Local roundup: Sussex Central pulls away in second half to blank CR 39-0

Sussex Central High led by only 14 points at halftime before pulling away to a 39-0 win over Caesar Rodney in Henlopen North football on Friday night.

The Golden Knights (8-1 overall) finish their North schedule with a 6-0 record in the division.

The shutout was the third in a row and fifth of the season for Central. The Knights have allowed just 12 points in their last seven games and only 41 points all season.

The Riders fell to 2-3 in the North, 5-4 overall.

Lake Forest 46, Laurel 23: The Spartans (5-4 overall) won their second Henlopen South game in a row to guarantee themselves at least a .500 season.

Woodbridge 52, Indian River 14: The Raiders (5-0 South, 7-2 overall) kept pace with Delmar in the Southern Division title race.

Woodbridge hosts the Wildcats on Friday at 7 p.m. to finish the regular season and decide the South crown.

Seaford 28, Red Lion Christian 14: The Blue Jays improved to 2-7 with the non-conference win.

Field hockey

Delmar, Cape earn top seeds: Cape Henlopen and Delmar High were both named the top seeds as the brackets for the DIAA Division I and II field hockey tournaments were announced on Friday.

A total of seven Henlopen Conference teams made the two brackets — four in Division I and three in Division II. With all four downstate squads on the same side of the Division I bracket, the Henlopen Conference is guaranteed having a team in the state finals.

The Division I quarterfinals are slated for Thursday, with contests at home sites. In games involving downstate teams, top-seeded Cape (14-1) will host No. 8 Smyrna (9-5-1) at 4 p.m. with No. 4 Polytech (12-3) hosting No. 5 Sussex Tech (11-3-1) at 2:30 p.m.

With a 12-team field, the top four teams in Division II receive first-round byes. That group includes No. 1 Delmar (15-0) and No. 4 Lake Forest (11-3-1).

The only downstate squad playing in Tuesday’s first round is No. 10 Indian River (9-5-1) which goes to No. 7 Wilmington Friends (11-3-1) for a 2:30 p.m. matchup.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Delmar will host the winner of the Red Lion Christian/Archmere game at 1 p.m. while Lake Forest will host the winner of the Ursuline-Newark Charter contest.

Boys’ soccer

Five downstate teams in tourneys: Five Henlopen Conference teams have made the fields for the DIAA Division I and II boys’ soccer state tournaments that were determined on Friday.

Three of the eight squads in the Division I field are downstate teams.

That tourney starts with the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 10. Third-seeded Caesar Rodney (12-3) will face No. 6 Delcastle (13-2) at 5 p.m. at Smyrna.

Also on Nov. 10, in a doubleheader at Milford, No. 4 Cape Henlopen (12-2-1) will take on No. 5 William Penn (11-3) at 5 p.m. with No. 8 Sussex Tech (8-3-4) then taking on top-seeded Salesianum (13-2) at 7 p.m.

In Division II, there will be an opening-round doubleheader at Dover High on Tuesday. No. 9 Sussex Academy (9-4-2) will face No. 8 Conrad (10-5) at 6 p.m. with No. 5 Indian River (13-2) then taking on No. 12 Glasgow (9-4-1) at 8 p.m.

College field hockey

Delaware 8, James Madison 1: Senior Greta Nauck collected a career-high nine points as the top-seeded Blue Hens advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association finals on Friday.

Delaware will play in the CAA championship game for the sixth straight year when it hosts No. 3 William & Mary on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Hens’ eight goals ties the program record for goals in a CAA tournament game.

Nauck finished with three goals and three assists while Tessa Verweijen, the CAA Rookie of the Year, finished with three points on her seventh goal and fourth assist of the year.

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