QB Caelan Bender scored twice on the ground
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Wilmington wins their 12th straight season opener as the ‘Hounds knocked off Sharon – 26-14 – for the 4th straight year. The Greyhounds also have won 11 home games in a row.
The Greyhounds began their evening with a touchdown score on their first offensive possession. Ethan Susen dashed 28 yards on the team’s eighth play. Then to begin the second quarter, Darren Miller took the carry 49 yards to pay dirt.
Right around the end of the first half, C.J. Parchman scored on a 13 yard run (catch) play to cut the Greyhound lead to 13-7 to close out the first twenty-four minutes.
Fast forward nearly twelve minutes (on the play clock), Caelan Bender called his own number as the Greyhounds scored their third touchdown of the day and extended their lead to 12-points. Bender went in from less than a yard out to cap off Wilmington’s 13 play drive which amassed 57 yards at the end of the third quarter.
Back came Sharon, Lane Voytik found Trey Jones on a 40-yard pass which placed the ball at the goal line. After being stopped short of the end zone, Jones made a 8-yard touchdown grab from Voytik to help the Tigers back into the contest.
Bender capped off an 11-play drive to score his second rushing touchdown from a yard away to close out the scoring – 26-14.
Wilmington (1-0) will host Farrell (0-1) next week in a battle between two teams who played for a state title (in their respective classifications) just last December.
Sharon will play at Hickory (1-0) in week two. The Tigers have won 3 of their past 7 road games.
Wilmington, 26-14 (Final)
W – Ethan Susen, 28-yard TD run (W 7-0, 7:54)
W – Darren Miller, 49-yard TD run (W 13-0, 11:26)
S – C.J. Parchman, 13-yard TD run (W 13-7, 0:16)
W – Caelan Bender, 1-yard TD run (W 19-7, 0:00)
S – Trey Jones, 8-yard TD catch from Lane Voytik (W 19-14, 7:14)
W – Caelan Bender, 1-yard TD run (W 26-14, 2:58)