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Friday, Oct. 4, 2002
Indian River 7, Woodbridge 2

Photos: Indian River defenders D.J. Singleterry (top) and Chris White

Indian River's D.J. SingleterryThe Indian River High School football team continued to erase memories of its long losing streak with its second straight win.

Before their Homecoming crowd, the Indians shackled Woodbridge's offense in their first Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory since the 2000 season.

IR had lost 8 straight Henlopen South games before beating Woodbridge.

The Indian defense didn't surrender a single point, as Woodbridge's two points were scored on a safety when Indian River stepped out of the end zone to avoid giving Woodbridge good field position.

The Blue Raiders made one foray deep into IR territory but the Indians, led by D.J. Singleterry and Chris White, stopped the Raiders there.

"The defense came up big," said IR head coach Jim Bunting. "We weren't tackling with just one or two guys. Now we're tackling with a bunch of guys. Our young secondary did a great job. They were tested by the pass and they passed with flying colors."

Indian River took a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard run by fullback Therman Hagans in the first quarter. Hagans, suffering from a shoulder injury, wasn't cleared to play until Friday morning.

Indian River's Chris WhiteThe Indians also may have lost defensive end and backup quarterback Grant Hastings and noseguard Hunter Holland. Bunting said both suffered strained ACLs and that their status won't be known until MRIs are performed this week.

Hastings was replacing Justin Hoban, who moved to linebacker when starting linebacker Tommy Spencer had to sit out with a hip pointer.

While Bunting was pleased with his club's second straight win, he remains concerned about the difficulty his offense is having scoring points.

Against Woodbridge, the Indians reached the 1-yard line only to be pushed back by a penalty.

"We've got to score in the red zone and when opportunities occur," said Bunting. "I'm not saying we have to score every time, but we have to more than we are. We've got to put more points, obviously, on the board."

The Indians host Lake Forest on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in another Henlopen South contest. Lake Forest was 2-2 before a game against Smyrna on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Spartans have beaten Seaford 27-18 and Polytech 48-14 while falling to Caesar Rodney 16-14 and Dover 28-0.

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