The Caesar Rodney Riders powered past the Milford Buccaneers, 28-0 behind three rushing touchdowns by CR’s LeVan Wells Friday night.


The Caesar Rodney Riders powered past the Milford Buccaneers, 28-0 behind three rushing touchdowns by CR’s LeVan Wells Friday night.

In a first half dominated by defense, the second half was the polar opposite. There was no scoring in the first half, due to strong defense and mistakes by both sides.

The Bucs fumbled away a golden opportunity to put themselves ahead going into the half.  Milford’s Marqueise Mkpuechina was unable to secure the hand-off from the quarterback fumbling the ball away at the goal line with only 25 seconds remaining in the half.  The Riders and Bucs would go into half time deadlocked at 0-0.

In the second half, LeVan Wells struck early for the first of his three touchdowns on a 3-yard touchdown run to put the Riders ahead 7-0. Milford’s Vance Daniels returned the kickoff to midfield, only to have it called back on a Milford holding penalty.

Just a few minutes later, Wells would strike again, this time scoring on a 26-yard rushing touchdown, which put the Riders up 14-0.

The Riders defense was impressive in the second half, led by James Matheus who seemed to constantly be in the Bucs backfield. Matheus made two tackles for losses including a sack during the following series, giving the ball back to the Riders.

Only down 14-0 late in the third quarter, mistakes once again came back to bite the Bucs. Milford lost a fumble on their own 12-yard line, leading to Wells’ third touchdown of the night, making it 21-0 Riders.

CR’s Shaquille Stratton would add yet another touchdown, making the score 28-0 with nine minutes to go in the game.

Milford’s offense just couldn’t get things going in the second half, their running game was stifled which ended any hopes of a rolling-out passing attack. Milford’s defense was strong in the first half, but was eventually worn down by Wells and the CR offense.

The loss puts the Bucs at 1-8 for the season they’ll host Lake Forest next week in their last game of the regular season. While CR improves to 4-5, they’ll take on the Dover Senators next week.