Kane, Massey lead Blue Raiders back to D-II state title game

Richard Massey of Woodbridge follows blocker TaeShaun Ford-Jackson for a 2nd quarter gain. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

BRIDGEVILLE — Woodbridge High’s offense wasted very little time getting to work in Friday night’s 41-14 Division II semifinal victory over sixth-seeded Delmar High.

It took just five plays from scrimmage for the offensive unit, led by senior starting quarterback Troy Haynes, to put the ball in the end zone for the fourth-seeded Blue Raiders (10-2).

“Every time we win the toss, or they defer, we always want the ball,” said senior receiver Gabe Wescott. “We just want to set the tempo, do what we do best and come out of the gates fast.”

Senior running back Jamon Kane scored on a six-yard run at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter to cap a 68-yard opening drive for the Blue Raiders.

“We wanted to set the tempo for our team, so that’s what we did on that first drive,” Kane said.

The opening drive touchdown was set-up by a 52-yard run from fellow senior running back Richard Massey just three plays before.

“Having both me and Massey back there, it really throws teams off because they don’t know what to expect,” Kane said.

Gabriel Wescott of Woodbridge tries to stiff fight his way past a Delmar defender. (Special to the Delaware State News)

“Coach always says if the other team is keying on him, it should open things up for me and if they’re keying on me it should open things up for him,” Massey added.

The six-yard scamper was one of Kane’s two touchdowns on the night.

“I just saw a big hole, so I hit it,” he said. “My blockers really opened up the hole for me, I love my blockers.”

Haynes added a pair of passing touchdowns to Wescott, with Massey adding a rushing touchdown and a kick-off return touchdown in the team’s fourth 40+ point game of the season.

It marked Woodbridge’s second victory over Delmar in the past three weeks, with the other a 25-0 Henlopen South-clinching victory in Week 10, and extended the team’s win streak to nine games.

The Blue Raiders will make its second D-II state title appearance in the past three seasons, with the team earning the 2016 title with a 14-9 win over Wilmington Friends.

In next Saturday’s title game, Woodbridge will face the winner of today’s No. 8 Tower Hill vs. No. 2 Wilmington Friends semifinal showdown.

“We knew it was going to be tough, but our kids rose to the challenge and they made the plays and it kind of worked out for us,” said Woodbridge coach Ed Manlove. “It was just a good effort all the way around. The defense came up big when it needed to, and the offense made plays when it needed to.”

Jamon Kane of Woodbridge is lifted high into the air by teammate Jacob Webb after he scored a touchdown in the first quarter Friday night. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Last year’s 24-23 first-round playoff loss to Milford High acted as motivation for Woodbridge players over the off-season.

“Last year didn’t end how we wanted,” Wescott said. “It was a bitter taste in our mouth and all summer, all off-season, we just busted our tails and we knew what we had to do this season.”

With the early 6-0 lead, Woodbridge’s defense forced a quick three-and-out on Delmar’s first possession and the Blue Raiders quickly extended the lead to two touchdowns.

Taking over at their own 42, Haynes led an 11-play scoring drive, which included a successful fourth down conversion. Kane’s second touchdown of the quarter, from eight yards out, and the successful two-point conversion put Woodbridge ahead 14-0.

Haynes threw a touchdown strike to Wescott from 40 yards out to cap the team’s third consecutive scoring drive at the 5:37 mark of the second quarter, putting Woodbridge ahead 21-0 at the halftime break.

On Delmar’s second possession of the third quarter, the Wildcats strung together an 87-yard scoring drive, with Te’Kwon Dennard punching the ball in from four yards out to break up the shutout bid at the 3:35 mark of the quarter.

Just moments later, Woodbridge regained the momentum as Richard Massey returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to pay dirt. The special teams touchdown put Woodbridge up 27-7.

“I thought my brother [Jayquon Massey] was going to pick the ball up at first so I let it go past me, but then I turned around and he wasn’t there, so I picked it up,” Massey explained. “I just ran and followed my blockers, and I saw that there wasn’t a hole, so I cut back and saw a hole and just kept running until I scored.”

Wescott caught his second touchdown pass from Haynes on the night, from 10 yards out, with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to extend the Blue Raider lead to 34-7.

Massey stuck the dagger in the reigning champs with a 74-yard touchdown run with 3:27 remaining on the clock, extending the lead to 41-7.

It was only fitting that Kane was the one to lay down the crucial block for Massey to break free for the 74-yarder.

“It feels great,” Massey said. “I thank Jamon for that block, I patiently waited on that block and it opened it up for me and I just made a hard cut and saw daylight.”

Dante Trader’s 31-yard garbage time touchdown run with 1:36 would cap the night’s scoring.

Defensively, Woodbridge forced four punts, two turnovers on downs, one lost fumble and picked off one pass.

“We kind of treat every week like it’s the same,” Wescott said. “Our guys work hard every week no matter who it is we’re playing and we just come out here, do our job, play as a team and play for each other.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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