Last Friday, Sept. 29, third-ranked Delmar High School’s Wildcats (2-1) handed Indian River’s Indians a humbling 41-6 defeat at home.
The Wildcats scored their first touchdown on their opening play and added an extra point. The Wildcats would get across the goal line two more times before Indians sophomore running back Kevin Custis scrambled across the goal line for IR’s only touchdown, with 11:53 minutes still on the clock. The kick went wide, and the Indians’ downfall began.
“We gave up some early touchdowns, got down quick, and their offense is very well sound — they’re well-coached. They beat us up front tonight, especially the offensive line,” said IR Head Coach Phillip Townsend.
“We didn’t get the surge up front that we needed on defense to make stops, and we didn’t wrap up a couple times. We just gave up big plays. We’d have a stop or two, and then we’d give up 10- or 15-yard big play. You can’t win games like that,” Townsend said.
“Offensively, we made mistakes, had a couple of turnovers, and in order to beat a team that’s well-coached and sound, like this team, you can’t make mistakes. And in the first half, we made a lot of mistakes.”
The Wildcat offense scored two more times before the first half was over, taking a 35-6 advantage into the locker room at halftime. In the second half, IR’s defense only allowed the Wildcats to score one touchdown.
“In the second half, we came out, changed things up a little bit. We played a little more aggressively, but it was just too late,” Townsend noted.
This Saturday, Oct. 7, the Indians will travel north to Felton to face the sixth-ranked Spartans of Lake Forest High School. The game time is noon.