Smyrna tops four Henlopen teams in football tourney

DOVER – Smyrna High will make its return to the DIAA football state tournament as the No. 3 seed in Division I as the two state tourney fields were announced on Sunday morning.

Sussex Tech is the fifth seed in the six-team Division I bracket while Henlopen Conference Southern Division champion Lake Forest while is the sixth seed and Woodbridge is seeded seventh in the eight-team Division II field. The tournament begins with first-round games next weekend.

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Lake Forest QB Noah Feague-Johnson and his teammates will face Wilmington Friends in the Division II state tourney. (Delaware State News photo).

Smyrna (9-1), the Henlopen North champion, will host sixth-seeded Mount Pleasant (7-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Also on Friday, fifth-seeded Sussex Tech (8-2) will travel to No. 4 Middletown (8-2) for a 7:30 p.m. contest in a rematch from last year’s Division I semifinals.

In the Division I semifinals, top-seeded Salesianum (9-1) will host the lowest-remaining seed on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Wilmington’s Baynard Stadium. On Nov. 28, second-seeded William Penn (9-1), the defending state champion, will host the highest-remaining seed at 1 p.m.

The Division title game is slated for Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. in Delaware Stadium.

In Division II, Lake Forest (8-2) will face third-seeded Wilmington Friends (8-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the game being played at Tower Hill. Woodbridge (7-3) will also play on Saturday when it takes on No. 2 Delaware Military (9-1) at Baynard Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The semifinals will have the top two-remaining seeds hosting the two lowest-remaining seeds. The Division II finals will be played on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

FOOTBALL

DIAA state tournaments

Division I

Quarterfinals

Friday, Nov. 20

6-Mount Pleasant (7-3) at 3-Smyrna (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

5-Sussex Tech (8-2) at 4-Middletown (8-2), 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Friday, Nov. 27

Lowest remaining seed vs. Salesianum (9-1), at Baynard Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Highest remaining seed at William Penn (9-1), 1 p.m.

Finals

Saturday, Dec. 5

At Delaware Stadium, 1 p.m.

Division II

Quarterfinals

Friday, Nov. 20

5-Howard (7-3) at 4-Tower Hill (7-2), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21

8-Hodgson (6-4) at 1-St. Georges (9-1), 11 a.m.

6-Lake Forest (8-2) vs. 3-Wilmington Friends (8-1), at Tower Hill, 1 p.m.

7-Woodbridge (7-3) vs. 2-Delaware Military (9-1), at Baynard Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Nov. 27-28

Two highest remaining seeds host two lowest remaining seeds, TBA

Finals

Saturday, Dec. 5

At Delaware Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

 

 

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