Delmar nabs Henlopen South title with 21-14 double-OT thriller over Woodbridge

Delmar’s Rajay Allen stops Tyrez Cannon of Woodbridge after a short gain in the first quarter Friday night. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DELMAR — Jacob VonArx scored the go-ahead touchdown to put his team in perfect position.

Then, a couple plays later, the Delmar High senior picked off a pass to clinch the 21-14 double overtime victory over rival Woodbridge High in front of the home crowd Friday night.

Delmar’s thrilling upset handed the Blue Raiders their first loss of the season and clinched the Henlopen South title.

VonArx, the senior quarterback and linebacker, rushed for a two-yard QB keeper during the Wildcats’ second overtime possession before his game-sealing interception.

Delmar (8-2) snaps Woodbridge’s 19-game win streak, which dated back to Sept. 28, 2018. It also avenges Delmar’s two losses, a 25-0 regular season shutout and a 41-14 playoff defeat, to the Blue Raiders last season.

Delmar’s Te’Kwon Dennard takes a handoff from quarterback Jacob VonArx and looks for a way around Woodbridge defender Jayquon Massey.

The Wildcat win also solidifies a spot in the DIAA Division II state tournament bracket, which will be released Sunday afternoon.

VonArx, senior running back and linebacker, finished with 41 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns – from one and two yards out. He also tossed for 83 yards on 4-of-10 passing.

His brother, Hunter VonArx, rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown, while senior Te’Kwon Dennard added another 50 yards and sophomore Jaylin Warner racked up 45 rushing yards.

Senior starting quarterback Dalton Perdue put Woodbridge on the board first with a one-yard QB sneak at the 4:46 mark of the first quarter. The successful extra point put the Blue Raiders ahead, 7-0.

The touchdown run capped a nine-play drive that began at its own 38-yard line.

Delmar quarterback Jacob VonArx managed to get a pass off despite getting a face full of Woodbridge linebacker Michael Plummer.

The two defenses managed to keep the opposing offenses off the board in the second quarter, exchanging turnovers on downs and punts through the 12 minutes.

Jayquon Massey and Tyrez Cannon combined for 116 rushing yards on 24 carries in the first half for the Blue Raiders.

Trailing 7-0 at the break, Delmar came out in the second half and orchestrated a 17 play, 86-yard scoring drive.

VonArx capped the drive with a one-yard QB sneak. The extra point knotted the score, 7-7, with 2:31 left in the quarter.

Te’Kwon Dennard of Delmar is brought down by Jayquon Massey (3) and Woodbridge teammate Dylan Yocum in the first half.

Delmar missed a 24-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining, setting Woodbridge up for one last chance at a last-minute scoring drive.

Facing a fourth down and needing a yard, Perdue successfully converted a fake punt by tossing a 23-yard pass to junior wideout La’Tyron Stones and giving the Blue Raiders new life.

Another long Perdue pass, this time to Massey, one play later set the Blue Raiders up inside the Delmar 25 yard line, but the Wildcats defense forced a turnover on downs a few plays later to force overtime.

Woodbridge had first possession in overtime, needing three plays to cash in on a 12-yard touchdown connection from Perdue to senior receiver Ricky Kane.

The extra point put Woodbridge ahead, 14-7, but Delmar answered a Hunter VonArx four-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of their own possession. The extra point forced a second overtime.

With Delmar getting the ball first, Dennard set them up nicely with an eight-yard run on the first play of the drive before VonArx got the go-ahead TD and the game-winning pick.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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