St. Georges Tech was eliminated from the DIAA Division II Football State Tournament Saturday afternoon, falling to Wilmington Friends 20-6 in the semifinals.
The No. 5 Quakers opened the scoring when Henry Gise scampered for a six-yard touchdown on the ground to put Wilmington Friends up 6-0 after a blocked extra-point attempt.
The Friends’ slim advantage would hold throughout most of the half until Robert Shorts ran one in from five-yards out to get the Hawks on the board with just seconds to go in the second quarter. After a blocked point-after-try, the two teams went to the locker room tied 6-6.
Still 6-6 late in the third quarter, Friends retook the lead after Gise’s second rushing score of the game, setup by an Andrew Jaworski blocked punt deep in St. Georges’ territory.
Jaworski would factor in the final play of the third quarter as well, catching a screen pass from Friends’ quarterback Justin Beneck before taking it 34-yards for a score. Beneck would find Gise for a successful two-point conversion to put the Quakers up 20-6 heading into the fourth and final quarter.
Both the Quakers and Hawks would trade turnovers in the fourth, but the score wouldn’t change.
With the victory, Friends advances to the Division II State Championship Game next week at University of Delaware where they’ll take on No. 1 Woodbridge who advanced Friday night with a victory over Caravel Academy.
For the Hawks, their season comes to an end after posting an 8-2 record over the regular season drawing the No. 3 overall seed in the DII tournament.
They’d go on to knock off No. 6 Delaware Military Academy in the opening round a week ago, 27-14, before falling to Friends this afternoon.