The Delmar Wildcats wrapped up an improbable run to the Division II State Championship as the No. 8 seed, fighting past No. 4 Milford 14-7 Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.
Delmar broke a 7-7 tie as the first half expired and rode a strong defensive effort the rest of the way for their Division II record seventh state title.
In what amounted to a defensive battle, the Wildcats made just enough plays to hold off the Buccaneers who were looking for their first state title since 2008.
The Wildcats opened the scoring Saturday night on a Te’Shawn Dennard 58-yard touchdown run on an option play just over two minutes into the game.
Trailing 7-0, the Buccaneers responded in the opening seconds of the second quarter on a 1-yard run by quarterback Tayone’ Matthews, capping off a drive that began in latter have of the first quarter thanks to big plays by running back DJ Bowman and wideout Tyron Mifflin.
With just seconds to go in the half, Jacob VonArx fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to Carson Phillips as the half expired, giving the Wildcats a 14-7 lead at the break.
VonArx and freshman Dante Trader split time behind center throughout the second half for the Wildcats as they looked to keep the Bucs guessing. Milford had an answer for Delmar’s offense in the second half, keeping them off the scoreboard the rest of the way. However, the Wildcat’s defense was also up for the challenge, stymying the Bucs’ offense at every turn. Delmar made several defensive stops and takeaways in the second half, including an interception and a turnover-on-downs in the waning seconds of the game.