WDEL's High School Football Rankings - Week 5
By Sean Greene

Updated Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:00pm

There's a new top team in Delaware's Division II
St. Georges' impressive victory against Hodgson has forced a change at the top of this week's WDEL High School Football Rankings in Division II.

In addition, Laurel's defensive shutout of previous No. 5 DMA puts the Bulldogs into the Top 5 for the first time this season, going into a showdown with previous Top 5 squad Woodbridge. At 4-0, Lake Forest is also waiting a chance to show they're worthy of inclusion in the list as well.

In Division I, the top 5 teams all held serve, so there are no changes in the top 5. Cape Henlopen and Newark continue to look for a spot, and the Yellowjackets will get a chance Saturday against William Penn.

WDEL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKINGS (As of September 29, 2014)

DIVISION I

1) William Penn (4-0, 1) - Appo win sets up a battle with QB Ben Campbell and Newark. (Host Newark - Sat. 1:00pm)
2) Salesianum (3-1, 2) - Handled their business at Glen Mills, lost to Poly Prep last year. (Host Poly Prep (N.Y.) - Sat. 7:30pm - WDEL)
3) Middletown (4-0, 3) - The countdown to the Oct. 10 showdown with William Penn continues. (At Delcastle - Sat. 11:00am)
4) St. Mark's (3-1, 4) - 3-0 vs. the Henlopen North this season after Dover win. (Vs. DMA - Baynard - Sat. 11:00am)
5) Sussex Tech (3-1, 5) - RB Kani Kane found the end zone 4 times vs. Central. (At Dover - Fri. 7:30pm)

Others on our radar: Cape Henlopen (4-0), Concord (2-2), Newark (4-0)

DIVISION II

1) St. Georges (4-0, 2) - 15 touchdowns for the Selbys in 4 games. Statement win over Hodgson lofts them to number one. (Host Charter - Sat. 10:30am)
2) Caravel (2-2, 1) - Two tough out-of-state losses for Bucs. They'll get St. Georges on Nov. 1. (At Archmere - Sat. 12:00pm)
3) Hodgson (2-2, 3) - Have lost decisively to the top 2 teams. May hope for better weather in tournament. (Vs. Howard - Baynard Stadium - Fri. 7:00 - WDEL)
4) Friends (4-0, 4) - Week off due to a forfeit, toughest regular season game is in rear-view. (Host McKean - Thurs. 3:30)
5) Laurel (3-1, -) - Defense gave up 42 to Smyrna, 0 to DMA. (vs. Woodbridge - Fri. 7:30)

Others on our radar: Archmere (3-1), DMA (3-1), Lake Forest (4-0), Woodbridge (3-1)



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WDEL High School Plays of the Week - September 29
By Sean Greene & WDEL Staff

Updated Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:36pm

VIDEO: WDEL's Plays of the Week
An A.I. duPont trick play, a Laurel pass that falls onto a player's chest, and two incredible runs by 'Scooter' Selby headline this week's WDEL's High School Plays of the Week.

If you have video of a high school play you feel is worthy of inclusion, send it in before next Monday to sgreene (at) wdel (dot) com.

Be sure to leave your name, and who is in on the play. Any sport from basketball to wrestling to diving to hockey is eligible to make our weekly Top Plays (or honorable mention).



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Padua names Grugan as new basketball coach
By Sean Greene

(Courtesy: Emily Grugan)
Emily Grugan has been hired as the new head coach of Padua's basketball program.

Grugan replaces Jason Matthews, who led the Pandas to a 12-8 record and a trip to the State Quarterfinals last season. She spent last season on Matthews' bench as the Pandas' junior varsity coach.

She brings Division I credentials to the position after playing one season of basketball and four seasons of tennis for Mount Saint Mary's. She served as Padua's head tennis coach last season in addition to her basketball duties.

Grugan graduated from Padua in 2006, earning second-team Catholic Conference basketball honors her junior and senior years. She also won two state tennis titles and played field hockey while at Padua. She says she hopes to pass along those experiences to her players.

"As a player I remember how exciting it was to play Catholic Conference games. I'm going to highlight that importance to our players in our program."

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As for her philosophy on the court, she says she want to pick up the pace this season.

