Although Watkins Memorial battled the Delaware Hayes High School football team tough in the first half last Friday, there was no debating which was the better team at Gauthier Field after
intermission.

The Warriors could not answer the question of how to stop Delaware's offense and the Pacers rolled to a 41-14 victory in OCC-Capital Division play.

Quarterback Taylor Wood directed the option offense brilliantly, as he ran 15 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns and completed seven of 10 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.

"Our offensive line came out in the second half and dominated," said Wood, who has made an seemingly effortless switch from last season's pass-happy attack. "They told the coaches at halftime that they could control the line of scrimmage and the coaches agreed and let us tick to our bread and butter."

Delaware, which improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the league, needed just four plays to cover 76 yards to break a 14-all tie late in the first half. Wood threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Jacob Nicol with
28 seconds left, but the snap on the extra point was low and left the score 20-14 at halftime.

"We came out of the gate slowly, but we got the late touchdown in the first half and decided at halftime to take it right to them," coach Mike LoParo said. "In the second half, we got the ball first and we
told the kids we wanted to break their will by driving for a touchdown and doing it on the ground. That's what we did. Our offensive and defensive lines played great."

The Pacers drove 76 yards in 10 plays with Nicol scoring from the 2 to make it 27-14. Wood had scoring runs of 14 and 47 yards in the second half. Wood also was denied a 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter when he faked out everyone, pulling the ball from the belly of fullback Christion Brooks and reaching wide-open field in the secondary, but the referees also were fooled. An
inadvertent whistle when Brooks was tackled nullified the play and allowed Woods only an 11-yard gain.

"Our offense is so fun and we're all on the same page," Wood said. "All I have to do is make a read on where the defense is attacking and decide to pull the ball away or leave it with a back."

The Pacers had 10 possessions in the game and scored six touchdowns, including runs of 1 and 3 yards from Kody Akers in the first half. The last possession ended in victory formation.

Defensively, the Pacers front did a great job, especially after half when the Warriors totaled just 54 yards and three first downs. Watkins Memorial, which fell to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the league, totaled 188 yards.

"Our defensive line did a great job block protecting, keeping their linemen off our linebackers and playmakers," LoParo said.

Evan Welsh, Matt Cornell and Michael Corbett all had four tackles for Delaware and tackle Nick Spalsbury played strong.


WATKINS MEMORIAL 7 7 0 0 - 14
DELAWARE 7 13 7 14 - 41
WM-Richardson 36 pass from Nixon (Harp kick)
D-Akers 1 run (Hackett kick)
WM-Truex 16 run (Harp kick)
D-Akers 3 run (Hackett kick)
D-Nicol 44 pass from Wood (run failed)
D-Nicol 2 run (Hackett kick)
D-Wood 14 run (Hackett kick)
D-Wood 47 run (Hackett kick)