Caesar Rodney put up a good fight against defending Division I state champion Smyrna in the first half, but the explosive Eagles pulled away for a 64-28 victory Friday night in Smyrna.
The Eagles built a 24-0 lead in the first quarter as 2015 Delaware Offensive Player of the Year Will Knight scored three touchdowns and three two-point conversions.
As Smyrna was driving for a fourth score, a trick play unraveled and helped the Riders change the momentum. The Eagles' quarterback handed off on an end-around and then ran to the end zone to catch a pass, but Caesar Rodney's Julian Trammell stuck with the quarterback, made a leaping interception in the end zone and then raced the length of the field for a Rider touchdown.
Smyrna bounced back, scoring on a four-yard run, but the Riders answered with a 45-yard touchdown by Najee Whitted on a pass play from quarterback Jared Wagenhoffer, closing the gap to 32-14.
After the Eagles scored on a pass play, the Riders responded with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Wagenhoffer to Peyton Lavender. Joseph Delgado's third extra-point kick made the score 40-21 at the half.
The Eagles started to pull away in the third quarter with two touchdowns and the two-point conversion each time for a 56-21 lead, but the Riders didn't quit.
A 56-yard touchdown pass play from Wagenhoffer to Whitted cut the lead to 56-28 and then the Riders recovered an onside kick as the third quarter came to a close.
Smyrna's defense held, though, stopping the Riders on fourth down, and the Eagles went on to win 64-28 to remain unbeaten, improving to 8-0 on the season. The Riders fell to 0-8.
Caesar Rodney 0 21 7 0 - 28
Smyrna 24 16 16 8 - 64
S-Knight 17-yard run (Knight run)
S-Knight 44-yard pass from Henderson (Knight run)
S-Knight 1-yard run (Knight run)
CR-Trammell 105-yard interception return (Delgado kick)
S-Tolbert 4-yard run (Smith pass from Knight)
CR-Whitted 45-yard pass from Wagenhoffer (Delgado kick)
S-Knight 14-yard pass from Henderson (Knight run)
CR-Lavender 37-yard pass from Wagenhoffer (Delgado kick)
S-Knight 4-yard run (Brown run)
S-Brown 1-yard run (Brown run)
CR-Whitted 56-yard pass from Wagenhoffer (Delgado kick)
S-Roberts 6-yard pass from Henderson (Knight run)