The Middletown, Appoquinimink and St. Georges high school football teams kick it off on Friday and Saturday. See inside for game breakdowns.
THIS WEEK’S MATCHUPS
at Appoquinimink (4-3)
7 p.m., Friday Oct. 30 at Jaguar Stadium
OUTLOOK: In the midst of the first two-game losing streak of the season, the seniorless Jaguars are facing adversity and a momentum shift that negated a promising start. The good news is, that AHS showed great resilience at the season’s other low point, a 35-14 opening loss at Middletown on Sept. 11. Appo responded to that downer with a big win at Seaford the following week.
“Everything that happens this year is a new experience, and I hope we can grow from what’s happened to us the past two weeks,” AHS coach Jeff Weiner said.
A matchup with a winless foe at home never came at a better time, and Appo hopes to regain its swagger back heading into a challenging two-game stretch to end its first varsity regular season. After Dickinson comes a home match with 5-2 Pencader Charter (home, Nov. 7) and 6-1 Howard (away at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington, Nov. 14).
St. Georges (1-6)
at Howard (6-1)
5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington
OUTLOOK: Extra credit must be given the flu-ridden, injury-challenged Hawks, who just missed earning the upset of the season in a 26-22 loss to Pencader Charter. Pencader scored the winning touchdown with 1:09 left. Leading the St. Georges defense was Jon O’Neill, Brenton Watson, Kenny Thomas and Paul Robertson. Offensive linemen David Mailley and Chris Henlon cleared ample running froom for Lamont Graham and Jamil Fisher. “Our guys who could play pulled together and gave a tremendous effort,” coach J.D. Maull said.
at Concord (5-2)
10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 in Wilmington
OUTLOOK: Without getting into specific scenarios, it’s games like this that will determine playoff matchups and Blue Hen Flight A titles. Middletown is in a huge two-week stretch that follows with a home showdown with A.I. du Pont on Nov. 6.
The match with Concord is a revival of the series that featured powerhouse Division II battles in the 1990s.
MHS coach Mark DelPercio had this to say about Concord, who is guided by long-time head coach George Kosanovich:
“This is a team that’s very well-coached, physical and has improved as the season has progressed,” he said. “They are very big up front [on the line] on both sides of the ball. They don’t have a star go-to back, but has a very good stable of runners who can get it done. Their quarterback is probably one of the best in the conference who is throwing to a coupe of excellent wide receivers.”