Smyrna crushes Cape 54-14, finishes unbeaten atop North

SMYRNA — The Smyrna High football team is perched atop the Henlopen Conference Northern Division once again.

After some rest, the Eagles will get back to work on trying to get back to the top of the entire state.

Smyrna celebrated senior night by finishing unbeaten in Henlopen North play thanks to a 54-14 victory over Cape Henlopen High on Friday night. It was the season finale for the Eagles, who will not play in Week 10 after Polytech High elected to forfeit its final two contests.

It is the fourth Henlopen North title for Smyrna in the last five seasons. The Eagles won three in a row from 2015-2017 before missing out on the division title and the playoffs a season ago.

Junior quarterback Aidan Sanchez tossed five touchdowns to lead the Eagles (7-2 overall) on Friday. Devin Smith and Makhi Jackson each caught a pair of touchdown passes.

Jackson’s two catches gave him 16 for the season which sets a school record. The senior, one of many honored before the game, also holds the single-season reception record for Smyrna.

“It’s crazy knowing that this could be your last game here,” Jackson said. “It was nice to go out with the guys, have fun and go to the playoffs again. It’s always a blast with all my guys, so much fun.”

Wayne Knight ran for a 27 yard touchdown while Daejon Jones added a two-yard rushing touchdown. Senior Jaalil Price also caught a two-yard touchdown on his senior night.

“It’s amazing because of the type of talent and type of seniors we have,” Sanchez said. “We’re all one family and it’s going to be hard to see them go. It’s been amazing to be brothers with them.”

After the game Mike Judy had all his seniors take a picture together under the scoreboard and spoke about how special a group this was to help Smyrna rebound from a three-win season a year ago.

“That’s what we talk about, do everything in your power as a senior to extend this season,” Judy said. “You don’t want to stop playing with these boys. You want to keep playing as long as we can. I told them we wouldn’t be in this position without them.”

“They’re ready to do whatever it takes,” Judy added. “They don’t let anyone have a bad practice and want to fix it in the moment. That’s a critical thing to all of this. Obviously we have some great players but without that leadership to hold everyone together, we’re nothing.”

The Vikings (2-7) were led by Jordan Baines who scored twice. Baines rushed for a 36-yard touchdown on fourth down to make it a 24-6 Smyrna lead in the first quarter before scoring from a yard out in the second.

“Cape is much improved and has some great athletes,” Judy said. “They did a nice job and that’s a good, tough Henlopen North team. It showed, we always want to pitch a shutout they made sure we gave up points.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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