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Extra Points – November 11, 2016

Moore goes for 22 yards in loss to Wesley

The Salisbury University football team lost their second game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, falling to Wesley College 44-27.

Indian River High School graduate and Salisbury senior Aaron Moore rushed for 22 yards on two carries in the matchup, also returning one kick for 19 yards.

Tripple Overtime: There’s a ‘Back to the Future’ Cubs’ conspiracy even though now technically the future is kind of the past

Theoretical physics. Rubik’s cubes. Where exactly “the Cloud” is. Whether Cobb’s totem stopped spinning or no at the end of the movie “Inception” featuring Jason Gordon-Levitz (“Snowden,” “Third Rock from the Sun”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?,” pretty much every Martin Scorsese movie ever made) and also the movie’s entire not-so-basic plot, too.

Indians battle Tech, finish with first winning record since 2011

Mumford, Cannatelli leave legacy

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Shelby Cannatelli, left, and Sami Mumford, right, after their final game for the Indians on Thursday, Oct. 27.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Seniors Shelby Cannatelli, left, and Sami Mumford, right, after their final game for the Indians on Thursday, Oct. 27.Headed into the fifth and final set tied with Sussex Tech 2-2 on Thursday, Oct. 26, it finally dawned on Indian River High School senior middle hitter Sami Mumford: this could be the last volleyball set of her career.

“It just kind of hit me,” said Mumford of taking the court for what would end up being the final time in green and gold after getting some added motivation from the signature “Here we go!” call from her father, Todd Mumford, echoing throughout the gymnasium.

“It just really set in that this could be the last match I’ll ever play. I had to go all out because I didn’t want to have any regrets.”

After battling back from a 2-1 set deficit before taking the fourth set, 25-18, the Indians would go on to fall to the Ravens 15-13 in the fifth set and see their playoff hopes all but fade away.

Cordrey’s game-winner sends IR hockey past Dover, playoffs pending

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Freshman forward Rylie Cordrey puts her signature move on a Dover defender.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: Freshman forward Rylie Cordrey puts her signature move on a Dover defender.It was a play that they had been through before.

In fact, during practice the previous day, Indian River High School head field hockey coach Jodi Stone and assistant coach Molly Chamberlin had their squad going through it for nearly an hour straight.

But practice made perfect when the Indians hosted Dover on Saturday, Oct. 29, and when freshman midfielder Kaylee “K-Hall” Hall made her way down the field and through three Dover defenders late in the second half, setting up the exact same play they had been working on the day previous.

After breaking free of blue jerseys, Hall would drove a pass towards the front of the cage where senior forward Madi McGee and Rylie Cordrey were waiting for their chance, and Cordrey knocked in the shot on the back door before the Dover keeper could get to the post to put the Indians up 1-0 on what would eventually end up the game-winner.

“The goal was just a textbook play — we practiced break-a-ways for a solid hour in practice yesterday,” said Chamberlin after the game. “K-Hall dribbled down, Madi knew to run right to goal — she was there to stop it before the goalie did and Rylie one-touched it in.”

G-Mart goes for 200 yards, four TDs in loss

Special to the Coastal Point • Karen McCormick: Senior running back George ‘G-Mart’ Martin cuts back before a halfback pass against Delmar on Friday. Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.Special to the Coastal Point • Karen McCormick: Senior running back George ‘G-Mart’ Martin cuts back before a halfback pass against Delmar on Friday. Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats.Facing their third straight undefeated Henlopen South opponent, the Indian River High School football team dropped their third straight Henlopen South game in a 47-28 loss to Delmar on Friday, Oct. 28.

After falling behind 6-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run from Delmar junior running back Brooks Parker in the first quarter, the Indians would tie the game on a 4-yard touchdown run from their own bell-cow, senior running back George “G-Mart” Martin, before senior kicker Andrew White’s extra point gave IR a 7-6 advantage.

That would be the Indians’ only lead of the game after another touchdown run from Parker in the second quarter — this time from 5 yards out — and a seven yard touchdown through the air from senior quarterback Jimmy Adkins to senior running back Isaac Austin just before the break.

