St. Georges raced past Woodbridge 37-21 Friday night in a DIAA D-2 semifinal football game played at Appoquinimink High School.
St. Georges young and exciting football team scored a convincing 37-21 victory over Woodbridge in the semi-final round of the DIAA D-2 state championship tournament Friday night at Appoquinimink High School.
The victory propelled the Hawks to their first-ever title game next weekend against Hodgson.
"It's been six years of varsity football, and now we're in the state championship," said St. Georges Head Coach J.D. Maull. "That's a great accomplishment for the kids, past players, the administration and the faculty."
As they have been all season, the Selby brothers, Taronn and Keyjaun, were instrumental to the Hawks victory.
Taronn, "Scooter" Selby accounted for 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Keyjuan, "Deuce", rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Fullback Logan Gilbert also rushed for 90 yards, while Tymiere Griffin played sparingly after sustaining an injury recently. Receiver Jiare Hicks caught two touchdown passes to add to the offense.
"We have a great line, we couldn't run the way we do without them," said Taronn Selby. When asked about the upcoming title game, he responded, "I'm excited. Man, it's a dream come true. We worked hard all summer and all season for this moment, and it's here now."
St. Georges exploded for 24 points in the first half. The initial score came on a 34-yard field goal by Patrick King at the 7:15 mark of the first quarter, on the Hawks' first possession. On their next possession, Deuce Selby scored on a one-yard plunge to boost the score to 10-0.
The rushing onslaught continued in the second quarter as Taronn Selby scored on a short run with 1:36 remaining until halftime. Then, after a critical Blue Raider turnover, Hawk quarterback Zach Wright tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jiare Hicks with 35.4 seconds left for a 24-0 lead at the half.
Woodbridge finally got rolling in the third quarter. Quarterback Logan Wescott tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Terryon Witkowski to finish a 61-yard, eight-play drive. Several plays later, the Blue Raiders defense hit pay dirt as Anthony Jefferson grabbed a fumble and raced 52 yards for a score to close the gap to 24-14.
As determined as Woodbridge was to get back into the game, the Hawks showed determination and resilience to not let down after giving up two quick scores.
"Coach (Maull) told us to keep our heads up. We can't get complacent," said Deuce Selby. We had to keep going, just keep it going."
The Hawks offense got going again, as Scooter Selby on a 14-yard touchdown run with 9:50 left in the game to build the lead to 31-14. On their next possession, the Hawks would essentially put the game out of reach, as Hicks scored his second touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Wright to gain a 37-14 advantage with only 8:09 left on the scoreboard in regulation.
Woodbridge would score the final points of the game when Ricky Rayford picked up a fumble and raced 42 yards for a touchdown with 4:36 remaining, but St. Georges ran out the clock in the closing minutes to the jubilation of their fans, who packed the stands.