State's Longest Streak
Delmar 51, James M. Bennett (Md.) 7
Photos: Delmar running back Maurice Stewart
The Delmar High School football team got a breather and took over the state's longest winning streak with an easy nonconferernce victory in Salisbury, Md.
In winning their 26th straight game going back to the 2000 season, the two-time defending Division II state champions now have the state's longest winning streak after Newark's 19-14 loss to St. Mark's Friday night.
Newark had won 36 straight games.
In recording their fourth straight easy win over Bennett, the Wildcats piled up their highest point total since a 53-3 win over Seaford on Oct. 6, 2000.
In the last four years, Delmar has beaten the Clippers by a combined score of 161-27.
On Friday night, the Wildcats started fast with 31 straight points after scoring only one touchdown in a 7-6 win over St. Elizabeth a week ago.
Maurice Stewart scored two of Delmar's touchdowns on a 15-yard run and a 24-yard fumble return. Tailback Vince Stewart added a 10-yard scoring run, noseguard Trey Jackson recovered a fumble in the end zone, Damien Miles contributed a 1-yard TD run, and Cody Collins booted a 38-yard field goal as Delmar led 38-0 at the half.
In the second half, Chip Cuffee ran in from 14 yards out and Deshay Jackson closed out the scoring with a 3-yard jaunt.
The Delmar defense, besides the two touchdowns, completely shut Bennett down with less than 30 yards of total offense.
Leading the Wildcats, who piled up 300 yards on the ground against Bennett, were Vince Stewart with 82 yards rushing, Preston Lindsay with 57, Maurice Stewart with 50, and Cuffee with 40. Thirteen different Wildcats carried the ball.
For the season, Vince Stewart leads the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points, while placekicker Cody Collins and running back Maurice Stewart have contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Wildcats have been mostly a rushing team in the first three games, with 617 yards of rushing compared to 162 passing. Vince Stewart leads Delmar in rushing with 251 yards on 34 carries for a 7.38 average.
The Wildcats will look to extend their streak in their last nonconference game of the season against visiting Forrestville (Md.) on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. They begin their Henlopen Conference Southern Division season against rival Laurel on Friday, Oct. 4, also at home.
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