2000 Grid Recap
Delmar 33, Woodbridge 0
For details on Woodbridge's loss to Delmar in a first round Division II state tournament game, click on the score above.
Delmar 27, Woodbridge 15
For details on Woodbridge's Henlopen South title loss to Delmar, click on the score above.
Woodbridge 37, Indian River 6
Photo: Woodbridge wide receiver Jeremy Maddox.
The Blue Raiders, led by wide receiver Jeremy Maddox's three touchdown receptions, set up a showdown for the Henlopen Conference Southern Division title and automatic Division II state tournament berth with the victory.
Now 5-0 in the South and 8-1 overall, the Raiders will host Delmar on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for the championship. Delmar is also 5-0 and 8-1.
Against Indian River, Woodbridge scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to blow a 17-6 halftime lead open.
The Raiders went up in the first half on a 6-yard pass to Maddox from quarterback Jamil Young, a 32-yard field goal by Ben Passwaters, and a 73-yard pass from Young to Maddox.
In the third period, Maddox reeled in a 9-yard TD pass from Young and Andre Cannon dove over from 1 yard out for a 30-6 lead. Cannon returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown for the Blue Raiders' final score.
Woodbridge 38, Seaford 7
Photo: Woodbridge running back Andre Cannon returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown.
The Blue Raiders routed their rivals to the south behind quarterback Jamil Young and a big kickoff return by Andre Cannon.
Now 7-1 overall, the Raiders head into a bye week with a 4-0 record in the Henlopen South. Games against Indian River on Nov. 10 and Delmar on Nov. 17 will ultimately determine if the Raiders repeat as Southern Division champs.
The Raiders led 24-7 at halftime on runs of 2 and 7 yards by Young, a 29-yard field goal by kicker Ben Passwaters, and Cannon's 98-yard kickoff return. Cannon's return choked off any momentum Seaford had after pulling within 17-7.
The Raiders scored two more touchdowns in the second half, one on an 8-yard touchdown run by Cannon and another on a 22-yard gallop by Young.
Woodbridge 37, Lake Forest 0
Photo: Woodbridge kicker Ben Passwaters.
Quarterback Jamil Young and running back Chris Horsey did nearly all of the scoring and the Raider defense recorded its second shutout of the season after a couple of rough weeks against two of the conference's top running backs.
The victory raised the Raiders to 3-0 in the South and 6-1 overall and gave them a half-game lead over idle Delmar for first place in the Henlopen South.
Young scored on runs of 8, 7 and 55 yards and Horsey scored on 14- and 4-yard runs.
Young finished with 116 yards rushing and Horsey with 75 yards.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maddox caught four passes for 65 yards.
Woodbridge's other score came on a 36-yard field goal by kicker Ben Passwaters.
Woodbridge 28, Smyrna 21
Photo: Woodbridge running back Chris Horsey.
For the second straight week, the Blue Raiders needed two fourth quarter touchdowns to survive a scare.
The victory kept Woodbridge in a tie for first place in the Henlopen South with Delmar. The Raiders are now 2-0 in the South and 5-1 overall.
Trailing 21-14 entering the fourth quarter after a barrage by all-state Smyrna running back Mike Pennewell, the Raiders used a fumble recovery in the end zone and a 4-yard run by Chris Horsey with 48 seconds left to overcome the Eagles.
The Raiders also benefited from a twisted ankle that put Pennewell out of the game midway through the third quarter. By then, the Smyrna junior already had 186 yards rushing.
Down 21-14, the Raiders turned a seemingly disastrous situation into the impetus for their comeback when they turned the ball over on downs deep in Smyrna territory early in the fourth quarter.
The Raider defense came up big then, scoring the touchdown the offense missed when Horsey pressured Smyrna quarterback Andrew Mears into a fumble that Raider Brandon Hopkins pounced on in the end zone for the tying score.
Woodbridge's winning drive began with just three minutes left. Eight plays later, Horsey bulled in from the 4 for the winning points.
Woodbridge took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter on an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Andre Cannon and a 28-yard pass from quarterback Jamil Young to wide receiver Jeremy Maddox.
Young finished 9-for-16 for 101 yards and a touchdown. Maddox caught 6 of those passes.
Woodbridge 34, Laurel 28
Photo: James Faulkner's 11 tackles led the defense.
The Blue Raiders scored the game's final 13 points to outlast Laurel for the second straight year.
The Raiders improved to 4-1 overall with the win in their Henlopen South opener. The defending division champions beat Laurel 21-20 in overtime last year in the biggest game of the regular season.
