Padua celebrates winning a point against Wilmington Charter

Padua celebrates winning a point against Wilmington Charter during a match on September 10, 2019

Division 2 football suffered its first shakeup as the bottom half of the Top 10 became quite turbulent in the second week of the Delaware High School season.

Saint Mark's defeated Saint Elizabeth, but not many people could have foreseen Delmar losing 42-7 to Parkside of Salisbury, Maryland. Those two games helped open doors for two new teams to slide into the rankings there.

Otherwise, outside of Dover football, top-ranked teams have been hesitant to face each other early in the season, something that will thankfully change as we move along.

FOOTBALL

Division 1

1) Hodgson (2-0, Last Week: 1)

2) Salesianum (2-0, 2)

3) Dover (0-2, 3) 

4) Middletown (2-0, 4)

5) Smyrna (0-2, 5)

6) Sussex Central (2-0, 6)

7) Sussex Tech (1-1, 7)

8) Appoquinimink (2-0, 8)

9) St. Georges (1-1, 9)

10) William Penn (1-1, 10)

DROPPED OUT: None

Non-conference scheduling can be a challenge, and Dover should receive full marks for scheduling Hodgson and Salesianum to open the season. They went 0-2, but those results should help create a judgement as to where the Henlopen North sits based on how they do in the conference games… Thought about jumping Sussex Central over Smyrna, but using out-of-state games as the guide is tricky…. Form held everywhere else.

GAME TO WATCH:  No. 4 Middletown at No. 1 Hodgson – The odd case where the likely Fight A Championship Game is the opener. Both were tested in Week 1, and won big in Week 2. Middletown went just 6-17 through the air against Concord, that will need to be better this week to have a chance against a well-balanced Hodgson team.

Division 2

1) Woodbridge (2-0, 1)

2) Friends (2-0, 2)

3) Tower Hill (2-0, 3)

4) Howard (2-0, 4)

5) Caravel (1-1, 5)

6) Archmere (2-0, 7)

7) Saint Mark’s (2-0, 9)

8) Delmar (1-1, 6)

9) Lake Forest (2-0, X)

10) Glasgow (2-0, X)

DROPPED OUT: Saint Elizabeth (1-1, 8), Delaware Military Academy (1-1, 10)

After no changes in Week 1, the bottom 5 got shuffled after Delmar’s surprising 42-7 loss at Salisbury’s Parkside, Saint Mark’s mild upset (by the rankings anyway) of Saint Elizabeth, and DMA’s loss to Milford. That opened up 2 slots, and Glasgow and Lake Forest enter this week as they’re off to 2-0 starts.

GAME TO WATCH: No. 1 Woodbridge at No. 2 Friends (Saturday, 2 p.m.) -

VOLLEYBALL

1) Padua (3-0, 1)

2) Archmere (3-0, 2)

3) Saint Mark’s (3-0, 3)

4) Ursuline (2-0, 4)

5) Conrad (3-0, 5)

6) Wilmington Charter (3-1, 6)

7) Newark Charter (3-0, 7)

8) DMA (1-1, 8)

9) Friends (0-3, 9)

10) Tower Hill (1-2, 10)

DROPPED OUT: None

Padua picked up a couple of Top 10 wins over Wilmington Charter and Friends, but there’s really no cause to have to flip things around at this point. The countdown to the must-see matches continues.

GAME TO WATCH: No. 1 Padua at No. 3 Saint Mark’s (Tuesday, 7:15) – The top-level double-round robin begins. Saint Mark’s has dropped just 1 set in 3 matches, while Padua has kept a clean sheet. Should be the first clue as to where teams should fall in the rankings.

FIELD HOCKEY

Division 1

1) Cape Henlopen (3-0, 1)

2) Polytech (1-1, 2) L IR

3) Padua (1-1, 3)

4) Wilmington Charter (0-2, 4)

5) Concord (2-1, 5)

DROPPED OUT: NONE

Not a particularly great week for the top 5 against Division 2. Polytech (IR), Charter (Tower & Caravel), and Concord (Sanford) all lost. All stayed ranked, as the other 2 undefeated un-tied teams: Milford and Sussex Central are both 1-0, while Mount Pleasant has a tie to Brandywine on their record.

GAME TO WATCH:  No. 3 Padua at No. 1 Cape Henlopen (Saturday, 12:30) – It’s been a few years since Padua’s dramatic semifinal showdown with the Vikings. While it could be a tough afternoon for the Pandas, the pace of the game could pay dividends against upstate competition.

Division 2

1) Delmar (3-0, 1)

2) Tower Hill (1-1, 2)

3) Indian River (3-0, 5)

4) Lake Forest (2-0, 3)

5) Caravel (2-2, 4)

Might be overrating that victory over Polytech, but that’s a quality win for the Indians that leaps them up a couple of spots in our rankings this week. Otherwise, Tower Hill’s 1-0 game against Cape Henlopen is an excellent result.

GAME TO WATCH: Tatnall at No. 2 Tower Hill (Saturday, Noon) – Part of Tower Hill’s Centennial Homecoming, Tatnall’s 3-0 gives hope that this could be the closest meeting between the rivals in a while, or show that Tower Hill could be a state title threat.

BOYS SOCCER

Division 1

1) Salesianum (5-0, 1)

2) Appoquinimink (1-0-1, 2)

3) Caesar Rodney (3-1, 3)

4) Cape Henlopen (2-1, 4)

5) Wilmington Charter (2-1, 5)

Caesar Rodney’s loss to IR the only unranked loss in the Division 1 standings so far… Milford (3-0), William Penn (1-0), Middletown (2-0-1), and Polytech (2-0-1) are unranked and undefeated.

GAME TO WATCH: Appoquinimink at Caesar Rodney (Tuesday, 4pm) – After taking a big step towards the Henlopen North title with their 4-0 win over Cape Henlopen, the Riders take on Appoquinimink in what is normally an exciting out-of-conference match-up.

Division 2

1) Wilmington Friends (2-0, 1)

2) Archmere (3-0, 2)

3) Indian River (2-0, 3)

4) Brandywine (3-0, 4)

5) MOT Charter (2-0-1, X)

DROPPED OUT: Caravel (1-2, 5)

Tough decision, because Caravel’s strength of schedule is so high, but when Middletown defeated Conrad 5-0 after playing a 2-2 game with the Mustangs, maybe it’s a sign they might be pretty good, although we do have a way of finding out…

GAME TO WATCH: Archmere at MOT Charter (Tuesday, 3:30) – Last year, the Auks won this game 4-0, has MOT closed the gap? Or are the Auks even better than in 2018.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1) Salesianum (1)

2) Wilmington Charter (2)

3) Cape Henlopen (3)

4) Caesar Rodney (4)

5) Concord (5))

Division 2

1) Tatnall (1)

2) Archmere (2)

3) Wilmington Friends (3)

4) DMA (4)

5) Newark Charter (5)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Division 1

1) Padua (1)

2) Wilmington Charter (2)

3) Appoquinimink (3)

4) Caesar Rodney (4)

5) Concord (5)

Division 2

1) Ursuline (1)

2) Saint Mark’s (2)

3) Mount Pleasant (3)

4) Tatnall (4)

5) Newark Charter (5)