Back, Stop Skid
Seaford 31, Lake Forest 21
Photo: Seaford quarterback Nick Pegelow (top) and defensive back Corey Savage (bottom).
Seaford bounced back from back-to-back losses to the state's top Division II teams with a crucial Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.
The Blue Jays lost 43-3 to defending state champion Delmar on Oct. 6 and 26-0 to St. Elizabeth, which lost to Delmar in last year's state finals, on Sept. 28.
"They did a good job," said Seaford head coach Ron Dickerson of his players. "They had to come back a couple of times (against Lake) and they perservered.
"They were very upbeat (after 43-3 loss to Delmar on Oct. 6). The kids came back on Monday and tried to redirect their focus on what was ahead of them. They weren't really too concerned about what happened in the past because they can't do anything about it."
Fullback Brian Batson sparked the triumph with touchdown runs of 32 yard run in the third quarter and an 80-yarder in the fourth quarter as the Jays broke open a 17-14 game.
But Dickerson lauded the play of Seaford quarterback Nick Pegelow, who hit tight end John Wheatley with a 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
"Nick played well," said Dickerson. "He was finding the open reeivers really well and the line gave him time to throw the ball."
Wheatley scored the Blue Jays' first touchdown on a 2-yard run in the second period. Kicker Nick Dunk had given the Jays a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with a 31-yard field goal.
Defensively, Dickerson praised his linemen and linebackers for containing Lake Forest's dangerous Veer offense and defensive back Corey Savage for several big plays as Lake Forest (1-1 South, 2-3 overall) tried to pass its way back into the contest in the fourth quarter.
Now 1-1 in the South and 2-3 overall, Seaford takes on Smyrna in a home game on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Smyrna, at 2-3 overall, has lost three straight and is 0-1 in the South after a 16-13 loss to Woodbridge on Friday, Oct. 12.
"Smyrna has had a rough road for three weeks, but any time (Mike) Pennewell touches the ball, you've got to hold your breath," said Dickerson of the returning first-team all-state running back. "They're never out of the game as long as Pennewell is playing."
Lake Forest is also 1-1 in the South and 2-3 overall.
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