Earning a trip to Delaware Stadium isn't supposed to be easy, and last week's 6-for-6 picking performance is a sign that upsets could be lurking.
Last week, the only road team to win was Caravel, and they were probably seen as a slight favorite given Tower Hill's weak schedule.
This week, there are two regular-season rematches, another that takes you back to last year's season-opener, and then a game that hasn't been played in 10 years.
Can Smyrna get Harvest Bowl revenge? Can Caravel flip the script against Woodbridge? Can Sussex Central's offense do better this time on Hodgson's natural surface? Can Howard travel 2 hours and stun the Town Too Big For One State?
Should be fun finding out.
SEAN GREENE – WDEL Sports Director - Last Week 6-0 (100%), Season – 186-41 (81.9%)
No. 3 Smyrna (9-2) at No. 2 Middletown (9-1) - 7:30 Friday (WDEL)
Regular Season: Middletown 17-6, Week 1
SEAN GREENE – Smyrna 21-14. There's a historical reason to believe a reversal of fortune could happen. In 2017, Middletown won the Harvest Bowl 35-28, only to lose 30-27 in the state championship game. The key to this game is trying to find what's different. The game is on the same field, so no change there. Middletown QB Braden Davis isn't making his high school debut this time around, but Smyrna's Aidan Sanchez is firmly entrenched at QB for the Eagles. Maybe the difference could be the intangible of emotion. Smyrna has had two students die over the past two weeks, and they road that emotion to a 30-0 lead over Salesianum, before it nearly crashed in the Sals comeback. They may have that little extra kick behind them, but honestly, there's no outcome of this that's a shock, besides a blowout either way.
No. 4 Sussex Central (9-2) at No. 1 Hodgson (10-0) - Noon Saturday
Last Meeting: Hodgson 26-6, 2018 Week 1
SEAN GREENE – Hodgson 30-14. The Silver Eagles handed the Golden Knights their only blemish before a 12-game winning streak sent the title to Georgetown/Millsboro. That game was played on a bog in Glasgow, but it seems like Saturday's rain should hold off until after the game, and the rain on Friday should be light. That means the Wing-T should have fast footing, but so should the Silver Eagles' attack. The Golden Knights struggled to put away Concord last week, and lost to Dover two weeks ago, and Hodgson has scored at least 28 in every game this season. There will be a new champion in 2019.
No. 6 Caravel (9-2) at No. 1 Woodbridge (10-1) - 7pm Friday
Regular Season: Woodbridge 28-7, Week 1
SEAN GREENE – Woodbridge 28-14. Starting 11-on-11, this match-up looks pretty even on paper, but the depth of the Blue Raiders could be key. Jayquon Massey ran for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first meeting, and even with future Villanova LB Ethan Potter roaming side-to-side for the Bucs, it might not be enough to slow down the Blue Raiders. Not to be lost in Woodbridge's fine season, they've only given up 2 touchdowns or more 3 times this season. This is a tough ask for the Bucs, but beating a good team twice is always a challenge.
No. 4 Howard (10-1) at No. 2 Delmar (9-2) - 7:30 Friday
Last Meeting: Delmar 35-28, 2009 D2 Quarterfinals
SEAN GREENE – Howard 34-30. It's unfortunate that Mother Nature forced this game to be moved to Friday, because this has the makings of a showcase game. The weakness of Flight B this season has left the upstate Wildcats without a win that proved they are at state championship level, but with Karvin Reeves and a solid offensive and defensive line, they have the makings of a tough out. Delmar is battle-tested, as they've run off 6 straight since being shutout 19-0 by Friends. They also gave up 3 turnovers to Lake in the first half last week, they do that, and it will be a tough night. Picking the upset.