Late surge lifts Riders to 38-13 win over William Penn

Caesar Rodney High senior Jordan Allen pulls away from a William Penn defender for a five-yard touchdown run on Saturday afternoon in New Castle. Delaware State News/Craig Anderson

NEW CASTLE — It took just over three quarters to accomplish, but Caesar Rodney High finally pulled away for a 38-13 win over host William Penn at Bill Cole Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Under sunny skies and warm temperatures on the first day of autumn, the Riders scored 26 points in the last 12 1/2 minutes with a flurry of offensive, defensive and special teams excellence to dominate the final stretch of a previously competitive Week Three football game.

Junior Emmanuel Kennedy, senior Jordan Allen, sophomore Christopher Evans and sophomore Kendall Smith all rushed for touchdowns in the final surge expand a 12-7 advantage.

CR’s defense remained stout throughout, especially in the first half when senior Jehlon Patten made two interceptions deep in Riders territory to stave off scoring threats. Afterward Patton said he expected that the secondary would be challenged.

“We knew they would throw the ball on us and I had full confidence that our defensive front would not allow them to run,” he said. “We knew they would put it up there and we executed our game plan when they did.

“I’m proud of what our secondary was able to do and am just grateful for a win. We had a good week of practice and were ready to go.
“Hopefully we can do the same thing again next week and be ready for Poly.”

The Riders improved to 2-1 heading into Friday’s Henlopen Conference opening game at Polytech, and rebounded from last week’s 31-8 setback to St. Georges Tech.

“We came up here planning to get a win,” Kennedy said afterward. “That was it.”

Senior William Burke tackled William Penn’s punter to set up the Riders for a quick score near the end of the third quarter. The next series, Zion Rodgers sprinted in to block another punt try that Burke recovered.

Evans began the fourth quarter scoring with a two-yard touchdown run and the rout was on. Allen made an interception on William Penn’s next series, and Kennedy’s 65-yard run soon afterward set up another score for a 32-13 advantage after senior Joseph Delgado kicked the extra point.

Allen got the game started with a 69-yard touchdown burst just over three minutes into the game, and Kennedy broke a tackle and rambled 15 yards up the middle for a 12-0 lead with 4:50 left before halftime.

After a CR fumble, Allen saved a likely touchdown late in the second quarter by running down the William Penn defender who had scooped up the football and appeared to have a clear field in front of him.

The Colonials began that drive at the 30-yard-line with 35 seconds remaining prior to intermission, but Burke made an eight-yard sack and Patten made an interception at the five-yard line to end the threat.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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