Milford-Delmar set to square off with Henlopen South title up for grabs

The Henlopen Conference Southern Division football championship can be wrapped up tonight.

Or, the race for the title can descend into chaos.

Milford High travels to Delmar High for a key Henlopen South bout tonight at 7:30 p.m. Both teams are undefeated in division play.

If Milford wins, the Buccaneers can lock up the title no matter what they do in their season finale next week against Lake Forest.

But if Delmar wins, the Wildcats will be in the driver’s seat. They then play defending Division II state champion Woodbridge next Friday in the last week of the regular season.

The Raiders only have one loss in the division.

So there is still a very real possibility of a three-way tie for the South title at the end of the season. For that to happen, Delmar and Woodbridge need to win this week and then Woodbridge would need to defeat Delmar next Friday with Milford also winning in Week 10.

All teams would have one loss in conference but there would be no head-to-head tiebreaker. The champion, and automatic bid to the Division II state tournament, would be decided by the point-index system which is used to seed the state tournament.

David Bowman.

Of course, that will all be avoided if Milford emerges victorious tonight.

“Every game is a conference championship for us from now on,” said junior running back Rahshawn Price.

The Buccaneers (6-2 overall) enter the contest riding a five-game winning streak. They downed Woodbridge 20-6 three weeks ago, snapping the Raiders’ 18-game winning streak in the process, before a 52-0 victory over Indian River a week ago.

“We’re trying to win the South,” added senior running back David Bowman. “So everybody came out focused because they know we have to win the rest of these conference games to win it. So, we came out focused ready to play.”

Delmar meanwhile carries a six-game winning streak and a 7-1 overall record into tonight. The Wildcats are unbeaten against Delaware opponents with their only loss coming to a Maryland school, St. Mary’s.

Milford defeated Delmar in the matchup last season 35-18 and also won the year before 20-19. Delmar last won over the Buccaneers in 2014.

If Milford were to win tonight and lose to Lake Forest the following week the Buccaneers would still earn the South championship because they own the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Woodbridge and Delmar.

Woodbridge faces Indian River tonight (7 p.m.) and needs to win to have any shot of claiming another conference crown.

Extra points

  • The Milford-Delmar matchup will be broadcast on ESPN 930-AM, 102.1-FM and www.espn930.com.
  • The Smyrna-Salesianum contest which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start will be broadcast by WDEL 1150-AM.
  • Radio station 105.9-FM will carry the Sussex Central at Caesar Rodney game tonight. Kickoff is 7 p.m. with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Delaware State News’ Tim Mastro is previewing Sussex County Henlopen Conference games this morning on radio station WGMD 92.7-FM. The weekly segment called the “Henlopen High Football Fix” is hosted by WGMD’s Mike Bradley and begins at 8:20 a.m.
  • Smyrna senior quarterback Isaiah Wilson has picked up a scholarship offer from MEAC school Norfolk State.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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