As superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Merv Daugherty always is looking for ways to broaden his students’ horizons.
The district will try a unique approach on Saturday, as five of Red Clay’s six high schools travel to the University of Delaware to play football games at Delaware Stadium.
“It helps us with promoting athletics as a good thing for schools, and it gives our kids exposure to the campus at UD,” Daugherty said. “I think it will get kids on the campus that may have never gone on the campus before. … I’m hoping it changes the lives of some kids and how they think about what they want to do with their future.”
The day will begin with Howard vs. McKean at 10:30 a.m., followed by Milford vs. Delaware Military Academy at 1 p.m. Conrad will take on Dickinson at 3:30, with A.I. du Pont wrapping it up against Delcastle at 6.
Delaware Stadium is available Saturday because the Blue Hens are playing at Navy. Sponsorships from businesses and friends of Red Clay allowed the district to cover the cost of stadium rental.
“We think between the ticket sales and the sponsorships, we will actually be able to give schools back some of the money from their gate,” Daugherty said.
A $5 ticket is good for all four games.
“Our kids are really excited about playing there,” McKean coach Ryan said. “I think they were kind of apprehensive at first. But now as we’re starting to get closer and closer, they’re getting more excited about it.”
The Highlanders are 1-0 after shutting out Tatnall 20-0 Friday. Quarterback Darius Jones rushed for 175 yards as the centerpiece of McKean’s wide-open, “razor” offense.
“He is an exceptional quarterback, safety and athlete,” Ryan said of Jones. “I think he’s one of the best in the state. He was dominating the game.”
The Highlanders got touchdown runs from Jamar Henry, Jabree Purnell and Louis Hall. But they face a stiff challenge in Howard, which is ranked fifth in Division II. The Wildcats (1-0) opened with a 42-20 victory Firday over Charter of Wilmington, as Chaz Sydnor caught two touchdown passes from Damon Johniken and returned a fumble 60 yards for another score.
Sals look strong
After winning nine of the last 11 state championships, it’s easy to say the Salesianum soccer team will be tough to beat. But when coach Scott Mosier praises his team, you know the Sals truly are loaded.
“This is the first time we’ve ever had 11 starting seniors,” Mosier said. “We have a really good senior class, so we should be pretty strong.”
Goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard and Dylan Huber have committed to Virginia Tech and Joey Cain has committed to Rhode Island. The Sals’ other senior starters are Austin Hansen, Chris DiSabatino, Mike DiSabatino, Jason Norat, Ty Magner, Remington Christman, Ben Yount and Matt Paranczak.
Sallies opened the season ranked 11th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The Sals will tackle a tough schedule that includes seven out-of-state opponents, with a trip to No. 1-ranked St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark, N.J., on Oct. 22. Sallies also will fly to Las Vegas to meet Faith Lutheran and Green Valley – two of the top teams in Nevada – Oct. 11-12.
“We’re traveling and doing a couple of different things that we haven’t done in years past,” Mosier said. “We’ve got some really tough away games this year, and it will be interesting to see how we deal with that.”
Rounding it up
* St. Elizabeth baseball coach Tom Beddow has been named Mid-Atlantic coach of the year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. Beddow guided the Vikings to an 18-3 season last spring. He will receive the award at the annual NHSBCA convention Dec. 5-8 in Tucson, Ariz.
* Christiana and Glasgow have dropped their varsity field hockey programs for this season.