Conrad QB Zakk Camilli accounted for five touchdowns as the Red Wolves defeated Christiana 34-6 in the season opener for both teams.
After tailback Lawrence Brown raced 70 yards down to the 2 yard line, Camilli worked a perfect option keeper for a 2-yard score. It was so good that the umpire nearly whistled the play dead because he thought the fullback was carrying the football and had been stopped short of the goal line.
Christiana’s next drive ended on a fumble recovery by John Hoopes, and again Camilli worked his skills in the option game, first to get to the two yard line, and again to cross the goal line for a 13-0 lead after the opening quarter.
The score remained that way until late in the half, when Camilli took to the air, tossing a screen to Brown, who took advantage of two pulling offensive linemen in a convoy to the end zone. The 36-yard score and Camilli’s two-point conversion pushed the lead to 21-0 at the break.
Camilli picked up two more touchdown passed in the 3rd quarter, a 6-yarder to freshman Ja’Tier Berkley-Osborne, and a 29-yard connection to Sam Monnig, finishing up the big deal for the Conrad offense.
Christiana stopped the shutout in the final quarter, when Chris Chege found Deandre McFarlane-Taylor on a 22-yard touchdown pass, but it wasn’t enough.
Camilli finished with 16 points on the afternoon, scoring two touchdown runs, kicking two extra points, and rushing in a two-point conversion.
Conrad will play its home opener next Saturday against Diamond State Conference foe Archmere at 11am. Christiana hits the road at Brandywine at 10:30am.