1999 Football Recap
Woodbridge 21, Delmar 12
Delmar's season ended with a hard-fought loss in the annual Harvest Bowl. The Wildcats finished the 1999 season with a 3-3 Henlopen South record and a 5-5 overall mark. Ian Hudson scored on runs of 46 and 9 yards. The 46-yarder pulled the Wildcats within 7-6 in the first period but it would be the fourth quarter before Delmar would score again against a Woodbridge defense that finished the season with seven shutouts.
Delmar 31, Milford 28
Mickey Budd's 47-yard field goal with 11 seconds left lifted Delmar to the wild win. The game was a tight affair with Delmar scoring touchdowns on a 45-yard run by quarterback Dustin Johnson, a 20-yard run by fullback Steven Twilley, a 39-yard pass from Johnson to tailback Ian Hudson, and an 8-yard run by Hudson. Johnson and Hudson both ran for 69 yards and Johnson completed 7 of 14 passes for 109 yards and the touchdown to Hudson. Delmar rose to 3-2 in the South and 5-4 overall.
Delmar 15, Lake Forest 7
Delmar rebounded from a crushing defeat at Indian River to knock off Lake Forest behind Dustin Johnson. Johnson, the Wildcats' quarterback, threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Lynch in the second quarter and returned an interception 41 yards for another score in the same period of Delmar's Homecoming game. Mickey Budd finished the Wildcats' scoring with a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Johnson completed 5 of 11 passes for 84 yards and was intercepted once.
Indian River 15, Delmar 12
The Wildcats' hopes for a fifth straight Henlopen Conference Southern Division crown disappeared with the upset loss to the Indians. Dustin Johnson and Mike Ross scored on 3- and 4-yard runs, respectively, for the Wildcats, who dropped to 1-2 in the division and 3-4 overall. It marked the second straight year that Delmar has lost to Indian River.
Delmar 29, Smyrna 13
The Wildcats used a week off to rejuvenate for a big Henlopen South victory that keeps their hopes alive for a fifth straight division title. Delmar, now 1-1 in the South and 3-3 overall, used a 75-yard option run by running back Ian Hudson with less than a minute remaining in the first half to grab a 21-13 halftime lead and take the spirit out of the sagging Eagles. The TD was key because driving rains and winds prevented the teams from mustering much offense in the second half. They combined for 360 yards in the first half but just 108 in the second half. Delmar quarterback Dustin Johnson ran for touchdowns of 1 and 59 yards in the first half. The Wildcats' final score came on a 2-yard run by Hudson in the fourth period. Hudson and Johnson finished with 123 and 89 yards rushing, respectively. Delmar held standout Smyrna running back Mike Pennewell to just 4 yards in the second half. He finished with 98 for the game but the Eagles dropped their third straight to fall out of contention in the South.
Laurel 41, Delmar 32
For details on Delmar's 41-32 loss to neighborhood rival Laurel, click on the score above.
Middletown 41, Delmar 0
The Wildcats' two-game winning streak came to a crashing halt on the two-time defending state champions' home field. Delmar was no match for the Cavaliers as it yielded a 391-83 advantage in total yardage. The Wildcats lost three fumbles in the first half and were sacked four times. Standout Wildcat quarterback Dustin Johnson could manage only 18 yards rushing and 41 passing. Middletown has outscored its first three opponents 117-13 this season.
Delmar 41, James M. Bennett (Md.) 14
The Wildcats finally got to breathe a little in a nonconference romp with quarterback Dustin Johnson accounting for four touchdowns on three TD passes and a running score. Johnston hit Luke Blanchfield on touchdown passes of 68 and 80 yards and Demetrius Harmon on another of 60 yards while running for a 54-yard touchdown as the Wildcats took a 27-0 halftime lead. Fullback Steven Twilley's 17-yard run and Tyler Phillips' 2-yard run finished the scoring for the Wildcats, who rushed for 239 yards.
Delmar 27, Stephen Decatur (Md.) 20
Delmar's season may only be two games old, but it could already be labeled topsy-turvy. A week after losing a 24-point lead in a loss to Sussex Central, the Wildcats went ahead of Stephen Decatur 13-0 only to fall behind 20-13 after three quarters. Unlike last week, though, Delmar stormed back with 14 fourth quarter points on a 15-yard TD run by running back Ian Hudson and a 16-yard TD run by quarterback Dustin Johnson late in the fourth. In the first quarter, Johnson scored on a 61-yard run and hit Luke Blanchfield with a 27-yard touchdown pass. Hudson finished with 124 yards rushing on 12 carries and fullback Steven Twilley added 81 yards on 11 carries.
Sussex Central 30, Delmar 24
For details on Delmar's heartbreaking 30-24 loss to Sussex Central after holding a 24-0 lead in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.
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