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Game of the Week ...

Bulldogs Continue Push
to Possible State Berth

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    Laurel fullback Chris Horsey

    Game of the Week Story ...

    Photos: Laurel tailback Jermel Horsey finds room, while Milford fullback Prince Kemmerlin prepares for contact.

    Publisher, Sussex County Online

    MILFORD -- The Laurel High School football team continued its march to a possible state tournament berth with a key 14-0 victory over host Milford on Friday, Oct. 18, 2002.

    Laurel tailback Jermel HorseyThe Bulldogs' convincing victory in a battle of second-place teams in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division puts them in prime position for a possible Division II state tourney slot.

    Now 2-1 in the Henlopen South and 5-1 overall, the Bulldogs trail Delmar, Indian River and Smyrna in the division but with victories over two Division I teams already to its credit, they can virtually clinch a berth with wins over Indian River and Smyrna in the next two weeks.

    Milford, meanwhile, saw its hopes for a state tournament berth dashed after dropping to 0-2 in the division and 3-3 overall. While out of the division race, the Bucs still have some hope for a state tourney spot with games remaining against IR and Smyrna.

    Against Milford, it was all about defense as Laurel manhandled the Bucs' explosive offense. Except for a brief flurry on a late drive when the Bucs used a series of counters by Karel Devore to reach the Bulldog 4, the Bulldogs completely shut Milford down.

    The Bucs couldn't register their initial first down until just 3:20 remained in the first half, and for the game, they managed only 78 total yards, including just 2 through the air.

    Milford fullback Prince KemmerlinOf those 76 yards, 49 came on Milford's last drive courtesy of Devore. That drive, however, ended with 2:23 remaining in the game when the Bulldogs stuffed Milford quarterback Jon Statton on fourth and one at the Laurel 4.

    The Bulldog defense was particularly impressive in the first half, as it held Laurel to just 21 yards, picked off Stratton three times, sacked him once, tackled the Bucs twice for losses, and allowed just one first down.

    The interceptions included a key pick on the final play of the first half after the Bucs, following a Laurel interception, returned the favor with an interception by defensive back R.J. Chandler, who returned the ball 33 yards to Laurel's 24 with 1:18 to go in the half.

    Unable to budge Laurel's defense, the Bucs, on the half's last play, attempted a pass into the end zone but Laurel defensive back Davey Allison made a beautiful one-handed grab of the pass to preserve Laurel's 6-0 halftime lead.

    Laurel had taken that lead with 8:51 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by tailback Jermel Horsey. The score was set up by a 39-yard toss from quarterback Andy Hartstein to end Anton Ridley to the 1-yard-line following an interception by defensive back Jeremy Jones.

    The Bulldogs added their second score on a nifty 11-yard run by reserve tailback Devry Hill, who subbed for the injured Horsey in the second half and finished with 60 yards on 13 carries.

    Horsey and fullback Chris Horsey had led the Bulldog ground attack to that point with 87 and 69 yards, respectively, but Hill carried the load in the fourth quarter.

    Statistics ...


    Second Quarter:

    8:51 -- LAUREL (7-0 Laurel)
    Jermel Horsey 1 run
    Kick failed (bad snap)

    Fourth Quarter:

    11:16 -- LAUREL (14-0 Laurel)
    DeVry Hill 11 run
    Chris Horsey run


    Total Offense -- Laurel 59-260, Milford 41-78.

    First Downs -- Laurel 12, Milford 7.

    Rushing -- Laurel 48-207, Milford 33-76.

    Passing -- Laurel 2-11-1, 53; Milford 1-7-3, 2.

    Fumbles/Lost -- Laurel 0/0, Milford 1/1.

    Penalties/Yards -- Laurel 8-48, Milford 2-20.


    Laurel -- Jermel Horsey 17-87, Chris Horsey 13-69, Andy Hartstein 5-(-9), DeVry Hill 13-60.

    Milford -- R.J. Chandler 12-16, Prince Kemmerlin 3-9, Jon Stratton 6-(-8), Donte Tilghman 4-23, Karel Devore 7-40, Rashad Waples 1-(-4).


    Laurel -- Andy Hartstein 2-11-1, 53.

    Milford -- Jon Stratton 1-7-3, 2.


    Laurel -- Anton Ridley 1-39, Chris Horsey 1-14.

    Milford -- Akeem Bunch 1-2.

    Notes ...
  • Besides the interceptions, Laurel's defense came up big on nearly every play as it allowed the Bucs only 78 yards on 41 plays for an average of just 1.9 yards per play.

  • Cornerback Jeff Downes recorded two tackles for losses for Laurel, while linebacker Kyle Thompson and lineman Kiante Walker each had a tackle for a loss. Thompson also had a sack, while Jeremy Jones added a fumble recovery to his interception.

  • The last time Laurel reached the Division II state tournament was 1995. The Bulldogs lost to Delmar in the semifinals that year. That year, three Henlopen South teams -- Delmar, Laurel and Lake Forest -- qualified for the state tournament. This year, division leaders Delmar and Smyrna (both unbeaten at 6-0), Laurel (5-1) and Milford (4-2) still have a shot. That also happened in 1992 (Laurel, Sussex Tech, Lake Forest), 1991 (Laurel, Indian River, Lake Forest), and 1985 (Delmar, Laurel, Lake Forest).

  • Milford was led defensively by defensive back R.J. Chandler with two tackles for losses, an interception, and a pass breakup. Karel Devore and Brandon Baynard dropped Laurel runners for losses and Akeem Bunch broke up a pass.

  • Laurel hosts Indian River in a Henlopen South game on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The Indians' three-game winning streak was snapped by Delmar, 49-14, on Saturday, Oct. 19. IR is 3-3 overall.

  • Milford travels to unbeaten Smyrna for a Henlopen South game on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30. Smyrna is 6-0 following a 21-7 Henlopen South win over Woodbridge on Friday, Oct. 18. The Bucs must beat Smyrna, Woodbridge, Indian River, and Lake Forest in their final four games to keep their hopes for a state tournament berth alive.

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