It had been a long time – two years and four days, to be exact – since the Seaford Blue Jays had won a football game.
So it was an emotional scene Friday night after Seaford put together a long drive in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 14-10 home victory over Polytech.
“The kids were very happy. Some of them were crying,” Blue Jays coach Marc Dickerson said. “I was very proud of them, because they finally put it together and played good football.”
Seaford took a 6-0 lead into halftime on Aquarius White’s first-quarter touchdown run, only to see the Panthers rally to go ahead 10-6. The Blue Jays got the ball with about seven minutes left in the game and took it all the way.
With about two minutes left, Devon Hunt flipped a short pass to Hashun Mitchell. A big block from receiver Justin Monroe-Green wiped out two Polytech defenders, and Mitchell took it 25 yards for the winning touchdown. Hunt added a two-point run for the final points.
“I feel like we’ve got good athletes,” Dickerson said. “They’ve just got to learn how to win football games. I told them if they keep working hard, good things are going to happen. Friday night was a good little payoff for their hard work.”
Dickerson is in his first year back as head coach after leading the Blue Jays from 2005-07. He also was around throughout Seaford’s glory days under his father, Ron Dickerson, who went 191-94-9 from 1973-97 and 1999-2001, winning state championships in Division I (1981) and Division II (1983).
The Blue Jays were outscored 124-20 in their first three games, committing at least three turnovers in each. They had no turnovers Friday, and Dickerson said linemen Quasean Deputy, Troyshawn Pettit and Darren Durrell also played key roles in the victory.
“After this win, the kids will get some confidence and hopefully things will keep going our way,” Dickerson said. “They’re starting to realize if they can get rid of the mistakes, they can be in the ballgame with these teams.”
At this point last season, the Newark boys soccer team was 2-2-1 on the way to a 5-7-3 finish. This year, the Yellowjackets are 5-0 going into tonight’s game at Appoquinimink.
“Everyone committed themselves in the offseason, especially the seniors,” Newark coach Adam Flanigan said. “They got everyone organized, and they’ve been playing the whole year leading up to the season. … We’ve been preparing the program to improve for the last couple of years.”
Seniors Christian Ruiz-Quispe and Gerardo Lopez have four goals each, with Ruiz-Quispe also playing a key role on defense. Senior center back Nikola Preradovic and senior goalkeeper John Micklos have also been strong.
“Our whole team has improved,” Flanigan said. “We’ve been scoring a good amount of goals, and we’ve had three shutouts in the last three games. Our defense has been good, and you can’t win games without defense. It has been a total team effort.”
Four players have struck out 20 batters in a Delaware high school baseball game, but has anyone fanned even more?
That is one of the many questions longtime St. Andrew’s coach Bob Colburn is hoping to answer by compiling an extensive list of state records. The list, available on http://www.debca.org, already makes for some enjoyable viewing, but it is certain to become better as more coaches add their teams’ outstanding feats to it.
Colburn is only accepting submissions from current or former coaches. If you fit that category and have some information, email him at email@example.com.