Martin would go on to finish with a career day, running for three more touchdowns in the second half on his way to a 200-yard, four-touchdown performance on 33 carries.

‘The Thin Green Line’

Brotherhood bigger than size for IR offensive line

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, junior RT Cortez Tull, senior RG Zion Howard, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior LG Michael Cedano, and senior LT Griffin McCormick have paved the way for more than 1,500 rushing yards this season.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: From left, junior RT Cortez Tull, senior RG Zion Howard, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior LG Michael Cedano, and senior LT Griffin McCormick have paved the way for more than 1,500 rushing yards this season.Averaging out at just under 6-feet tall, 220-pounds, you might deem the offensive line for the Indian River High School football team as slightly “undersized.”

Since the start of the season, they’ve consistently gone up against lineman tipping the scales at weights more typically seen at the NFL Scouting Combine, facing all 300-pounds of Cape Henlopen DT Robert Mitchell and Woodbridge senior DT Brian Ireland, among others.

At 245-pounds, even Cape junior running back Kolbi Wright packs on more poundage than nearly every IR starting lineman aside from junior tackle Cortez Tull.

But for “The Thin Green Line” of senior left tackle Griffin McCormick, senior left guard Michael Cedano, junior center Michael Corcoran, senior right guard Zion Howard, and Tull at right tackle, size doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to production.

“We’re a family,” Corcoran, who at 6-foot-2, 240-pounds touts the unit’s largest frame after Tull at 6-foot-2, 260-pounds, tried to explain their success. “We’re a unit. We’re not five individuals — we’re one unit.”

Extra Points – November 4, 2016

Beam caps freshman campaign, Spiders miss out on A-10 Tournament

The Richmond Spiders women’s soccer team wrapped up their 2016 season at 9-9-1 overall and 4-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, after a 3-1 win over St. Bonaventure on Thursday, Oct. 27, and 1-0 loss in overtime to VCU on Sunday, Oct. 30.

‘The Baron’ to hold informational Pickleball Paddle Clinic Nov. 12

Local pickleball patriarch and “Ocean View Crew” frontman Vaughn “The Baron” Baker will lead a Pickleball Paddle Clinic at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 12.

A session at 4 p.m. and another beginning at 6 p.m. will be offered, with each limited to 24 participants and costing $5 to sign up. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the First State Pickleball Club.

Indians to take on Sussex Central for HAC Championship

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The IR soccer seniors were honored with their families during a ceremony before the Woodbridge game on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The IR soccer seniors were honored with their families during a ceremony before the Woodbridge game on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Trending upward.

It’s a phrase often used by Indian River High School head soccer coach Steve Kilby when one of his teams is approaching the playoffs.

It’s also the case as the Indians gear up for a rematch against Sussex Central and a chance at a second consecutive Henlopen Conference title on Monday, Nov. 7.

Despite back to back losses last week, the Indians still look to be “trending upwards” after getting edged by Division 1 powerhouse Charter School (11-2-1) on a penalty kick on Saturday, Oct. 29, and then falling to nationally-ranked Salesianum (13-1-1) on yet another game-deciding penalty kick in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

That’s seven!

Indians clinch seventh straight South title with three straight South wins

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River High School junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez and Sussex Academy sophomore defender Matthew Berdini go for a header on Thursday, Oct. 20.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Indian River High School junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez and Sussex Academy sophomore defender Matthew Berdini go for a header on Thursday, Oct. 20.The Indian River High School soccer team earned their seventh straight Henlopen South title last week, after racking up three straight division wins, over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge.

“To be able to win consecutive division championships is a big thing,” said head coach Steve Kilby of the first checkmark off the team’s “short list” for the season.

“The competition is getting better in the division; it’s more of a challenge. Our guys have to keep their intensity and their focus up.”

After regrouping from their first loss of the season, against Worcester Prep on Saturday, Oct. 15, the rising division competition showed when the Indians took on Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20, falling behind 1-0 before a goal from IR junior midfielder Wilberth Gomez tied the game in 70th minute, and freshman Jared Cordoba tacked on the game winner on an assist from senior forward Mikie Mochiam in the 75th minute, for the 2-1 win.

