Delmar toasts Homecoming with 35-0 romp over Lake Forest

Te’Shawn Dennard sees open field on his way to a 60-yard touchdown run. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

DELMAR — Senior defensive tackle Masyn Lilly set the tone early in Delmar High’s 35-0 shutout victory over Lake Forest High Saturday afternoon before a festive Homecoming crowd.

Lilly abruptly ended Lake’s opening drive by scooping up a fumble and returning it 53 yards the other way before being brought down at the goal line.

“It set the tone big-time,” said sophomore Dante Trader. “To see a big man make a play like that and get hyped, it gets everybody going. Crazy how the crowd reacted to that.”

“He’s all over the field, he made plays in the backfield, but he was steady up and down the line,” said Delmar coach Dave Hearn. “That play helped set a tone, get things moving, we made a couple other big plays and it’s over when it gets started.”

Trey Parsons lead-blocks as Dante Trader rushes for a 53-yard Delmar touchdown in the second quarter.

Following Lilly’s fumble return, senior running back Te’Shawn Dennard punched the ball in from one yard out and a fumbled snap on the extra point kick led to a successful two-point conversion to put the Wildcats ahead 8-0 less than three minutes into the game.

“We came out hyped, we knew what we had to do to keep our win streak going,” said Dennard. “We have 16 quarters now that nobody has scored on us, so we knew with Masyn starting us out like that we had to keep the tone going.”

Dennard and Trader each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and junior running back Te’Kwon Dennard scored one as the Wildcats extended its win streak to 17 games.

“You have to pick your poison with us,” said Te’Shawn. “You key on me, we have two other backs that can kill you. Either way, you have to pick somebody, and if you can’t stop it it’s going to be a long night. We have threats everywhere on the field.”

“We’ve got a bunch of weapons there in the backfield, and the trick is trying to make sure they’re all being used in a bunch of different formations,” Hearn said.

Dante Trader is hit by Lake Forest’s JaJuan Reid, but not before he crossed the goal line for a 14-yard touchdown.

Lake picked up a couple of first downs on its next possession, but the drive stalled at the Delmar 38-yard line and forced a punt.

Trader broke out a couple of first down runs on the Wildcats’ second possession to lead an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by a Te’Kwon Dennard 12-yard rushing touchdown as time expired in the opening quarter.

Trader picked up his first rushing touchdown of the day on a 53-yard scamper with 10:23 to play in the first half, putting Delmar’s lead to 21-0.

“I saw Trey [Parsons] got a wide-open block – it was a big impact block – I followed his butt, I saw that the defense was over top of me, so I cut back up, went up field and scored.”

It took just one play on Delmar’s next drive for Dennard to break out for a 60-yard score for his second touchdown of the day.

Trader’s 14-yard touchdown run with 1:19 to play in the first half capped the game’s scoring, with the 35-0 halftime lead setting the Wildcats up with a running clock for the final 30 minutes of play.

Defensively, Delmar forced three punts, two turnovers on downs, one fumble and a game-sealing interception as time expired in the fourth quarter.

Through six games, the Wildcats have out-scored opponents 264-37.

“Our defensive coaches do a great job of preparation and they’re smart kids,” Hearn said. “We give a lot of looks to people and we’re not usually the same every week – no team is, I guess – but we’ll disguise things really well and we have quick people behind us and some solid guys up front.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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