So we’ve reached the beginning of the second half of the football season, and there are some surprises, along with the news that most expected.
The biggest surprise to me, thus far, may be Brandywine. The Bulldogs are 4-1 and ranked ninth by The News Journal, seventh by 1290 the Ticket/DIFCA Coaches Poll. Long-suffering Brandywine has given its fans something to cheer about with a 4-1 start, including big wins over St. Elizabeth and Archmere. The Bulldogs will host a homecoming game vs. Mount Pleasant on Monday at 3 p.m. (note the new day and time) before finding out if they belong with the big boys of Division II.
After the Green Knights, Brandywine faces a three-game stretch at No. 1 Hodgson, vs. No. 2 St. Georges and vs. No. 8/6 Howard. The last game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Halloween night at Baynard Stadium. Will it be a trick for the Bulldogs, or a real treat?
I don’t know if Dover should be the Division I surprise. The Senators always have talent but in the past few years have just underachieved. This year, under new coach Dante Jones, they have put it together. After a season-opening loss to Urbana (Md.), No. 4/3 Dover has won four straight, including consecutive wins over ranked foes, No. 5/4 St. Mark’s and No. 7/6 Sussex Tech.
Four of their final five games come against ranked teams, beginning with tonight’s 7:30 tilt at No. 10/7 Cape Henlopen. The Senators are fast and possess one of the state’s best running back tandems in Marcellus Pack and Raekwon Bouges. Makes me wish I could drive to Lewes to see the game.
Click on the link below to preview some games to watch in the second half, beginning tonight (weather permitting).