Seaford 26, Woodbridge 20 (3 OT)
Photo: Seaford defensive back Beau Moore saves game with interception in third overtime (No. 5, top photo), while Seaford running back Aaron White on 66-yard TD run.
The Seaford High School football team overcame two crucial mistakes in regulation to beat rival Woodbridge for the first time since 1998.
After scoring on a 4-yard run by fullback Aaron White in the third overtime, the Blue Jays sealed the win when defensive back Beau Moore, who returned in overtime from a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter, out-fought two Woodbridge receivers for a game-ending interception in the end zone on third down.
The Blue Jays, now 2-1 overall, led 10-0 with five minutes left in the game but a fumble led to a Woodbridge field goal and a botched punt snap resulted in a Woodbridge touchdown to tie the game 10-10 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
"Our seniors were 0-3 against Woodbridge, and I think that was a little bit in their psyche," said Seaford head coach Shawn Larrimore, referring to a 40-10 loss last year and a 38-7 defeat in 2000.
"They couldn't believe they were beating them. I don't want to discredit Woodbridge because they played a great game, but we killed ourselves as much as anything."
Regulation was marked by fits and spurts as the two teams collected plenty of first downs but no touchdowns until White ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Seaford's 10-0 advantage. Kicker Ryan Shockley had given the Jays a 3-0 lead with a 24-yard field goal in the first half.
Seaford still had a chance to win the game in regulation when backup quarterback Virgil Greene, replacing Moore, guided the Jays to within field goal range. Shockley's 35-yard attempt into the wind sailed wide right with five seconds left, and Woodbridge downed the ball to force overtime.
Moore returned from the sprained ankle he suffered in regulation and in the first overtime, White scored on a 10-yard run on the very first play for a 17-10 Seaford lead, but Woodbridge responded with a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Ben Passwaters to send the game into a second overtime.
In that second overtime, the teams swapped field goals, with Shockley connecting on a 24-yarder for the Blue Jays and Ben Passwaters booting a 24-yarder for Woodbridge.
White, the state's leading rusher, added another 185 yards rushing against Woodbridge.
Larrimore hopes the win and the Blue Jays' best start since at least the 1998 season will provide a boost as they begin their first season back in the rugged Henlopen Conference Northern Division with a game at Cape Henlopen on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
"We had two tough weeks," said Larrimore referring to a bye week last week. "Those two-week layoff periods are always hard to deal with. There are a lot of distractions and the guys become a little temperamental toward each other after hitting the same people for two weeks. But hopefully we can ride this big win into a good showing against Cape Henlopen."
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