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Eagles' lethal offense comes back reloaded

By Brandon Bossert 11:57pm, August 24, 2016
VIDEO: Smryna's offense comes back retooled and ready to soar again in 2016.
The Eagles' offense in 2015 was a high-flying, fast-paced aerial assault that drove Smyrna to its first-ever Division-I football state championship.

The offense returns minus star receivers Charlie Taylor and Donte Richie.

But even with those loses, Smyrna's offense might come back stronger than ever this fall.

Head Coach Mike Judy decided last season after their 32-26 overtime win over Salesianum at Delaware Stadium that his depth in the backfield could be a solution for his loses at receiver.

"I went to office and he asked me to switch to wide receiver," said Stephen Whaley. "He says be 100% at practice, work hard, don't take off any reps, and just do your job."

The sophomore's move to the slot gives senior quarterback Nolan Henderson another threat in the passing game who will give defenses match-up nightmares. Whaley says the adjustment is going well.

"It was hard in the beginning, but after doing drills multiple times it got easier."

There's a lot of buzz in Smyrna over the arrival of Lenny Brown, a running back from Eastern Christian Academy.

"He's a great player," said Knight. "He works hard at practice, does his job, never misses reps."

Whaley has been impressed by Brown, and thinks the junior will bring another dimension to an offense that put at least 30 point in all 12 games in 2015.

"He brings a good amount to this team. He's quick, he's coachable, and he caught on to everything really fast. We thought it was going to take a lot of time, but he caught onto it real fast."

And the pressure of being the defending champions hasn't effected the Eagles. Knight says there's no talk of being the defending champs, you just have to go out and work hard, show up and execute everything.


Brandywine's Britt, Blain setting great examples at training camp

By Sean Greene 10:46pm, August 24, 2016
VIDEO: Sean Greene catches up with the Bulldogs
Brandywine football calls it the "Temple Drill".

At the end of a two-hour practice, the Bulldogs line up at one end of their practice field and run in place before a whistle prompts them to do a push-up, and then run five yards to begin the process all over again.

That level of conditioning can pay big dividends in the 4th quarter of early-season games, but in the 90-degree weather that has greeted Delaware high schools for the start of practices this summer, it can be a struggle for some players.

Enter junior captains Rajae Britt and Curtis Blain.

The duo took it amongst themselves to go back for players who were five or ten yards behind the rest of the team, and help push those players into finishing their required conditioning.

"We've got make sure everyone finishes," Britt said after practice. "No matter how hard it goes, no matter how much it hurts, we've got to finish as a team. I saw that they needed help, so I wanted to push them as a leader, to make them go harder."

Blain remarked that you don't need to be a 12th grader to be a key member of the leadership of a team.

"Me being a junior, and some of the lower-classman look up to me. Just because I'm not a senior, doesn't mean I can't show good leadership. I just try to make sure they're ready for when they need to step up and show good leadership."

Brandywine brings back an experienced group, having graduated just 5 seniors, and will have incumbents in 18 of the 22 starting spots for the season opener.

The Bulldogs finished 2-8 last year, but the two wins came in their final four games, bringing some momentum into the program.

They will open with a battle against Brandywine School District rival Mount Pleasant and then Archmere before facing St. Mark's for their non-conference games. Brandywine opens Flight B play with their Homecoming game against Christiana on October 1. The Vikings were one of the Bulldogs' wins in 2015.


Joseph, Hernandez homer as Phillies beat White Sox 5-3

By Andrew Seligman/AP 11:33pm, August 24, 2016
Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez homered to back Jerod Eickhoff, and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia showed some spark at the plate and on the mound after getting outscored a combined 18-1 over the previous two games against St. Louis and Chicago. The Phillies came away with the win after dropping five of seven and salvaged a two-game split in their first trip to Chicago's South Side since 2004.

Joseph and Hernandez both had two hits and went deep against James Shields (5-16). Aaron Altherr added two RBI singles.

Eickhoff (9-12) did his part, allowing two runs and four hits over six innings.

Jeanmar Gomez worked the ninth for his 34th save in 38 chances. He gave up an RBI single to Avisail Garcia before Dioner Navarro grounded out with runners on first and third to end the game.

Britton's streak ends, but Orioles hold off Nationals in 9th

By Stephen Whyno/AP 11:33pm, August 24, 2016
Baltimore closer Zach Britton saw his remarkable streak of 43 straight games without allowing an earned run end, then shut down a ninth-inning rally to help the Orioles hold off the Washington Nationals 10-8 Wednesday night.

The Nationals scored five times in the ninth, one of them charged to Britton. But after his own mistake helped Washington put runners on first and second with one out, Britton got Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a double play.

Manny Machado and Matt Wieters each homered and drove in four runs for the AL wild card-contending Orioles. Baltimore has beaten the NL East leaders three straight times this week.

Daniel Murphy hit a grand slam for the Nationals in the ninth, making it 10-7 and bringing Britton into the game with one out in a non-saved situation.

Wade Miley (8-10) allowed two runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. Tanner Roark (13-7) gave up five runs in five innings and hit three batters.

Rookies Rosenberry, Herbers score, Union beats Crew 2-1

By Associated Press 10:46pm, August 24, 2016
Rookies Keegan Rosenberry and Fabian Herbers scored to help the Philadelphia Union beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Rosenberry gave the Union (10-9-7) a 2-1 lead in the 74th minute. Tranquillo Barnetta one-timed a feed to Rosenberry who trapped it with his right foot and blasted a left-footer through a pair of defenders and past goalkeeper Steve Clark.

