Delmar hands Spartans first loss of season with 34-6 rout

Delmar quarterback Jacob VonArx drops back to pass. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

FELTON — Jacob VonArx knew it was a must-win game.

Coming off a shutout loss a week ago, the Delmar High senior quarterback wanted to get his team back on track.

He tossed a pair of touchdowns as the Wildcats shut down Lake Forest High, 34-6, at James H. Blades Stadium Friday night.

The Henlopen Conference Southern Division road win handed the Spartans their first loss and improved Delmar’s overall record to 4-2 (1-0 South).

“Our mindset was basically just knowing how important this game was,” said VonArx. “If we lose this one, we have no clue what’s going down for us the rest of the season – probably not even making the playoffs.

Delmar’s Te’Kwon Dennard tries to stiff arm Lake defender Zyaire Elliott.

“So we sat down on Monday, after losing to Wilmington Friends, and everybody just knew this was a big game for us and we knew that we had to get it done. That’s what we did.”

Both the VonArx touchdown tosses went to Vershawn Spence, the first from 31 yards out as time expired in the first half and the second strike from 45 yards out in the third quarter.

The senior completed three of his six pass attempts for 95 yards.

“Sometimes it’s tough to see him, especially when you’re in the pocket,” a laughing VonArx said of Spence. “But I know he’s got some of the best hands on the team and I trust him. When I see him out there, I have to give him a chance.”

“Vershawn’s got real good hands, and Jacob throws a good ball,” said Delmar coach Dave Hearn. “So, if we can spread it around, it makes him tough coming across there. He’s a tough little senior.”

The Wildcats’ run game combined for 314 yards and three touchdowns.

Lake Forest’s Isaiah Johnson shakes off a Delmar tackler. Johnson scored Lake’s lone touchdown of the game.

Senior running back Te’Kwon Dennard ran for 110 yards on eight carries, including an 83-yard touchdown run on Delmar’s first play from scrimmage.

Senior Hunter VonArx added another 119 yards on 10 carries; sophomore Jaylin Warner tallied 50 yards and a touchdown, while junior Parker Lucas rushed for a two-yard score.

The Wildcats allowed just one touchdown — a two-yard score from Lake fullback Isaiah Johnson — while forcing three punts and a pair of fumbles.

“We went hard on defense the whole game, we didn’t let up at all,” said VonArx. “No matter what the score was, we were going just as hard for every play. We played a good game all around.”

Following a quick stop on Lake’s first possession, Delmar’s offense was pinned deep inside its own territory. The Wildcats made quick work, putting the first points on the board with Dennard’s 83-yard dash down the field.

VonArx threw the first of his TDs to Spence as time expired in the half. The successful extra point try gave the Wildcats the 14-0 advantage at the break.

With Lake Forest’s junior starting quarterback Damian Galindez leaving the game with an injury halfway through the second quarter, backup QB Nakiem Scott was under center for the Spartans for six minutes in the second quarter and the entire second half.

“They lost their quarterback early, so that’s tough on them when you lose a good quarterback. That put them behind the eight ball,” said Hearn.

Delmar’s John Roberts makes a defender miss on a punt return Friday night.

VonArx extended the lead to 20-0 with 5:05 remaining in the third with his 45-yarder to Spence.

Scott orchestrated a 70-yard scoring drive on the ensuing Lake possession, with Johnson running the ball on five of the seven plays of the drive. The junior fullback capped the drive with a three-yard TD.

Delmar capped the scoring with a 16-yard score by Warner on the first play of the fourth quarter and a two-yard score from Lucas with 2:05 remaining.

“Heading into next week we’re just going to stay focused, take it one game at a time and see where we end up at the end,” VonArx said.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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