Blue Raiders capture South, end Delmar’s win streak 25-0

BRIDGEVILLE — As if the Woodbridge High football field wasn’t muddy enough, the Blue Raiders celebrated the end of the game by spraying water bottles all over.

Richard Massey scored three touchdowns and the Woodbridge defense shut out Delmar High 25-0 on Friday night. With the win, the Blue Raiders claimed the Henlopen Conference Southern Division title.

It also marked the end of a 20-game win streak for Delmar — the defending Division II state champions.

“Nobody expected us to do this,” said Woodbridge senior quarterback Troy Haynes. “For us to do this and shut them out, it feels great.”

It is the second time in the last three seasons Woodbridge has won the Henlopen South.

The Blue Raiders (8-2) also sealed a berth in the Division II state tournament eight-team field. Brackets will be announced on Sunday morning. Delmar, at 9-1 overall, also is projected to make the playoffs.

The playing surface was beat up by rain most of the day, but the worst of Friday’s storm had already tapered off by kickoff. Both teams struggled to find their footing early on, but the Blue Raiders were able to take control of this contest.

Haynes connected with Massey on a 56-yard touchdown pass with 4:14 to go in the first quarter and never looked back. Tajhon Hammond added a four-yard rushing touchdown before halftime then Massey scored on a rushing touchdown and an 82-yard fumble recovery in the second half.

The Woodbridge defense took care of the rest, winning the battle up front to earn its first shutout of the season.

“We’re not the biggest on the defensive line but we got some quick, strong kids,” said Woodbridge coach Ed Manlove. “They kept their feet about them and got in there and made plays. That’s what it’s all about.”

The first pass play of the night for Woodbridge looked to be a bad omen.

Haynes slipped in the mud and his pass sailed way high for a turnover on downs. Haynes also slipped and fell while punting a ball for Woodbridge in the first half, but would go on to have no more issues the rest of the game.

Haynes set up Hammond’s touchdown with a 47-yard bomb to Gabe Wescott.

“I had to trust my mechanics and slow down,” Haynes said of the “I’ve been doing this since my freshman year so I just relaxed and did what I’ve been doing.”

Jamon Kane led the Blue Raiders in rushing yards but it was Massey who ended up scoring the touchdowns on Friday.

“He’s quite a player,” Manlove said. “He kind of goes unnoticed with Jamon back there sometimes but he’s just as good as anybody. We got a lot of good skill kids who can make plays.”

Woodbridge, who won the Division II state title two years ago, has won its last seven games since suffering back-to-back losses against Dover and Wilmington Friends early in the season.

The players said a game against Milford in the season’s sixth week helped set the tone. Milford had knocked the Blue Raiders out of the state tournament last year and also dealt them their first loss of the regular season in 2017.

“Milford broke our win streak last year and beat us in the playoffs,” said senior defensive lineman Josh Propes. “So when that game came around it seemed like everything turned around. We really flipped a switch and since then we’ve been hitting on all cylinders.”

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