Unified sports bring together students with and without disabilities on the same team.
Smyrna High School hosts Caesar Rodney Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the opening round of the DIAA Unified Flag Football State Tournament at 6 p.m.
Unified sports feature teams of students with and without disabilities, in a partnership of Special Olympics Delaware and the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
The Eagles finished the season 5-1, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the southern bracket, setting up a first-round contest with the No. 4 seeded Riders.
After opening the season with a forfeit win over Laurel, Smyrna won four straight games, first defeating Seaford 33-16, followed by another big win over Woodbridge 44-6, then a 26-14 win over the Riders and a 50-22 win over Cape Henlopen. In the final regular season game, the Eagles were edged by Dover, 32-30.
This year’s roster includes seniors Brandon Clark, Jakir Hampton, Sara Miller and Olyvia Smith, juniors Matthew Bryson, Willek Murphy and Ishmael Reynolds, sophomores Jacob Brock, Keith Demby and Olumuyiwa Salako, and freshmen Jayden Hampton, Amir Lloyd-Wheeler and Tommy Walker, coached by Andrew Mears.
The other first-round game in the southern bracket is between No. 2 Seaford and No. 3 Dover.
The semifinals will be played Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the highest remaining seed, so if Smyrna wins tonight, the Eagles will host Seaford or Dover Nov. 20 at a time to be announced.
In the northern bracket, No. 1 Newark Charter hosts No. 4 William Penn and No. 2 Delcastle welcomes No. 3 McKean in games today.
The winner of the southern bracket will play the winner of the northern bracket Saturday, Dec. 1 at the University of Delaware, in between the Division I and Division II high school football state title games.