Unbeaten Woodbridge shuts out Lake Forest 21-0

Quarterback Dalton Perdue looks to hit a receiver on his left side. He tossed for 103 yards and a touchdown in the 21-0 shutout. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

GREENWOOD — When Woodbridge High needed a big play, Jaden Bacon was there.

The sophomore running back and defensive back picked off a pass in the third quarter and later set his team up at the goal line with a 41-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.

Freshman teammate Kenny Newton punched the ball in from one yard out just one play later to put the finishing touches on Woodbridge’s 21-0 shutout of Lake Forest High in front of the home crowd Friday night.

“Everybody was just doing their jobs and I was in the right position,” Bacon said. “My teammate got a little bit tired, so I came in and set my team up in a good position to score…I was just out there doing my job.”

The Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory improves the Blue Raiders to 9-0 heading into a Week 10 showdown with division rival Delmar High (7-2). The winner of next week’s showdown with the Wildcats will capture the division title.

“It feels amazing,” said starting quarterback Dalton Perdue. “Being 9-0 heading into the division title game, I mean, you can’t be in a better place. It’s just about trying to take care of what we have ahead of us next week.”

Jayquon Massey takes off down the field against Lake’s defense. He scored one of the three touchdowns on the night.

It marks the fourth shutout for the Blue Raiders and extended the program’s win streak to 19 games (including the playoffs). The last Woodbridge loss was a 24-21 nonconference defeat to Wilmington Friends School on Sept. 21, 2018.

It was just the second loss of the season for the Spartans (7-2), with both losses coming against division opponents.

“They’re averaging like 35 points a game or something like that, so to put up a donut, that’s big time,” Woodbridge coach Jed Bell said of getting the shutout. “Something we pride ourselves on is running the football and playing strong defense, so it’s good to see. I’m really proud of the defense.”

Perdue tossed for 103 yards, a touchdown and one interception on 5-of-13 passing. His 31-yard touchdown strike to junior wideout La-Tyron Stones with under three minutes remaining in the first half broke up the scoreless game.

“He did a nice job tonight,” said Bell. “We’ve been seeing a lot of that this year, where teams are kind of stacking the box and testing us to throw the ball to the outside…it was good to see him push the ball down the field and we made some big plays.”

Stones reeled in a pair of passes for 48 yards, while Ricky Kane caught two for 20 yards and Trey Haynes caught a 35-yard pass from Dalton.

La-Tyron Stones turns up the field after catching a pass from Perdue. Stones turned it into a 31-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Newton and Jayquon Massey scored the other two touchdowns, both on the ground in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders forced five punts, two turnovers on downs, picked off one pass and recovered a fumble on Lake’s 11 drives.

The Blue Raiders’ unit ended the first half by making a pair of goal-line stands, leaving the Spartans without any points after long drives.

With the ball on the one-yard line, the Spartans ran out of time to make one more play to punch the ball in, giving the Blue Raiders the 7-0 lead at the break.

Tyrez Cannon had a 72-yard touchdown run called back by a penalty late in the third quarter, keeping it a 7-0 game through three quarters.

It wasn’t until junior defensive tackle Josh Benedict recovered a Lake Forest fumble at the Spartans’ 11-yard line that the Blue Raiders were able to add to the lead.

Massey scored the 11-yard touchdown just one play later and the successful Xavier Hayes extra point made it a 14-0 advantage with 8:36 remaining.

After forcing another Lake punt on the ensuing possession, Woodbridge drove 63 yards down the field on seven plays – with the help of Bacon’s long run – to cement the three-touchdown shutout.

“It feels good,” said Bacon. “We’re just going to keep working hard, doing everything right and just focus on Delmar for next week.”

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