Coming off a Homecoming loss to Woodbridge, the Indian River High School football team will hit the road on Friday, Oct. 28, looking to take down Delmar on what will be the Wildcats’ Senior Night.
At 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Henlopen South, Delmar still holds Henlopen South title hopes, with division matchups against IR, Milford (7-0, 3-0) and Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0) still left to play.
This year, the Wildcats are again led by senior signal caller Jimmy Adkins, who was a Second-Team All-Conference selection at quarterback and First-Team All-Conference selection as a punter in 2015.
Recently, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound Adkins was instrumental in 28-14 come-from-behind win over Archmere Academy on Saturday, Oct. 15, scoring once on the ground on a QB sneak, and twice through the air, on strikes from 69 and 39 yards out.
Expect Adkins to test IR senior cornerback Gerald Foreman, freshman cornerback Kevin Custis and senior safety Jared Arlett as he looks for sophomores George Angello and Te’Shawn Dennard and senior Isaac Austin.
At 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, Austin headlines a versatile backfield and is coming off an Honorable Mention bid at tailback in 2015. He’ll challenge the IR trenches along with junior running back Brooks Parker (6 feet, 190 pounds), with Parker also leading the defense as a Second-Team All-Conference linebacker as a sophomore in 2015.
The Indians are coming off a tough loss against No. 1-ranked Woodbridge on Friday, Oct. 21, and will be looking to get back to form after several key injuries to the starting lineup, including senior linebacker Gianni Gottschalk, who saw limited action against the Blue Raiders last week.
Last season, the Indians got the best of the division rivalry when they rallied back for a 21-20 victory on a goal-line score from running back George Martin with 22 seconds left, after now-graduated quarterback Jake Hudson found now-graduated fullback Gunnar Moldrik on a strike that got the ball all the way down to the 4-yard line.
With their own Henlopen South title hopes still mathematically in reach, the Indians will be looking for similar success when the game gets under way on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Delmar High School.