FELTON – There are a lot of ways to score in a football game.
Woodbridge found five different ways on Monday night.
The Blue Raiders scored on a kickoff return, fumble recovery, interception, run from scrimmage and fumble return on the way to a 32-0 victory over Lake Forest in the Henlopen South opener for both teams at James H. Blades Stadium.
“That’s the good thing about having some good athletes,” Woodbridge coach Ed Manlove said. “We can score from pretty much anywhere on the field with offense, defense or special teams. We work on that a lot.”
The Blue Raiders (4-0, 1-0), ranked No. 1 statewide in Division II, snapped a 15-game conference winning streak by the two-time defending South champion Spartans (0-4, 0-1).
It only took Woodbridge 13 seconds to get on the board. The opening kickoff bounced forward off of Antwain Holden’s shin, but the senior quickly picked it up and scooted 73 yards for a touchdown. A 2-point run by Terrique Riddick made it 8-0.
“Do one move and just go,” Holden said. “That what I did. I saw the hole and I just went.”
Lake Forest stopped the Blue Raiders’ first drive on downs at the Spartans 9, only to see Woodbridge defensive lineman Shymere Vessels knock the ball loose into the end zone two plays later and recover the fumble for a touchdown.
“That just came from watching film and studying their plays,” Vessels said. “They were trying to run the option, so I had outside contain. That’s pretty much my job on defense, and that’s pretty much how I scored.”
The Spartans were backed up to a second-and-17 from their own 25 when the Blue Raiders’ Jamon Kane stepped in front of a pass and took the interception 32 yards for a 20-0 lead with 3:57 left in the second quarter.
But Woodbridge still had time for another score before halftime. This one came from the offense, as the Blue Raiders moved 45 yards in just five plays. With the clock running down on a third-and-8, Riddick took a toss around the left side and scored from 31 yards out for a 26-0 halftime lead.
“Everybody shifted to the other side and thought we were going to pass it,” Riddick said. “They all dropped back, and I just saw the opening and hit it.”
The young Spartans managed only 27 total yards in the first half, with a long gain of 6. But Lake Forest moved the ball much better in the second half, reaching the Blue Raiders 21 on their first drive before turning it over on downs.
The Spartans marched to a first-and-goal from the 10 on their next series, but could get no closer than the 7 before Woodbridge preserved the shutout by knocking down a fourth-down pass.
“I’m very proud of my defense,” Vessels said. “We came up with a great effort, even though our offense was lacking. But hey, you’ve got to pick it up sometimes on special teams, defense, doesn’t matter. We’ve got a ballgame to win.”
They did, with Vessels adding one more score on a 10-yard fumble return with 25.3 seconds to play.
Woodbridge won despite only outgaining the Spartans 168-154. Heavy rain in the area pushed this game from Friday to Monday and kept the Blue Raiders from practicing since Wednesday. Their timing appeared to be off for much of the night.
“I’m proud of our effort defensively,” Manlove said. “Offensively, we just weren’t consistent enough. But we got the job done.”
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