This week, the surging Polytech Panthers (5-1, 2-0) travel to take on Sussex Central (5-1, 2-1), the Dover Senators (1-5, 0-3) take on the two-time defending state champs Smyrna (4-2, 3-0), Caesar Rodney (3-3, 1-2) takes on Sussex Tech (3-3, 1-2) and Lake Forest (2-4, 1-1) will be at Woodbridge (5-1, 2-1).
Dover v. Smyrna 7 p.m.
After an inauspicious start, losing their first two games of the season, the two-time defending state champion Smyrna Eagles have rounded into form. Winners of four straight, the Eagles look to move to 3-0 against the Henlopen Conference Friday night at Dover. Fresh off a 46-13 win over the previously undefeated Sussex Central Golden Knights, Smyrna matches up against a struggling Dover squad. The Senators sit at 1-5 overall and 0-3 against the Henlopen Conference. They’ve dropped each of their last three games, including a 36-21 loss to Sussex Tech last week.
Polytech @ Sussex Central 7 p.m.
At the beginning of the season, few had this week’s matchup between Sussex Central and Polytech circled on their calendars. However, both teams enter the game at 5-1 overall, with Central holding a 2-1 mark against the conference, while Polytech is still undefeated at 2-0 against the Henlopen. The Golden Knights are coming off their first loss of the season, falling to Smyrna, 46-13, after winning their first five games. They’ll look to bounce against Polytech who have won five straight games after dropping their opener to A.I. duPont. The Panthers are coming off a 21-7 homecoming win over Laurel last week.
Sussex Tech v. Caesar Rodney 7 p.m.
After a slow start, dropping their first two games of the season, the Sussex Tech Ravens have won three of their last four games, including a 36-21 win over Dover last week. They’ll look to improve their conference record to 2-2 when they host Caesar Rodney for their homecoming game Friday night. The Riders snapped a losing streak with a 27-6 win over Cape Henlopen last week. CR sits at 3-3 overall and 1-2 against the conference.
Lake Forest @ Woodbridge 7 p.m.
The Lake Forest Spartans sit a 2-4 overall and 1-1 against the Henlopen Conference entering Friday night’s conference matchup at Woodbridge. The Blue Raiders are coming off an upset loss to Milford, sitting at 5-1 overall and 2-1 against the rest of the conference.
The rest of Friday's schedule:
A.I. duPont v. Howard
Wilmington Charter v. First State Military Academy
Dickinson v. Brandywine
Newark v. Appoquinimink
William Penn @ Salesianum
Middletown @ Upper Darby
Delmar v. Seaford
Caravel Academy @ Silver Oak Academy
St. Georges Tech @ Concord
Hodgson v. Delcastle
Christiana v. Red Lion
Conrad v. McKean
Mt. Pleasant v. Glasgow
Laurel v. Indian River
St. Andrew’s v. Tower Hill
Archmere Academy v. St. Elizabeth
Tatnall v. Friends
Delaware Military Academy v. St. Mark’s