Roundup: Sussex Tech downs A.I. in football opener

Isaiah Brown had a huge night, running for seven touchdowns to lead Sussex Tech High to a 61-20 season-opening victory over A.I. du Pont in football on Thursday night.

The contest was one of two DFRC Kickoff Classic games played the night before the rest of the state’s teams start their regular seasons.

St. Elizabeth downed McKean 49-0 in the other opening-night contest as the Vikings’ Chris Cropper scored four TDs.

Brown, a senior running back, already had six TDs by halftime as the Ravens opened up a 41-14 advantage after the first two quarters. A year ago, Sussex Tech edged the Tigers, 27-26, in its opener on its way to a 8-3 season.

While Sussex Tech has scored at least 50 points on several occasions, the 61 points were the most the Ravens have scored since at least 2007.

College soccer

WOMEN, Wesley 4, Immaculta 0: The Wolverines earned their second win of the season as all four goals came from freshmen.

Aleya Cummings (Caesar Rodney High) maintained her torrid goal-scoring pace, finding the net three times for her second hat trick of the season and raising her season scoring total to eight goals. Katie Ford (Dover) added Wesley’s fourth goal, the first of her collegiate career.

Wesley (2-2) netted its first goal in just 40 seconds. Cummings and Ford pinged a give-and-go to weave through the Immaculata defense, creating a scoring lane for Cummings.

In the 10th minute, Cummings was the beneficiary of some good fortune. Ford ripped a shot from 25 yards out that was blocked by a defender. The ball caromed off the defender and to the feet of Cummings, who beat the surprised goalkeeper again to make it 2-0.

Goalie Sam Brannigan was tested several times, but came up with a season-high 10 saves to preserve the victory and record her second shutout of the year.

In the 89th minute Kristen Griffith made a great defensive play to gain control near midfield. The senior found Janiah Moore (CR) in the middle who played a through ball to Cummings, setting the forward up for her third goal of the night.

Just 24 seconds later Moore played catalyst again, earning her third assist of the year on a brilliant through ball that freed up Ford. The forward beat the Immaculata defender in a dead sprint, finishing the play with a composed strike to score in the 90th minute, making it 4-0.

George Washington 3, Delaware 0: The Blue Hens outshot the Colonials by a 10-7 margin and held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks but were shut out in the nonconference loss.

Undefeated George Washington (6-0), which is earning votes in the NSCAA national Top 25 poll after downing No. 17 Arkansas earlier this week, got goals from three different players en route to the victory.

Natalie Zelenky led the Hens (1-6) with three shots.

“We played a solid game tonight, one that could have ended very differently,” said Delaware coach Scott Grzenda, whose team was coming off a 1-0 victory over Loyola on Sunday. “But you have to give credit to GW. They finished the chances when they had them. We’re putting so much pressure on ourselves to score and thinking too much. We need to play with instinct and abandon.”

Delaware outshot its opponent for just the second time this season but suffered its third shutout loss of the campaign. In addition to Zelenky, Jillian Vassallo and Krista Trinidad each had two shots.

College baseball

Hens add Amaro to staff: Delaware baseball coach Jim Sherman announced Thursday that former University of Tampa standout and two-time Philadelphia Phillies draft pick Andrew Amaro has joined the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Amaro, who served this past season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, joins the staff and replaces Troy O’Neal in the volunteer position. O’Neal was promoted to a full-time role as Delaware’s pitching coach last month.

“We are pleased to have Andrew join our staff as our volunteer assistant,” said Sherman, who will begin his 17th year at the helm of the Blue Hens this season. “Andrew brings tremendous baseball knowledge for such a young guy and its going to be exciting having some young blood on our staff. Andrew will be in charge of our outfielders, base running, and helping with our hitters.”

The nephew of former Major League player (1991-98), Philadelphia Phillies general manager (2009-15), and current Boston Red Sox coach Ruben Amaro, Jr., Andrew served as an assistant coach at NCAA II power Tampa with coach Joe Urso in 2016, working with the outfielders, serving as an advance scout, and coaching base running and bunting. The Spartans went 41-10 during the 2016 season and advanced to the NCAA South Regional.

A native of Philadelphia and a standout at William Penn Charter High School, Amaro began his collegiate career at the University of Maryland and played three seasons with the Terrapins in 2011-14 before moving on to Tampa.

During the 2015 season he batted .320 with three home runs, 25 RBI, and a team-high 19 stolen bases, earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors, and led the team to a 43-13 record and the NCAA Division II national title.

Originally drafted by the Phillies in the 47th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, he was drafted by the Phillies again in 2015, this time in the 35th round. He played one season in the minors, competing for the Lakewood (N.J.) Blue Claws and the Williamsport (Pa.) Crosscutters.

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