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'Cats Come Back from
First Deficit of 2002

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  • Photo: Delmar running back Chip Cuffee on reverse.

    Delmar running back Chip Cuffee

    Game of the Week Story ...

    Photo: Delmar quarterback John Ellis sprints out on pass play (top), Milford quarterback Jon Stratton follows the lead of running back R.J. Chandler (middle), and Delmar running back Maurice Stewart fights for yardage.

    Publisher, Sussex County Online

    MILFORD -- For 29 straight games now, no team, no player, no coach, not even Mother Nature, have figured out how to beat the Delmar High School football team.

    Delmar quarterback John EllisOn Saturday night, Oct. 12, 2002, Milford and a wind-blown drizzle tried to hand the two-time defending Division II state champions their first loss in three years.

    But in a battle of unbeaten teams, the Wildcats shook off six fumbles -- including four lost -- on a slippery field for a 28-7 Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.

    Now 2-0 in the South and 6-0 overall, Delmar seems destined for a third straight division championship.

    Delmar running back Maurice StewartMilford, despite falling to 1-1 in the division and 4-1 overall, showed that it can challenge for a Division II state tournament berth as it became the first team this season to hold a lead over the Wildcats despite the absence of injured fullback and noseguard Prince Kemmerlin.

    That lead, at 7-0 on a 6-yard run by halfback R.J. Chandler with 5:37 left in the first quarter, would be the Bucs' final score, though, as they killed promising drives with penalties -- they committed 9 for 72 yards in the first half -- and fumbles of their own.

    In fact, the Bucs may have added to their lead in the first half if they had been able to take advantage of Wildcat mistakes.

    After Delmar had driven deep into Milford territory, the Bucs' Brandon Baynard recovered a Wildcat fumble inside the Milford 5-yard-line.

    But with the rain wreaking havoc, Milford quarterback Jon Stratton, working out of the shotgun, lost the handle on the ensuing snap and Delmar's Gabe Ellis fell on the ball in the end zone to tie the score 7-7 with 41 seconds left in the period.

    Milford quarterback Jon StrattonThe Bucs had another golden opportunity in the second quarter when linebacker Ryan McNulty scooped up another Delmar fumble and returned it to the Delmar 15.

    But the Bucs fumbled the ball back and Delmar responded with a nice drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown run by Vince Stewart.

    That put Delmar up 14-7 going into the locker room and the Bucs never recovered, as the Wildcats went ahead 21-7 with 8:51 left in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by quarterback John Ellis and closed out the scoring on a 4-yard run by running back Maurice Stewart with 5:22 left in the game.

    Statistics ...


    First Quarter:

    5:37 -- MILFORD (7-0 Milford)
    R.J. Chandler 6 run
    Keith Brown kick

    :41 -- DELMAR (7-7)
    Gabe Ellis fumble recovery in end zone
    Cody Collins kick

    Second Quarter:

    1:17 -- DELMAR (14-7 Delmar)
    Vince Stewart 7 run
    Cody Collins kick

    Third Quarter:

    8:51 -- DELMAR (21-7 Delmar)
    John Ellis 4 run
    Cody Collins kick

    Fourth Quarter:

    5:22 -- DELMAR (28-7 Delmar)
    Maurice Stewart 4 run
    Cody Collins kick


    Total Offense -- Delmar 330, Milford 148.

    First Downs -- Delmar 16, Milford 15.

    Rushing -- Delmar 44-275, Milford 120.

    Passing -- Delmar 4-8-0, 45; Milford 4-8-0, 28.

    Fumbles/Lost -- Delmar 6/4; Milford 7-3.

    Penalties/Yards -- Delmar 9-66; Milford 11-105.


    Delmar -- Chip Cuffee 86, Vince Stewart 73, Scott Price 51, Tyler Downes 59, Freddie Baker 6, Preston Lindsey 9, John Ellis -8, Jason Glasgow -1.

    Milford -- R.J. Chandler 111, Devon Hughes 8, Karel DeVore 2, Akeem Bunch -14, Donte Tilghman 17, Jon Stratton 6, Rashad Waples -10.


    Delmar -- John Ellis 4-8-0, 45.

    Milford -- Jon Stratton 4-8-0, 28.


    Delmar -- Demeris Cannon 2-20, Maurice Stewart 1-15, Michael Hunt 1-10.

    Milford -- Karel DeVore 1-14, Donte Tilghman 1-8, Will McColley 1-5, Ben Tilghman 1-1.

    Notes ...
  • Milford halfback R.J. Chandler managed 111 yards rushing on the slick field. Delmar was led by Chip Cuffee's 86 yards and Vince Stewart's 73 yards rushing.

  • Defensively for Delmar, end Michael Hunt had a big game with a fumble recovery, a pass breakup, and a sack. End Scott Price and noseguard Trey Jackson also recovered fumbles and Price had a pass breakup.

  • For Milford, linebacker Ryan McNulty recovered two fumbles and tackle Brandon Baynard and Akeem Bunch recovered a fumble apiece. Defensive back R.J. Chandler and Akeem Bunch led in solo tackles with 3 apiece.

  • Milford hosts Laurel in a key Henlopen South contest on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will have the upper hand for an at-large state tournament berth if Delmar goes on to win the South. The winner will also stay in contention for the South title. Both teams are 1-1 in the South and 4-1 overall.

  • Delmar takes on Indian River in its Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. Indian River is 2-0 in the South and 3-2 overall with three straight wins.

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