Delmar’s Dennard gets 8TDs in 56-21 victory over A.I. du Pont

 

GREENVILLE — Te’Shawn Dennard paused, thought for a second and just started giggling for a brief moment.

He couldn’t explain this.

Dennard scored eight touchdowns as the eight-seeded Delmar High Wildcats downed No. 2 seed A.I. du Pont 56-21 in the semifinals of the Division II DIAA state football tournament on Friday night. The Wildcats are back in the state championship game for the first time since 2009.

Dennard said it didn’t even feel like he scored eight touchdowns.

“Honestly no, we got close to the end zone and I was there,” Dennard said. “My teammates helped me get close to the end zone. It was easy to get inside. I don’t know what to say.”

The state championship will be on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium in Newark on the University of Delaware’s campus. The Wildcats will face the winner of today’s Milford-Wilmington Friends matchup.

While Dennard scored all the touchdowns, Delmar’s defense made sure there was plenty of breathing room by forcing four turnovers.

Trey Parsons picked off a pair of passes and had a fumble recovery. Freshman Dylan Pasta also recorded an interception.

“The defensive line got pressure, which really helped me out,” Parsons said. “I wouldn’t have gotten those two interceptions without the pressure.”

Dave Hearn

“This is great,” added Parsons. “We’ve been working for this since last year Everybody has been in the weight room, doing their job. This town loves their football, so it’s great to bring it back.”

The Wildcats scored on their first two drives before A.I. capitalized on a fumbled pitch to score its first touchdown to make it a 14-7 contest. The Tigers then got the ball back and were driving before Parsons intercepted a pass in the red zone.

Delmar’s ensuing drive looked to be headed for a punt before freshman Dante Trader picked out tight end Zach Covington on a 32-yard pass. Then Trader ran an option play with a pitch to Dennard for a 45-yard touchdown.

The second half was more of the same as Dennard scored four touchdowns in each half.

Delmar coach Dave Hearn said he could not remember a player scoring eight times in one game. He lost track of how many times Dennard scored and did not know it was eight.

“I had no idea,” Hearn said.

Dennard made sure to thank his fellow running back Brooks Parker. He said those touchdowns could have easily been Parker’s.

Parker recorded more than 100 yards while Dennard broke the 200-mark barrier.

“He takes all the punishment for me,” Dennard said of Parker. “It allowed me to get to the end zone… Sometimes we alternate. Sometimes he gets all the touchdowns, sometimes I get all the touchdowns. It’s just a brotherly love with him.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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