Local roundup: Panthers fall to A.I. du Pont in football season opener

A.I. du Pont High scored 49 first-half points en route to a 56-14 victory over Polytech in the football season opener for both teams on Monday evening.

The contest was played on Appoquinimink’s artificial turf field after being rained out on Friday night.

The Panthers tied the contest at 7-7 on Donald Rawley’s 96-yard kickoff return early in the game. But the Tigers reeled off the next 42 points to take a 49-7 lead into intermission.

Donell Booker scored Polytech’s other TD on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers host Indian River on Friday at 7 p.m.

Boys’ soccer

Lake Forest 9, Design-Lab DE 0: The Spartans improved to 2-0 after scoring five first-half goals in Monday’s victory.

Field hockey

St. Peter & Paul 1, Delmarva Christian 0: Mara Agapito made seven saves for the Royals in the season-opening loss.

St. Peter & Paul held advantages of 10-7 in shots and 5-3 in corners.

Volleyball

Holly Grove Christian, Md. 3, St. Thomas More 0: The Ravens dropped the match by scores of 25-12, 25-21, 25-20.

College football

MEAC honors DSU’s Cavicante: Delaware State junior linebacker Brian Cavicante was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording 12 tackles, including eight unassisted, in the the Hornets’ loss to St. Francis, Pa. on Saturday.

Among the tackles, five were in the Saint Francis backfield, accounting for 14 lost yards. In addition, Cavicante scooped up a fumble on a Saint Francis punt return and ran 14 yards to the end zone for the first touchdown of the game and his career.

Cavicante is tops in the MEAC in tackles at 11.0 per game. He is also second in the league in tackles for loss (5) and tied for second with 13 solo stops.

College cross country

Ex-Senator running for Howard: Dover High Grad Gavin Williams, who is running cross country for Howard University, finished second (16:30) in the Howard Labor Day Classic.

Williams also placed 20th in the James Madison Open Invitational with a time of 28:00.

College golf

UD women equal school mark: The University of Delaware women’s golf squad tied the program’s single-round team record with a 289 score on Monday as the Blue Hens jumped four spots into third place following the second round of the Golfweek Program Championship.

Delaware, which fired a 304 score on Sunday, sits in third place out of 14 teams with a 593 total. Campbell leads the field at 560, followed by Old Dominion at 562 and the Hens.

Special Olympics

Day at the Beach slated: More than 250 Special Olympics athletes and family members are expected to gather on Saturday from 9 a.m.–noon at Cape Henlopen State Park for the 27th annual Special Olympics Delaware Families Day at the Beach.

Athletes and families participate in the annual Hoss Cochran fishing tournament, which is sponsored by the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen Association and Lighthouse View Bait and Tackle with volunteers provided by the Rehoboth Beach Lions Club. Prizes are awarded for the first, biggest and most fish caught.

Following the tournament, a picnic lunch is provided by the Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club, with support from the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge #4.

“The day is a wonderful way for our athletes and their families to get together and enjoy each other’s company,” Special Olympics executive director Ann Grunert said. “Each year the fishing tournament stories get better and better, and the fish caught bigger and bigger.”

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