Football team tops Dover as sports return to Smyrna High
The Smyrna High School football team’s 40-7 victory Oct. 23 over Dover capped a week in which interscholastic games returned in Delaware for the first time since the winter sports season ended.
Spring school sports were canceled because of the coronavirus.
After approvals by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association and the State Board of Education, school districts were allowed to start fall sports practices Sept. 28, with the first games last week.
The only spectators allowed were two guests per athlete, with no visiting fans allowed at Smyrna High and many other high schools; however, most games are available online either with Facebook or streaming services. For information on those services, see the Smyrna High sports website, eagles-sports.com.
All the fall teams were in action last week for the Eagles, starting with field hockey, volleyball, soccer and unified flag football Oct. 20, followed by cross country Oct. 21.
Football game scoring summary
The Smyrna High School football team started slowly but then rolled over Dover 40-7 at Charles V. Williams Stadium Oct. 23.
After a scoreless first quarter, Dover struck first, capping a drive with a one-yard run and extra point kick for a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles responded before halftime with a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aidan Sanchez to Devin Smith. The two-point conversion run by Wayne Knight gave Smyrna an 8-7 lead.
Then in the third quarter, Smyrna scored three touchdowns to take control of the game.
Wayne Knight started the attack, racing 80 yards to the end zone, followed by a two-point conversion run by Sanchez to make the score 16-7.
Next, Devin Demoe caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez, and Wayne Knight ran for the two-point conversion for a 24-7 advantage.
Then Sanchez passed to Dominick Galban for a 35-yard TD, followed by Yamir Knight’s two-point conversion and a 32-7 cushion.
In the fourth quarter, Yamir Knight caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez, and Wayne Knight ran for the two-point conversion for the final score in the 40-7 victory.
Next game: Friday, Oct. 30 at Cape Henlopen, 7 p.m.