After advancing to the DIAA Division II Football State Tournament Championship Game a season ago, the St. Georges Tech Hawks capped off another successful season in 2016, going 8-2 overall and drawing the No. 3 overall seed in this year’s tournament.
The Division II tournament kicks off this weekend with quarterfinal rounds on Friday and Saturday to determine which four teams will play for the right to advance to the state championship on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Hawks open up their playoff run with a stiff test in No. 6 Delaware Military Academy. The Independent Conference standout, like St. Georges Tech, ended the year with a record of 8-2.
The Seahawks fell only to Henlopen South Division standout Milford who finished the season 9-1 and to a scrappy Conrad School team who went 6-4.
DMA should be a great challenge for the Hawks since both teams are similar in a lot of ways.
The Seahawks offense averaged 30 points-per game, while St. Georges Tech averaged 33 points a game.
Defensively, DMA allowed just over two scores a game, averaging 15 points-against per-game this season. Meanwhile, the Hawks allowed 14 points-per-game against this season.
The Seahawk offense features a number of weapons as they usually attack with a strong running game backed by a passing game that gets both wide receivers and tight ends involved.
Running back Todd Turner has been a threat on the ground all season long for DMA, while their passing attack has been a handful at times led by quarterback Jake Hudson who has distributed the ball to the likes of tight ends Marcus Brooks and Brennan Hazewski and receivers Jah’mere Oakley and Corahn Alleyne who has also been a threat on special teams returning three kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
Defensively, the Seahawks have been opportunistic, showing they can force turnovers with the best of them. Players like Matt Gamble, Colin Smith and Dominic Petrucci have been difference-makers on that side of the ball for DMA.
While DMA is certainly no pushover, the Hawks are aiming to prove last year’s run to the title game was just the beginning of a long successful run for the program.
The Hawks started and ended the season with losses, beginning the year with a three-point loss to a very tough DI team in William Penn and losing their finale to upstart Glasgow.
If DMA believes they have offensive weapons in their arsenal, St. Georges Tech has more than enough contributing players that put points on the board.
Led by signal-caller Robert Shorts, the Hawks have seen a number of players explode onto the scene this season, including star running back Brian Benson, fellow backfield mates Jalen Smith and Damani Wells, along with pass-catchers Jason Stewart and Douglas Phillips.
The Hawks offense scored 30 or more points in seven of their 10 games this season, ending the year fifth in DII in points scored.
On the other side of the ball, the Hawks have been just as opportunistic as the DMA defense. St. Georges Tech allowed 14 points or less in six games this season, powered by several standouts like Mike Wilson, J’Aire Pritchett, Isaih Brown, Brian Rush, Craig Congo, Jordan Cheaton and Daivyne Bailey.
St. Georges Tech’s quarterfinal matchup against DMA is scheduled for a 11 a.m. kick-off. The winner will advance to the DIAA Division II Football State Tournament Semifinals next weekend.