Wildcats take control of South with 35-10 win over Bucs

DELMAR — The Delmar Wildcats stayed undefeated in Henlopen Southern Division play with Friday night’s decisive 35-10 victory over Milford.

The Wildcats (8-1) used a strong defensive effort and a trio of second-half Brooks Parker rushing touchdowns to take control of the Southern Division.

A Week 10 win over Woodbridge (8-1) next Friday night would hand the Wildcats the division title.

“That’s a good football team we were playing,” said Delmar head coach David Hearn. “We had a couple of big plays on offense and we played good, solid defense all night.”

The Wildcats put points on the board first with a 42-yard punt return touchdown from junior Te’Shawn Dennard. The successful extra point put Delmar ahead 7-0 with 1:55 to play in the first quarter.

Milford answered a few possessions later, driving down the field and setting up a 39-yard field goal attempt.

Junior placekicker Jonathan Gaglione drilled it, bringing the score to within 7-3.

That’s as close as Milford would get to the Wildcats.

Dennard scored his second touchdown of the night, a rushing TD from five yards out, on the en-suing possession.

The extra point put the Wildcats ahead 14-3 at the half.

Delmar senior running back Brooks Parker would take things over in the second half.

On the very first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Parker hit an opening and broke out for a 68-yard rushing touchdown.

“I had great blocking,” Parker said. “Without the blocks, it’s not possible. So, my teammates just did a good job blocking for me and I just found the hole and tried to hit it.”

Nearing the end of the third quarter, Parker ran for a seven-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 28-3.

He put the finishing touches on the Bucs at the 7:24 mark of the fourth quarter, trotting for a 66-yard touchdown for his third of the night.

David Bowman punched a four-yard touchdown in for the Bucs two minutes later, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.

Defensively, Delmar forced three turnovers (two interceptions and one turnover on downs) and four punts.

Delmar hopes to carry the momentum over into next Friday’s showdown with the one-loss Blue Raiders.

“This win gives us a lot of confidence, and knowing Milford beat Woodbridge we know we can do the same,” said quarterback Jacob VonArx.

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