wesley is coming off a tale of two halfs last week at Rowan. They rode the tide of turnovers and big plays to a 24-3 halftime lead, only to not score on any of their 5 drives that started in Rowan territory in the second half.

In that time, Rowan chopped the lead down to 24-17, and by the smallest of margins Wesley avoided giving the Profs one last chance as time expired.

Wesley is still averaging 39.5 points per game, so the Wesley offense vs. Montclair defense figures to be one to watch to see if the Wolverines can find that first half momentum, or if Montclair can duplicate their 21-14 win at Rowan which changed the conference race.

Wesley, Salisbury, and Frostburg are at the top of the conference standings at 5-1, with Rowan and Christopher Newport next at 4-2. If Wesley or Salisbury win out, they would claim the league's automatic bid. Frostburg will need to win out, including their Salisbury game, and have Wesley lose one time, to win the conference. If all three lose, it could become a complete mess at 2 losses.

You can hear Wesley and Montclair State Saturday at 1pm on 101.7FM/1150AM WDEL.

Smyrna ends season streaking into the playoffs

By Brandon Bossert 8:36pm, October 27, 2016
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction from Smyrna's win over rival Middletown.
Smyrna extended their win streak, and set win streak in their victory over Middletown in straight sets Thursday night to end the two squad's regular seasons.

The Eagles end the regular season on an 11-game win steak, and an impressive 34-set win streak - their last set loss coming against Caesar Rodney 25-23 on September 22nd.

Middletown opened on a 5-1 run, but the Eagles answered with a 6-0 run of their own. Consistently trailing for most of the first set, Smyrna finally turned it up when facing set-point.

A short serve by Middletown ignited the fire. A block by Marquiesha Bennett, Kylie McCusker ace and a return by Middletown that went out of play set Smyrna up with set-point. Middletown was unable to return after a Bennett kill attempt, and Smyrna took set one 26-24.

The Eagles continued to roll in set two, racing to a 6-0 lead. Their advantage would balloon to 12-4 before a Middletown timeout, but the Cavs would never seriously challenge and Smyrna went on to take the two-sets-to-none lead, 25-16.

Middletown showed fight in set three, but Smyrna turned on the jets with an 11-3 run to take a 5-point lead, taking complete control in the process. Julia Luttrell polished off the victory with an ace that just squeaked inside the backline.

Smyrna (13-2) is the winner of the Henlopen North and will play Delmar in the Conference Championship game at Milford High School Tuesday at 7pm.

Middletown finishes their regular season 8-7 and will wait to see if they are selected to play in the DIAA Girls' Volleyball Tournament.

St. Georges' Phillips - Athlete of the Week

By Sean Greene 2:19am, October 28, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Doug Phlilips
Doug Phillips is taking advantage of an updated philosophy at St. Georges to become a bigger part of the Hawks’ offense.

This week’s WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Athlete of the Week caught 5 passes for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Hawks’ win at St. Mark’s Friday night.

Traditionally, St. Georges has been a run-first, second, third, and fourth team under Head Coach J.D. Maull, but while the Hawks are still run first, they’ve thrown 90 passes against 239 rushes.

That’s due in part to the play of Phillips, a 6’1″, 195-pound target who has given quarterback Robert Shorts a comfortable option from the pocket.

Tight ends are asked to take on responsibilities in run blocking and pass catching, and he knows it’s important to do his role when No. 85 is called.

“They always tell us to chop wood, chop wood, chop wood in the blocking part, but in the passing part, if it comes to you, you’d better catch it because it doesn’t happen often.”

Doug has found the end zone 4 times this season, but he still says he gets a bigger thrill from a solid run block.

“I like putting somebody on their back, not saying anything, and going back to the huddle. Then on the next play doing it again. You can’t always catch a ball and run for a touchdown and do it on the very next play.”

Head Coach J.D. Maull has earned the reputation as a run-first coach, but grinned when he was asked if his mind-set was changing with his personnel.

“I was a quarterback at one time, so I like passing the ball. Doug gives us a weapon.”

A senior, Doug says he’s interested in playing college football, but hasn’t made any decisions. He added he could be interested in sports administration, but wanted to keep his options open.

UD hires search firm to find new football coach

By Sean Greene 5:47pm, October 27, 2016
The University of Delaware will utilize search firm Korn Ferry in their quest to find the full-time replacement for Dave Brock as head football coach.

Korn Ferry's efforts will be lead by Jed Hughes, Vice Chairman of their Sports Practice. Hughes' resume includes time as a pro and college coach, with stops at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Stanford, UCLA, and Michigan.

Michigan is noteworthy because of the connection to Delaware Athletic Director Christine Rawak, who fired Brock earlier this month. Hughes and Korn Ferry were behind the hiring of Jim Harbaugh for the Wolverines.

Hughes has led job searches for placements at USC, Texas, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, and Ohio State in college football, and the Seahawks and Browns at the NFL level.

He graduated from Gettysburg, earned a master's degree from Stanford before earning his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Michigan.

Delaware has been utilizing Dennis Dottin-Carter as their interim head coach, beginning with last Saturday's loss to Stony Brook. The school says they're conducting a national search to find their next head coach.

Coyotes end 5-game road losing streak with 5-4 win at Philly

By Dan Gelston/AP 2:19am, October 28, 2016
Martin Hanzal and Brad Richardson scored the decisive goals to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Thursday night to snap a five-game road losing streak.

Jamie McGinn, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Ryan White also scored for Arizona. The Coyotes have their only two wins this season against the Flyers.

The Coyotes salvaged one victory on a season-long, six-game road trip.

Louis Domingue stopped 28 shots and won his first game of the season. He had been 0-4 with a 5.03 goals against average and had stopped only 85 percent of his shots.

Nick Cousins, Brayden Schenn, Andrew MacDonald and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers.

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