Pigskin Picks

With the high school football season getting underway this weekend, here’s our predictions for the Henlopen Conference and local college games.

Andy Walter, Delaware State News

Tim Mastro, Delaware State News

Ben Heck, Milford Chronicle

Glenn Frazer, Delaware Radio 105.9

Matthew Pencek, WBOC-TV

Friday’s games

Archmere at Dover, 6 p.m.

After losing its last two season openers, Dover wants to get off to a better start this year.   

AW: Dover, 13-6; TM: Dover, 28-10; BH: Archmere, 21-14; GF: Dover, 27-24; MP: Dover, 24-6.

Woodbridge at Cambridge-South Dorchester, Md., 6:30 p.m.

2016 Div. II state champs out to stretch their 15-game regular-season winning streak.         

AW: W-bridge, 33-14; TM: W-bridge, 23-17; BH: W-bridge, 35-0; GF: W-bridge, 32-21; MP: W-bridge, 28-20.

Caesar Rodney at Appoquinimink

After 1-9 campaign, CR is anxious to prove it can be more competitive this season.

AW: Appo, 28-20; TM: Appo, 8-7; BH: Appo, 38-14; GF: Appo, 21-13; MP: Appo, 30-16.

Milford at Sussex Tech

The Buccaneers were 9-2 last fall but Ravens have high hopes after going 5-5 a year ago.   

AW: Tech, 40-20; TM: Tech, 35-28; BH: Milford, 31-24; GF: Tech, 28-20;    MP: Tech, 28-14.

Wilmington Friends at Lake Forest

Lake hoping to christen its new turf field with win over last year’s Div. II state finalists.        

AW: Lake, 18-13; TM: Friends, 24-12; BH: Friends, 31-17; GF: Friends, 20-14; MP: Friends, 30-14.

Hodgson at Sussex Central

A Division I state tournament team last fall, Central wants to pick up where it left off.          

AW: Central, 24-14; TM: Central, 20-14; BH: Central, 24-7; GF: Central, 24-23; MP: Hodgson, 26-13.

Polytech at A.I. DuPont

Panthers have some returning talent to build around but winning on the road is difficult.      

AW: AI, 22-12; TM: Polytech, 14-8; BH: AI, 31-10; GF: AI, 20-14; MP: AI, 24-8.

Brandywine at Laurel

Laurel, which lost three games by a total of seven points last year, ready to start winning.   

AW: Laurel, 37-8; TM: Laurel, 45-6; BH: Laurel, 17-14; GF: Laurel, 17-7; MP: Laurel, 26-14.

Smithsburg, Md. at Delmar, 7:30 p.m.

Delmar looking for fast start after topping Smithsburg by 21 points in last season’s opener. 

AW: Delmar, 28-14; TM: Delmar, 35-14; BH: Delmar, 28-10; GF: Delmar, 28-14; MP: Delmar, 28-20.

Smyrna at Middletown, 7:30 p.m.

There may be a lot of scoring in the much-anticipated rematch of 2016 Div. I state finals.    

AW: Smyrna, 45-31; TM: Mtown, 42-38; BH: Smyrna, 28-24; GF: Smyrna, 38-26;     MP: Mtown, 35-31.


Delaware State (0-1) at Hampton (0-1), 7 p.m.

 DSU showed promise in loss to UD but really wants to end its 12-game losing streak.           

AW: Hampton, 24-17; TM: Hampton, 17-7; BH: DSU, 28-21; GF: Hampton, 26-20; MP: Hampton, 20-14.

Cape Henlopen at Cape May, N.J., 1 p.m.

Vikings have won the last four meetings with their cross-ferry rivals from N.J.

AW: CHen, 37-12; TM: CHen, 42-6; BH: CHen, 21-14; GF: CHen, 35-18; MP: CHen, 42-14.


Delaware (1-0) at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Hens think they can hang with the No. 18 Hokies but history says that’ll be tough.

AW: Va. Tech, 42-7; TM: Va. Tech, 42-14; BH: Va. Tech, 38-14; GF: Va. Tech, 45-13; MP: Va. Tech, 49-13.

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