IR hockey ready for playoffs after win over St. Thomas More

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Madi McGee and senior forward Lexi Haden move the ball up field against St. Thomas More on Thursday, Oct. 20.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Madi McGee and senior forward Lexi Haden move the ball up field against St. Thomas More on Thursday, Oct. 20.The Indian River High School field hockey team is looking primed for their first playoff appearance since 2005, after securing their ninth win of the season and taking down St. Thomas More 8-0 on Thursday, Oct. 20.

“It’s very exciting to see the program from where we started four years ago, to where we are now,” said head coach Jodi Stone after the win.

“The girls are doing everything that we’ve asked them to do. That’s why they’re in the position that they’re in. They’re working really hard.”

After struggling to get anything going offensively early on in the game, it was senior forward Lexi Haden who got the Indians on the board first in that matchup, knocking in her first of four goals on the day on an assist from sophomore Keirstyn Hassler.

Raider Burn

Indians blanked by No. 1-ranked Woodbridge

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman quarterback Jalen Snead under pressure from a Blue Raider defender.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Freshman quarterback Jalen Snead under pressure from a Blue Raider defender.Headed into Friday’s game against No. 1-ranked Woodbridge, Indian River High School head football coach Phil Townsend knew that his team would need to play nearly perfectly to pull off an upset and keep their Henlopen South title hopes in reach.

Unfortunately for Townsend and his squad, however, they didn’t.

“We knew going in that Woodbridge would be a really talented team,” said Townsend of the 48-0 Homecoming loss.

“Against teams like this, you’ve got to be flawless and, unfortunately, we weren’t. We had some penalties and made some mistakes in the first half — it’s hard to come back from that when you’re playing a team like them.”

The woes started early, when Woodbridge senior running back Terrique Riddick ran for his first of three touchdowns on the night, by way of a 23-yard handoff on the Blue Raiders’ first possession.

Riddick would add his next score on the next possession and after the Indians struggled to get anything going offensively, that time punching it in from 2 yards out, to push the lead to 14-0.

The All-Conference back wasn’t finished there, ripping off a 75-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as the Blue Raiders rolled to 33-0 halftime lead.

IR football aiming to spoil Delmar’s Senior Night, title hopes

Coming off a Homecoming loss to Woodbridge, the Indian River High School football team will hit the road on Friday, Oct. 28, looking to take down Delmar on what will be the Wildcats’ Senior Night.

At 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Henlopen South, Delmar still holds Henlopen South title hopes, with division matchups against IR, Milford (7-0, 3-0) and Woodbridge (7-0, 3-0) still left to play.

This year, the Wildcats are again led by senior signal caller Jimmy Adkins, who was a Second-Team All-Conference selection at quarterback and First-Team All-Conference selection as a punter in 2015.

Recently, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound Adkins was instrumental in 28-14 come-from-behind win over Archmere Academy on Saturday, Oct. 15, scoring once on the ground on a QB sneak, and twice through the air, on strikes from 69 and 39 yards out.

SMS volleyball takes down Millsboro on Recognition Night

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Selbyville Middle School and Millsboro Middle School volleyball teams gather after their match on Monday, Oct. 24.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Selbyville Middle School and Millsboro Middle School volleyball teams gather after their match on Monday, Oct. 24.It was — as Selbyville Middle School volleyball head coach Sally Craig and assistant coaches Lisa Stetler and Bill Croal would put it — bittersweet.

While the team got the 2-0 win over Millsboro on Monday, Oct. 24, they also said goodbye to the eighth-grade class — many of whom had helped launch the program as seventh-graders last season — during the Indians’ final home game and on what was their Eighth-Grade Recognition Night.

“This group — it’s a special group of girls,” said Craig after the win. “They’re very dedicated and very disciplined. We leave every day with smiles on our face.”

“To have that many girls in eighth grade that we’ve connect with that are going to move up, it’s kind of bittersweet. They’ve grown so much,” added Stetler. “You can have the worst day at work and then come to practice, and just end up having the best day.”

