Halfway through Middletown’s football season, there hasn’t been much drama.
The Cavaliers have won all five games by 27 points or more, outscoring opponents 219-26. Everyone expected the two-time defending Division I state champions to have another outstanding season, and they have delivered.
“I’m proud of our guys, because they don’t have that sense of complacency,” Middletown coach Mark DelPercio said. “We’ve talked to them about remaining hungry, focusing on the next week and what lies ahead. I think our guys have done a real nice job of that.”
The Cavaliers (5-0, 4-0 Blue Hen Flight A) will face a hot team at 1 p.m. Saturday when they travel to William Penn (3-2, 3-0). The Colonials have won three straight under new coach Marvin Dooley, outscoring A.I. du Pont, Appoquinimink and Newark by a combined 83-34. Junior running back Reggie Carroll has rushed for 698 yards and nine touchdowns in those three games.
“They have an outstanding running back, but they’re not one-dimensional,” DelPercio said. “They have some very talented football players on that team, and they’ve been playing great defensively. Knowing Marvin as I know him, I’m not surprised by anything they’ve done up there.”
Of course, William Penn will have to try to find a way to stop Middletown quarterback Darius Wade (13 touchdown passes) and receiver Chris Godwin (eight TD catches). Wade has committed to Boston College, while Godwin has committed to Penn State. The seniors face incredibly high expectations but embrace their starring roles.
“I see them enjoying it. I see no pressure with those guys,” DelPercio said. “We’re talking about guys who didn’t feel pressure when they were freshmen playing in the state championship game. I don’t think they’re feeling pressure as seniors. They’re having fun.”
The Polytech volleyball team is sticking to fundamentals, and the payoff has been an 8-0 start.
“I’ve always told the girls from the day I’ve started coaching here that passing and serving wins volleyball matches,” Panthers coach Trevor Bradshaw said. “… The girls have been doing a great job of serving aggressively, getting aces and making it tough on the receiving team. And then on the other side of the ball, I couldn’t be happier with the way we’re passing.”
Junior middle hitter Kelly Winters is a vocal leader, and junior setter Jen Briody has more than 180 assists. Senior Kristin Wissler has made a seamless transition from libero to outside hitter this season.
“She’s doing a great job,” Bradshaw said of Wissler. “She’s only 5-5, but right now she’s playing more like she’s 5-11. She’s hitting well, passing well, serving well. I can’t ask for anything more out of her.”
The Panthers earned an out-of-state win last Friday with a 3-1 victory at West Chester (Pa.) Rustin and face another tough test at Cape Henlopen (8-1) tonight. The long-range goal is to become the first Polytech team to win a match in the DIAA state tournament.
“I think we have the ability to do it,” Bradshaw said. “It’s a matter of, can we play our best volleyball at the time we need to? I certainly think we have the skill and potential.”
Sussex Tech player OK
Sussex Tech football coach Mark Quillin said freshman Jordan Marvel, who was taken away from the field in an ambulance during Friday night’s home game against Dover, was released from a hospital Saturday afternoon and attended school Monday. Quillin said Marvel was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
“He’s doing much better,” Quillin said Monday. “It was more of a precautionary measure. … He was having a lot of pain on one side of his neck. He could feel his fingers, feel his toes, all of his vital signs were good.”
Rounding it up
* The 15th annual Turf Bowl series of high school field hockey games will be played Oct. 25-27 at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium. Brandywine coach Willy Miranda said 30 teams have registered, but he still has openings for any team able to play at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Email email@example.com to grab a prime-time playing slot.
Also, an alumni game pitting former players from Brandywine and Concord will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Email Brandywine athletic director Rick Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org or Concord AD Debbie Corrado at email@example.com to play.
* The Blue & White Club, which supports athletics at the Charter School of Wilmington, will host the Force 5K at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Charter. Entry fee for the run/walk is $20. Go to http://www.signup2raceusa.com/registration/force to register.