Salesianum is used to winning state championships in soccer, taking nine of the last 11 Delaware titles.
The Sals can take a big step up a much higher mountain today.
Sallies will meet St. Benedict’s Prep at 4 p.m. at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. The Gray Bees (14-0) are ranked first in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school boys poll. The Sals (10-0-1) are ranked seventh. This one could be for all the marbles.
“All indications are if we beat them, we’d have a legitimate shot to be the national champions,” Salesianum coach Scott Mosier said. “It’s all rankings; it’s subjective. But our regional ranker said if we beat them and win out, we would most likely be the national champions.”
St. Benedict’s Prep claims eight national titles and hasn’t lost since a 1-0 setback to Sallies on Oct. 2, 2010, at Caravel. The teams were scheduled to meet at Caravel last season, but Superstorm Sandy intervened.
“It’s probably the only game this year where we will be an underdog,” Mosier said. “But our guys are just excited to play in the game. … We have 15 seniors on the team, and they have been through a lot of tough games. I think we feel pretty prepared.”
The Sals still have games remaining against St. Elizabeth, Archmere and William Penn, plus the inaugural DIAA Division I State Tournament since boys soccer has been split into two divisions. But there is no doubt this is the biggest game on the team’s schedule.
Salesianum has an early dismissal today, and Mosier is expecting three busloads of students to make the trip to cheer their classmates in New Jersey.
Holbrook is OK
Seaford running back Elijah Holbrook is doing fine after being hospitalized during Friday night’s game at Milford, Blue Jays coach Marc Dickerson said Monday.
“We went to the hospital after the game, and he was very coherent, laughing and smiling,” Dickerson said. “I met with him again Sunday, and he seemed to be fine. He’s going to meet with the doctor [this] morning and go from there.”
Dickerson said Holbrook was unconscious for about 90 seconds after being tackled late in the third quarter. He was transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital via ambulance, even though the junior insisted he was OK and did not want to go.
“You’ve got to take that so seriously,” Dickerson said. “You’ve got to be careful with that type of stuff.”
Big honor for Godwin
Middletown’s Chris Godwin scored three touchdowns in a 50-13 victory over A.I. du Pont last Friday, then made even bigger news on Monday.
The 6-foot-4, 202-pound wide receiver has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, set for 4 p.m. Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Godwin, who has committed to Penn State, is one of 80 seniors from around the country who will play in the seventh annual game, which will be televised by ESPN.
Turf Bowl time
The annual Turf Bowl, featuring 14 high school field hockey games over three days, will run Friday through Sunday at the University of Delaware’s Rullo Stadium.
Friday’s schedule will start with Smyrna vs. Brandywine at 3:30, followed by Concord vs. Sanford at 6:30 and No. 4 Mount Pleasant (12-0) vs. Wilmington Christian (8-1-2) at 8.
McKean vs. Dickinson will kick off Saturday’s action at 10 a.m., followed by No. 5 Tatnall (9-2) vs. A.I. du Pont (8-4) at 11:30 and this year’s marquee matchup – No. 2 Delmar (11-1) vs. No. 3 Polytech (12-0) – at 1 p.m. Then it will be Middletown vs. Ursuline at 2:30 and William Penn vs. Appoquinimink at 5:30.
The games will keep rolling Sunday, with Woodbridge vs. Caravel at 11:30 a.m., Newark vs. St. Elizabeth at 1 p.m., St. Mark’s vs. Charter of Wilmington at 2:30, Delcastle vs. Delaware Military Academy at 4, St. Georges vs. Hodgson at 5:30 and Brandywine vs. Concord at 7:30.
Rounding it up
* Moyer Academy has forfeited Saturday’s football game against St. Elizabeth, leaving the frustrated Vikings (1-5) with only eight games this season.
“I looked at everything, and I can’t find anybody that’s open that we can play,” St. E coach Joe Hemphill said. “I’ve searched New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and everybody is playing this week. I’ve looked everywhere I know to look.”
* Salesianum senior Fred Friebott was named defensive MVP after the Showcase Game at the Project 9.9 invitation-only lacrosse camp in Baltimore on Oct. 14. Freibott, who is headed to Ohio State next year, was one of 52 players from 16 states and Canada invited to the event.
* The Brandywine volleyball team held a cancer awareness night Oct. 16, raising $500 for the Patti Mishaw Foundation. Mishaw, who died in 2011, was a mother of four Brandywine students. The foundation provides scholarships to seniors in the Brandywine School District.