Woodbridge honors Troy Haynes with 27-0 shutout of Archmere

Woodbridge’s TaeShaun Ford-Jackson (50) and Trey Haynes (2) honor Troy Haynes with his No. 4 jersey prior to kickoff Friday night. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

GREENWOOD — It was an easy decision for Trey Haynes.

He was going to suit up and play for his brother.

The Woodbridge High senior, just five days after his older brother, Troy, passed away from a courageous battle with kidney cancer, wanted to honor his brother.

“My decision to play was basically for Troy,” he said. “Troy would’ve been like, ‘get out there.’ Even through injuries, he wouldn’t want me off the field. We played together our whole life, so it was like, ‘get out there and play for him.’ He wouldn’t want me to do anything else.

“It was a bit of sadness and joy at the same time. I’m sad that he’s gone and not here with us, but I’m happy that he left us something to play for.”

Haynes made plays on the field, including a couple of catches and a near-touchdown reception, as the Blue Raiders shut out Archmere Academy, 27-0, Friday night in front of the home crowd.

He nearly reeled in a leaping catch in the end zone in the first half, but it just slipped away from his reach.

“It wasn’t a goal, but I wanted to score for him because I know he would be like, ‘get in that end zone, boy,’” said a smiling Trey.
The nonconference win keeps the Blue Raiders unbeaten at 5-0, while handing Archmere its first loss of the season.

The offense scored four touchdowns, which happens to be the jersey number Troy sported during his four-year career with the Blue Raiders. The four-year starting quarterback led Woodbridge to a pair of state championships.

Tyrez Cannon runs the ball against Archmere Academy.

“I’ve eluded to it all week, it’s our responsibility – whether we signed up for it or not, we certainly didn’t – but we have to buy in, we have to get it done for our school, our community, for Troy and his family,” said Woodbridge coach Jed Bell.

As a team, Woodbridge ran for 376 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 39 carries.

Jayquon Massey ran for 167 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Tyrez Cannon added another 135 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Massey’s touchdown was from 78 yards out, while Cannon added a 79-yard TD of his own.

“Great blocks, that’s all I can say,” Cannon said of his TD run. “We did this for Troy, it wasn’t just for us.”

Starting quarterback Perdue Dalton totaled 42 rushing yards, including an 11-yard touchdown on a QB keeper, on his five carries.
Dalton also completed four of his 10 passing attempts for 27 yards, with two of those completions going to Haynes.

Defensively, the Blue Raiders forced Archmere to punt seven times, while Michael Plummer returned an interception for a touchdown.
The unit forced Archmere punts on each of the team’s five first half possessions.

Perdue’s 11-yard touchdown run as time expired in the first quarter put the Blue Raiders ahead, 7-0.

It capped a 13-play, 65-yard scoring drive that featured a pair of converted 4th & 3 situations and took more than five minutes to complete.

Massey’s 78-yard touchdown with 5:11 to play in the first half extended Woodbridge’s lead to 14-0.

Cannon’s 79-yard scamper and Plummer’s interception return touchdown on a tipped pass gave Woodbridge the 27-0 advantage through three quarters.

Haynes capped the game with a nine-yard run on the final play of the game to seal the victory.

“All week, the whole team and the whole community has been blowing up my phone trying to get to my house to come see me and see my family,” said Haynes. “The town of Bridgeville has been here the whole time and I just want to thank everyone for that.

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