The Caesar Rodney High School football team suffered its first defeat of the season Sept. 24 when it hosted Salesianum School, the same school that ousted the Riders from the playoffs a year ago.

The last time the Salesianum School and Caesar Rodney High School football team’s saw each other, the Sals were completing a 17-14 victory in the semifinals of the Division I playoffs, en route to a state championship.

Running back Ryan Kilpatrick scored twice in that game for Sallies, so when the two teams clashed again Sept. 24 at Rider Stadium, CR was hoping for a little redemption.

That, however, did not come, as Kilpatrick continued to give the Rider defense fits, scoring three touchdowns to lead the Sals (3-0) to a 26-13 victory.

Sallies was battling from behind early in the contest as CR (2-1, 0-0) opened the scoring when junior running back Dermaih Gibbs broke for a 54-yard rushing score just 1:17 into the game.

On the ensuing possession for the Sals, however, Kilpatrick started his big night, scoring from five yards out to give his team a 7-6 lead.

The two teams traded possessions the remainder of the half, with neither offense establishing any momentum, until Caesar Rodney senior quarterback Seth McFall fumbled a snap on his own 26-yard line that was recovered by the Sals late in the second half.

Senior quarterback Jonathan Godwin connected with senior wide receiver Rickey Bell for a 26-yard scoring pass to send Sallies into the locker room at halftime with a 20-6 lead.

The late score gave Salesianum momentum heading into the second half, as Kilpatrick scored on a 65-yard run with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Riders tacked on one more touchdown from senior fullback Miles Hunter from 35-yards out on the ground midway through the fourth quarter, but the Sals run game controlled the clock and secured the win.

CR will look to rebound next weekend when it hosts Loyola-Blakefield School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

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