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Monday, November 17
7:45pm NFL Football Pittsburgh at Tennessee
Thursday, November 20
8:00pm NFL Football Kansas City at Oakland
Friday, November 21
7:00pm High School Football Sussex Tech at Middletown
Saturday, November 22
11:30am Wesley College Pre-Game Show
12:00pm Wesley College vs Hampden-Sydney
Sunday, November 23
12:00pm Eagles vs Tennessee Titans
7:30pm NFL Football Dallas at New York Giants
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MTown earns trip to 5th straight state final

By Sean Greene 12:15am, November 22, 2014 - Updated 12:42am, November 22, 2014
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to Middletown's win
Middletown's Frankie Datillo ran for two scores, and the Cavs' first-team defense pitched a shutout in a 37-7 victory over Sussex Tech Friday night.

The Division I semifinal was decided early, as the Cavaliers scored on their first three possessions, a Datillo 2-yard run, a 9-yard trot by Lasanna Brew, and then Datillo's 1-yard plunge with 7:52 to go before halftime.

Sussex Tech went on a sustained drive down 21-0, but a big hit by Xavia Green on 2nd down was followed by a sack from Luke Elentrio on 4th down to keep the Ravens out of the end zone.

Middletown tacked on another score when Green scored from a yard out with 5:30 to go in the quarter, and that was followed by a 44-yard pass from Vincent DelPercio to Isiah Mitchell to make it 34-0 Middletown after three quarters.

They would force a running clock early in the 4th quarter when Chad Poarch's 34 yard field goal snuck over the crossbar with 8:40 remaining.

Sussex Tech finally cracked the scoreboard in the 4th quarter, when after recovering a fumble, Kani Kane took the first offensive play 84 yards down the right sideline to break the shutout, but it would not be enough.

The Cavalier defense was sensational, swarming to the football all night, and preventing the Ravens outstanding run offense from getting out of the blocks.

The Middletown victory puts the Cavs back in the title game for the 5th straight season, where they will face the winner of Saturday's William Penn vs. St. Mark's game at 5:30 next Saturday inside Delaware Stadium for the title. Middletown fell in last year's championship to Salesianum, but they have won 2 of the last 4 Division I crowns.

Middletown improves to 9-2, while Sussex Tech saw their fantastic season end at 10-2



WDEL's Pigskin Picks - Semifinals

By WDEL Staff 12:47am, November 21, 2014 - Updated 12:17am, November 22, 2014
VIDEO: Middletown HC Mark DelPercio previews matchup with Sussex Tech
There are four compelling matchups ahead as the High School Football Championship Game battles are determined Friday and Saturday.

Don't forget to visit WDEL.com throughout the weekend for highlights of all the action this weekend, and 1150AM WDEL and Delaware 105.9 will bring you selected games live on the radio throughout the tournament.

Last Week: Sean Greene 2-4, Don Voltz 4-2, Brandon Bossert 3-3, Marcus Saunders 3-3, Justin Enloe 5-1

DIVISION I

No. 3 Sussex Tech at Middletown - Friday 7:30pm - WDEL/Delaware 105.9
SEAN GREENE - Sussex Tech 28-21
DON VOLTZ - Middletown 24-21
BRANDON BOSSERT - Middletown 34-28
MARCUS SAUNDERS - Sussex Tech 35-21
JUSTIN ENLOE - Sussex Tech 35-28

No. 5 St. Mark's at No. 1 William Penn - Saturday 1:00pm
SEAN - William Penn 24-21
DON - William Penn 28-17
BRANDON - William Penn 28-24
MARCUS - William Penn 24-8
JUSTIN - William Penn 41-21

DIVISION II

No. 7 Hodgson at No. 1 St. Georges - Saturday 11:00am
SEAN - St. Georges 49-28
DON - St. Georges 35-30
BRANDON - Hodgson 31-27
MARCUS - St. Georges 21-16
JUSTIN - St. Georges 49-28

No. 4 Laurel vs. No. 3 Friends - Saturday 2:30pm (at Caravel)
SEAN - Laurel 17-14
DON - Friends 27-20
BRANDON - Friends 17-16
MARCUS - Laurel 16-7
JUSTIN - Friends 28-21

You can follow Sean on twitter @SeanGreeneWDEL



Playoff Preview - Wesley vs. Hampden-Sydney

By Sean Greene 11:54pm, November 20, 2014
VIDEO: Interview with Mike Drass
Wesley opens up its 10th straight NCAA Division III Football Tournament when they host ODAC Champion Hampden-Sydney Saturday.

Where: Scott D. Miller Stadium - Dover, Delaware
When: 12:00pm (EST)
Broadcast: 1150AM WDEL, WDEL.com and WDEL Mobile App - Sean Greene and Jason Bowen
What: NCAA Division III Football Tournament 1st Round - Wesley Bracket
Who: #8 Hampden-Sydney (7-3, ODAC Champs) at #1 Wesley (9-1, Independent)
On the Line: 2nd round game with winner of MIT at Husson (Maine)
Series History: Wesley 4-1 (Last: Wesley 45-17 in 2007 NCAA Opening Round)
NCAA Tournament History: Wesley 22-10, Hampden-Sydney 1-4
Coaches: Wesley - Mike Drass (196-53-1, 22nd year), Hampden-Sydney - Marty Favret (111-45, 15th year)

Wesley begins the tournament at home for the 8th time in their 10 straight appearances in the postseason. Wesley has only lost twice at home in the tournament, against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the 2007 Quarterfinals and Wisconsin-Whitewater in the 2010 Semifinals. Wesley is also 10-1 in first round games, with their only loss coming in their first Division III appearance at Trinity (Tex.) in 2000.

