St. Georges, Middletown and Appoquinimink will play high school football games on Saturday. Here are looks at the matchups.
THIS WEEK’S MATCHUPS
Pencader Charter (4-2)
at St. Georges (1-5)
10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 in Middletown
OUTLOOK: St. Georges came out strong in last week’s 30-12 loss to visiting Mount Pleasant, getting two first quarter touchdowns from Lamont Graham (eight carries, 50 yards). The Hawks couldn’t score again, but were still within 16-12 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jamil Fisher added 70 yards on seven carries. Defensively, Graham and Robert Grundy each made eight tackles and Jonathan O’Neill made six. Defensive tackle Paul Robertson shined on the line.
“The weather was terrible,” St. Georges coach J.D. Maull said. “It was hard to get anything going consistently. We fumbled the ball nine times in the first half, and I think they fumbled six.”
Now comes an even bigger challenge. The first player to stop is Pencader tailback/safety Jerome Smith, who will play at Syracuse in college. Receivers Brian Norman and Darrell Miller-Smith are in their second straight season of making big plays. Other top players are defensive tackle Ferran Thompson, linebacker Gau-wan Smith and offensive linemen Donovan Reid and Kevin Stevens.
at Mount Pleasant (4-2)
12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 in Wilmington
OUTLOOK: Both teams have an identical record and similar score margins against the same opponents. This is a game that could go either way, obviously.
Mount Pleasant quarterback Bajon Mosely is the key to Mount Pleasant’s offense, AHS coach Jeff Weiner said. Mosley had 112 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win at St. Georges. Cornelius Smith took the opening kickoff back 78 yards for a score, and later rushed for a 19-yard touchdown.
“Stopping them is all about stopping their running quarterback first,” Weiner said. “They have a couple of fast backs as well, so we must tackle well.”
at Charter (2-4)
3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 in Wilmington
OUTLOOK: Leading the Force is linebacker-offensive lineman Andrew Zaldivar (5-11, 205), who was a second team All-Blue Hen selection last season. Charter dropped a 34-8 loss to Concord last week.
The game of the year so far might have been Charter’s 7-0 decision against a tough St. Elizabeth squad.
“They are very tough defensively at times, and the offense is a wide open style,” MHS head coach Mark DelPercio said.
Middletown’s defense bounced back nicely from a spotty performance against Delcastle, hammering Newark with a savage push from the trenches. Senior lineman Troy Betts had three tackles, two quarterback hurries, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and sack, while linebacker Dominic Diomede was relentless on blitzes.