Facing their third straight undefeated Henlopen South opponent, the Indian River High School football team dropped their third straight Henlopen South game in a 47-28 loss to Delmar on Friday, Oct. 28.
After falling behind 6-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run from Delmar junior running back Brooks Parker in the first quarter, the Indians would tie the game on a 4-yard touchdown run from their own bell-cow, senior running back George “G-Mart” Martin, before senior kicker Andrew White’s extra point gave IR a 7-6 advantage.
That would be the Indians’ only lead of the game after another touchdown run from Parker in the second quarter — this time from 5 yards out — and a seven yard touchdown through the air from senior quarterback Jimmy Adkins to senior running back Isaac Austin just before the break.
Martin would go on to finish with a career day, running for three more touchdowns in the second half on his way to a 200-yard, four-touchdown performance on 33 carries.
However, Parker’s third touchdown, a 4-yard keeper from Adkins and a 51-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Te’Shawn Dennard to start the third quarter would keep the game out of reach.
Martin also completed an 18-yard pass to senior running back Gerald Foreman in the game, and is currently on pace for a 1,000 yard season with 873 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns (13 rushing, one receiving, one punt return) on 166 carries through eight games this season.
Foreman rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries in the loss, and freshman running back Kevin Custis finished with 18 yards on four carries.
Defensively, senior linebacker Zion Howard led the Indians with 11 tackles on the night, with senior linebacker Joey Ciriello finishing with six solo tackles and freshman lineman Jodiah Morris racking up five.
White went 4-4 on extra point attempts, and has been perfect on the point-after so far this season, currently 16-16 and 1-1 on field goal attempts with two games left to go.
The loss dropped the Indians to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the Henlopen South, while the Wildcats improved to 6-2 and 4-0 in the division to remain in contention for the South title.
Up next, the Indians will face Lake Forest on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., for what will be the team’s senior night and both their final division and home game of the season.
Senior night ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
IR game stats
Rushing: G. Martin (33 carries, 200 yards, 4 TD); G. Foreman (11 carries, 38 yards); K. Custis (4 carries, 18 yards); J. Snead (3 Carries, 4 yards)
Passing: J. Snead (0-2), G. Martin (1-1, 18 yards)
Receiving: G. Foreman (1 reception, 18 yards)
Tackles: Z. Howard (11); J. Ciriello (6); J. Morris (5); J. Arlett (4); G. Martin (4); T. Moore (4); K. Custis (3); G. Foreman (3); Z. Schultz (3); G. Gottschalk (2); Ja. Anderson (1); S. Miltner (1)
Kicking: A. White (4-4 XP)