Extra Points – October 28, 2016

First State Pickleball Club to hold advanced clinic

The First State Pickleball Club announced this week that the club will hold a clinic geared toward advanced play on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Moore named ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Special to the Coastal Point • Paul Jacko: Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior Aaron Moore gets ready for a return against Rowan on Saturday, Oct. 8.Special to the Coastal Point • Paul Jacko: Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior Aaron Moore gets ready for a return against Rowan on Saturday, Oct. 8.Indian River High School graduate and current Salisbury University senior running back Aaron Moore was named the ECAC South Special Teams Player of the Week last week, coming off his standout performance against William Patterson on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Moore put the Sea Gulls up 7-0 in that matchup, after taking the opening kickoff return 80 yards for a touchdown.

The return TD was Moore’s first of his career and the second time that Salisbury has taken the opening kick back for a score this season — the first having come in the home opener against Albright College on Saturday, Sept. 2, on a return from sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland.

Moore would go on to score his second touchdown on the day on a handoff from 5 yards out, to put the Sea Gulls up 63-19 in the third quarter and on their way to an eventual 77-19 victory.

On the season, after the game against William Patterson, Moore was averaging 34.4 yards per return and had three total touchdowns.

IR volleyball still hoping for playoffs after fourth straight win

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Junior Mckenzie Johnson sets up a shot for sophomore Julia Jordan during the Indians’ 3-0 win at Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Junior Mckenzie Johnson sets up a shot for sophomore Julia Jordan during the Indians’ 3-0 win at Sussex Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20.It’s been one of their goals all season: Finish with the first winning record for Indian River High School volleyball since 2011.

Second-year head coach Jim Barnes and his squad accomplished that goal last week, racking up wins over Sussex Academy, Seaford and Woodbridge to improve to 8-6 on the season and to guarantee a winning record, with one game against Sussex Tech, on Thursday, Oct. 27, still left to go.

“That was one of our main goals this season, was to have a winning record, which is a good feeling going into Thursday,” said Barnes early this week. “We’re working on establishing a winning tradition. We’re moving forward, we’re moving in the right direction, but I’m still not satisfied with where we are. We’re good; we could be better.”

IR cross-country gearing up for championship after last home meet

Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: From left, senior Sydney Messick, sophomore Tony Velasquez, senior Lindsey Grow, junior Olivia Garvey and senior David Clark gather during Wednesday’s meet against Milford and Lake Forest.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: From left, senior Sydney Messick, sophomore Tony Velasquez, senior Lindsey Grow, junior Olivia Garvey and senior David Clark gather during Wednesday’s meet against Milford and Lake Forest.The Indian River High School cross-country team is getting ready for the Sussex County championships after recognizing their seniors during their final home meet of the season, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The Indians hosted Henlopen South rivals Lake Forest and Milford in a tri-meet on what was their Senior Night, with the boys’ team falling to Lake 45-17 and Milford 44-17, and the girls’ getting the win over Lake 23-32, but going down to South champion Milford 38-17.

Despite their teams being edged by the Bucs for the title for the second straight year, both boys’ head coach Maj. Frank Ryman and girls’ head coach Katie Ryman said they were encouraged by their teams’ performances headed into the Sussex County championships.

“I hate to lose them,” said Frank Ryman of the senior class. “There’s some real talent on the girls’ side.

“I hate to see Sydney [Messick] and Maddie [Hogsten] and Lindsey [Grow] go, because our girls’ team is really shining. That’s OK — they need to move on so the others can rise up and follow in their footsteps.”

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Indians bested by Bucs, South hopes still alive

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore fullback Jacob Anderson breaks to the outside after a handoff against Milford on Friday, Oct. 14.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Sophomore fullback Jacob Anderson breaks to the outside after a handoff against Milford on Friday, Oct. 14.Jacob Anderson set the tone early, when he returned the opening kickoff 85 yards and all the way to the house for a score.

That put the Indian River High School football team up 7-0 on undefeated Milford.

