On paper, this game already looked like a mismatch -- third-ranked West Delaware has rolled through its first four opponents by an average of 28 points a game, whereas the once-proud Crestwood Cadets have lost their first four by an average of 32 points.
It was homecoming for West Delaware, and the Hawks came with talons out. It was a packed house, standing room only.
WD scored early and often. Coy Roussell started things off with a carry into the end zone, putting 6 points on the board.
Crestwood struggled, but #2 Tristan Bohr put the team on his back, playing quarterback, returning punts and kicking. There were some good hits on defense from the Cadets as well.
Hawks answer though, and loudly. Midway through the first quarter, Brent Lammers hit Austin Bishop with a bullet pass in coverage, and was dragged down. That brought them within striking distance, and Lammers ran it in. Cadets were down 18-0.
WD fans were going crazy, and the noise seemed to get to the Cadets. They suffered a string of fumbles and incomplete passes.
The WD defense was there to play, too. After a wobbly pass, Austin Bishop had a huge pick.
Lammers consistently hit Max Ridneour for big gains, keeping it in the family -- the pair are apparently cousins.
Then late in the second quarter, what I'm calling the play of the game -- a deep it throw to Ridneour under coverage. While falling backwards, he tipped it up... and reeled it. The kid has hands like velcro!
It was big plays like that that kept the Hawks going, conquering the Cadets 53-0.