The Smyrna High School football team tamed the Panthers 46-0 Friday night on the road to finish the regular season 8-2 overall and 6-0 in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division. State tournament seedings will be announced Sunday.
The Smyrna High School football team tamed the Panthers 46-0 Friday night on the road to finish the regular season 8-2 overall and 6-0 in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division.
The two-time defending state champion Eagles overcame an 0-2 start this season and have reeled off eight straight wins in capturing their third straight division title.
The night started on a sour note, however, as Smyrna's Will Knight hurt his ankle in the first quarter and didn't play the rest of the game.
Stephen Whaley stepped up and gave the Eagles the first quarter lead on a six-yard touchdown run. Keshaun Tolbert's ran for the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.
In the second quarter, Whaley scored again on a seven-yard run and bulled into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Then Smyrna started to pull away when Akil Garrett Jr. intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards to the end zone. Tolbert's two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 24-0 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Smyrna's defense provided another spark when Jeremy D'Aguiar picked off a Polytech pass and ran 40-yards for a touchdown for a 30-0 advantage. The two-point conversion failed.
Then Whaley struck again, his third touchdown of the game, on a five-yard run. He added the two-point conversion to put Smyrna up 38-0.
In the fourth quarter, Aiden Sanchez ran 11 yards for a touchdown and then passed to Ron Jackson for the two-point conversion.
NEXT GAME: The Division I state football tournament seedings are scheduled to be announced Sunday.
Middletown (10-0) is expected to be the top seed in the six-team tournament.
If the Eagles are seeded second, they will receive a first-round bye when the tournament starts Nov. 17 and 18 for the teams seeded third through sixth. Then Smyrna will play in the semifinals either Nov. 24 or 25.
Some of the other top teams in Division I include Sussex Central (8-2), Hodgson (8-2), Caesar Rodney (7-3), William Penn (6-4), Salesianum (6-4) and Polytech (6-4).