But the Bucs would bounce back and set their own tone on their own ensuing drive on Oct. 14, when senior fullback Dominyc Hovington found the end zone on a 16-yard run, the two-point conversion giving Milford an 8-7 lead that they would never relinquish on their way to a 52-15 Homecoming win and 6-0 start to the season.

While the Indians dropped to 2-4 overall on the season, at 2-1 in the Henlopen South and with three division matchups left to go, their playoff hopes are far from foiled.

IR hockey falls to Cape, playoff hopes still bright

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Lexi Haden moves past Cape defenders during a game on Tuesday, Oct. 18.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR senior forward Lexi Haden moves past Cape defenders during a game on Tuesday, Oct. 18.Headed into the half tied at 0-0 under the lights at Cape Henlopen, the Indian River High School field hockey team was facing another 30 minutes on the turf with no subs.

But after battling the highly-touted Vikings without giving up a score midway through the second half as well, the two programs’ mismatched numbers showed as the Indians began to wear down and Cape tallied five goals in the final 16 minutes, to pull off a 5-0 win.

“They’re a very well-orchestrated team. They have an awesome feeder program, they’re very well coached, and they have the depth, so they can just roll in fresh legs. We just didn’t have the depth,” explained IR head coach Jodi Stone.

To make matters worse, the Indians were without defensive leader Sammi Whelen for the matchup, who was out with a minor injury and expected to be back in the lineup soon.

IR football to face No. 1-ranked Woodbridge for Homecoming

The Indian River High School football team will face one of their toughest tests since the start of the season this Friday night, when No. 1-ranked Woodbridge comes to town for what will be the Indians’ Homecoming game.

The 6-0 Blue Raiders are 2-0 in the Henlopen South and coming off their third straight shutout and a 54-0 win over Seaford (1-5, 0-3) on Friday, Oct. 14.

This year, they’re again led under center by sophomore quarterback Troy Haynes. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound signal-caller managed touchdowns through the air and on the ground last year in what was the Blue Raiders’ own Homecoming game, during a 34-0 win over the Indians after the game had gone into halftime scoreless.

First-Team All-Conference running back Terrique Reddick has again been the Blue Raiders’ bell cow for his senior campaign, joined by senior running back Anwain Holden, who poses a threat as a return man as well, and recently returned a 73-yard kick for a touchdown against Lake Forest on Monday, Oct. 3.

Indians take on Sussex Academy, CR, Poly

Sussex Academy’s Helou sets new course record

The Indian River High School cross-country team took on Sussex Academy, Caesar Rodney and Polytech during a quad-meet held at Polytech on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The Riders won the day, with both the boys’ and girls’ squads sweeping the meet and racking up three wins each.

Beam named A-10 Rookie of the Week… again

Photo courtesy • Richmond Athletics: Richmond freshman and Indian River High School grad Brooke Beam makes her way through UMass defenders in a game earlier this season.Photo courtesy • Richmond Athletics: Richmond freshman and Indian River High School grad Brooke Beam makes her way through UMass defenders in a game earlier this season.For the second time this season, former Indian River High School Top XI selection and reigning Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year Brooke Beam has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week during her freshman campaign for the University of Richmond women’s soccer team.

Beam scored the game-winning goal for the Spiders in a 2-1 win over Rhode Island on Sunday, Oct. 9, and helped hold St. Louis to just nine shots in a 1-0 loss on Thursday, Oct. 6.

“Brooke is a very talented player who has shown steady improvement while adapting to the speed and power of A-10 soccer,” said head coach Peter Albright of the freshman midfielder.

Extra Points – October 21, 2016

Jarmon gets carry, catch in UD football loss to Maine

Indian River High School graduate, former state Gatorade Player of the Year and current University of Delaware sophomore Jamie Jarmon was back in action during the University of Delaware football team’s matchup against the University of Maine on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Tripple Overtime: Stranger things: I ain’t scared of no buzzard (I’m actually terrified, LOL)

If you know one thing about me, it’s that I’m scared of birds. But also, after catching a few episodes of the show “Stranger Things” on Netflix, and since, apparently, I’m, like, 6, I’m also pretty scared of the dark (ghosts, aliens, demogorgons messing with my soul, Democrats messing with voting ballots, etc.).

