“He played like Joe Heim did, and we’re really proud of him.”
Those were the words of Salesianum head coach Bob Healy about Jamie Hobbs, who scored a goal with an assist in a 17-3 victory over Caesar Rodney.
Healy’s compliment was strong, but a phone call to Hobbs after their victory over Cape Henlopen last weekend was stronger.
He told Hobbs he would be wearing the No. 17 pink jersey for the Caesar Rodney game.
“17” holds a special meaning to the Salesianum program, it’s the number worn by Heim, who passed away from a car accident after his senior year of 2006. Heim was voted Salesianum’s most talented student, and was working in Maine as a whitewater rafting guide. The number has not been worn regularly since that day.
Healy added, “ever since then, we’ve honored him and his family, and we’ve never forgotten his hard work and dedication to the program. Jamie Hobbs made the Heim family proud tonight.”
“It’s all the little things he does, the hustle plays. He’s not scoring four or five goals a game, but he does all the little things correctly, he picks up the ground balls, he’s a really tough kid, and it’s an absolute honor for him to wear No. 17 tonight.”
The pink jerseys were brought out as part of “Savannah Pauley” night, honoring a friend to the Catholic School community who passed away in 2009 at age 10 following a strong battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
Before the game, they also had a bagpipe player play “Amazing Grace” before walking off the field.
Once the battle started, Salesianum shined, jumping out to a 9-2 halftime lead, with seven different players finding the net against the Henlopen North Champions.
T.J. Witherell and Patrick Drake each found the goal twice in the first half, with Drake eventually finishing a hat trick, but fourteen different Sals found the back of the net.
Caesar Rodney’s Demetrius Stevenson tied the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal at the 10:20 mark of the opening quarter, but it would be 17 minutes before they scored again, and by that point it was a 6-2 game.
Salesianum (11-3) wrapped up an abbreviated 3-0 run against in-state competition this season, and will learn their tournament seeding on Saturday evening.
Caesar Rodney (11-4) will play for the Henlopen Conference championship Friday night at 7pm at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica.