Perfection is a goal rarely achieved, and that’s what Saint Mark’s was kind enough to remind me about Tuesday night.
Members of the football team cheering their girls’ volleyball team on to their first win over Padua since 2012 took to chanting “21-20” at one point late in the opening set, when the score was 24-16, or something similar.
It took me a minute, but I realized it was aimed at the fool who picked Saint Elizabeth to defeat them by that scoreline in last week’s picks column, me.
They had defeated the Vikings 23-7 on the field, and I was going to hear about it. A good laugh was had by all, and what this is all about.
Certainly I’d love to go 24-0 one week, but that’s really hard to do, but so is winning a football game. Just remember if I pick your team to lose and I’m there, I had to pick one of the two teams, and I’m just as happy to tell your story after a victory as I would have been for the other team.
Saint Mark’s handled it perfectly, now, let’s see if I can do the same this week.
It’s another challenging week, as we’ll get a sense for what might happen in Flight A (Middletown/Hodgson),Flight B (Howard/Brandywine), and Henlopen North (Sussex Central/Smyrna), and that doesn’t even include the great Woodbridge/Friends rivalry.
SEAN GREENE – WDEL Sports Director - Last Week 19-5 (79.2%), Season – 38-10 (79.2%) – Remarkable consistency. My apologies to Saint Mark’s, Glasgow, and Milford, and Delmar’s 42-7 loss at Parkside was certainly eye-opening.
Friday, September 19
Seaford (0-2) at Saint Andrew’s (1-1) – 4:00
SEAN GREENE – Saint Andrew’s 26-12. A tough Week 2 after the opening victory for the Cardinals. Adrian Watts threw an early touchdown pass last week, expect more of the same in this one. Seaford has been close in both of their first 2 games, but this could be a step up in competition.
Christiana (0-2) at Dickinson (0-2) – 6:00
SEAN GREENE – Christiana 18-6. The Vikings gave A.I. duPont all they wanted last week, while Dickinson struggled in their Flight B opener against McKean. While A.I. might not be the division favorite like last year, including that performance with their first-half showing against Saint Elizabeth, Christiana could be a Flight B thorn all year.
Glasgow (2-0) at McKean (1-1) – 6:00
SEAN GREENE – Glasgow 28-21. This game jumped up the importance scale after the Dragons edged Brandywine last week. McKean shook off their 8-7 loss to Tatnall with a 42-0 win over Dickinson. Winner here stakes a claim to the chase for the upper-half of the Flight B table.
Salesianum (2-0) at Appoquinimink (2-0) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Salesianum 35-14. Appoquinimink jumped into the playoff picture last year, and after wins over CR and Delcastle, this is a nice upgrade to their schedule this season. Andrew Watkins will give Appoquinimink’s improved defense its biggest test of the fall, but they’ll be better for this game as it’s all Flight A after this.
Howard (2-0) at Brandywine (1-1) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Howard 26-12. Howard is off to another strong 2-0 start, including the Division 1 win over Concord, while Brandywine couldn’t hold a 4th quarter lead to Glasgow. Brandywine is improving, but Howard is the Class of Flight B until proven otherwise.
Polytech (1-1) at Caesar Rodney (0-2) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Caesar Rodney 28-7. A heartbreaking loss to Caravel last week could work two ways for CR. They either get frustrated and struggle, or the Wing T keeps moving like it did on their final 2 drives against Caravel. The latter would prove way too much for a Polytech team coming off a 1-point win over Indian River, the only team they defeated last year.
Northeast (MD) (1-1) at Dover (1-1) – 6:00
SEAN GREENE – Dover 28-14. Northeast struggled to a 21-13 victory over Cape Henlopen last year, and going off the idea that Dover is a better team, and this is in Delaware and not Pasadena, MD, cue the Senators to bounce back after the 2nd half struggle against Salesianum.
A.I. duPont (1-1) at Indian River (0-2) – 6:00
SEAN GREENE – A.I. DuPont 18-6. There aren’t many road trips longer than Greenville to Dagsboro in Delaware, but after struggling last week against Christiana, the Tigers should find things a little easier against an IR team that lost a tough one for a second straight year to Polytech.
Cape Henlopen (0-2) at Milford (2-0) – 7:00 (Delaware 105.9FM & ESPN930AM/102.1FM)
SEAN GREENE – Milford 34-14. Milford wrapped up their goodbye to Division 2 with a nice win over DMA, and now it’s hello to the Henlopen North with a team they defeated 28-27 and 38-0 over the past two years. Familiarity breeds a winner in the Division opener for the Bucs.
Sussex Central (2-0) at Smyrna (0-2) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Sussex Central 18-12. A tough game to call, as there’s only one in-state game to work with, Smyrna’s 16-7 loss in the Harvest Bowl. Will lean to the Golden Knights who have looked a little better offensively, but might face the better defense.
