Caravel’s Jorden Veney returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown as the Bucs countered an Archmere rally in a 35-9 victory in a rare Sunday night battle.
In a game that was pushed back 47 hours due to the funeral services for Archmere classmate Anthony Penna, Archmere took some momentum into halftime, as they scored the last 9 points of the half to trail 14-9.
Caravel’s Mandela Montgomery provided the only points of the first quarter on a 12-yard toss sweep touchdown, while quarterback Jakob Hoffman found Joey Silan for a 22-yard score that gave the Bucs a 14-0 lead.
Archmere was able to stuff Caravel on a 4th down on their next drive, and that turned the tide. Connor Ruggieri made a pair of punishing runs on the next drive, the second of which proved to be a 15-yard touchdown, and after Matt Specht’s 22-yard field goal at the buzzer, the deficit was down to five.
Caravel deferred their option at the coin toss to the second half, and it paid off when Veney took the kickoff along Archmere’s sideline, making one fake towards the inside, and then dashed outside the numbers 80 yards for a score that seemed to take the energy away from the Auks.
Hoffman would hit Ethan Potter on a 56-yard score, and then Ethan DeRegis’ 14-yard touchdown dash early in the 4th quarter finished off the scoring.
The game ended an emotional weekend for Archmere, whose cheerleaders made a “Play for Penna #15 banner”, and Caravel’s staff sported green ribbons to honor Penna.
Caravel (3-2) improved to 3-0 against Delaware Division II opponents this year, and will face Maryland opponents the next two weeks, beginning with a road trip to the Columbia, Maryland region for a game against Howard (MD).
Archmere (3-2) will look to snap their two-game losing streak as they battle DMA at Baynard Stadium Saturday at noon.