"As a player I played with intensity and high energy, and it's a high energy sport. So I want a program that's intense. I want the girls to play with passion and dive on the floor, with that passion evidently clear in their playing."

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Grugan, who won three varsity letters in basketball, sees her overall role as more than just the teacher of X's and O's.

"I look at a coach as an educator. I plan to educate the student-athletes strategically for basketball, and off-the-court. I want them to grow as young women and leaders."

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Grugan will be one of three new coaches in the four-team Catholic conference this season, joining St. Mark's Kayla Miller and St. Elizabeth's Dan Cooney. Only Ursuline head coach John Noonan will be a returning head coach this winter.



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Brock says JMU OT win a character victory
By Don Voltz

VIDEO: Dave Brock weekly press conference
University of Delaware head football coach Dave Brock called it a great win...a program win...referring to Saturday's 30-23 overtime win over James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Brock said his team played hard and well, finding a way to win, describing it as a character win.

One thing he was particularly proud of was the way the defense came up with a big stop that won the game in overtime. The defense has been much-maligned the past two years, and he said the defense on Saturday, particularly at the end of the game was disciplined. He also said the defense was competitive against the pass, not allowing the Dukes to come up with the big play.

On offense, Brock said they had a number of missed opportunities and the offensive statistics looked better than the offense actually played. Brock said they have to play better offensive football.

However, Brock says he was pleased with his team's effort in getting a big win in a hostile place.

This week, the Blue Hens host Sacred Heart in the first of three straight home games. The Pioneers are 3-1 and a playoff team a year ago.

Sacred Heart is especially solid on defense, where they give up just 1.8 yards per rushing attempt, and only 57 yards rushing per game.

Brock says the Pioneers defense does a lot of jumping around and creates chaos on the field, and his team will have to play well on Saturday to win.



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Eagles suddenly look ordinary on offense
By Rob Maaddi/AP

Needing only a yard to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles failed twice.

Not so prolific.

Nick Foles struggled, LeSean McCoy hasn't been a factor and the rest of an offense that previously scored at will suddenly looks ordinary. A 26-21 loss to San Francisco on Sunday underscored many of Philadelphia's problems.

Coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he thinks some people are pressing. He says his team needs to settle down and go back to playing football.

Two special teams touchdowns and one defensive score gave the Eagles a 21-10 lead they couldn't hold against the 49ers because an offense that averaged 33.7 points in the first three weeks was shut out.

The Eagles (3-1) didn't even cross into San Francisco territory in the first 55 minutes.



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76ers' Embiid turns into character on social media
By Dan Gelston/AP

Joel Embiid has adopted a playful persona on social media, letting Philadelphia 76ers fans in on his celebrity crushes or endorsements 140 characters at a time.

Sometimes, though, he refuses to smile during photo ops - and no, it's not because he's on one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Embiid has crafted a running gag out his draft night highlight when a slightly delayed broadcast caught the Kansas rookie sitting stone faced when his name was called as the third overall pick.

He had more fun at media day on Monday, refusing to crack even when nudged by teammates Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams.



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Dover installs catch fence for 2015 NASCAR season
By Associated Press

AP V2 Dover International Speedway started work Monday on a new catch fence that will be installed in time for the 2015 NASCAR season.

The fence will stand at 21 feet, up from its current 15 feet. The new $2.9 million fence will be installed by Smith Fence, a Florida-based contractor that has performed similar installations at other facilities on the NASCAR circuit.

Other improvements at Dover in recent years include the installation of SAFER barriers, the widening and lengthening of pit road, new fan care medical facilities and many fan experience improvements.

Jeff Gordon won Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover. Dover is the site of two NASCAR weekends each season.

Dover Motorsports COO Michael Tatoian says a NASCAR vehicle has never become airborne and hit the catch fence.



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Monday, September 29
7:45pm Monday Night Football New England at Kansas City
Thursday, October 2
8:00pm Thursday Night Football Minnesota at Green Bay
Friday, October 3
6:45pm High School Football Hodgson at Howard
Saturday, October 4
12:00pm Saturday Football Center
12:30pm Wesley College Pre-Game Show
1:00pm Wesley College vs Louisiana College
7:00pm High School Football Poly Prep at Salesianum
Sunday, October 5
12:00pm Eagles vs St. Louis Rams
7:30pm Sunday Night Football Cincinnati at New England

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