Wilmington Charter (0-2) at Saint Mark’s (2-0) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Saint Mark’s 28-6. Saint Mark’s goes for their Division 1 win before the schedule ramps up again next week.
Archmere (2-0) at Tatnall (1-1) – 7:00
SEAN GREENE – Archmere 20-18. This looks like it should be close, as the Auks have won by 10 and 14 against Mount and Conrad, and Tatnall pulled off the mild 8-7 upset of McKean. Can they pull another one again?
Red Lion (2-0) at Delaware Military Academy (1-1) – 7:30
SEAN GREENE – DMA 28-14. The debut of Fusco Stadium is a major litmus test for the Lions’ start. They’ve allowed just one touchdown in 2 games, but DMA has proven to be a Division 2 contender year-in and year-out, but missed a chance at a Division 1 victory last week. Will know a lot more about these two teams after this one.
Queen Anne’s County (MD) (1-1) at Delmar (1-1) – 7:30
SEAN GREENE – Queen Anne’s 28-26. Delmar’s loss to Parkside (MD) last year remains a massive head-scratcher. It’s one thing to lose, it’s another thing to lose 42-7. Queen Anne’s has played Sussex Central the last 2 years, including last year’s 31-3 loss. Delmar should hopefully be closer to 100% this week, but they’ll have to show me that was a fluke.
Caravel (1-1) at Laurel (0-2) – 7:30
SEAN GREENE – Caravel 24-8. Another upstate team taking a long trip this week. Caravel needs to quickly get past last week’s dramatic win over Caesar Rodney and take care of a Laurel team that lost by 20 to Brandywine and 36 to Howard as they wrap up their 3-game homestand to start the season.
Saturday, September 20
Mount Pleasant (1-1) at Concord (0-2) – 10:30
SEAN GREENE – Mount Pleasant 14-7. The Brandywine School District rivals re-unite in what is now a Flight A game after Mount’s promotion. Hopefully they can find a way to get this under Brandywine’s lights in the future if the Bulldogs can get turf on their field. As for the game, Concord has yet to find the end zone in losses to Howard and Middletown. They should do so this week, but Mount is still a tough opponent.
Middletown (2-0) at Hodgson (2-0) – 10:30
SEAN GREENE – Hodgson 28-14. Wake up early for the likely Fight A championship game. Middletown is still sorting out its quarterback situation after the Week 1 injury, and they’ll need to find offense quickly to keep up with a Silver Eagles squad that’s put up 84 points against Dover and St. Georges. Their offense shouldn’t put up those kind of numbers, but 4 touchdowns would be enough.
Lake Forest (2-0) at Newark (0-2) – 10:30
SEAN GREENE – Lake Forest 36-8. It just doesn’t feel right typing a 10:30am start at Newark, but the Christiana District’s decision to go lightless at their 3 high schools mandates you’ll get these game times going forward. Newark’s scored one touchdown in 2 games, and Lake has looked solid. It’s an extremely early wake-up call, but sleepwalking through the game would be Newark’s best hope.
FSMA (1-1) at Conrad (0-2) – 11:00
SEAN GREENE – Conrad 16-14. These two produced one of the most exciting games of the year last year as FSMA won on a stopped 2-point conversion on the final play. Conrad gets their revenge at home, but should be tough.
St. Georges (1-1) at Delcastle (0-2) – 11:00
SEAN GREENE – St. Georges 28-7. Both of these teams see happy for an easier foe after Hodgson (43-7 over STG) and Appo (40-0 over Delcastle) made things tough last week. The Hawks scored a big win over Cape in the opener, and they should pick up their first Flight A win of the campaign.
Sussex Tech (1-1) at William Penn (1-1) – 1:00
SEAN GREENE – Sussex Tech 26-14. The Ravens make their in-state debut after splitting games in the DC area. William Penn has a win over Cape Henlopen by 3 touchdowns, but they might need more offense to come away with another Henlopen North win.
Woodbridge (2-0) at Wilmington Friends (2-0) – 2:00
SEAN GREENE – Woodbridge 29-28. There is no better competitive rivalry in Delaware better than this right now. In the past 4 years, the home-and-home between these two teams has led to 6 overall games, and most have been nail biters. Edge the Blue Raiders, but with any luck, it’ll be 8 in 5 by the time we get to November.
Saint Elizabeth (1-1) at Tower Hill (2-0) – 3:00
SEAN GREENE – Tower Hill 28-7. Tower Hill completes its weekend celebration of 100 years with a win on the gridiron. The Hillers upgraded their schedule in terms of possible points (Delcastle/Charter) and this in-state game. You’ve got to think they had this scheduled as their toughest in-state game on the schedule before Friends in Week 10.