The Caesar Rodney Riders won their third game in a row Friday night, defeating Polytech 55-10 in CR’s homecoming game.
The Riders scored in nearly every way possible on Friday night, putting 42 points on the board in the first half.
Leading off the scoring in the first quarter was Naquan Watkins, who found the end zone on the ground from 9-yards out to give CR a 7-0 lead. The Riders’ defense would strike for two scores, first a Dean Johnson 26-yard interception return for a touchdown, followed by another pick-six this time a 28-yard interception return by Kendall Wicks. After one quarter of play, the Riders were all over the Panthers, 21-0.
The Riders kept their momentum going in the second quarter as Watkins found the end zone once again, breaking free on a 65-yard touchdown to give CR a 28-0 lead.
The Panthers would get on the board, thanks to a Mark Bonnie 35-yard field goal cutting the Rider lead to 28-3. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Rider scoring barrage wasn’t over.
The Riders would post their fifth score of the game from the air when Alex Kemp found Deshawn Schuler for a 52-yard hook up answering the Polytech field goal. CR would add another score before half time, another long touchdown pass from Kemp to Wicks this time from 31-yards out putting the Riders up 42-3 at the break.
The second half was played with a running clock, but the contest was essentially over at half time. Ron Harris and Craig Logan scored for the Riders on the ground, while Matt Williams found the end zone for the Panthers only touchdown of the game from 5-yards out late in the fourth.
For the Panthers, it’s their first taste of defeat under the new regime after starting the season 4-0. Polytech will look to bounce back next week in their homecoming game against an 0-5 Milford Bucs team that fell to Delmar Friday night 17-0. After their match up with Milford next week, the Panthers will finish out their schedule with four straight Henlopen North games.
The Riders are now on a certified roll, winning their third straight game Friday night after dropping their first two games of the season to powerhouse Middletown and Salesianum. Since starting 0-2 the Riders are 3-0 outscoring their opponents 131-51.
Next up for CR is a date with Henlopen North foe the Sussex Central Golden Knights (3-2) who steamrolled Smyrna Friday night 43-6.