STORY & PHOTOS -- Smyrna High School defeated Newark Charter 26-12 to win the Unified Flag Football State Championship Saturday at Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware.
Smyrna High School defeated Newark Charter 26-12 to win the Unified Flag Football State Championship Saturday at Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware. Unified teams include players with and without disabilities playing together.
Smyrna opened the scoring when quarterback Jakir Hampton scrambled before throwing to Sara Miller in the end zone to put the Eagles up 6-0.
After Newark Charter tied the game, Hampton ran for a touchdown just before halftime for the Eagles. Smyrna added the two-point conversion on a pass from Hampton to Ishmael Reynolds for a 14-6 advantage.
In the third quarter, Smyrna extended the lead to 20-6 after Hampton tossed his second touchdown pass of the day, this time to Keith Demby.
Newark Charter cut the lead back to eight, but Hampton’s second rushing score of the day late in the fourth quarter helped Smyrna pull away for good.
Smyrna finished the regular season with a 5-1 mark, before moving onto the playoffs where they defeated Caesar Rodney 21-6 in the opening round and Seaford 51-32 to advance to the championship game for the second straight season. Last year, the Eagles fell to Newark Charter, but this year the Eagles came out on top in the rematch.
“The kids on our team have developed a bond with one another that goes deeper than just sports,” said Smyrna Coach Andrew Mears in an earlier interview. “Our team is a perfect example of how unified sports creates the true feeling of a team.”