The Caesar Rodney High School football team’s defense put its best effort of the season on the field last weekend for its second conference win.
After losing its final two non-conference games in weeks three and four this season, the Caesar Rodney High School football team seems to have gotten itself back on the right track the last two weeks.
The Riders (4-2, 2-0) have stormed into their Henlopen Conference portion of the schedule, winning their first two games, most recently against Milford High School (1-5, 1-0), 26-9, Oct. 15, the Buccaneers’ homecoming game.
The win has CR sitting undefeated in its conference so far, joining Dover High School (5-1, 2-0) as the only Henlopen team without a blemish on its record.
Sussex Tech (4-2, 3-1) and Sussex Central (3-3, 2-1) are nipping at the heels of both those teams, with Central coming to CR this weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.
Rider Head Coach Mike Schonewolf said the parity is bringing intense pressure with each game, a pressure his team is embracing and is a testament to its successes so far.
“The better you do the more pressure that’s on each game, and we welcome that,” Schonewolf said. “For our players to get to experience that as part of growing up, it’s incredibly exciting. I’m glad, happy and thankful that we’ve got ourselves in a position where it’s like this.”
If the Riders are to keep their Henlopen record perfect, they’ll have to do so by shutting down junior running back Brandon Lewis, the Golden Knights’ top weapon.
To do that, Schonewolf said, the defense is going to have to get several players to the ball and gang tackle Lewis, because one man isn’t enough to bring him down.
“He’s an explosive running back and they have the linemen to run the ball effectively,” he said. “They also play a tough style of defensive football.”
Even though the Knights are sitting at .500 overall right now, Schonewolf said they are a much tougher team than their record indicates.
The Milford win marks the first time this season the Riders have held an opposing
team to under 20 points, a trend they’ll look to continue this week.
Senior running back/linebacker Miles Hunter said the defense rededicated itself in practice last week because it was frustrated with how many points it was allowing.
The hard work, Hunter said, paid off against the Bucs and should continue to do so the final four weeks of the season.
“I guess we’re just motivated at practice to not have teams score that many points on us,” he said. “It was a good thing to have that game.”
WHO Caesar Rodney High School (4-2, 2-0) vs. Sussex Central High School (3-3, 2-1)
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22
WHERE Rider Stadium, 239 Old North Road, Camden
Email Brian Citino at firstname.lastname@example.org