Howard's Karvin Reeves rushes for a touchdown against McKean

Howard's Karvin Reeves rushes for a touchdown against McKean

Delaware Stadium is under construction, but for three teams on Saturday, they won't mind the unusual backdrop as they hold state championship trophies.

There will be no repeat champion in Division 1 or DIAA/Special Olympics Unified Flag Football after Sussex Central and Smyrna were eliminated from their respective tournaments.

That's not the case at the moment in Division 2, where Woodbridge looks to go back-to-back and put an end to one of the most emotional seasons in recent memories.

I could only get 3 of the 4 DIAA finalists correct last week, despite picking Howard to successfully win in Delmar. Middletown's four touchdowns in under 2 minutes in the 4th quarter sent them to a season-sweep of red-hot Smyrna, and send them back to the TUB.

Who will win? Here's at least some thoughts.

Firstly, if you're a fan of the other four teams involved on Saturday, I highly recommend either staying late or arriving early and supporting the Special Olympics/DIAA Unified Flag Football Championship game between McKean and Dover. 

I won't pick a winner, but you'll see athletes trying at their hardest level, their Unified Partners supporting their efforts in inspiring ways, and maybe a return to what sports can be. Something that looks a little bit more like a Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl Game.

SEAN GREENE – WDEL Sports Director - Last Week 3-1 (75%), Playoffs 9-1 (90%) Season – 189-42 (81.8%) 

DIVISION 1

No. 2 Middletown (10-1) vs. No. 1 Hodgson (11-0) - 1:00

Regular Season: Hodgson 35-14, Week 3

REVERSING SEPTEMBER: Trying to find differences between September 21 and December 30 can be tricky, but it's most notable at QB, as Middletown did not have Braden Davis, and while Colby Chambers threw a touchdown pass, there's a reason top-level FBS programs are looking at Davis. He has the best arm in the state, but will need his receivers to help him out and make plays worthy of the collegiate stage. 

LIMIT THE BIG PLAYS: Hodgson scored on a 64-yard run (Josh Ames), 78-yard punt return (Reggie McNeill), and an 82-yard pass (Elizjah Lewis from CJ Henry). The Cavaliers absolutely must keep the Silver Eagles in front of them, which is easier said than done with the diverse talent of weapons wearing maroon.

DON'T CLIP THE WING: Perhaps Middletown's most important player isn't Davis, it's TE/DE/ST Jaheim Wing, who caught two touchdowns, recovered a fumble, and also an onside kick against Smyrna last week. He can make an impact in all three areas, and a big game would boost the Cavs chances.

HODGSON'S DEFENSE DOESN'T REST: The Silver Eagles only gave up more than 14 points once this season, in their victory over 33-20 victory over Salesianum. The usually run-heavy Sals were able to ding Hodgson in the pass game, which could give Middletown some hope, but Ny'Ghee Lolley had a pick 6 and long touchdown last week, so the Silver Eagles will be looking for the football.

THE PICK: Hodgson 28, Middletown 14 - Hodgson has been the best and deepest team in Delaware all season. "Unfinished Business, No Excuses" is their motto, and after the core part of their squad lost in back-to-back semifinals, it's hard to believe they will squander this opportunity. If they keep the penalties in check, they take home their first Division 1 Football Title in school history.

DIVISION 2

No. 1 Woodbridge (11-1) vs. No. 4 Howard (11-1) - 6:00 (WDEL)

Last Meeting: Woodbridge 28-0, 2018 D2 Quarterfinals

DOES LAST YEAR MEAN ANYTHING?: Especially for Woodbridge, there's a new cast of characters who have played extremely good football this season, but it's not the same group who posted a dominating shutout on last year's Flight B runners-up. It certainly matters if Howard's players thought last week's 50-29 win over Henlopen South Delmar might intimidate the Blue Raiders.

LOOK INTO THE MIRROR: Both teams wear Blue, and there's way more in common than style. Woodbridge is powered by 1,139-yard rusher Jayqon Massey and 1,321-yard rusher Tyrez Cannon. Howard answers with 1,064 yard in the regular season from Karvin Reeves, and Kevin Ignudo, who had 4 touchdowns last week against Delmar.  Both play physical defense up front, and like the D1 game, they'll be looking for turnovers.

IGNUDO IGNITES: Howard's sophomore is the classic Delaware Division 2 dual threat. The compliment to Reeves in the rushing attack, he's also a key defensive back who scooped and scored a fumble from 85-yards out last week against Delmar. Woodbridge must find ways to take his talents away on both sides of the football.

TWO-WAY QB: Dalton Perdue came to Woodbridge from Laurel for his senior season, and only have to fill the shoes of the late Troy Haynes at QB. While he's done a solid job there, accounting for 14 total touchdowns, he's also Woodbridge's middle linebacker. That can create a challenge when coaches need to talk to him about offensive or defensive strategies, but in an era of specialization, especially at QB, great to see a player starring on both sides of the football.

THE PICK: Howard 28, Woodbridge 21. I caught some slack from the Woodbridge community when I moved Howard to No. 1 ahead of them in the WDEL rankings soon after Howard's close-call loss to Hodgson. Woodbridge's loss to Delmar might have forced the move anyway, but Hodgson's coaches have said the toughest team they've faced to date was their meeting with Howard, which is enough for me to make Howard the pick.