Local roundup: Early scores key Caesar Rodney’s 25-12 victory over Brandywine

A week ago, Caesar Rodney High didn’t reach the end zone until the closing minutes of its loss to Sussex Tech.

The Riders took care of that problem early on Friday night.

CR scored on its second and third offensive plays of the contest before going on to a 25-12 victory over Brandywine in a nonconference football game on Friday afternoon.

Originally scheduled to be played this morning, the contest was moved up to Friday afternoon because of the storm hitting the state.

Scottie Flowers scored on a 20-yard run before Manny Kennedy added an 85-yard touchdown run to stake the Riders (5-3) to an early two-TD advantage. Kennedy also started the contest with a 60-yard run.

Kennedy finished with two rushing touchdowns in the game with Kendall Smith adding a TD on a punt return.

The win keeps CR in contention for a DIAA Division I state tournament at-large berth. The Riders finish the regular season with games at Sussex Central and Dover.

Woodbridge 42, St. Mark’s 6: The Raiders (6-2) ran their winning streak to five games in a row by downing the Spartans for the second straight year.

Sussex Central 43, Cape Henlopen 0: The Golden Knights recorded their fifth shutout this year and extended their winning streak to seven games.

Delmar 46, Laurel 9: The Wildcats defeated their local rivals to remain unbeaten this year.

Volleyball

Delmarva Christian 3, Holly Grove Christian, Md. 0: Savannah Stewart’s nine kills led the Royals to a 25-14, 25-14, 25-14 win over an out of state opponent.

Field hockey

St. Thomas More 1, Design Thinking Academy 0: Liliana Fannin scored the game’s lone goal in the first half to lift the Ravens.

Hodgson 2, Delmarva Christian 1: Haley Pinstaff netted a goal for Delmarva Christian in a nonconference defeat.

College field hockey

Delaware 4, Northeastern 3: For the third straight year, the Blue Hens will be the top seed in the CAA Tournament.

Freshman Lizzie Gaebel made her fourth start of the season and registered seven saves, including three huge stops in the final five minutes to lead the Hens (11-6, 5-0 CAA) to victory.

Delaware saw goals from four different players while seven total Blue Hens recorded at least one point.

The Hens opened the game with back-to-back goals from senior Michaela Scanlon (ninth minute) and freshman Pia Freudenberger (10th minute) before the Huskies (7-10, 3-2 CAA) rattled off three straight tallies of their own.

In the 50th minute, sophomore Ellie Schepens notched the game-tying goal before classmate Lotte de Koning collected the game-winner in the 63rd minute.

College cross country

UD third at conferences: The Blue Hens had the program’s best finish at CAA Championships since 2001, taking third place with 85 points.

Junior Diana Dunn and sophomore Roxanne Ramirez (Sussex Tech) both took home All-CAA honors, marking the first time in program history that the Blue Hens had two student-athletes earn CAA accolades in the same season.

The top five runners for the Blue Hens were separated by just 30 seconds, while the entire team clocked in all within 1:01 of each other. Delaware was the first team to have all five runners cross the line.

Dunn led all Blue Hens with a ninth-place finish, clocking in at 21:35.20, while Ramirez was just four seconds behind at 21:39.60 in 11thplace.

Jeannette Bendolph (Caesar Rodney) grabbed a top-20 finish with a time of 22:00.70, while teammates Stephanie Bazan and Susanna Weir were right behind her in 22:02.70 and 22:06.10 to round out the top five Blue Hens, who all finished within the top-25 of the race.

College volleyball

Wesley 3, Marywood 1: The Wolverines won the final two sets to improve to 14-16 this season.

Set scores were 25-18, 16-25, 25-18 and 25-20.

Reagan Healey paced Wesley with nine kills. Nya Lightfoot and Mary Getty each recorded eight kills while Caelli Clifford provided 23 digs.

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