Buzzard-beater!

Indians short-circuit Ravens after pre-game ‘fowl’

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR Senior Mikie Mochiam tries to get past Tech senior midfielder Bryant Vazquez Castillo during Tuesday's game.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR Senior Mikie Mochiam tries to get past Tech senior midfielder Bryant Vazquez Castillo during Tuesday's game.It was the game that almost didn’t happen.

Just hours before the opening draw of the Indian River and Sussex Tech high school soccer match on Tuesday, Oct. 11, IR Athletic Director Todd Fuhrmann found a dead buzzard near the soccer field. Then, he found that the stadium lights didn’t work.

With a 7 p.m. start time, no lights meant no game, so Fuhrmann placed a call to Delmarva Power, who made a special trip out to IR to get things working just before the opening whistle.

“We just want to thank Delmarva [Power] and the people that make sure these lights came on for this game tonight,” said Fuhrmann. “We wouldn’t have been able to play tonight without them.”

IR hockey starts 7-1 with wins over Central, Seaford

‘Quiet Storm’ getting louder

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR freshman Rylie Cordrey and senior Erin Haden look to knock in a shot against Central keeper Morgan Burton.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: IR freshman Rylie Cordrey and senior Erin Haden look to knock in a shot against Central keeper Morgan Burton.Just past the halfway mark in the 2016 season, the Indian River High School field hockey team already finds themselves only one win shy of ensuring their first winning record since current IR assistant coach Molly Chamberlin was rocking No. 12 instead of a pair of sunglasses and a whistle.

With a 3-0 win over Sussex Central on Thursday, Oct. 6, and 5-0 win over Seaford on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Indians are off to a 7-1 start — their best in more than a decade.

“Things are coming together. Things are clicking,” said IR head coach Jodi Stone, who inherited a 2-13 team in 2013 with intentions of turning the program around, and who has since led the Indians to records of 5-9-1 in 2014 and 5-8-2 in 2015, under the handle she and her squad gave the team: “The Quiet Storm.”

White’s last-minute field goal lifts Indians past Bulldogs

<strong>Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert</strong> Junior wide receiver Ja’Vonta Briddell lunges toward the end zone after hauling in a pass from Jalen Snead to set up Andrew White’s game-winning field goal.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert Junior wide receiver Ja’Vonta Briddell lunges toward the end zone after hauling in a pass from Jalen Snead to set up Andrew White’s game-winning field goal.It was the situation that IR senior Andrew White had been waiting for, as field goal kickers often do.

Less than a minute to go. The Indians down 22-21 and within striking distance. His chance to seal the game for his squad.

While White would eventually drill a 26-yarder with 00:21 ticks to go, to give the Indians a 24-22 lead and the eventual division win over Laurel, the storybook ending had had all the makings of a tragedy when he had attempted a 46-yard shot on fourth down just four plays prior.

“On the first one, it seemed like the perfect storm,” White explained of his first attempt. “Everything went wrong — the snap was off, I wasn’t set, I slipped in the mud — but on the second one, it was a second chance.”

IR football to face undefeated Milford for Bucs' Homecoming

Someone’s “0” has got to go when the Indian River High School football team takes on Milford this Friday night, with both teams currently undefeated in the Henlopen South.

The Bucs are off to an undefeated non-division start as well, sporting a 5-0 overall record with wins over Red Lion, Delaware Military Academy, St. Andrews School, Conrad and Seaford under second-year head coach Shaun Strickland.

Strickland led Milford to a 6-4 record in 2015, just a season after inheriting a 1-9 team.

Returning this year as the team’s prime playmaker is junior running back David Bowman, who’s coming off a First-Team All-Conference sophomore season in 2015 and a four-touchdown performance against Seaford during a 52-8 division win on Friday, Oct. 7.

The 5-foot-5, 150-pound tailback also ran for three touchdowns and over the century mark in a 42-13 win over Conrad the previous week, and lines up at strong safety on defense.

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