All-state wide receiver Jeremy Maddox scored the winning touchdown with three minutes left when he took a short pass from quarterback Jamil Young and ran it up the sideline from 33 yards out.
The Raiders then regained possession on downs with 1:40 left in the game and after a penalty against Laurel, ran the clock out.
Woodbridge, after losing four fumbles in the first half, had to come from behind to extend its Henlopen South winning streak to seven games.
Down 28-21 entering the fourth quarter, the Raiders scored 13 points while shutting Laurel out in the fourth period. Fullback Chris Horsey tied the score on a 70-yard pass play from Young with about nine minutes left.
"To do what we did (fumbles, poor run defense) and still come out on top, that's a tribute to our guys," said Woodbridge coach John Parker. "I thought we really grew up from the way we started the game turning the ball over and allowing them to run whenever they wanted to. I was just impressed with the way our guys came on and got stronger and shut them out in the fourth quarter when we really had to."
With starting halfback Andre Cannon seeing limited action due to an injury suffered in practice, the Raiders turned to Maddox, Young and Horsey to overcome Laurel.
Young, just a sophomore, was 13-for-21 for a career-high 290 yards passing. He scored on a 1-yard run. He also intercepted two passes to give him four for the year.
Maddox, meanwhile, posted career highs with 9 receptions and 180 yards receiving while Horsey rushed for 75 yards on just 8 carries. Horsey also scored on a 9-yard run. The two connected on a 30-yard halfback option pass that set up Young's short TD plunge.
James Faulkner registered 11 tackles to lead the defense.
Parker knows the Raiders will have to improve their tackling to keep their Henlopen South winning streak alive when they visit Smyrna and standout running back Mike Pennewell on Friday, Oct. 13. Pennewell rushed for 308 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries in a 35-6 victory over Polytech on Oct. 6. He has rushed for more than 200 yards in two other games this season for the 2-2 Eagles.
"The bottom line is we have to stop Pennewell," said Parker. "If we don't stop him, we've got no shot. We might as well key everything to stop him. I'm a firm believer in that. You'll never stop everything a team does so you better just try to stop what they do best. Obviously, right now, that's giving it to Pennewell.
"We just need to try to limit him and play from there. We had a lot of arm tackling against Laurel and we have to eliminate that. If we hold him to 100 yards, we probably won't be in too bad of shape ... but I don't know if you can do that."
Woodbridge 26, Sussex Tech 12
Photo: Woodbridge quarterback Jamil Young.
Quarterback Jamil Young sparked the Blue Raiders past a winless but gritty Ravens squad.
Young scored on a 23-yard touchdown run and threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Jeremy Maddox and 35 yards to Allen Neal.
Chris Horsey scored Woodbridge's other touchdown on a 9-yard run.
Woodbridge led just 20-12 in the fourth quarter before Young's pass to Neal put the game away. Woodbridge is now 3-1 overall.
Woodbridge 38, Polytech 0
Andre Cannon and Jeremy Maddox had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving, respectively, to pace the Blue Raiders' nonconference triumph.
Cannon rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns and Maddox caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Cannon's TDs came on runs of 4 and 41 yards while Maddox's score came on a 46-yard pass from quarterback Jamil Young.
Young also scored on a 37-yard interception return and threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Allen Neal. Placekicker Ben Passwaters kicked a 23-yard field goal and added all five extra points.
Milford 14, Woodbridge 13
For details on Woodbridge's heart-breaking 14-13 loss to Milford, click on the score above.
Woodbridge 49, Parkside (Md.) 0
Photo: Woodbridge head coach John Parker.
The Blue Raiders looked even stronger than the team that reached the Delaware Division II state tournament last season. Like last year, the defense set the tone for the game by allowing Parkside only one first down and 16 yards of total offense.
Offensively, Andre Cannon rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns, wide receiver Jeremy Maddox caught 2 passes for 55 yards and a score, and quarterback Jamil Young completed 3 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score.
Cannon scored on runs of 9 and 11 yards and quarterback Jamil Young tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Maddox to give the Raiders a 21-0 first quarter lead. Woodbridge went up 42-0 at halftime on a two-yard TD run by Young set up by a blocked punt by Cannon, a 30-yard scramble for a score by Young, and a 4-yard run by Cannon. Bo McDowell ran it in from 6 yards out in the fourth quarter for the Raiders' final touchdown. Placekicker Ben Passwaters added all seven extra points.
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