Quarterback Haynes leads Blue Raiders past Milford 34-7

BRIDGEVILLE — Woodbridge High senior quarterback Troy Haynes threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for one more as the Blue Raiders shut down Milford High, 34-7, Friday night.

Senior running back Jamon Kane added a pair of short-distance rushing touchdowns of his own for the Raiders.

“It’s what we always try to do, just be consistent, move the ball and play our game. We got into a real good groove tonight,” Woodbridge coach Ed Manlove said.

The Week 6 Henlopen South win pushes the Raiders to 4-2 (3-0 in South).

The win also avenged a pair of 2017 losses to the same Bucs squad.

“We actually used last year’s two losses to them — the one that ended our win streak and the loss in the playoffs — as motivation, and it just added fuel to the fire,” said Haynes. “We just came out and did as best we could.”

The two teams exchanged punts on their first possession, but Kane opened up Woodbridge’s second drive with a 69-yard scamper to set the Raiders up inside the red zone.

Three plays later, Kane ran the ball in from four yards out to cap an 85-yard scoring drive. The successful extra point try made it a 7-0 ball game.

Woodbridge’s offense tacked on two more touchdowns in the second quarter, with Haynes using his legs to run for a six-yard touchdown 53 seconds into the second quarter.

The touchdown capped an 80-yard drive that ate up 3:46 of clock.

It took just four plays for the Raiders’ defense to force a turnover on downs on Milford’s ensuing possession, taking over at the Bucs’ 40-yard line with a short field to work with.

Haynes made sure his offense took advantage of the field position as he hit senior receiver Gabe Wescott on a 40-yard pass play to set the offense up at the goal line. Wescott reached over the defensive back to make the leaping grab.

“I didn’t expect him to do all that,” Haynes said. “I told him in the huddle I was going give him a chance, throw the ball up to him and let him make a play and that’s exactly what he did.”

Kane punched the ball in from the goal line on the following play, recording his second touchdown of the night, to hand Woodbridge the 20-0 advantage.

Milford’s offense put together a drive to open the second half, eating up nearly four minutes of clock before the drive stalled and forced a punt at the Woodbridge 37-yard line.

The Bucs answered by forcing a punt on the Raiders’ first third quarter possession, but a fumble on the punt return set the Raiders up at the Milford 39-yard line.

On the third play of the drive, Haynes hit a wide-open Richard Massey for a 24-yard touchdown pass.

“We established the run throughout the game, so the defensive backs bit a lot on Jamon and Richard’s runs, so that’s what opened the passing game for us tonight,” Haynes said.

Wescott caught Haynes’ second touchdown toss of the night on a 51-yard play with 7:00 to play in the game, capping the Woodbridge scoring.

“We’ve had some injuries and we’ve had to fight through that this week,” Manlove said. “We had kids in positions they don’t usually play, and we didn’t miss a beat. That was huge. I think our team turned the corner for sure tonight.”

Milford broke up the shutout bid when freshman quarterback Shawn Saxon threw a 35-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Marquis Gillis on 4th & 4 with 43 seconds to play.

Defensively, Woodbridge forced three punts, three turnovers on downs, a fumble and a Richard Massey pick of a Saxon pass attempt just before the halftime break.

“We’re not there yet, but we’re going to get there,” said Kane. “We’re definitely not done yet, we’re just going to keep on pushing.”

“They’re all must-win games at this point,” Manlove said. “We had a shaky start to the season, but hopefully we can keep this thing going and get better and better each week.”

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