Indians drop divisional contest to Delmar on Homecoming
It was Homecoming weekend for Indian River High School, and the football team was hoping the energy from those in attendance could help them in their Henlopen Conference South Division tilt against visiting Delmar.
Through the first couple possessions of the first quarter, the Indians’ defense utilized that energy to their advantage, keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard. However, a miscommunication in the defensive secondary allowed the Wildcats to break up the scoreless affair with a long touchdown strike that was the first of five touchdowns in the game, en route to a 34-13 win over the Indians.
IR sophomore Dalton Hall led all running backs in the game, with 177 yards on 33 carries, including one of the Indians’ two touchdowns. Junior Reagan Dunn, who took over this week as the Indians signal-caller following a season-ending injury to Hayden Hall, connected on 1-of-2 pass attempts, for 13 yards. That one completion went to Jalen Holland-Holloway for a 13-yard score.
“I told the kids I felt like we won. The score doesn’t show it, but we pretty much moved 2, 3, 5, 8 yards at a crack,” Townsend said after the game. “Secondary, we gave up some big plays again, and we gotta clean that stuff up. We work on it. But like I told the kids, we played four quarters, and I felt like we took a huge step forward.
“We didn’t win the game. The scoreboard didn’t show what we wanted it to show. But in my opinion, we didn’t turn the ball over as much as we have in the past. We are starting to hold onto the ball. We moved the ball when we could. Injuries are really hurting us. We had some guys step up. I am happy to be their coach right now.”
The Indians battled tough throughout the game and managed to keep their ball-control miscues to a minimum, only turning the ball over once (a fumble) in the contest. Hall’s 177 stripes on the ground turned out to be the only positive yardage gained by the entire offensive unit, amongst six ball carriers.
For the season, Dalton Hall has 714 yards overall on 146 attempts, which is good for a 4.8 yards-per-rush clip. He also has nine touchdowns, which is tops on the team. Holland-Holloway is second on the team, with 239 yards on 41 carries, with three touchdowns.
Against Delmar, senior linebacker R.J. Rybicki again was the team’s leading tackler, with 17 total stops, including a fumble recovery. Classmate T.J. Moore, who was crowned as Homecoming king during the halftime ceremony, with Kaylee Hall named Homecoming queen, turned in an eight-tackle performance. John Williamson and Ramond Turner each chipped in with six tackles, while JaQuan Floyd had three tackles and a fumble recovery.
Rybicki has been consistent all season long on the defensive side of the ball for the Indians. He has registered 69 total tackles (59 solo), four fumble recoveries, two blocked punts and an interception. Moore has 48 tackles (38 solo) with a fumble recovery, while Floyd adds a season-effort of 33 stops (25 solo) to go along with three sacks and a fumble recovery.
The Indians (1-6) will hit the road for another Henlopen Conference South Division battle with Woodbridge this Friday, Oct. 25. The Raiders are a perfect 7-0 on the season and have been playing their season in honor of former star quarterback Troy Haynes, who lost his battle with cancer. The game will feature the mantra “Live Like 4” to benefit childhood cancer awareness. Those attending the game are being asked to wear something orange to honor Haynes’ memory.
Woodbridge has allowed an average of 7.1 points per game, while scoring at a 30.1 clip. Their last game was a 22-7 win over Laurel.
By Jason Feather