Herbers, making his fifth start of the season, opened the scoring in the 60th. Chris Pontius tapped it to Herbers who, from the top of the box, had a shot blocked by Hector Jimenez before side-netting the rebound. Both of his two career goals have come against Columbus (4-9-11).

Adam Jahn tied it in the 73rd minute. Tony Tchani's header, off the corner by Federico Higuain, was deflected off the crossbar by goalkeeper Andre Blake and - after a failed clearance by the Union - Jahn tapped it in from close range.

It was the Union's third consecutive home win.

Columbus has one win in its last 11 matches.

Conrad looks to build on winning season while finding a new identity.

By Brandon Bossert 3:29pm, August 24, 2016
VIDEO: Conrad looks to build on their winning and build a new team identity.
The 2015 campaign was a successful one for Conrad. They finished the season at 6-4, their first winning record since returning to High School football action.

Offense was a big reason for the teams' rise. They scored 24 or more points in five games, and over 30 points twice while being held to single digits just three times.

This season there is new signal caller, senior Timmy Metzler.

"Doing great, feeling great. Last three years I've been at wide receiver, I've been working in at quarterback before. Now that I'm the starting quarterback I'm getting really used to it. Getting to throw the ball more, running the ball because we're running the read option. It's a good position for me."

Metzler should be well protected with an offensive line filled with five seniors who have played in the same offense for four years.

Running back Elijah Walton likes what he has seen out of Metzler in camp so far. He says the combination of Metzler running the read option, his running and the returning wide receivers, Conrad should have a healthy offense once again.

"We have Timmy Metzler at quarterback, he is going to run the read option really well... We'll get the read option going, we've got a couple of receivers that can get some work. So it's going to be a really good offense this year."

Linebacker Lawrence Brown was adimate when talking about his defenses tenacity, saying, "I love our defense this year because we've got a lot of returning players. Everybody's showing great intensity out on the field, and everybody knows what they're going and knows their job."

The other topic of conversation around Conrad is the lack of a mascot.

After dropping the nickname 'Redskins' this summer, the school is searching for a new identity. Metzler and Walton offered some suggestions.

"I was saying the Chiefs because it doesn't go against , and it's kind of empowering," said Walton.

"I like what Eli said, I like the Chiefs, or I think the Tribe would be another one," said Metzler. "The Conrad Tribe."


Bellace brings environment of competition to Archmere

By Brandon Bossert 12:59am, August 24, 2016
VIDEO: The Auks discuss their strong finish to 2015 and new Head Coach John Bellace.
Archmere Head Coach Jerry Ambrogi stepped down following the 2015 season where he saw his team fight to a 6-4 record.

In his place is long-time defensive coach John Bellace who has been with the Archmere staff since 2000.

The new leadership was immediately felt in Claymont. There has been an emphasis on competition so far in Archmere's preseason.

"Intensity in camp this year is a lot harder than last year, which is part of the reason we started off slow last year," said Kevin Olsen, offensive tackle and defensive end. "I think that's not going to happen this year. I think everyone realizes we need that sense of urgency."

The Auks' slow start cost the team a potential playoff spot. After a 1-4 start, with those four losses by a combined 29 points, Archmere ran off five straight wins, outscoring their opponents 181-57.

Other veterans had high praise for the first-year Head Coach and the camp he is running.

"I feel like he's one of the best coaches I've ever had. He's always there for us. Sometimes he's more a friend than a coach, and I feel that's great," said defensive leader Pat Udovich. "That's a coach I want to play for."

Mark Dombrowski backed up Udovich.

"There's a big focus on competitions at positions this year. I think last year we came to camp kind of set on where people were playing. The competition has really picked up."

Also gone is quarterback Chris Dewees.

Though no starter has been officially named, players and coaches agree Joe DiGregorio is ready to make the jump from J.V. to fill Dewees's shoes. Udovich and Olsen offered praise for the junior signal caller.

Archmere will have a big test early this season, as they play the defending Division-II champions Howard at home week 1.


Tower Hill looks to push it "one step farther"

By Brandon Bossert 11:54pm, August 24, 2016
VIDEO: Tower Hill talks resiliency and their annual trip to Lewes.
The Hillers fell to Howard in the first round last season, but the players believe they can build off of their defeat.

"As you know they won the championship last year," said Harry Quimby, Tower Hill running back and linebacker. "We hung with them the entire game, so hopefully we can build off on that this year and get farther than we did last year."

Harry's brother Charlie echoed those sentiments.

"It was a heart breaking loss, and coming into this year it's about resiliency and how we can bounce back from that. We want to push it one step farther this year."

The Hillers showed their resiliency last season. A week 3 loss to DMA by a final score of 35-0 dropped their record to 1-2.

A team that easily could've caved banded together to reel off a six-game winning streak to make the playoffs, including a comeback win in their regular season finale against undefeated rival Friends.

One reason for the unity of Tower Hill's players is their annual trip to Lewes. Senior Mike Gallagher explained the importance and impact of the trip.

"It's an awesome experience. So we do two-a-days down there, and we just do team bonding stuff like games and other stuff. We're all in the same environment, we're all away from Tower Hill and the other sports teams. It really just brings us closer together."

"This whole preseason it's all about the team and teamwork," said Charlie Quimby. "We're really meshing together very well this year and we think we have a great group to push it one step farther this year."


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