Hampden-Sydney claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's automatic bid despite losing "The Game" to Randolph-Macon in the final game of the regular season 24-10. The Tigers won a game in last year's tournament, before traveling across country to Oregon on Thanksgiving weekend and being edged out by Linfield 31-21.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

WESLEY:

Joe Callahan (QB - 6'1" Junior - 67% passing, 2,831 yards, 34 TDs, 4 INTs) - Wesley's signalcaller went the first half of the season without throwing an interception, and he has constantly made the right decisions with the football, and has proven an elusive target for defensive lines in the pocket as well. His control of the offense was in full display in Wesley's last postseason game last year at Mount Union, where he threw for 8 scores and 633 yards.

Payton Rose (DT - 6'3" Senior - 41 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, 12 pass knockdowns) - The 290-pound sparkplug does many things well, but perhaps his biggest weapon this season has been his big paw getting into passing lanes. HSC must account for him, and engage him throughout the play so he can't spoil potential passes.

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY:

Nash Vance (6'4" Senior - 61% passing, 2,786 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INTs, 9 rushing TDs) - The Tennessee transfer has lived up to the billing this season, as he was a D3football.com 2nd team Preseason All-American. A fantastic passer, he is coming off his toughest performance of the season: A 16-for-44 performance with 2 interceptions against rival Randolph-Macon. The health status of star receiver Holton Walker (61 catches, 1,183 yards) is in question, and the offense is far more explosive when both are healthy. Vance has also run for 568 positive rushing yards this season, so Wesley must keep him contained in the pocket.

Josh Doggett (6'0" Senior - 82 tackles, 7 for loss, 1 INT) - Doggett lived in the backfield last week, making 14 tackles with 3 for loss. It was the 3rd double-digit tackle game for the senior, who will be changed with trying to keep Wesley's running game in check so the secondary can focus on the multitude of receivers Wesley can throw at a defense.



Wesley Will Win If: They continue to be careful with the football. Wesley only committed 11 turnovers this season, and if they do have trouble on offense, they want to make sure Vance and the Tigers have to march as far as possible. Wesley has the playmakers to put up points on most teams, but HSC did force 17 turnovers this year, with 12 INTs.

Wesley Will Lose If: It's hard to find an easy answer to that question, but if they struggle to put a pass rush on Vance and he can get comfortable, he does have the talent to put points on the board.

Hampden-Sydney Will Win If: They play like they're back in McMinnville, Ore. They gave Linfield everything they wanted in last year's second round. For a program that is still looking for a playoff identity, remembering how well they played last year will take out any intimidation at playing on the field of the No. 3 team in the tournament.

Hampden-Sydney Will Lose If: Holton Walker can't overcome his injury. Pulling off an 8-1 upset rarely happens in the Division III Tournament, and missing a huge piece of the offense would be a huge mountain to climb. That said, Wesley says they're expecting him to play.

NOTE: Wesley linebacker Jordan Wescott will miss the first half of Saturday's game while serving a one-game suspension after being flagged for targeting during the 4th quarter of last week's game against Charlotte. He becomes the first Wolverine to be suspended under the NCAA's stricter targeting rules enacted last season.



Cal Poly pounds Delaware hoops

By Associated Press 12:36am, November 22, 2014
Ridge Shipley scored 21 points, including 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range, to lead Cal Poly to a 78-60 victory over Delaware on Friday night.

Brian Bennett added 12 points and David Nwaba finished with 10 points for the Mustangs (2-1), who shot just 39.7 percent from the field but pulled down 16 offensive rebounds while limiting themselves to just four turnovers.

Cazmon Hayes scored 22 for Delaware (0-2). However the Blue Hens struggled offensively, making just 16 field goals, 10 of which came from behind the arc.

With the score 15-13, Cal Poly put together a 33-9 scoring stretch over the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 48-22 lead at the break. The Mustangs extended their lead in the second half as high as 33.



Arkansas breaks away from DelState

By Andrew Hutchinson/AP 12:05am, November 22, 2014
Just two days removed from a 30-point win over Wake Forest, Arkansas overcame a sluggish start to beat Delaware State 99-71 Friday night.

The Razorbacks (3-0) trailed by one with six minutes remaining in the first half before turning up their defensive pressure and outscoring the Hornets 19-4 to close out the half.

Michael Qualls led Arkansas with 20 points and three other Razorbacks also reached double figures. Jacorey Williams contributed a career-high 14 points, while Bobby Portis and Anthlon Bell each had 14 points as well.

Ky Madden didn't score until the second half, but he distributed the ball well, notching a career-high eight assists.

Tyshawn Bell led Delaware State (2-2) with 19 points, while DeAndre Haywood and Kendall Gray had 15 and 10 points, respectively.



Suns dominate in romp past winless 76ers

By Dan Gelson/AP 12:05am, November 22, 2014
Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Markieff Morris had 18 to lead the Phoenix Suns past the winless Philadelphia 76ers 122-96 on Friday night.

The Sixers have lost their first 12 games and are just six losses shy of matching the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for worst start in NBA history.

They need four more straight losses to top the 1972-73 Sixers for worst start (0-15) in team history and could challenge those 76ers as the worst 82-game season team (9-73) in NBA history.

The Sixers actually led 27-26 at the end of the first quarter until the Suns rolled toward the rout.

The Suns shot 69 percent in the first half and easily shook off the early challenge to win their third straight game.

Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 18 points.



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