When you only have 10 games, every one matters as you try to be one of the 14 lucky teams to extend your season into the postseason.
Amazingly, there's only 1 battle of unbeaten teams on the schedule this week, meaning some really good football teams could find themselves at .500 or worse as we start to approach the midway point of the season.
As for last week, not my best effort.
McKean, Cape Henlopen, Smyrna, Delmar, Concord, and William Penn will all gladly call me out for picking their games wrong, but in many of those cases, it's a sign they're improving as the year goes along, and that's always a benchmark of a good team or program.
Let's try this again, in what promises to be an exciting 2 remaining days of action.
SEAN GREENE – WDEL Sports Director - Last Week 17-6 (73.9%), Season – 55-16 (77.5%)
Thursday, September 26
McKean (2-1) at Howard (3-0) - 7:00 (at Caravel)
SEAN GREENE – Howard. Picked the game on Twitter before kickoff.
Friday, September 27
Newark (1-2) at A.I. duPont (2-1) - 6:00
SEAN GREENE – A.I. duPont 35-14. A.I. defense got into an unexpected shootout with Indian River, but Ja'Quai Bishop's running strong, and should do so again this week.
FSMA (1-2) at Dickinson (0-3) – 6:00
SEAN GREENE – FSMA 20-14. This could be Dickinson's best chance to end their 16-game, on-the-field losing streak, but the Bulldogs have shown a little more offensive ability through the first three weeks.
William Penn (2-1) at Appoquinimink (2-1) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – William Penn 14-8. Appoquinimink defeated the Colonials 14-0 in Week 10 last year to get into the tournament and keep William Penn out. WP is coming off an upset win over Sussex Tech. The winner here takes a huge step towards that potential 3rd Flight A tournament bid behind Middletown and Hodgson.
Sussex Central (2-1) at Caesar Rodney (1-2) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Sussex Central 30-14. Central is coming off a tough loss to Smyrna last week, they handled the Wing-T expertly last year, and should be able to get back on the winning track.
Dover (1-2) at Cape Henlopen (1-2) – 7:00 (Delaware 105.9FM)
SEAN GREENE – Dover 42-14. Both teams picked up much-needed Week 3 wins after tough starts. The Senators have played a tougher schedule to this point, and should handle the trip to Lewes.
St. Georges (2-1) at Caravel (2-1) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – St. Georges 28-24. Caravel goes point-hunting again with a second Division 1 game. They were able to eek out a win over Caesar Rodney, but St. Georges may have a little more offensively. A win here could but the Bucs in a great spot, while it's a must-win for St. Georges.
St. Elizabeth (1-2) at DMA (2-1) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – DMA 20-14. DMA bounced back from their 9-point loss to Milford in style, while the Vikings have been outscored 53-14 the past two weeks against tough opposition. They'll need to get the offense going to win this one.
Seaford (0-2) at Indian River (0-3) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Indian River 28-6. Indian River gave A.I. duPont a strong game last week, while Seaford has struggled to just one touchdown in the first two weeks. They might find the end zone again, but the Indians get into the win column.
Friends (2-1) at Lake Forest (3-0) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Friends 35-21. How good is Lake Forest? They put up 2 strong performances, then struggled in the first half against Newark in one of those long-travel 10:30 situations. That won't be a factor here, but Friends is the best team they've faced, to date.
Laurel (0-3) at Polytech (1-2) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Polytech 14-13 - An interesting toss-up here. Poly's 14-13 win over Indian River feels like it first nicely into this match-up. This one could certainly go either way.
Salesianum (3-0) at Smyrna (1-2) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Salesianum 21-14. Smyrna avoided the dreaded 0-3 start with a win over Central last week. Andrew Watkins vs. Debo Williams would be fun to watch, if Watkins is healthy.
Milford (2-1) at Sussex Tech (1-2) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Sussex Tech 34-20. Interesting how the schedule-makers ended up with this Week 4 game after both teams picked up surprising Week 3 losses. Willing to think Sussex Tech's loss might have been to an underrated Flight A squad.
Tatnall (1-2) at Tower Hill (3-0) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Tower Hill 30-10. Tatnall's win over McKean got a little more shine Thursday night, but Tower Hill is looking like a determined squad trying to make sure they get to Wilmington Friends at 8-0.
Conrad (1-2) at Red Lion (2-1) – 7:15
SEAN GREENE – Red Lion 14-7. This was a 7-0 win for Conrad last year, This could be one of the tougher games to call on the weekend.
Saturday, September 28
Brandywine (1-2) at Wilmington Charter (0-3) – 11:00
SEAN GREENE – Brandywine 20-12. Another team goes hunting for a Division 1 victory as Brandywine gets the Force on the schedule. This game looks really well paired, as the Force look for that elusive first win.
Middletown (2-1) at Delcastle (0-3) – 11:00
SEAN GREENE – Middletown 42-6. Delcastle got their first two touchdowns of the season last week against St. Georges. It would be a bigger accomplishment to get one in this game, but it would be a great confidence boost.
Christiana (1-2) at Glasgow (1-2) – 12:00
SEAN GREENE – Glasgow 18-12. Another really tough game to call. The Dragons had to forfeit week 1's win against Newark, but did defeat Brandywine in week 2 that still is holding up. That performance should be enough against a solid Christiana squad that gave A.I. duPont a game.
Hodgson (3-0) at Mount Pleasant (1-2) – 12:00
SEAN GREENE – Hodgson 42-6. It's not often you see the top team in the state serve as someone's Homecoming opponent.
Pennington School (NJ) (3-0) at Saint Andrew’s (2-1) – 12:00
SEAN GREENE – Pennington 21-18. Pennington has won all three of their games by under 10 points. They've scheduled Tower Hill for later in the season, and there could be a reason they think they're at that level.
Woodbridge (3-0) at Concord (1-2) – 1:00
SEAN GREENE – Woodbridge 35-6. The only change New Castle County fans will get to see Woodbridge in the regular season. Concord got a win against Mount Pleasant last week, but this is different.
Easton (MD) (3-0) at Delmar (2-1) – 1:30
SEAN GREENE – Easton 38-28. Delmar's quest for a share of the Bayside Conference title continues. Which version will show up? The team blown out by Parkside, or the team that rallied late to edge Queen Anne's?
Saint Mark's (3-0) at Archmere (3-0) – 2:00 (WDEL AM1150/101.7FM)
SEAN GREENE – Saint Mark's 28-27. Two teams playing excellent football. Saint Mark's gets the edge for the better victory over Conrad. There's a reason we're airing this game Saturday.